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“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” We believe the Scriptures, errorless in the original documents, are divine authority in all matters which they address. Their truthfulness is not negated by the occurrences of such things as irregularities of grammar or spelling.
The doctrine of the Trinity means that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Stated differently, God is one in essence and three in person. These definitions express three crucial truths: (1) the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons, (2) each Person is fully God, (3) there is only one God.
God is great! He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. In his nature and in his relationships, we understand him best as Father. While a human father imperfectly loves and cares, the heavenly Father does so perfectly. He is good in all he does and in everything he gives, including his discipline. Ephesians 5:20; Numbers 23:19; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 2 John 1:3
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was made in the likeness of men. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, thus blending organically and permanently his divine nature with human nature in one. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life. John 1:1; 18; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Romans 1:3-4; Romans 8:1-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6
The Holy Spirit is a real person who came to reside within Jesus Christ's true followers after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. The Holy Spirit is not a vague, ethereal shadow, nor an impersonal force. He is a person equal in every way with God the Father and God the Son. He is considered to be the third member of the Godhead. When a person becomes born again by believing and receiving Jesus Christ, God resides in that person through the Holy Spirit. A primary role of the Holy Spirit is that He bears "witness" of Jesus Christ. He tells people's hearts about the truth of Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; John 15:26; John 16:7-14; Acts 7:55-56;
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. The mission of the Church is to develop disciples for Jesus Christ. Central to this mission is the proclamation of the Word of God for the equipping of each believer to become an effective witness so that the Church will grow to the glory of God. The local church seeks to accomplish its mission by gathering together to participate in worship, instruction, fellowship and service, so that each believer will grow into the full measure of the stature of Christ and, in obedience to him, will reach out in witness to unbelievers. Matthew 16:18-19; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4;
Baptism is a symbolic act to publicly profess one’s salvation. It is thought to be an outward expression of an inward change. God commands it, but our salvation is not reliant upon it. We practice full-immersion Baptism, symbolizing the process of the death and resurrection Jesus experienced for us. Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:27
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.” Additionally, “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
Prayer is our ability to communicate with God candidly and freely. Through the finished work of Christ, we are no longer required to have someone speak on our behalf. We believe that prayer is essential and necessary for all things, it should precede every decision and continue thereafter. James 5:16; Philippians 4:6; Matthew 6:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18; John 15:7; Romans 8:2; 1 Timothy 2:8
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15