Beliefs

Below is a brief description of our doctrinal beliefs as a church. For a more detailed look at what we believe, check out our Starting Point class.

 

About God:

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. He has eternally existed as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
(Genesis 1:26-27, 3:22Psalm 24:1-2, 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Peter 1:2)

About Jesus Christ:

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is coequal with the Father. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all 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 to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
(Matthew 1:22-23, John 1:1-5, 14:10-30, Acts 1:9-11, Romans 1:3-4, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Colossians 1:15-18, 1 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 4:14-15)

About The Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. He is present in the world to make mankind aware of our 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. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
(John 14:16-17, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 10:14, 1 Peter 1:3-5)

About Mankind:

Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Man is the supreme object of God's creation. By free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the Human Race.  Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates us from God. Only the grace of God can bring man into his holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.
(Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2, Romans 3:2)

About Salvation:

Salvation is a gift from God to mankind. We can never make up for our sin by our good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
(Matthew 1:22-23, John 1:1-5, 14:10-30, Acts 1:9-11, Romans 1:3-4, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Colossians 1:15-18, 1 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 4:14-15)

About Eternity:

We all were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by our sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal union and eternal life with God.
(Matthew 25:41, John 3:16, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15 (hell), Revelation 21:27)

About Eternal Security:

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in His salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and the keeping power of God that gives this security.
(John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 10:14, 1 Peter 1:3-5)

About The Bible:

The Bible is God's word to all mankind. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian life and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. All scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
(Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 119:160, Proverbs 30:5-6, Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)