The Bible

The Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man (2 Peter 1:19-21, Hebrews 1:1-2). All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy (John 17:17, Psalm 19:7-10). It reveals the principles by which God judges us and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried (Hebrews 4:12, Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation (Luke 24:44-46, John 5:39, Acts 2:16-47).

Where are we getting all of this? From the Bible! If you have questions about what we believe, feel free to contact us.

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God

There is one and only one living and true God (1 Corinthians 8:6). He is infinite in holiness, all powerful and all knowing (Jeremiah 10:10, 1 Timothy 1:17). His perfect knowledge extends to all things—past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures (Isaiah 64:8, Acts 17:24-28, Ephesians 4:6).

The Trinity

We believe God is eternally triune. God reveals himself to us as God the Father (Isaiah 64:8, Psalm 103:13, John 1:12-13), Jesus the Son (John 14:6-13, John 5:17-18, Titus 2:13-14, Colossians 1:13-22), and the Holy Spirit (John 15:26-27, Romans 8:14-15). The Trinity is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) in three persons (Mark 1:9-11), each with distinct personal attributes (Romans 1:3-4, 1 John 5:6-12) but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Humanity

Humanity is the special creation of God, made in His own image (Genesis 1:26-30). God created humanity as male and female-the gift of specific gender is part of the goodness of God’s crowning work of human creation (Genesis 2:18-22). When created, man was innocent of sin and endowed by God with freedom of choice (Genesis 1:28-31). By his own free choice, tempted by Satan, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race (Romans 5:12, 19). From this point, all humanity (Romans 3:23), as soon as they are capable of moral action, became transgressors and are under condemnation (Romans 3:10-18, Romans 7:14-25). Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God (Jeremiah 17:5, Acts 17:26-31). The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man (John 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, Colossians 1:21-22); therefore, every person of every race of any sexual preference possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love (Romans 8:14-18, Colossians 3:9-11).

Salvation

Salvation is offered freely to all (Luke 2:28-32, Ephesians 2:11-22, Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13) and comes only through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:1-10). His death, burial, and resurrection made the only way for humanity to come into an eternal relationship with God (John 1:29, John 3:16-17, Acts 4:12). God, as a holy and just being, requires atonement for the sins we commit against him—Christ made this atonement and paid the penalty for our sins through the voluntary shedding of his blood on the cross (Romans 1:16-18, Romans 5:8-10, Ephesians 1:7). For us to “become saved”, we must accept this atonement through a personal faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20). Once we have genuinely accepted God’s gift of salvation, it cannot be taken away (John 10:28-29).

how salvation works

In a very broad sense, salvation includes 4 parts: Regeneration, Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification. You won’t find all four of these terms in the Bible—for easy of understanding, the church has given names to the different sections of salvation, which are detailed out in Scripture.

Regeneration:
A work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Galatians 6:15). It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God (Acts 17:30-31, Romans 2:4) and faith in Jesus (John 3:36, Acts 16:30-31). Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus and the commitment of the entire person to Him as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10).

Justification:
God’s gracious and full acquittal of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ (Acts 3:19-20). Justification brings the believer from a relationship of judgement to a relationship of peace and favor with God (Romans 3:23-25, Romans 4:3-25, Romans 8:1-4).

Sanctification:
The experience, beginning in regeneration, by which a believer becomes more like Christ—a journey toward moral and spiritual maturity through the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him (Romans 6:1-23, Galatians 2:20, Acts 2:38-39). This is a process—not a one time fix—and is explained more fully in the section below.

Glorification:
The culmination of salvation-coming face to face with God and spending eternity with Him (John 5:24, 1 Peter 1:3-9, Revelation 21:1-8).

Life as a Christian -
The process of sanctification

What does it look like to be a Christian? In today’s society, it can be confusing as to what being a Christian actually means—many who claim to be Christians act very differently than others who claim the same. It is hard to give an exact picture of how a Christian behaves because the Holy Spirit convicts each of us in different areas and at different times (Romans 14). In addition, every Christian grows in their faith at different rates and through different experiences (Philippians 2:12-13, James 1:2-4).

HOWEVER, every Christian does have solid scriptural truths that, as regenerated believers who have given Christ lordship over their lives, should guide their actions (Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:1-25). Below are some of these truths.

Avoid Sin:
The Bible is very clear that Christians should strive to not sin (1 Peter 2:11-12, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:17-32). Does that mean that a Christian is expected to be perfect? Nope—it is impossible, in this fallen world, to live without sinning (Romans 3:23, Romans 7:14-25). It DOES mean that Christians should do their best to live “blameless lives”—lives without sin (Philippians 2:15). Being a Christian also means that when we do sin, we turn to Jesus to confess our sin and repent and that Christ is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:5-10). When you sin, it does not mean that you are no longer a Christian—it means that you are a human, working to become more like Christ (the process of sanctification), in a fallen world (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Christ:
Christians are to grow to become more like Christ-in our knowledge and our actions (Ephesians 3:17-19, 2 Peter 1:5-8, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Hebrews 6:1). We are commanded to do so in order that we will be prepared to share the hope of Christ with others (1 Peter 3:15), so that we will not inadvertently fall under false teaching (2 Peter 3:14-18, Colossians 2:6-8), and so that we will be ready to accomplish whatever God calls us to do (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 12:1-2).

Evangelize:
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, Acts 10:42-43). As Christians become more like Christ, a true Christian will find that they begin to love what Christ loves—specifically other people, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual preference, or any other characteristic (John 3:16-17, Philippians 2:3-4, 1 Timothy 1:12-17). The greatest expression of this love is to share eternal hope with others and, as such, a genuine believer will WANT to share the gospel, as commanded by Christ (Romans 10:13-15, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16).

Be a Good Steward:
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him (Deuteronomy 8:18, Acts 17:24-25). Christians are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and helping others (Luke 16:1-13, 1 Corinthians 4:1-2). This is not a ploy to force people to give money to the church—while the Lord is the source of our financial gain and stability, funding the church is not the Lord’s primary goal. The Bible warns against setting things above the Lord in importance—money specifically because it’s allure is so great (1 Timothy 6:10). The Lord wants the management of our assets to reflect the value we place on those assets in relation to the Lord (Matthew 6:19-24), as well as be a means to advance the Gospel (2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Romans 6:6-22).

The Ordanances of the Faith:
Coming soon—thank you for your patience!

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