Core Beliefs

God

God is one, yet consists of three persons. He created and sustains the universe (Genesis 1; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 11:3).

Jesus

Jesus is the son whose death, burial, and resurrection have secured salvation for all who believe. Jesus is fully God and fully man. Though God, he entered our world by being born in human form. He came to reveal more fully his divine will and provide a way of salvation for mankind.( (John 1:14; John 3:16-18).

The Holy Spirit

Before he left this earth, Jesus promised to send a helper to his followers after he returned to heaven. This helper is the Holy Spirit who dwells in each believer. He guides us to live a more Christ-like life (John 16:5-16; Romans 8:9-11).

The Bible

The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Covenants, is the divinely inspired word of God, sufficient for faith and life of a Christ follower. It is the record of God’s work to save humanity from its sin. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3).

Sanctification of the Believer

Sanctification is the process by which a person becomes more like Christ. It involves increasing in knowledge of God, trusting Him more, repenting of sin, and doing what pleases Him. It requires Scripture, the work of the Spirit, and the help of the Body of Christ. (Romans 6:22; Ephesians 4:11-16; 2 Peter 1:5-11).

The Church

The church consists of those who have been washed in the blood of Christ who work together to fulfill the Great Commission. Each person in the Church is gifted by God to build up the Church. (Galatians 3:25-29; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 12).

Return of Christ

Jesus will return just as he promised. He will come without notice to judge the living and the dead and to restore creation to its pre-fallen state. (Matthew 24:36-25:46; 2 Peter 3:8-13).

Man's Relation to God

Because of sin, man is separated from God. Because of the work Jesus accomplished on the cross and in the empty tomb, we can have a restored relationship with God. Through faith in Jesus we are adopted into God’s family and are able to come boldly before God. (Genesis 3:23-24; John 14:6; Hebrews 4:14-16).

Salvation

Salvation is the forgiveness of sins that is made available to all who put their faith in Christ. (Romans 1:16-17).

Spiritual Gifts

Each Christian is gifted with certain abilities that are used to build the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Corinthians 12).

Baptism

Baptism is the moment where a person fully submits his or her life to Jesus and accepts his gift of salvation. It is the event where a person identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus in order to receive the forgiveness of sins and begin to walk a new life. Baptism itself is a prayer of faith to God, asking for the guilt of sin to be washed away (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2, Acts, 22:16, Romans 6, 1 Peter 3:21).

Lord's Supper

Before his trial and crucifixion, Jesus gave new meaning to the passover celebration. He would become the lamb to be slain to protect people from God’s wrath. As he and his disciples celebrated the passover, he had them break bread and eat as a reminder of his broken body. He had them drink wine as a remembrance of his shed blood (Matthew 26:26-29). In Acts 2, we find that the early church celebrated communion whenever they gathered to eat a meal together (Acts 2:42-46). In 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, Paul wrote to correct problems that had arisen during their celebration of the Lord’s Supper whenever they gathered together for worship. We can see that by the time Paul came on the scene, churches were regularly gathering at least on Sunday, when they would also celebrate Communion. In summary, we celebrate communion weekly because the precedent for doing so happened early in the life of the church.

Human Sexuality and Family Life

In the beginning, God created man and woman in his image. They were designed to come together in marriage and sexual union for the purpose of procreation and enjoyment (Genesis 1-2). This design was confirmed in the Old Testament, specifically in the covenant God made with Israel. It is further confirmed by Jesus (Matthew 19:5) and the apostle Paul (Ephesians 5:31). The Bible also describes various deviations from God’s intention for human sexuality which include homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:27), polygamy (esp. regarding kings: Deuteronomy 17:17; 1 Kings 11:3), sex outside of the marriage covenant (1 Corinthians 7:2), prostitution (Deuteronomy 23:17-18; 1 Corinthians 6:15-16), lust (Matthew 5:27-28), etc. It is not just that these are sins in the eyes of God, but cause spiritual, emotional, and social damage for those who engage in these activities. Like all sin, they have the potential to separate us from God for eternity.