What We Believe
About the Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and co-equal with the Father. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. To show His power over death and sin He became alive again after being dead three days. He's the Head of the church and the only way to God and eternal life. He now "sits at the right hand of God" in heaven and will return to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23, Romans 1:3-4, Isaiah 9:6, Acts 1:9-11,1 John 1:1-5; 14:6-30, 1 Timothy 6:14-15, Hebrews 4:14-15, Titus 2:3, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
About Communication From God
The Bible is God's message to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The original documents contained no errors. God has provided much evidence to support what he claims in the Bible. We believe God also communicates through the Holy Spirit, prayer, circumstances and His church, but these will never conflict with the truth he's already communicated in the Bible.
2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16, Psalm 12:6, 119:105; 119:160, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Proverbs 30:5
About Becoming a Christian
Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or doing good deeds. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty, which is death. The Bible says we are saved by grace through faith, having been buried with Christ in baptism and raised to live a new life. Therefore, to become a follower of Christ, one needs to admit that he is a sinner in need of God's grace and forgiveness. He needs to pledge, in faith, that he wants to stop sinning and start living like Christ. Through faith, he must accept that Jesus paid the penalty for his sin and that he is being saved because Jesus came back from the dead. And just like the Bible says, he must be "buried with Christ in baptism" and raised to live a new life as a Christian. In the Bible, every time a person accepted Christ, he was baptized (which means to submerge under water) as soon as possible. Since the Bible is our guide manual, we follow the same practice.
Acts 2:38; 8:34; 22:16, John 14:6, Romans 5:1-2; 6:1-7, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 3:26-27, Colossians 2:12
About Living as a Christian
The Christian life is the best way to live. In a sense, it is like getting married to Jesus. We enter a fully committed relationship with Him and want to do the things that please Him. Our life’s goal is to become more like Jesus by depending on God's Spirit to enable us to do what is right.
Philippians 2:13, Ephesians 5:1-18
About the Church
The Church is a divinely instituted body, given the mission of strategically and effectively pursuing God's purpose on earth. Each local church is God's primary means of bringing His people to spiritual maturity and equipping them for the work of ministry. The church is a gathering place for love, support, encouragement, accountability, service, worship, growth, and mission with people who share a common bond in Christ.
Matthew 16:18; 22:34-40; 28:18-20, Ephesians 4:11-16, Acts 1:8; 2:42-47