The core of our belief can be summed up in our confession of faith: We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and our Savior.
That statement sums up the fundamental elements of Christian belief - that there is a Creator, our God, who sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for us in order to save us from the consequences of our sin. By paying the debt that we owe, Jesus purchased our freedom from the servitude of sin. So long as we follow His teachings and instructions, as revealed to us in His Word, He offers us the gift of eternal salvation.
So, what are those teachings and instructions? What do we believe that He requires of us?
Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, who died for our sins and arose from the dead.
(1 Corinthians 15: 1-8; John 3:16)
The Bible is the inspired word of God - a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.
(2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:105)
Every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord.
Those accepting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized into Him.
(Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38)
The Church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to evangelize the lost and edify the saved.
Jesus Christ will one day return to earth and reign forever as King of kings and Lord of lords.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
Christians believe in the truth of God's Word, as revealed to us through the Bible. A Christian should be able to say, with sincerity:
I believe in one God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1, 4, 8, 9; James 1:17 / John 1:1; 14:9 / Genesis 1:2; John 4:24; 14:16-20; 2 Peter 1:21)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible.
(Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3)
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's one and only Son, my one and only Savior,
(John 1:14; 1 John 4:9 / John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18)
Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
(Matthew 21:11; John 19:19 / John 1:14; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1 / Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38)
Who suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
Who died and was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day,
(Luke 23:44 - 24:8; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father,
(Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1)
and Who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead.
(Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5)
I believe in the Holy Spirit, Who is an active and operative part of the triune God,
(John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27)
and Who indwells every Christian.
(1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14)
I believe in the Bible and God's Holy Word, Scripture. I believe God inspired the autographs (original writings) of the Scripture and those autographs were consequently without error.
(Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
I accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.
(Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)
I believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ.
(Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23)
I believe the Bible teaches that salvation and the forgiveness of sins is achieved only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7)
I believe the Bible teaches that one receives God's grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ, and being immersed into Christ, but that none of these is sufficient in and of itself for the assurance of salvation.
(Romans 5:1-2 / Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9 / Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:15 / Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)
I believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere.
(Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)
I believe the Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation.
(Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
The Bible is God's instruction manual for our lives. It is the way that He provided for us to learn about Him and what He expects from us. It obviously needs to contain a great deal of information. You shouldn't expect to learn or understand everything in it quickly. In fact, most of us spend our lives studying God's Word and never stop learning new things. That's why we are commanded to study the Bible continuously, throughout our lives. (Matthew 4:4, John 5:39, Acts 17:11, Romans 15:4, Deut. 11:18, 17:18-20; Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1-3) Becoming a Christian doesn't mean that you know everything in the Bible. Instead, it's the first step in a lifelong journey to learn about God and become closer to Him.
If you aren't sure about how to become a Christian, or what God's plan of salvation means for you, please feel free to contact us. One of our members will be glad to discuss it with you and help you find answers from the Bible. You are also welcome to attend any of our Bible study sessions at any time. We have both large and small group sessions, for a variety of age groups, so you can learn in the environment where you feel most comfortable.