What We Believe
What We Believe
We teach that Jesus is both fully God and fully human, who, by his virgin birth (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31,35), sinless life (Hebrews 7:26, I Peter 2:22), miracles, death on the cross and bodily resurrection is our Lord, and has redeemed us (Romans 5:8). We teach his ascension into heaven (Acts 1) and his imminent return (Revelation 22:20) to earth in power and glory. (I Timothy 3:16, Isaiah 9:6, Colossians 1:15-20). Click here to learn more about Jesus.
We teach that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44:6, Ephesians 4:4-6), eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We call this “the Trinity” (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19, I Corinthians 12:4-6, II Corinthians 13:13).*
The Holy Spirit
We teach that the Holy Spirit, true God, makes faith possible (John 14:26, Acts 11:16-17, I Corinthians 12:3, Romans 8:14-17) and dwells in each believer (Romans 8:1-17, I Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13). The Holy Spirit’s natural and supernatural gifts are available and operative today for all Christians (Acts 2, I Corinthians 12:1-11, 28-31, 14:1-12, Ephesians 4:11-13, Hebrews 2:4) and we encourage their use (1 Thessalonians 5:19). All gifts are to be used with reverence and humbleness, and none of them is to be used as a “test” for true faith. We teach that service and leadership in our congregation are based on giftedness by the Holy Spirit and not on the arbitrary differences of race, gender, age, or social and economic power (Galatians 3:28, Joel 2:28-29, Ephesians 3:4-6).
We teach that the Holy Bible is inspired by God and is without error in its original manuscripts. It speaks God’s Word to us as our final authority in matters of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:105, Matthew 4:4, 2 Peter 1:19-21, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Revelation 22:18-19, John 17:17, 20:31). The Bible is not just ancient literature, but rather a living book which Jesus opens to us (Luke 24:45).
We teach that Jesus alone (Acts 4:12, John 14:6), by His death on the cross and resurrection, provides salvation from sin, death and the power of the devil. This salvation is a gift; it is free and cannot be earned. We call this grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Because of this grace, we teach that one can be certain of eternal life (“assurance” – John 5:24) and the forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:43). We teach that we partake of this free gift of grace by faith alone (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38). We call this “justification.” It happens once and for all as the believer receives Jesus into his or her heart and is reborn/ regenerated (Romans 3:3, 10:9-10, Revelation 3:20, John 3:1ff) by water and the Spirit (John 3:5).
*We believe the Triune nature of God is based on the testimony and revelation of God’s word in Scripture as well as supported by the ancient creeds of the Christian Church, most notably the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
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