All 66 books of the Bible are God’s inspired Word (2 Timothy 3:16). It is always true, never wrong, completely trustworthy and our highest authority.
God does now, has always and will forever exist in three equal Persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-3).
God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is perfect in every good way. He is all-powerful, all-knowing and always present. He created the Universe and everything in it. He loves, actively sustains and sovereignly controls all of His creation.
God the Son is equal to the Father. He voluntarily became a human being, named Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He lived a perfect and sinless life. He obeyed the Father in all things, taught God’s will with supreme authority, performed many miracles, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven – where He currently sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us.
The Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit is the third equal Person of the Trinity. He thinks, feels and has a will. He brings non-believers to know Christ by convicting them of their sins and point them to Jesus. He unites believers with Christ in faith and continually works in believers to make us more like Christ.
All human beings are made by God in His Image. Therefore, every person has inherent dignity, value, meaning and purpose. God made us perfect, but allowed us choice. Adam and Eve used that choice in the Garden, and we each continue daily to use our choice, to sin and rebel against God. We were made to glorify God, but instead we choose to glorify ourselves.
Our sins separate us from God and make us His enemy. We each deserve His full wrath as the just punishment for our sins. We are hopelessly unable to make ourselves right with God. But in His love and mercy, Jesus Christ took the punishment we deserve. On the cross, He paid the price for our sins and made us right with God. This was God’s plan before He even created the world! We accept this gift by trusting Jesus as our Savior. Genuine saving faith will also lead us to obey Him as our Lord. Though salvation is offered to all, only a few accept it.
Jesus will come back in full glory and power and usher in the New Heaven and Earth. All the dead will be raised and everyone will receive an imperishable resurrected body. He will sit as the ultimate judge of all mankind, as we will all personally and individually appear before Him to receive judgement. Those who trust and obey Him will receive eternal life in His Kingdom, in perfect friendship with Him. There will be no pain, sorrow, hurt or death in this eternal life. Those who do not receive Him as Lord and Savior will receive eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.
The word Christian literally means “Little Christ.” Having been saved by Christ, and guided by the Holy Spirit, our lives should look more-and-more like Jesus every day. God cares about the way we live and the choices we make. He tells us how He wants us to live and what is best for us in the Bible. We will not live perfectly in this life, but we have to fight against temptation and distance ourselves from our sins.
Jesus called individuals to follow Him as a group. Though saving faith is personal, our Christian walk is not. Jesus intends for all Christians to walk together. The purpose of the church is three-fold: Worship God, Mature Christians in Faith, and Bless the World (through evangelism and missions).
We observe two sacraments in this church: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. Baptism should rightly be done as a response to our faith. The Lord’s Supper is open to all who acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior.