Our Essential Beliefs

ABOUT GOD

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Three are co-equal and are One God.      (Gen. 1:1,26-27,3:22; Ps. 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; II Cor. 13:14)

 ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days and demonstrated His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.      (Matt. 1:22-23; Isa. 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; I Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Tim. 6:14-15; Tit. 2:13)

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make mankind aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in serving. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.      (II Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:18)

 ABOUT THE BIBLE

The Bible is about Jesus. It is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.      (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20-21; II Tim. 1:13; Ps. 119:105, 160, 12:6; Pro. 30:5)

 ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are born into the rebellion that separates us from God, the Bible calls this sin.      (Gen. 1:27; Ps. 8:3-6; Isa. 53:6a; Rom. 3:23; Isa. 59:1-2)

 ABOUT SALVATION

Salvation 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. Our faith in who Jesus is and what He has done at the cross and the resurrection is what makes us right before God. There is nothing we can add or do that makes us any more right before God. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Those accepting Christ must repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized into Him. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.      (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Tit. 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 5:1; Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38)

What We Practice

Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following practices:

 AUTONOMY OF EACH LOCAL CHURCH.

“Christ is the head of his Body, the church.” (Col. 1:18)
Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating or cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control.

 PRIESTHOOD (MINISTRY) OF EVERY BELIEVER.

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 1:6)
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood…a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you…” (1 Pet. 2:9)
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to "full time" Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry.
Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.

 GIVING.

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:7)
Giving cheerfully and sacrificially of our finances is part of our worship. A believer labors not to accrue personal wealth or possessions, but to steward God's resources well and model Jesus to our brothers, sisters, and community.
Our work is an effort to serve our Father in all things, and one of the primary ways we serve God is by cheerfully giving God our “first fruits” (2 Corinthians 9:7; Proverbs 3:9). We call our members to give, not by meeting some obligatory percentage, but gladly sacrificing for the sake of the gospel because Jesus sacrificed for us, and all we have is His. God has been generous to us and we in turn should be cheerful givers. (2 Corinthians 9: 6-15)

 BAPTISM BY IMMERSION.

“Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith…” (Col. 2:12)
We practice baptism by immersion under water - the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.

 THE LORD'S SUPPER (COMMUNION).

“…do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19)
The Lord’s Supper, instituted by Jesus Himself, reminds us that Jesus gave it all for us points back to the Last Supper, which Jesus shared with His disciples just before His crucifixion. At that meal Jesus explained His atoning death in terms of bread and wine. The bread, Jesus said, symbolizes His body, that was broken for us. The wine, Jesus said, symbolizes His blood that was spilled for us and we are to partake in remembrance of Him. This is an ordinance that we do regularly when we meet together as a body.

SPIRIT-LED LIVING.

We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God's Holy Spirit power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God's Spirit to enable us to do what is right. (Phil. 2:13; Eph. 5:18)

TELLING OTHERS ABOUT JESUS.

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” (1 Pet. 3:15)
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God has brought us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Jesus Christ and inviting friends to theCHURCH.

 

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