The Bible

The Holy Bible was written by men throughout history, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21).  It is the written form through which God has chosen to reveal Himself to the world.  The Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), God-breathed, and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training (2 Timothy 3:16).  God’s Word is without error in their original form, and timeless spanning generations, nations, and cultures.

God

We believe there is one and only one, true, living God (Ephesians 4:6, 1 Corinthians 8:6).  God exists eternally and has chosen to reveal Himself to us in the form of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Each member distinct in personal attributes, but united in essence and being as one (Matthew 28:19).

God The Father

God the Father exists eternally, and providentially over all of creation.  He created all things (Genesis 1:1, Revelation 4:11).  He is Holy (Leviticus 20:26, Isaiah 6:3, 1 Peter 1:16), and just (Romans 3:26, 2 Thessalonians 1:6).

God The Son

Jesus Christ is the only Son of God (John 3:16), and the only hope for a broken world (John 1:29).  He is the incarnate God who took on human form (Philippians 2:7), born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18), who came to save the world from sin (John 3:17).  He lived a sinless life, died a brutal death on the cross, and rose again.  He is now seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19, Hebrews 1:3) as our high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16) and actively mediates on our behalf (1 Timothy 2:5).  He continually sustains us with the power of His words (Hebrew 1:3), and will one day visibly return in bodily form to claim his followers (Matthew 24:30-31, Revelation 1:7).

God The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, sent by Jesus to guide (John 16:13), comfort (Acts 9:31), empower (Luke 24:49, Romans 15:19, Acts 1:8) and sanctify (2 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Peter 1:2) those who are in Christ.  The Holy Spirit also convicts us of sin, righteousness, and judgement (John 16:8).

Humans

All human beings, male and female, are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and loved greatly by Him (Romans 8:37-39, Romans 5:8).  Because Adam and Eve chose to sin, humans are from birth separated from God and sinful in nature.  We are all guilty of sin (Romans 3:23), and the consequence of that sin is death (Romans 6:23).  Left to our own means and devices, we cannot and will not be able to live abundantly now, or enter Heaven eternally.

Heaven & Hell

Heaven and Hell are real, final, and eternal (Matthew 25:46).  Because of our guilt in sin, we are all headed to Hell.  No amount of good deeds, or false religions will gain us access to eternal life in Heaven with God.  On our own we are hopeless, but through Jesus’ sinless life, and redemptive acts, we can have hope of eternal life in Heaven.

Salvation & Redemption

We believe our only hope is found in the complete and sacrificial work of Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection (Romans 4:25). Jesus is the one and only way to be forgiven and regain right standing before a Holy God (John 14:60).  We also believe grace and eternal life are free gifts from God (Romans 6:23), and our actions and deeds do not add to our salvation.  We believe that once someone is born again (John 3:3), they are made new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Our goal is to become more like Christ in our thoughts, love, actions, and deeds.  We will never achieve holiness in this life, but we are called to be set apart and strive for holiness, righteousness, and purity.  We have confidence that if we repent of our sins and claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we will be forgiven and made new (1John 1:9, Romans 10:9).

The Local Church

All those who are born again are a part of the body of Christ (Romans 12:5).  This body spans all cities, nations, and continents worldwide.  However part of being part of the larger body of Christ is being part of the local body as well.  We passionately believe that as followers of Christ we should desire fellowship, community, teaching, and worship as a local corporate body, otherwise known as the local church (Hebrews 10:25).

Missions

We believe that Jesus’ command to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19) was not just for full time vocational missionaries, but a command for all those who follow Jesus.  As Christians we should be actively engaging in evangelism and mission work both locally and internationally.  We believe missions doesn’t have to be difficult, but rather as we follow Jesus, all aspects of our life should be marked with sharing and living out the life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.  You may not be called to head overseas, but you are called to be a missionary in your own community, family, workplace, school, and circle of friends.  We are all called to Go & Shine!