What We Believe
One of the most common questions people ask us is "What are you?" What they mean is, "What denomination are you affiliated with? What do you call yourselves?" The answer, "Christians." We believe that the Word of God is true from cover to cover and we believe everything it says is for us and is for today - within context of course.
The most important thing you need to know is that your beliefs may not be our beliefs, and believe it or not, we're okay with that. We understand that you may come from a long line of denominational and/or religious loyalties, or that you don't really know what you believe. Regardless, we believe that, when God looks down, He sees His children. He sees those that have made Him Lord of their lives. Our mission is NOT to get you to identify yourself as a Baptist, a Pentecostal, a Methodist, Lutheran, or a Catholic. Our mission is to lead you into a real and life-changing relationship with Jesus that is contagious. Our desire is to see you make heaven your home and take as many people with you as possible. What's important is that we keep the main thing the main thing, that we know God and make Him known.
As you read what we, as an organization believe, if you see something you don't agree with, don't lose any sleep over it. One thing is for sure, we're not going to excommunicate you from the family if you don't see things eye to eye with others. Call yourself what you want. We're all in this together, and if we keep the main thing the main thing, heaven will be our home!
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates man from God.
Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, I John 2:25 & 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He 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 to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5 & 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by admitting that we have sinned, believing that Jesus Christ is the only means by which we can be saved, confessing that Jesus is Lord in our lives and dedicating to live for Him according to His Word. Man at any time after salvation can turn away from God and die in a state of sin, with the consequences of eternal separation from God being Hell.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6 & 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1, Romans 6:1-4, Luke 6:44
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13 & 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12 & 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18
The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105,160 & 12:6, Proverbs 30:5
The New Testament teaches at least three baptisms. First, there is the baptism where the repentant sinner, when trusting Jesus as his Savior, is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. Secondly, there is water baptism by immersion for believers only, as an outward sign of their inward commitment to Christ. Thirdly, there is the filling or baptism in the Holy Spirit by the Lord Jesus Christ, which may occur during or after salvation. We believe that speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance is the evidence of this baptism.
I Corinthians 12:13, Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 6:3-6