Beliefs

Beliefs

In essential beliefs, we have unity


“There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” Ephesians 4:4-6

Our Four Essential Beliefs


These are the core beliefs where we have no flexibility: no “open-mindedness.” These beliefs are central to the Christian faith.

1. The Bible is the Word of God.


“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, and we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading and Bible study. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

2. Jesus is the Son of God.


“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. He rose from the dead and is the only connection between us and God. When we die, we go to spend eternity with Him in heaven.

3. You must be born again and baptized.


“Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.’” John 3:5,6 "And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’" Acts 2:38 Salvation comes only through God’s grace - not human effort - and must be received personally by repentance and faith. Only those who accept Jesus will avoid eternal punishment in hell and enjoy eternal fellowship with God in heaven.

4. Believers can be Spirit filled and Spirit led.


“Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” John 20:21-22 We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. Every believer can be filled with the Holy Spirit by simply asking. We seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right.

In nonessential beliefs, we have liberty.


“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1,4,12,22

In all our beliefs, we show love.


“...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2
 
 
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