God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. See Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2.
Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory, and is coming again soon as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to redeem His bride, the church. See Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; ROmands 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; and Titus 2:13.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the power for living, enables understanding of Biblical truth, and guides them in righteous living. He provides every Christian with spiritual gifts for service at the moment of salvation. We seek to live under His control daily. See 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; and Ephesians 5:18.
The Bible is God's Word to us. Human authors who were under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The 66 canonical books, as they were originally written, are inspired by God; and are the truth without any mixture of error. See 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:150; Psalm 119:160; and Proverbs 30:5.
People are the supreme object of God's creation, created in the image of God. Although every person has potential for good, all of us are marred by our own attitude and acts of disobedience against God, called "sin." By one man (Adam), sin entered the world, and death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. This separates people from God and causes spiritual death along with many other problems in life. See Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Psalm 51:1-8; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; and Isaiah 59:1-2.
Salvation is obtained by grace through faith; and is God's free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. See Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; and Romans 5:1.
Because God gave us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Once born again, you cannot lose your salvation. Salvation is sustained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. See John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10, 14; and 1 Peter 1:3-5.
Heaven is a literal place where God will wipe away every tear and there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain. Believers will live forever in God's presence. We also, believe in a literal hell, which is a place of physical and spiritual torment, experienced as a result of eternal separation from God. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. See John 3:16; John 14:7; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
We believe that the true Church is composed of all who have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe members of the true Church, which is the bride of Christ, are eligible for membership in the local church. God primarily ministers on earth through the local church. Christ is the head of the church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe that the local church should be independent, self-governing, and free from any denominational control. See Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25; and Colossians 1:18.
Marriage unites one man and one woman in a lifetime commitment to each other. Marriage provides for intimate companionship, pure sexual expression, procreation, and reflects the relationship of Christ and the church. A husband is commanded to love his wife as Christ loved the church. A wife is commanded to submit to her husband as the church submits to Christ. See Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Genesis 2:25; Ephesians 5:31-33; Genesis 1:28; Proverbs 5:15-19; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5; and Ephesians 5:22-23.
We believe that God has given parents the responsibility to bring their children up in the nurture and discipline of the Lord. We believe that it is the parents' responsibility to educate and disciple their children in the truth of God. We believe that the church must work to compliment the parents' efforts and facilitate Godly living within the home. See Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; and Joshua 24:15.
All parents who are members of the church may, if they so desire, have their children dedicated at a time to be designated. This service will give the parents the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their child as a gift from God and will likewise serve as a pledge on the part of the parents to bring the child up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The service may only consist of a few words from the Pastor and a prayer of dedication.
Jesus instructed His disciples to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the Church two visible symbols (called "ordinances") as reminders. These two ordinances are Baptism and the Lord's Supper. While we respect all acts of spiritual obedience the Bible teaches that Baptism is to be done by immersion, following salvation, as a one-time act of obedience and identification with Jesus Christ as Lord. The Lord's Supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord's death, burial, and resurrection and promised return. Each individual must decide his or her own participation in these ordinances. Regardless, we do not regard anyone's participation in these practices as a means of salvation. See Matthew 18:18-20; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; and Colossians 2:12.
We believe that God calls us - with a holy calling - to walk not only after the flesh, but also after the Spirit. God wants us to live in the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit, so we will not fulfill the lusts of our physical bodies. We believe that the fallen, Adamic nature of the flesh cannot be eradicated in this life. Therefore, keeping ourselves constantly in subjection to Christ, we must allow God's Holy Spirit to live through us in a daily "walk" of faith. Otherwise, the flesh will certainly demonstrate its presence in our lives, to the Lord's dishonor. It is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek and to make growing disciples. See Leviticus 26:30; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 3:15; and Galatians 5:16.
We believe that all of mankind is a steward of his/her life and resources, which come from God, and ultimately, belong to God. We believe that tithing is a proper measure of spiritual maturity and obedience to the principles of stewardship. See 2 Corinthians 8:5 and Malachi 3: 7-12.
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