We Believe

We Believe

God . . .

There is only one true God, revealed in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; who all possess the qualities and nature of the eternal God. God is all powerful, all wise, has always existed, everywhere present, the eternal God (1 Timothy 1:17). The Lord God is perfect and complete in every way. He is unlimited in power, boundless in knowledge, and infinite in love.

While there is ample evidence to the existence of God through the creation (Romans 1:18-20), Christians not only believe that God exists, but that He also rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). God created all things to bring Him honor and glory (Colossians 1:16).

God on earth . . .

God came down from heavenly glory in the person of Jesus and lived upon the earth taking on Himself human form (Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-11). Jesus was miraculously conceived and was born to Mary in Bethlehem who was a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25). His purpose was to demonstrate God's love and become the ransom that would save our soul (John 3:16-17). Through Jesus' substitute death we have the forgiveness of sin, reconciliation with God. After three days in the tomb, Jesus came back to life demonstrating the power of God, proving He is the Messiah and guaranteeing the promise of the resurrection of those who trust Him. 

God speaks . . .

The Bible is God's word to us. He directed writers to scribe His message to us, sometimes called inspiration or God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Men did not write from their own memory, feelings or ideas, but the Holy Spirit directed their thoughts (2 Peter 1:19-21). The Bible teaches us about God's nature, His purpose and plan for men and women. The Word of God will be the final standard at the judgment of all people (John 12:48). The Bible is described as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). Every one who seeks God has a responsibility to study the Bible (Matthew 7:7-8; Acts 17:11-12; 1 Peter 2:2-3).

Human condition . . .

God created man and woman in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). The first humans, Adam and Eve, sinned against God by disobeying His command and their intimate relationship with God was broken. Sin is a willful, conscious decision to disobey and turn away from God. All have sinned and fall short of God's glory (Romans 3:23). If someone says that they have no sin, they are lying (1 John 1:8, 10). The consequence and penalty of sin is separation from God (Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 6:23) also called spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1).

God’s invitation . . .

Jesus invites all who are weary and burdened by weight and guilt of sin to come to Him for help and rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Jesus is the only one way to a relationship with God the Father (John 14:6) and salvation is can only be secured through Jesus (Acts 4:12). We are saved by God's grace, and not by our good deeds or own works of righteousness (Ephesians 2:8-9). We accept and receive God's grace on the terms that He has determined.

(1) we must put our full trust and confidence in God (Hebrews 11:6; John 3:16);

(2) we must turn away from our evil, sinful ways and make it our goal and purpose to please and honor God (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 3:19, 26; 2 Corinthians 7:10-11);

(3) we must make Jesus Lord in our heart and confess Him Lord with our mouths (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9-10);

(4) we must unite with Jesus by being immersed in water (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16), joining with Him in death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4) and in it receiving the forgiveness of sin and the gift of God's Spirit (Acts 2:38).

God’s Family . . .

When one is born again (John 3:3, 5), they become a part of God’s family, the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27; 1 Peter 2:17). We, like the early Christians, must be committed to the teaching of Christ, fellowship, breaking bread and prayer (Acts 2:42). We are committed to serving each other (Galatians 6:10) and preserving the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:2-3). Jesus is the head of the church (Ephesians 4:15) and each member is a living, active part of God's ministry (Ephesians 2:10; 4:11-16; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14). We are committed to each other in love (Romans 13:8; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 4:11), devotion (Romans 12:10), acceptance (Romans 15:7), teaching (Romans 15:14), service (Galatians 5:13), compassion (Ephesians 4:32), submission (Ephesians 5:21), forgiveness (Colossians 3:13), encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13), and humility (1 Peter 5:5).

Worshipping God . . .

There are two aspects of our worshipping God. One is our daily Christian lives (Romans 12:1) and the other is when the church meets together to worship God and encourage one another in the faith (Hebrews 10:23-25).

Jesus said that the only worship that God will accept is done in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). Our worship is directed to God and our intention is to praise and honor Him. When we design and practice worship in ways to please ourselves, we make people the object of worship and put ourselves in the place of God and it is unacceptable to Him (Matthew 15:7-9; Romans 1:25). When we worship we must remember that God is awesome and our worship must be acceptable, with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28). We must look to God's Word to discover how He has told us to worship Him. 

God's way of worship is simple, focused, reverent and sincere. 

Sing  (Ephesians 5:18-20; Colossians 3:16-17; Hebrews 2:12);

Prayer  (Colossians 4:2; Philippians 4:6; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17);

Communion  (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-28; Acts 20:7);

Offering  (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8);

Bible Study and teaching  (1 Timothy 4:13; Ephesians 4:11-12; Acts 20:20; 2 Timothy 2:2).