Our Doctrine Statement
WE BELIEVE …
THE WORD OF GOD
The Bible is God’s unique revelation to people. It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches.
There is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other.
GOD THE FATHER
The Father, the first Person of the Trinity, is transcendent and sovereign over all his creation, and omnipresent in and through his creation. His power and essence are infinite, beyond human comprehension. He is holy and perfect in His attributes, and is the ultimate source of all goodness and love.
Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Someday, He will return to fulfill the eternal plan of God.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach others in the world.
People were created by God to live in relationship with Him. But mankind sinned against God and consequently became spiritually lost and, because of sin, and deserve the judgment of God.
God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
All who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by immersion. Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. 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. The Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ and being immersed into Christ
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 himself and experience forgiveness. We practice open communion every week inviting all Christ Followers to participate.
All believers everywhere are members of the body of Christ, the church founded on the Day of Pentecost. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.
THE LOCAL CHURCH
The local church is a congregation of believers led by Elders. The Churchgathers for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy, and resources to fulfill the Great Commission – reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.