THERE ARE BELIEFS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. THESE BELIEFS DEFINE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN, BINDING US TOGETHER DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES.
WE BELIEVE IN:
1) The unique divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness, and authority of the Bible.
God's Word as revealed in the Bible is the final authority for what we believe and how we live. We believe that God's message of hope and salvation is based on the truth revealed in Scripture.
2) The deity and Lordship of Jesus Christ and His place in the Trinity.
(1 John 5:7-8; Matthew 1:23 & Is. 7:14; Col. 1:15-20)
In Scripture, the one Creator-God manifests Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Trinity. Jesus was born of a virgin; and although He was fully human, He was also fully divine. He was and is God the Son, yet He took on human flesh, so that we might know God’s character and plan for this world. Although He was human in every way, Jesus never ceased to be God.
3) The necessity and efficacy of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world, and the historic fact of His bodily resurrection.
(Hebrews 10:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5)
Christ's death on the cross was the one complete and lasting act that turned aside God's judgment for our sins. This is the overwhelming grace of God for those who confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior; there is forgiveness and reconciliation for the broken relationship between God and man laid out in Genesis 3. Jesus' resurrection defeated the power of sin and death and testified both to His power and identity as God's Son.
4) The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
To fully enjoy God's saving work in our lives, we rely on the Holy Spirit to convict people of their sins and give them the desire to pursue holiness in Christ. The Holy Spirit comforts us, encourages us, instructs us, and convicts our hearts with God's truth.
We believe in the promise of Christ's return, when He will come to judge the living and the dead. Until then, we live in anticipation of it, striving to live lives marked by righteousness, witness, and faithfulness to God.
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