Belief Statement

WHAT WE BELIEVE…
The Bible, the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, and are the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. No one can come to Jesus unless God calls them.  God calls us unto repentance, into righteousness and holiness.  He calls us out of darkness and into the marvelous light.  Take my yolk (a coupling servitude, a law of obligation) upon thee and learn of me, for his yolk is easy and his burdens are light.  Walk worthy of the call in which you have been called”.

The True God
I John 5:7
We believe that there is one and only one, living and true God: the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth who exists as a Trinity: God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Three are one in unity as the body of Christ is to be unified.

Jesus Christ
Matthew 3:17, Matthew 28:5-6,18
Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on
High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

Holy Spirit
Mark 16:17-18
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell,
guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. Man – Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

Salvation
II Peter 2:13-22, Matthew 10:22, Hebrew 6:15, & Ecclesiastes 9:11
The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God. The Return of Jesus Christ – The personal, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ is our hope and has a vital bearing on the personal life
and service of the believer.  We are saved, being saved and going to be saved.

Future Events
John 5:28-29
There will be a bodily resurrection of all the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.

The Church
Colossians 1:18
We believe that Christ’s church is a congregation of baptized believers associated together by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel. We believe that the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission; first, to make individual disciples; second, to build up the church; third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is
Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Baptism and Communion
Matthew 3:13I Corinthians 11:23-30
Water baptism by immersion soon after accepting Christ as personal Savior, is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life. The Lord’s Supper is a
memorial service setting forth in sacred and symbolic manner the death of the Lord Jesus Christ; all true believers and only believers should share in it.

Tithing
Leviticus 27:30, Genesis 14:18 & Malachi 3:8-10
Tells us “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord.” God commands Christians to give back to Him a tithe, or tenth, of what He has graciously given to us.  Tithing is an act of obedience, and the giving of your offering is sacrificial.

Prayer
James 5:16
Prayer is a Christian’s way of communicating with our Savior. This is how we build our spiritual relationships both with God, and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Devotions
II Timothy 2:15
Through prayer, we can talk with God; through the Bible, God speaks to us. We cannot have a growing, personal relationship with God unless we know His Word. We cannot obey his commandments unless we know what He has commanded.

Ministry
Romans 12:1
Every believer has the God-given responsibility to participate in some sort of ministry. Romans 12 continues on to explain the concept of different spiritual gifts given to different believers. We are to utilize the gifts God has given us to honor and serve Him.

Worship
Psalm 95:6-7, John 4:23-24 
Worship is honor and adoration directed toward God. We worship God individually with our obedience and devotion, but we need to praise God by assembling regularly with His people to celebrate His goodness and greatness. Through worship, God is glorified, the believer is purified, the church is edified, and the unsaved are evangelized.

Evangelism
Matthew 28:19-20
Christ has commissioned every believer to go forth and share the gospel. We need to fulfill the Great Commission by establishing relationships with the UN-churched in order to bring them into a vital relationship with Christ and His Church. A believer that is growing and submitting to the Holy Spirit will want to share the truth of eternity with others.

Fellowship
Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-47 
As Christians, we are part of God’s own family and just like any family member, we need to be involved. We must develop genuine relationships with other believers in order to encourage one another to live more effective Christian lives.