We base our faith upon bedrock truths.
Even as we apply creativity and flexibility to our style of worship and the way we do life together as a church family. By learning about those beliefs, you will come to know how and why we talk and act the way we do.
God wrote a book, the Bible.
The Bible was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because the Bible was inspired by God, it is the truth. The Bible is without error and completely relevant to our daily lives.
(Bible References: Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, and 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
God exists three in one, the Trinity.
God exists as one person in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each person serves different functions but possesses equal power and authority.
(Bible References: Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19)
God is great, and God is good.
God is great: all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, worthy of our trust, and entirely holy. In Him we live, move, and breathe. God is good, too, because he is our Father. He loves his children, shows us compassion, remains faithful when we are faithless, and always, always keeps his promises.
(Bible References: Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19: Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4)
God became human, the man Jesus.
Jesus Christ is simultaneously God and human. He lived the perfect life we couldn't and can’t, becoming not only an example for us to follow but also our substitute. Jesus satisfies God’s demands for holiness and bears God’s punishment for our sin. In doing so, Jesus defeats sin and death forever, freeing us to love, know, and obey God and to live eternally with him.
(Bible References: Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16)
God is forever-present through the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit performs several services. Prior to salvation, he convinces people of their sin, God's righteousness, and the coming judgment. He also quickens the heart, nudging us toward the truth that Jesus is the only way to be saved. After accepting Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit continues exalting Christ, guiding us toward truth, and causing us to grow up in our faith. The Holy Spirit also gives spiritual gifts, offers comfort, and assures us of our relationship with Christ.
(Bible References: Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11; 139:7-12; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17)
Eternity means we will live somewhere, forever.
God created man to live forever, and man will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or reunited with God through forgiveness and salvation. Eternal separation is hell; eternal union is heaven. Both heaven and hell are physical and spiritual places of eternal existence.
(Bible References: John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15)
God created man, and only man, as an image bearer.
God made man in the image of God. As that image bearer, man is the supreme object of God’s creation, standing above animals and every other part of creation. Every man and woman is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and love. God originally created man for fellowship with God, but man ruined that relationship by disobeying God. Because of that one disobedient act, man cannot attain a right standing and relationship with God through his own efforts.
(Bible References: Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2 Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11)
God defines the only way to have a relationship with him.
Because God is God — he created everything, including you and me — he defines right and wrong, and the way back to him. That way is the one way of salvation: Jesus’ blood shed on the cross. Jesus lived the perfect life, making him the perfect and only sacrifice capable of satisfying God’s wrath and providing forgiveness of sin. We call this way “salvation," and it occurs when people repent of their sin and place their faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Salvation is a gift given freely by God; it cannot be earned through our efforts.
(Bible References: Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20)
God designed man to live in community with him and with others.
Man finds community in church, a local group of baptized believers. The church commits itself to Jesus’ teachings, to obeying God’s commands, and to sharing God’s way for salvation with the world. Believers might disagree with each other at times, but they continue to work together in love and unity, aiming to glorify God in all things.
(Bible References: Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)