God is the Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three persons are co-equal and unified in the trinity. (Genesis 1:1; John 10:30; John 4:24; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Man is the creation of God made in His image and under God’s authority. Man is the supreme object of God’s creation. Yet, while man has a tremendous potential for good, he has been tainted by an innate attitude of disobedience toward God. This nature to sin separates man from God. (Romans 2:2-3,5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Genesis 1:27, 9:6; Romans 5:12; 3:23, Ephesians 2:1)
Man was created to exist forever. He will either reside eternally in union with God by the way of the cross, or he will exist eternally separated and condemned by the stubbornness of his heart. Hell is the consequence of rejecting Christ, while Heaven is the benefit of those who surrender their sin and turn to Christ in repentance.
To sin is to miss the mark of God’s perfection; it is to engage in activity contrary to the heart of the Father. Sin originated in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and chose a way that seemed right to them. The result of his one action condemned all of humanity as every person born since the fall possesses a nature to sin and rebel against God. The result is that every man is born totally depraved and incapable of atoning for their sin and is therefore condemned to death and hell – for the wages of sin is death. Therefore, man’s only hope of redemption does not originate from within humanity, but from above through the merciful grace of God. (Romans 3:10, 23; 5;12-19; 6:23)
Jesus is the only begotten Son of the Father. He is co-equal with the Father and was God in the flesh (incarnate). He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice by dying on the cross for the sins of man. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his dominion over death and the grave and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He serves as our high priest. He will return one day in the not-too-distant future to redeem the saved, destroy the sinful and restore His kingdom. (John 1:1,14,18; 5:18; Hebrews 1:1-9; 5:8; 1 John 5:20)
Salvation is the free gift of God to all men. It is received by grace through faith and not by the will or effort of man, but only from the will and work of God. Salvation is possible only by the way of the cross and through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Upon responding to the urging of the Holy Spirit, each person must turn from sin and self and turn to Christ and the cross to have their sins forgiven. Upon the securing of this transaction, eternity begins. (Acts 4:12; 13:38-39; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:4-5; 5:1; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 8:29-30)
Since man has done nothing to receive salvation, neither can he do anything to lose salvation. Salvation is being maintained by the grace and power of God and not by the effort of man. (John 10:28, Ephesians 1:13, 1 John 5:13)
Every believer is promised positional, progressive, and ultimate sanctification. (Hebrews 10:10,14; John 17:15-17; Ephesians 5:26-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 6:11)
The Holy Spirit is equal to the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to convict men of sin and of their need for a Savior. He serves to guide, seal and protect every Christian in His life with God. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in what is right and of God. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9)
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors who were under the supernatural guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, it is the supreme source of truth and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and training in righteousness. Because the Bible has been inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
The blessed hope of the church is the imminent return of Christ. The events of the return of Christ take place in the following order: the rapture of the church, the tribulation, the second advent, the establishment of the reign of Christ on earth for one thousand years, and finally the eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing for the saved. (Titus 2:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:4-10; John 14:1-3; Matthew 24:21, 29, 30; 25:31-46; Revelations 3:10)
PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVERS
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called into “full time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading. (1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6)
We worship God for who He is and what He has done for us. Worship is not an event, it’s a lifestyle. It is not a formula but an attitude. We were designed to bring glory to the Father and we must worship Him. Worship is giving your mind’s attention and your heart’s affection to the Lord. (Psalm 95:1-7)
PRAYER AND FASTING
Prayer is not some mystical process whereby we call upon some force to mysteriously assist us. Neither is it treating God as some heavenly bellhop who is waiting on your every beck and call. True prayer is when we align our will and wants to God’s will and Word; we seek his desire through talking and listening to Him.
Fasting is agreeing with God to abstain from a given activity for a period of time and use the time forfeited by the activity to concentrate your energies in prayer and seeking God’s will. (Psalm 66:16-20)
BIBLE STUDY AND DISCIPLESHIP
We study the Bible to know God, the truth and to find direction for our lives. The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:15
Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, 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, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe. (Hebrews 4:12)
A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. Leviticus 26:30
We practice tithing for the support of Christ’s Body and the church, as God commands.
The tithe is the first 10% of one’s blessings given joyfully to the work of the kingdom through the local church. The principle of the tithe is most often associated with one’s finances. Each believer is responsible to be faithful with the first 10% of time, talent, treasure, tongue, and temple.
SERVING BY SPIRITUAL GIFTEDNESS
Each believer is uniquely gifted upon their spiritual birth with a spiritual gift or blend of several gifts that will aid them in their work in bringing glory to God. These gifts are not to be misconstrued as talents, for a talent is an ability given to an individual at their natural birth and will grow and flourish with hard work and diligence. Spiritual gifts cannot be worked up or enhanced by human effort but are gifts of God that will grow in effectiveness in proportion to our use of the gift in service to the gift giver. (Romans 12:4-5)
We fellowship with other Christians to accomplish God’s purpose in our lives and in the world. The Greek word “Koinenea” best addresses the idea of fellowship. It is action that produces authentic nurture, love, encouragement, vulnerability, transparency, accountability, and sharing among a body of believers. (Acts 2:44-47)
SHARING OUR FAITH
The call to every believer is to be Salt and Light to a world in need of a Savior. Paul tells us that all believers are to be Ambassadors for Christ reconciling a lost world to a saving and loving God.
(2 Corinthians 5 :20)
We must go! We must tell! We must care!
Learning how to tell people about this loving God and His care for them will help you to accomplish the task set out for us in the Great Commission of “going into all the world teaching, preaching, and baptizing in Jesus’ name. (Ephesians 6:19-20; John 3:16; Matthew 28:19-20)
In Acts 1:8 we are commanded to carry the message of Jesus Christ into the world. We believe it is the responsibility of every Christian to go, to pray, and to give to the support of the work of the Kingdom around the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; but apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us, the Holy Spirit. We then seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right.