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Our Beliefs

IN ESSENTIAL BELIEFS - WE HAVE UNITY.

"There is one body and one spirit. . . There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all. . . " Ephesians 4:4-6

 IN NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS - WE HAVE LIBERTY.

"Accept Him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matter. . . Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or fails. . .So then each of us will give an account o f himself to God. . .So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. " Romans 14:1,4,12,22

 IN ALL OUR BELIEFS - WE SHOW LOVE.

".  .  .  If I  hold in my mind not only all human  knowledge but also the very secrets of God,  and if I have the faith that can move mountains - But have no love, I amount to nothing at all. " 1 Corinthians 13:2

THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE:

1. ABOUT GOD THE FATHER

 God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God is living and personal. He transcends - or is above the world and is free from confinement of any sort. God is holy. God is good. God is love.

Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; Habakkuk 1:3; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 4:8 

2. ABOUT GOD THE SON

 Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Virgin born, He had no human father but He did have a human mother. Both His deity and humanity are to be affirmed.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13 

3. ABOUT GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

 The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are

saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.  2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Ephesians 1:13:Galatians 5:25                    

4. ABOUT THE BIBLE

 The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.   Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

Psalms 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16 

5. ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS

 People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin".  This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. It is impossible for an individual to free themselves from this sin problem. Only Jesus has made this possible.

Genes/s 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6;  Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23

 6. ABOUT SALVATION

 Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5

 7. ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY

 Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort of the Christian. It is the race and keeping power of God that gives us this security.    

John 10:27-29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 John 5:13

 8. ABOUT ETERNITY

 People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelations 20:15

 

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