What We Believe

The Bible as Truth

We believe the Bible is God’s true and living word, telling of His glory and of His unfailing love for His people. The Bible came to us by way of inspired men writing histories, visions, poems and letters, all recorded to reveal God’s character and his desire for relationship with us, his children, seen in His dwelling in human form among people as Jesus Christ. This ancient holy book was well-preserved through the ages by men and women who experienced the power within its pages; it has been tested and scrutinized by many scholars for accuracy and cohesion, and it has been translated into languages all over the world. The wisdom within directs believers toward God’s plans for our existence on Earth, equipping us for good works and making us wise for salvation.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
John 20:31 (NIV)
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

The Church

We believe that the church is the family of God, personified as the “bride of Christ” and the “adopted children” of God the Father. Another way the church is described is as the “body of Christ,” made up of many parts or members who work together and need each other to carry out our function, which is to make salvation known and to imitate our Creator that His glory may shine out from us and draw others toward His light. Though we have many different interests and skills, the church is a community of believers who have one unifying thing in common – faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. We worship and study and pray together, to strengthen our spiritual muscles in the invisible war against evil. And we love and care for each other and serve our neighbors in hopes of displaying the generous nature of our Father God by his Spirit working in us.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9
“God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety…”
Ephesians 3:10 (NLT)
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”
1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV)
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching, and to fellowship, and the sharing in meals, and to prayer. …And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.”
Acts 2:42,44 (NLT)

Salvation in Jesus

We believe that salvation is found in none but Jesus, and that it is a free gift of God, given to those who believe in Him. Faith without action is useless, therefore, we act on our faith so that our lives become a living testimony of our belief in God and of his goodness. Faith comes from hearing the word of God, which sheds light on the state of our sinfulness and inability to keep God’s laws. We recognize our sin and rebellion against God, and we repent, which means we move away from sin and toward God. We confess our need for Jesus as Lord and Savior, and that we are dead without his rescue, provided by the power he displayed through his death on a cross and resurrection from the tomb. We are buried in a water baptism to symbolize that death, burial and resurrection, and to be raised in new life with His Holy Spirit as our counselor until we are called heavenward for eternal life in God’s presence.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 (NIV)
“How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? …Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”
James 2:20,26 (NLT)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (CSB)