What We Believe
GOD THE FATHER
There is one God. We believe in the God of the Bible as He reveals Himself through the scriptures and the Holy Spirit. He is the first person of the Trinity. He reveals Himself as a father. He created the heavens and earth and all that is in them. He is perfect, unchanging, eternal and holy. He is the sole judge. His love and desire for all to be saved is proven by him sending Jesus Christ.
We believe the Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity. He was sent on behalf of Jesus to bear witness to Him, teach and remind believers of Jesus’ words, convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the advocate and helper that guides believers into truth, speaking on behalf of Jesus to bring Him glory. He empowers us to know and live out God's plan for our Christian lives, giving us power and spiritual gifts He distributes according to His will.
We believe humankind was created by God in His image and likeness and is therefore accountable to His holiness. God is motivated by His great love for humanity which is why He sent Jesus to earth. We are born with a fallen nature which means we have the innate capacity to sin and the desire to do so. It is because of our sinful nature, inherited by Adam, the first of humankind that we are separated from God. Our sin condemns us before a perfect God. So it is by placing our faith in Jesus, who paid for our sin with His sacrificial life, death and resurrection. One day every person- dead or living, will pay honor to Jesus for His sacrifice.
We believe Jesus is the only begotten son of God. He is the second person of the Trinity- fully divine and fully human. Jesus has existed eternally and was sent by God to be born of the virgin Mary for the purpose of redeeming mankind. He did so by dying on the cross to pay the debt of man's sin with God. He lived a perfect, sinless life and died in our place. He came back to life as a demonstration of His power and victory over death, Satan, sin and our sinful desires. He ascended to heaven where He now sits interceding on our behalf to God as King of kings, Lord of lords and our Great High Priest.
We believe the Bible is eternally true and relevant. It reveals the character of God and His plan of redemption for mankind- pointing to Jesus. The Bible contains the living, active and eternal Word of God. It is a revelation of God for the whole world. It teaches, reproves, corrects, trains and equips believers. The Bible is the 66 book canon, made up of the Old and New Testaments, written by God through human hands. It is authoritative in every area of life.
We believe salvation is a gift to be accepted or rejected but not earned. It comes by faith in Jesus Christ's work of unconditional love on the cross. Salvation gives us the right to pass from simply being God's creation to becoming His children. We come as we are but we don't stay as we are. Because God begins a transformative work in our lives, hearts and minds. He heals the wounds of the past, provides power for today's challenges and hope for tomorrow. His salvation allows us to experience forgiveness, fellowship and intimacy with God. Jesus' death and resurrection on the cross redeems our eternal souls, grants us citizenship in the Kingdom of God as witnesses and disciples of the Gospel. Salvation makes heaven our eternal home when this life ends.
Marriage is God-ordained. “The creator made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh” (Matthew 19:4-5). Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship- a lifelong faithful union between a man and a woman. This relationship between a husband and wife should parallel the relationship between Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:23-30).