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God the Father

We believe in one true God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and, in His incarnation was also fully man; having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. We believe He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now acts as the only mediator between God and people.

Matthew 1:22-23John 1:1,14,18Acts 10:37-431 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 2:4-8Philippians 2:5-11Colossians 1:15-21Hebrews 1:1-3

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit, as the third person of the Trinity, is to apply to people the saving work of Christ. He does this by bringing conviction of a person’s need for the forgiveness of Christ. He regenerates their heart and then indwells them when they believe and are baptized. His ongoing work is to guide, lead, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

John 14:16-17John 16:7-13Acts 2:381 Corinthians 6:19-20Ephesians 3:16-20; Ephesians 5:18

The Bible

We believe the 66 books of the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, are given by God’s inspiration and that in the original writings they are without error. We believe the Scriptures originated with God but were written using humans as the means and thus speak with the authority of God while reflecting the backgrounds, cultures, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors. They are the unique, reliable, and the final authority on all matters of Christian faith and practice.

Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:105John 17:171 Thessalonians 2:132 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:20-21

Salvation

Salvation is a free gift, bestowed by God’s grace and received by faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Everyone sins. Sin separates us from God because God is perfect and sin is not. It is impossible to cover up sin by being a good person, doing good things, or by going to church. When Jesus died on the cross, His blood was the price for our sin. When He rose again, He conquered death for us too. We receive salvation by trusting and believing in Jesus. 
Baptism
When we decide to follow Jesus, we demonstrate our trust in Him by being baptized in water. Immersion in water of a professed believer is the Bible baptism (Acts 8:36-39) and such baptism is symbolic of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:1-4). A believer’s salvation is secured by Christ alone (John 10:27, 28).

Isaiah 59:2John 3:16John 14:6Acts 2:37-39Romans 3:10-23Romans 6:3-4; Romans 6:231 Corinthians 15:1-4Ephesians 2:1-10Titus 3:3-8

Communion

We take communion every week, following the example of the early church, because it provides us a reminder of the foundational teachings of our faith related to the death, resurrection, ascension, and promised heavenly hope of communing one future day with Jesus in Heaven. It is a distinction of our churches that we take communion every week, but we do not believe that one must take communion every week – it is our choice. We choose to partake of the Lord’s Supper on a weekly basis to constantly remind us of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sin of mankind.

Second Coming of Christ

We believe in a literal return of Jesus Christ and at that time there will be both the resurrection of the dead and the final judgment by God. We believe that after the judgment of God then people will be sentenced to a literal Heaven and Hell. This means that people will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is eternal death in Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.