Our Beliefs

WHAT WE BELIEVE

This document is an attempt to put into words what we believe. We are part of the “Restoration Movement”. The “Restoration Movement” is an effort to return the church to her values and practices as described in the Bible. We emphasize that the church should have no creed but Christ. This movement refuses to embrace extra-biblical creeds as tests of fellowship. We stand on the Scriptures alone as our foundation of faith and practice. These statements are not meant to be creedal but descriptive. This is our attempt to put into understandable English our beliefs. We value the freedom we find in Christ and hold our differences in love. While we will not compromise on the essentials of salvation, we recognize that people have differing opinions concerning non-essential issues.

 

GOD THE FATHER

There is one God, the creator of the universe and the Giver of Life. God is an all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever present spiritual being. He is truthful, faithful, loving, good, patient, just, merciful, holy, and righteous. As Ruler of the universe, God reigns supreme over nature, history, and human life. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Hebrews 11:3, 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 17:24-28)

 

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and co-equal with the Father. Though Jesus lived an uncorrupted human life on earth, cruel people murdered Him on a cross. After three days, Jesus came back to life, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He later returned to heaven with the Father, and now reigns in heaven, interceding for us until He comes again. He is the only way to the Father. (John 1:1-3; 14,18, Acts 2:23-24,36; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:6)

 

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the presence of God in the lives of believers. The Holy Spirit has been given to us by God as a comforter, guide, teacher, and down payment on our eternal hope. The Holy Spirit recreates men and women, empowering us to live the new life to which we have been called. His work in us produces lives characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Through His Spirit, God grants gifts and abilities to believers for the strengthening of the church. (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9-14; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-13)

 

HUMANITY

Men and women are created in the image of God and are completely dependent upon Him. The primary purpose of humanity is to glorify God and to enjoy a relationship with Him. Unfortunately, all men and women rebel against God’s standards and deserve the separation from Him that sin brings. Reconciliation with God is only available by His grace for salvation and new life. (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 23; Mark 12:29-30; Romans 3:22-24)

 

SALVATION

The salvation of humanity is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. By His death on the cross, the shedding of His blood, and the resurrection, we are declared righteous in spite of our sins and reconciled to God in spite of our separation from Him. Salvation is appropriated through personal faith in Christ as Savior, the confession of His name, and baptism into His name. Salvation is the assurance of an eternal future with God and a meaningful life in the present.

 

THE BIBLE

The authority of God’s Word is recorded for us in the Bible. This revelation from God has been inspired by the Holy Spirit and is entirely true. Scripture is useful for teaching, preaching and training in faith. It is also useful for correction. God’s Word is the norm and standard for all subsequent Christian teaching and living. (2 Peter 1:20-21; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

THE CHURCH

The Christian church is the community of God’s people founded on the confession of Christ. Jesus is the head of the body, the church, which is united by its common faith in Him. The church participates in the worship of God, the fellowship and training of believers and the spread of God’s love and message of salvation in the world. The ministry of Jesus continues in the church as people love and help those separated from God and others. (Matthew 16:16-18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-20; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 2:42-47)

 

COMMUNION

Through communion, we are reminded of the forgiveness established by Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross. Each participant is reminded of the forgiveness offered to him or her through the symbols of the body (bread) and blood (the cup) of Christ. Communion is not just recognized in the church as a reminder of his death for us. It is also a reminder that Jesus will one day return and take us to live with Him for eternity.

 

BAPTISM

This word “baptism” which means to dip, plunge or immerse. It is the vehicle used by God to administer God’s grace through Jesus Christ. Baptism is recognized in the church as a mark of God’s grace and personal faith. Through immersion, the believer participates in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ and celebrates the grace of God for salvation. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-7; Galatians 2:26-28; Colossians 2:11-12)

 

ETERNITY

Christ is currently reigning in heaven and over the earth and the kingdom of God will be made complete when Christ comes to earth again. Christ will judge all people. Those who belong to Him will spend eternity in His presence, which is Heaven. Those apart from Him will spend eternity outside of His presence, which is Hell.

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