Our Beliefs

ABOUT GOD

  • God is the Creator and sovereign ruler of the universe and all that is in it. Genesis 1:1, 26-27
  • He has eternally existed in three distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The¬†three co-exist as the one and only God. Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:4-6

 

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to save us from our sins. Matthew 1:21, Luke 19:10, John 3:16
  • He lived a sinless life, even though He was tempted in every way, and willingly offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men and women by dying on a cross. Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 4:14, 15
  • He demonstrated His power over sin and death by rising from the dead after three days. I Corinthians 15:3-4
  • Shortly after His resurrection, Jesus ascended to Heaven and promised to return. Acts 1:9-11, I Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • Salvation can only come through Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12

 

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

  • The Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. Acts 2:38, I Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13-14
  • The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with an understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. Romans 8:26-27, I Corinthians 2:12, Galatians 5:22-26
  • The Holy Spirit gifts every believer for the benefit of the church. I Corinthians 12:7-13

 

ABOUT THE BIBLE

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the final authority in life and doctrine. Psalm 119:105, 2 Timothy 3:16
  • It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and is without error. Proverbs 30:5, 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • Its contents reveal God’s character, our purpose, and life’s meaning. I Corinthians 15:3-4
  • The Bible’s principles are true for all people, for all places, and for all times. Psalm 119:160

 

ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS

  • Men and women are made in the spiritual image of God. Genesis 1:27
  • When God created us, He gave us the ability to choose. Unfortunately, we often use our freedom to disobey God, which is a sin. This sin separates us from God, placing us in need of a savior-Jesus Christ. Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2, Romans 3:23

 

ABOUT SALVATION

  • Salvation is a free gift of God. It cannot be achieved through good works or self-improvement because the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the only sufficient payment for our sins. John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:26-28
  • All people have sinned, but all people can be saved. Acts 2:39, Romans 3:23
  • Salvation from sin is available to all who obey the teachings of Jesus Christ. Matthew 19:17; 28:19-20, Luke 11:28, John 14:23
  • The teachings of Jesus about salvation include:
    • believing in Christ’s power to save Acts 16:31-33, Galatians 3:2
    • confessing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God Romans 10:9
    • repenting of one’s sins Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30
    • participating in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ through baptism Romans 6:3-4
    • receiving forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit at baptism Acts 16:31-33, Galatians 3:29, Titus 3:3-7, I Peter 3:21
    • living faithfully by God’s standards Romans 14:7-8, Ephesians 4:1-2, 2 Peter 3:11, I John 2:24-25

 

ABOUT ETERNITY

  • Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. Matthew 10:28, Philippians 2:10
  • We can live forever with God in Heaven, a place of ultimate joy, by doing His will; or be eternally separated from God in Hell, a place of extreme torment, by refusing to obey Him. Matthew 7:21, I John 5:11-13, Revelation 20:15

 

ABOUT THE CHURCH

  • Jesus Christ established His church for the purpose of spreading His message of hope through word and deed and encouraging Christians to persevere in their faith. Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20, Ephesians 4:1-16; 5:23, Colossians 1:18, 24
  • God adds us to the church at baptism. Acts 2:41, 47
  • Every member is a minister and every Christian is encouraged to find a place of service in the local congregation. Romans 12:3-8, I Peter 2:9
  • Each congregation of Christ’s church is designed to be self-governing and ministered to by elders, also called shepherds or overseers, and who are men that encourage the spiritual growth of each member. I Timothy 3:1-7; 8-13; 5:17, I Peter 5:1-4

 

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