Does it matter what a church believes & teaches? ABSOLUTELY!
Jesus came up with the idea of the “church” and has a unique purpose and mission for us to fulfill. So it’s extremely important that we, as a church, believe, teach, and live out the truth that Jesus taught and endorsed. So if you’re a believer seeking to connect with a church family, a church’s doctrinal beliefs are the first and most important factor in your decision.
We wanted to be able to convey what we believe in two ways. First, we offer a “short version” that captures not only what we believe, but why it’s important to us. And second, we offer a “detailed version” that is purposely more technical and more detailed because, when it comes to doctrine, precision and clarity matter deeply.
So, read the short version, and study the second…
God is real. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and totally in charge of all things. He is Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He created everything and everyone and every person matters deeply to him. Everyone has sinned, so everyone needs Jesus, who died for our sins, rose again from the dead, and is coming back. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, and once you are saved, you are always saved.
The Holy Spirit lives in every believer and empowers us to live and serve both God and others. The Bible, which is God’s Word, is both true and powerful. Baptism is when believers are immersed in water, not for salvation but to tell the world we follow Jesus. Communion is a memorial to Jesus’ death. Jesus started the church before His death, empowered the church after His resurrection, and commissioned the church to tell the world about Him.
We believe that there is one true, perfect God. God eternally exists as one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. The term often used to describe this is “Trinity”. We believe that in the beginning, God created the universe out of nothing and by His power He sustains the Universe and all that is in it. God is sovereign over all His creation and has been working out His plan since its beginning.
Genesis 1:1,26-27; Genesis 3:22;Psalm 90:2; Matt 28:19; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:17; 1 Peter 1:2
We believe that once we enter into a personal relationship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to permanently reside (indwell) within each believer. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and is thus fully and eternally God. The role of the Holy Spirit is helping us understand the Bible, convicting us of sin, giving us confidence in God, and enabling us to help others. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, seals, fills, guides, instructs, comforts, equips, empowers, and bestows spiritual gifts to the believer for Christ-like living and service. Even though the Holy Spirit immediately came to live within (indwell) us when we placed our faith in Christ, we must also seek to be filled by the Spirit on a daily basis. This requires us to submit our will to God’s and to be available to be used by God. In essence, the Holy Spirit exists to lead us to Christ, help us accept Christ, and empower us to live a Christ-like life.
John 14:16-17; John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 2:10-14; 1 Cor 3:16; 2 Cor 3:17; Eph 1:13-14; Gal 5:25; Eph 5:18
We believe that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin, everyone inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. Consequently, this separation leads us to not only death, but also an eternal separation from God, in hell.
Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12
We believe that salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. We believe that salvation is received through faith in the gospel. This free gift of God is given to mankind through Jesus’ blood that was shed on the cross, to pay the penalty for all sins and through His resurrection power that reconciles us to God. It is received through confession of Jesus Christ being Lord and a belief in His bodily resurrection from the grave.
John 2:25;John 3:16; Matt 25:32-46; 1 John 5:11-13; Hebrews 9:15; Rev 20:15; Genesis 3:15; Rom 3:23; Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8-9; John 1:12; John 14:6; Rom 5:1; Titus 3:4-5; Gal 3:26; 1 Peter 1:3, Rom 3:10-12
We believe that because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
We believe that the church is the Body of Christ and it is made up of those who have placed their faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection, making Him Lord and Savior of their lives. Jesus is the Head of His church and stewards the leading role to Pastors/Elders/Bishops, and the serving role to Deacons (Servant Leaders). All members of the church are commissioned to be gospel carriers and disciple makers.
Matt 16:15-19; Matt 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; Acts 5:11-14; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:23; Eph 1:22-23; Eph 2:19-22; Col 1:18
Baptism by immersion is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and it is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29