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Beliefs

GOD

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three co-equal personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. [Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:6; John 14:16-17; John 1:1-18]

CREATION AND CARE

God created the universe and guides history for His purposes. [Genesis 1:1; Romans 8:28]

CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people 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 someday to Earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. [John 1:1, 14; 20:30-31]

HUMANITY 

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. [Genesis 1:26-30; John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; Colossians 1:21-22]

SALVATION

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. [Ephesians 2:8-9]

BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Word to us, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. [ 2 Timothy 3:16-17]

CHURCH

The Church is Christ’s body through which He accomplishes His purposes on Earth. [Ephesians 4:12-16]

BAPTISM

A person demonstrates his acceptance of Christ and joins the local church via believer’s baptism. [Acts 2:38, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 12:13]

LORD’S SUPPER

 A believer remembers Christ’s death and encourages Christian unity through partaking of the Lord’s Supper. [1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 33]

ETERNITY

 People were created to exist forever, either eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is death. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. [Matthew 25:31-41, 45-46]