what we believe
We derive our identity as a community
of believers from our core beliefs
that are rooted in Christ.
We derive our identity as a community of believers from our core beliefs that are rooted in Christ.
What do we stand for? What are our beliefs?
We’re glad that you’re thinking about these questions. We love people who straightaway want to know how Christ is rooted in the center of this church. So, here is a summary of what we believe and stand for. Click each one to learn more.
God created the universe and everything in it.
We believe that God, the only infinite, eternal, and unchangeable being, made all the universe and all living things in it.
- The universe is not eternal but had its beginning in the intricate and brilliant creative work of God (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3).
- Human beings were created specially to reflect the character or image of God (Genesis 1:26–27). They thus bear a unique moral responsibility to God (Revelation 4:11).
The Bible is the Living Word of God.
We believe that God gave us His thoughts in words and propositions through prophets whose messages were written and catalogued in the Bible as our authoritative guide for knowing God.
- God caused the human authors of Scripture to write just what He wanted written, yet through their own personality (II Timothy 3:16–17; II Peter 1:20–21).
- As such, the original writings of God’s Word are without any error in all the matters in which they give instruction and are absolutely authoritative (Matthew 5:17–18).
God is a triune being.
We believe that God exists as three persons in one being—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- God is one in essence or nature (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30; I Corinthians 8:4).
- Three distinct persons make up the Godhead (I Corinthians 8:5–6; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 2:18).
- Each person is equally God (the Son: John 1:1; the Spirit: Acts 5:3–4).
Jesus is both Son of God and Son of Man.
We believe that Jesus is the eternal Son who took on human nature without losing His divine nature and so is both Son of God and Son of Man.
- God caused Mary, Jesus’ mother, to conceive Him without a human father to create His human nature (Matthew 1:18–23; Luke 1:26–35).
- The Son of God took on human nature and became fully man, apart from sin (John 1:14; I Corinthians 15:21; Hebrews 2:14; II Corinthians 5:21).
- The Son of Man is also fully God (John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8).
We are all sinners in need of salvation.
We believe that all human beings have begun life in a state of separation from God and in rebellion against Him and so are in need of redemption.
- Adam fell from a state of righteousness into a state of sin and incurred guilt for the whole human race (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12–21).
- All people are consequently incapable of pleasing God by any of their works and incapable of ridding themselves of guilt (Ephesians 2:1–3; Romans 3:9–20).
- Only God can bring people to life and salvation by His drawing power (Ephesians 2:4–10; John 6:44).
Jesus died so that we could be redeemed.
We believe that God’s means of redeeming humans was the sacrifice of His Son, the Lord Jesus, in our place to cover our guilt and by Jesus’ resurrection to grant us new life.
- Christ’s death paid God’s penalty for our sin in order that those who believe might gain forgiveness and eternal life (II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:11–14; I Peter 2:24).
- By his physical resurrection, Jesus’ sacrificial death was shown to be approved by God. Jesus now sits enthroned with God where he advocates on behalf of all who have received His sacrifice (Acts 2:14–40; Romans 4:25; Ephesians 1:18–23; Hebrews 7:23–28).
We are made righteous through Christ.
We believe that God attributed the righteousness of Jesus to all who believe and has given us the Holy Spirit to aid us in becoming like Jesus in our character.
- God demands perfect love from us because He could ask for no less and we fall far short of that (Matthew 5:48; Romans 3:9–20; Ephesians 2:1–10).
- By faith only in Christ and His sacrificial death, God credits to our account the righteousness of Christ and so views us as perfectly righteous before Him. This is justification (Romans 3:21–26; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8–10; Romans 5:19).
- God is actively at work in each one justified to produce actual righteousness or Christ-likeness (Philippians 2:12–13; Romans 8:28–29; Ephesians 2:10).
We are called to live out our faith as a family.
We believe that God has made all believers to be one family of faith, called the Church, that meets regularly to encourage one another in the faith, maintain the faith and each other, and proclaim the faith.
- This family of believers meets to encourage one another in faith and love (Hebrews 10:23–25).
- God gives gifts or abilities to believers through the Holy Spirit at His discretion to build us in the faith (I Corinthians 12–14; Hebrews 2:4).
- Jesus has commissioned us to proclaim the faith to all nations (Matthew 28:18–20).
Jesus is returning to establish His Kingdom on earth.
We believe that Jesus will return to earth, resurrecting all who believe, setting up His kingdom in anticipation of a final renewal of the whole earth where heaven will come to rest forever.
- The body is not evil but is God’s creation and, for believers, will be raised and transformed at the return of Christ (I Corinthians 15:20–24, 35–44; Philippians 3:20–21).
- Christ will personally and bodily return to earth to establish direct rule over the earth (Acts 1:9–11; Luke 22:29–30; Revelation 20:1–10).
- A new heaven and earth will be created and the eternal kingdom of God will be established. We are meant to live in this new earth as the restoration of God’s intention in the beginning (Revelation 21:1; I Corinthians 15:24).
We also believe that God has promised a final day of judgment to make all things right, but there is also an evaluation made at our deaths.
- There is no “second chance” for salvation after death (Hebrews 9:27; John 3:36; Luke 16:19–31).
- Heaven awaits believers upon death (2 Corinthians 5:6–10), but, unhappily, a place of separation from God for unbelievers (Luke 16:19–31).
- There will be a final appearance in judgment when Jesus returns to establish His Kingdom on earth (Matthew 25:31–46).
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