What We Believe
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GOD

There is one and only one living and true God. He represents Himself to us as three persons (or Trinity). God the Father, the first person of the trinity, reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the history of the world. God the Son, Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, was sent by God the Father to die for the sins of the world. After being buried, He was raised on the third day. God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, lives in every believer to transform him or her into the likeness of Christ (Eph- esians 1:13-14).

THE BIBLE

The Holy Bible is God's inspired, written word that is complete and correct, in which there are no errors (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is the revelation of God's purposes in history and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and is the disciple's normative guide for daily living.

SALVATION

All people are separated from God by their sinful nature until they trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10). Salvation is from God and by God, not by any works that people can do (Ephesians 2:8-9).

THE CHURCH

The church is the visible presence of Christ in the world today, and it is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22,23). The church is composed of baptized followers of Christ who share one Lord, one faith, and one baptism (Ephesians 4:5). The church is not a place, but a living organ made up of people. The purpose of the church is to glorify Christ by:

Sharing the good news of God's love for humanity...
Providing opportunities to worship God...
Being a "family" where lasting relationships can be developed...
Developing individuals to spiritual maturity...
Helping those who are hurting and in need.

BELIEVERS

Each follower of Christ is called to be a witness in the world (Acts 1:8) and to make other disciples (Matthew 28: 19,20). Each disciple has a place of ministry within the Body of Christ. God has gifted each believer with at least one spiritual gift for the purpose of building up the body and carrying out God's mission in his or her life (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-13).

THE FUTURE

God, who created the world, (Genesis 1:1), is the same God who will bring it to its end (Revelation 21). History is moving purposefully to its completion in the purposes of God.

 

 

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