What We Believe

An ever-changing culture demands a solid anchor for discovering what is truth.
We believe that the Word of God is absolute truth, relevant and reliable for every
generation. Therfore the Doctrinal truths we hold dear are as follows:

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons:
the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

The Father
He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. He reigns with providential care
over the universe and the flow of human history goes according to His purpose and plan.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus has eternally existed and became man at His incarnation. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as
the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He bodily arose from
the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and
Lord of Lords.

Holy Spirit
He is the third person of the Trinity. He guides men into all truth; exalts Christ; convicts of sin; of righteousness, and of judgment; cultivates Christian character; comforts believers; bestows spiritual gifts by which believers serve God; and, seals the believer unto the day
of final redemption. His presence in the lives of believers is the assurance of God to bring
us into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

We believe scriptural baptism must be: (1) by being completely immersed under the
water, and (2) must be after salvation. Baptism has no saving power but is the first
act of obedience smybolizing (1) the believers faith in the death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus, and (2) the believer's death to sin and resurrection to walk
anew in Christ.

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It is written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. 

Human Beings
People are made in the image of God and are the supreme object of God’s creation. All of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self–ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally with Him is Heaven.


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