OUR CORE BELIEFS
Who is God?
Many people have differing ideas about the nature of God. Most of those ideas have one thing in common – they are the product of human intellect! When it comes to our Creator, it matters very little who we think God is. The Bible is the only trustworthy source for understanding Him. Scripture teaches that God created everything we can see -- and even everything we can’t see -- out of nothing. Although it might be difficult for the human mind to comprehend, the Bible teaches that He is one yet has existed since the beginning of time as three distinct and equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Who is Jesus?
Jesus Christ is God’s Son and an equal of the Father. He has existed from the beginning of time, yet lived on earth during the first century A.D. Throughout His earthly life, he was completely God and completely human at the same time. After living a perfect, sinless life, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for every human being who has ever lived by dying on a Roman cross. After three days in the grave, he defeated sin and death by rising from the grave. He then ascended to Heaven and will return to earth one day to reign as King.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15;
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is a full and equal part of the Trinity. He works in the world to make all people understand their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit baptizes every believer into the body of Christ and indwells every follower of Jesus from the moment they decide to follow Him and receive him as Savior. The Spirit fills believers as our power source for life, ministry and spiritual growth. To tap into that power, we must continually yield to the control of the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; 5:1
What is The Bible?
The Holy Spirit inspired human authors to write the books of the Bible. God himself chose every word of the Scripture. The Bible is God’s love letter to all of humanity and is the final authority in every issue it communicates. It is complete truth, and we can trust it for all matters in this life and eternity.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Who is Man?
Man is the pinnacle of God’s creation and the only being on the earth that God made in His own spiritual image, with the moral ability to choose right from wrong. Every person, although endowed with the image of God, inherited a disobedient heart from Adam, the very first man. This attitude of disobedience (called sin in the Bible) – unless rectified through Christ – forever keeps man from forming a relationship with his Creator. This attitude also keeps us from being the kind of person God created us to be.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
What is Salvation?
Our disobedient nature has eternally separated us from our Creator. No matter how hard we try, we can never earn our way back into God’s presence. Our only hope is to trust Jesus as God’s provision for our disobedience. Whenever you make that decision, you step into the real, eternal, and abundant life Jesus promises for all believers.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
What is the church?
The Bible tells us that the church is the body of Christ in the world today. The New Testament tells us the church is a local body of baptized believers. The head of the church is Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is its guide. The biblical purposes of the church are worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship and ministry to others. The local church is governed independently of outside persons, or authorities.
Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 1Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
1. WHAT IS BAPTISM?
IT IS A PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION OF MY NEW LIFE AS A FOLLOWER OF JESUS
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!"
2 Corinthians 5:17
"By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead, so also we may live a new life!"
2. WHAT IS THE LORD'S SUPPER? (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
IT IS A REMINDER OF & TESTIMONY TO CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS
“When he had given thanks, He broke (the bread) and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you, eat it in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, He took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, drink it to remember me.’ "
1 Corinthians 11:24-25