Statement of Faith

Our understanding of the beliefs and values that are important to God.

We believe that there is one God, the Creator of the universe including the Earth and all its creatures. He continues to exercise His supreme power to sustain His creation. Throughout history, He has expressed His desire to be our God and to have a personal, eternal relationship with us. We believe that God loves us and wants what is best for us and that He eternally exists in three distinct personalities: God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,14; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2).

We believe that Jesus is ‘God the Son’ one of the three distinct personalities of God. At
God’s appointed time, Jesus entered the realm of humanity being born of a virgin both
fully human and fully divine. He lived a sinless life, voluntarily died on the cross for our
sins, was physically raised from the dead and ascended into heaven. Jesus is the only
means through which our sins can be forgiven enabling us to be declared acceptable to
God and allowing us to experience the fullness of life here on earth that only God can
provide. One day Jesus will return to earth and initiate the culmination of human history.
(John 1:1-18 and 4:16; Acts 2:22-41 and 4:12; Philippians 2:1-11)

We believe the Holy Spirit lives within every Christian and provides power to overcome
sin, insight into Scripture, and personal direction in life. Through the Holy Spirit's
presence and power all Christians are able to become more and more Christ-like in their
actions, words and deeds as they continue on their Christian journey. Through the Holy
Spirit every person in the body of Christ – His Church- is also given certain talents and
abilities to use for the purpose of building up God’s kingdom (Luke 11:13; John 16:13;
Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11).

We believe that God inspired both the Bible’s composition and content – what was
written and included in the Bible is what God wanted written and included. The Bible, the
39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 of the New Testament, was given to show us
who God is, where we came from and why we are here, what our relationship to God and
to the world is meant to look like, and where we go when our physical life ends. We
believe that the Bible is accurate and reliable, can be read by anyone, and is the final
authority for all matters of faith and Christian living (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

We believe that a human being's central purpose for existence is to love and glorify God
by both allowing His will to be done through them, and by loving others as they love
themselves, thereby experiencing the fullness of God’s love for them. Originally created
for that purpose, humans defied God, choosing to go their own independent way – to sin,
and were thus alienated from God. This "Fall" took place at the beginning of human
history. (Matthew 6:10 and 22:34-40; Ephesians 2:10; Genesis 1-3).
Since then, all human beings have a nature that leads them to sin and thus, to be
separated from God. Each of us reaches a point when we are able to recognize both right
from wrong and, if we desire to restore our relationship with God, our need for His
forgiveness and mercy. Restoring that relationship, and thereby finding the fullness of life
God so much desires each of us to have involves a journey of faith in, trust of and
obedience to God’s will and Word on our part. We can do nothing on our own to make
this relationship right – we must rely upon the grace of God. (Romans 3:23, Ephesians
2:1-9)
God’s grace is given to us through the blood of Jesus Christ. Thus, our journey to be
reunited with God now and forever begins when we believe that Jesus is God's Son, Lord
of our life. This journey of grace continues when we show a willingness to publicly
proclaim Christ as our Lord and Savior - to confess; to acknowledge and turn from our sin
– to repent; and to be immersed in water – to be baptized (see section below). Our
Christian journey continues the rest of our earthly life as we strive to live our life more
and more in accordance with God’s will, never becoming perfect but using the model of
perfection demonstrated by Christ’s life as our goal. As we continue on this journey, we
do not continue to do good works to be saved, but, rather, do them because we are
saved (John 3:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:9; 1 John 1:9, James 2).

The Church is not a building but a living body comprised of many parts with
Jesus as the head. To remain healthy, the body's members must work together. Each part
contributes to the growth and maturity of the body. It represents Jesus Christ to a needy
world by living out the Great Commission and Great Commandment in action, word and
deed through humility and service to all. God works through the church to reconcile the
world to Himself through Jesus Christ. For this reason it is important for followers of
Christ to regularly gather together in order to be equipped, built up, and encouraged
through teaching, fellowship, prayer, and communion. This enables believers to serve
one another and those who do not yet know, or who have not yet accepted Jesus as their
Lord and Savior within their sphere of influence.

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