What Do We Believe?
We believe that the gospel is the centerpiece of faith and life. And what is the gospel? It is the good news about what God has done through Jesus. God has not only created the world, but since all humankind has fallen out of right relationship with Him, He has brought salvation to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus His Son, and He will one day make all things right for all time. The Bible considers this message about what Jesus has done as the foundation for Christian faith (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-5), and so do we.
We believe the entire Bible is inspired by God, without error, and the authority on which we base our faith, conduct and doctrine.
We believe in one God who exists in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to this earth as Savior of the world.
We believe that salvation is God’s free gift to us and that we receive this gift through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. Repentance means turning away from our sin and turning toward Christ. Faith means trusting in Christ alone for the remission of our sins. When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, His perfect obedience is credited to us so that God sees us as the righteousness of Christ.
We believe Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for our sins. We believe that salvation is found by placing our faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross. We believe Jesus rose from the dead and is coming again.
Romans 6:23, Titus 3:5, John 14:6; 1:12, Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:1
We believe in believer’s baptism. Baptism is a picture and an illustration – a symbolic act. Baptism by immersion best illustrates the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf and our subsequent faith in Him. It is not necessary for salvation but is strongly associated with salivation, as it best illustrates our new identity with Jesus Christ. A person must first exercise faith is Jesus Christ, believing that he died for their sins, was buried and rose from the dead. An infant or a person who does not understand God’s plan of salvation cannot make that kind of commitment. The scriptural order is belief first, followed by baptism. Baptism is limited to those who have personally believed in Christ as the Savior.
Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 8:12, Matthew 3:13-17, Colossians 2:12
We believe in the regular taking of Communion as an act of remembering what the Lord Jesus did for us on the cross.
We believe every believer should be in a growing relationship with Jesus by obeying God’s Word, yielding to the Holy Spirit and by being conformed to the image of Christ.