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BELIEVE

BELIEVE

What We Believe

We focus on Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible in governing all areas of our living and beliefs. In summary our beliefs are: We believe in one God, who  exists eternally in three co-equal persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the authority of the Bible as our primary source of information and authority regarding our faith and living. It is authoritative in its approach to every  area of life it addresses. We believe the Bible is the very words of God, and as such are without error. We believe that it was uniquely given to mankind and is absolutely trustworthy. It provides us with God’s loving gift of salvation, is plan in human history, and successful principles for daily living.

We believe that originally, mankind was created by God in the process of a literal seven day creation period, and that the first man, Adam, chose to willfully turn his back on God through disobedience (sin), which resulting in him being relationally separated form God.  That sinfulness has been passed down to each following generation of mankind, separating them from God as well.  We believe that as a result, mankind has a bent toward evil and not good. This bent is called sin.

We believe that because of His love for mankind, God made a way to overcome man’s sinful bent by sending His only Son, Jesus  Christ, Who was born of a virgin to die as a payment for man’s disobedience. We believe that after His death, He rose from the dead by the power of God on the third day. His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead provide the only avenue through which restoration with God the Father possible.

We believe that through the simple, personal act of depending upon Jesus death as the full payment for our sins, each individual can be restored to a right and intimate relationship with God (becomes a Christian).

We believe that once a person has placed their trust in Jesus Christ in this way, they receive within themselves the Holy Spirit, Who is their Helper, Teacher and Guide in all areas of life and spiritual knowledge. The Holy Spirit works in the life of the Christian to transform their character so that over time they begin to take on the character of Jesus Christ. Though this is the Holy Spirit’s role, individual Christians can resist His efforts through disobedience to Him, which results in a lack of fulfillment in life, the discipline of God on the person, and loss of eternal rewards in the future.

We believe that all people who place their faith in Jesus Christ in this way are united together into one unit, one “body” called the church.  The church gathers together for encouragement, teaching, and worship for the purpose of better equipping each member to help others in the church and to spread the message of salvation through Jesus to their individual communities.

We believe in and regularly take part in two symbolic acts within our church; Communion (also know as The Lord’s Supper, or The Lord’s Table) and Baptism. Communion is a remembrance of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and is participated in by those trusting in Him for their salvation. Baptism is an act in which the person being baptized is identifying themselves with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection; symbolizing that they, like Jesus now have a new life.

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus to earth.  After this will be a time of universal judgment (known as the Great White Throne Judgment), when God will make final judgment on all men based upon their acceptance  or rejection of Jesus as Savior. Those who have accepted Him as Savior are eternal citizens of God’s kingdom while those who have rejected God’s loving offer of salvation through Christ will be eternal residents of Hell.

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