Core truths that we believe in as a community:
We believe that the God of the Bible exists. He both created and governs over the universe. He also exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin/guilt/shame of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to show once and for all his power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again to reign as King and Lord.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-15; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to help people see their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. As followers of Jesus, we to live under His daily control.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
The Bible is God’s Word to us. 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.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5
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 a disposition to disobedience and rebellion toward God [sin]. Because of this we are completely unable to remedy our own lost condition.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23
Salvation is God remedying our lost condition so that we may be with Him in the present and for all eternity. It’s a free gift to us – and our choice to accept it. We’re unable to save ourselves through self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from the penalty of sin. 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/her life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12;; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally united 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 real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; 12:25; 14:2-3; 17:3; Romans 6:23; Revelations 20:15