In this day of religious pluralism many groups and churches claim to be Christian worship centers and institutions. We believe there are visible marks of identity for those who call themselves followers of Jesus Christ. As a conscientious Christian church we thought it prudent to put in writing some of the basics of what we believe. The belief statements about God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are taken from the Nicene Creed written in 325 AD. The Nicene Creed has often been used as a statement of foundational Christian beliefs. We could have written or adopted other statements which could be more inclusive and just as Biblical as these; however, we believe by including them in our Statement of Faith we are acknowledging that the Christian church as it exists today owes a great debt of gratitude to those who have gone before us. Not all of who we are can be distilled into a Statement of Faith; however we hope what we have written will help you give voice to your own beliefs. As a church we exist to bring glory and honor to our God, and if what we have written in these brief statements has stirred a kindred spirit within you, you are most welcome to come and join us as we do the work of the Great Commission and strive to obey the Great Commandments.
(Matthew 22:37-40, 28:18-20)
WE BELIEVE that the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired Word of God, the all-sufficient written authority and trustworthy for faith and practice. It is to be interpreted responsibly under the guidance of the Holy Spirit within the community of faith. The primary purpose of the Bible is to point to Jesus Christ, the living Lord of the Church.
Ps 119:89-91; Isa 46:10-11; 55:10-11; Matt 5:18, 24:35; Mark 12:23-24, 13:31; Luke 16:17, 21:33; John 10:35; Acts 1:16, 28:25; Rom 3:1-3; Gal 3:8; 2 Tim 3:16-17; Heb 4:12; 1 Pet 1:25; 2 Pet 1:19-21; Rev 14:6
WE BELIEVE there is one and only one living and true God who reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
Deut 6:4-5; Matt 28:18-20; Mark 1:9-11, 12:29-30; John 3:1-21, 14:16-17, 20:26-31; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Pet 1:1-2, 3:15; Rev 1:4-5
WE BELIEVE in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
Gen 1:1, 17:1, 18:25; Deut 32:4; Job 38, 39; Ps 19:1, 147:5; Isa 6:1-3, 40:27-31; John 4:24; Rom 1:19-20, 2:6-16; 11:33-36; 1 Tim 1:17; James 1:5; Rev 1:8, 22:13
WE BELIEVE in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit He became incarnate from the virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered death and was buried. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.
Isa 7:14, 11:2, 42:1, 52:13 & 53, 61:1; Daniel 2:44; Matt 1:20-25, 27, 28; Mark 6:3; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1-10, 1:45, 3:16, 12:45, 14:3, 14:7-9; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor 15:51-55; Phil 2:6; Col 1:15-17; 1 Thess 4:13-18; 2 Tim 4:1; Heb 1, 3:3-4; 1 Pet 4:5; Rev 4:11
WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets.
Gen 1:2; Isa 61:1; Judges 3:10, 6:34, 13:24-25, 14:6; 2 Sam 23:2; Isa 42:1-9; Matt 1:20, 12:28-29; Luke 1:13-15, 4:18-19; John 3:6, 6:63, 14:16 & 26, 15:26; Ps 139:7-12
WE BELIEVE the true Church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. Together we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. The Church is an assembly of the redeemed who have entered into a New Covenant with God. Each person who has become a member of God’s household by receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is fitted together into this assembly which rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. Together the redeemed become the Body of Christ, the Church, and the gates of hell cannot stand against it. The Church exists universally and locally in, through, and because of Jesus Christ, and it is God’s primary way to accomplish His purposes on earth today.
Deut 7:6; Ps 147:19-20; Matt 13:24-30; 13:47-50; 16:15-19; Acts 20:7-11; 1 Cor 11:25; 12:12-26; 2 Cor 13:5; Gal 3:26-29; Eph 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 4:4-6, 5:19-20; 2 Tim 2:19; Heb 8:7-13, 10:25; 1 Pet 2:4-10; Rev 5:9-10
WE BELIEVE that salvation is God’s gracious gift of eternal life, given mercifully to a fallen humanity—fallen meaning sinful and separated. We believe that salvation comes only through Jesus Christ, and that the cost of human redemption and reconciliation to God was completely satisfied by His suffering and death on the cross. God raised Jesus from death as an effectual confirmation of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. God makes this salvation available, freely and without cost, to anyone who confesses Jesus as Lord, and believes in their heart that God raised Him from the dead. God’s offer of salvation is by grace through faith and not achieved in any way by our own works.
Isa 64:6; John 1:12, 3:7 & 16, 14:6; Acts 4:12, 16:30-31; Rom 6:23; Gal 6:15; Eph 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Heb 7:25, 9:22; 1 Pet 1:18-19; Rev 3:20
WE BELIEVE Christ instituted two ordinances for His people. Baptism is administered by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to all those who profess repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is a symbol of the believer’s union with Christ in His death and resurrection, of forgiveness of sins and of the believer’s identification with the visible body of Christ. The Lord’s Supper is done in remembrance of Jesus; as a proclamation of His sacrifice offered once for all on the cross of Calvary for our redemption; it is a time of looking forward to Christ’s future return, and it is a communion with the present risen Christ and with fellow believers.
Matt 3:13-17, 15:17, 26:26-30, 28:18-20; Mark 1:9-11, 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22, 22:19-20; John 3:23, 6:32-58, 19:30; Acts 2:41-42, 8:12-13, 8:35-39, 10:44-48, 16:30-33, 20:7; Rom 6:3-5; 1 Cor 10:16-17, 10:21, 11:23-29; Col 2:11-12; Heb 10:10-14; 1 Pet 2:24