What We Believe About God
 
We believe in one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is infinite, which does not always make sense to our finite understanding. He is not limited by time or space. He is the Creator, and is eternal, all-knowing, ever-present, and all-powerful. His character is multi-dimensional but no facet of His character diminishes another. In other words, His grace and wrath, mercy and justice, love and jealousy all work together for good.
 
About Jesus
 
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God.  The Scripture declares his virgin birth, his sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary death on the cross, His bodily resurrection from the dead, and His exaltation to the right hand of God.
 
About the Holy Spirit
 
The Holy Spirit is an integral part of the Christian life.  The third person of the Trinity, He is given to every follower of Christ to guide, comfort, convict and help us to grow into Christ-likeness.  We believe that every Christ follower should earnestly seek and expect a subsequent experience called the baptism in the Holy Spirit.  With it comes God’s power which enables us to present Jesus to a world in need.
 
About the Bible
 
Comprised of 66 books authored over thousands of years by dozens of authors, the Bible tells one seamless story: a passionate God on a relentless pursuit to redeem His creation. The Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God and is trustworthy and reliable for telling us what to believe and how to live.
 
About Sin
 
Sin separated humanity from God.  Man was created in the image of God, however, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God.  That first sin had several repercussions.  Man was kicked out of the Garden of Eden, a curse was pronounced, the process of physical death began, and man died spiritually.  Sin separated humanity from God and left humanity in a fallen, or sinful condition.
 
About Salvation
 
We were created in the image of God to have community with Him and represent Him on earth. However, through a willful act of disobedience, we were separated from Him. The Father sent Jesus to redeem us through an act of atonement which culminated with Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. This gave us the opportunity to trade our sin for His righteousness through faith. Jesus’ sacrifice is the only means for our salvation and reconciliation with the Father.
 
About the Church
 
The Church is the Body of Christ and Jesus is the head of the Body. The Church is not a building or an event but the community of individuals who have put their trust in Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God, make disciples, make Jesus known to a lost world, and meet the needs of those in our communities and around the world. We celebrate baptism as a first step of obedience for new followers of Christ, in which they identify with Christ’s death and resurrection and make a public declaration of their faith. We also celebrate communion as an ongoing remembrance of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross.
 
About Following Christ
 
When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, it ignites a spiritual chain reaction and produces evidence of our salvation. We are forgiven of sin, declared right before God, and given eternal life with Him. The Holy Spirit is given to assure us of our salvation, adopt us into God’s family, and to live in us and empower us for a life of following Jesus. As we follow Jesus, others can see evidence of His influence in our lives (the fruit of the Spirit) — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
 
About Baptism and Communion
 
Baptism and communion are ordinances of the church and important to the life of every believer.
BAPTISM IN WATER: The Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by being immersed in water.  Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ.  It is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and it is a declaration to the world that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life.
COMMUNION: The Lord’s table consists of two elements: the bread and cup. Those elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ.  Communion is a memorial of Christ’s sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation.  it is an opportunity for a believer to examine oneself and repent in order to experience the forgiveness granted to us in the cross.
 
About the Future
 
In the end of all things, Jesus will reign eternally. He will judge His creation according to the character that has been revealed in us through His word with justice and mercy. Those who have found salvation through Jesus Christ will enjoy His presence forever; those who have not will be separated from God for eternity. For more information, see our complete statement of faith here.