We believe that God is the Creator of the universe and everything in it. He also created man and woman in His image. God is ever-present, all-knowing, and all-powerful. God works in our lives today as the Father God, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all have distinct characteristics, yet the three are equal to one another.
About Jesus Christ:
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, distinct yet equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless life and died on a cross as a covering for the sins of all people. Jesus demonstrated His power over sin and death by rising from the grave three days after his burial. Jesus ascended into heaven but will return soon to establish His eternal kingdom.
About the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is distinct from the Father and the Son, yet equal to them. The Holy Spirit is active and present in believers to this day just as the Holy Spirit was long ago. It was the Holy Spirit that inspired those of old to write the Scriptures. As we seek to become more like Christ, the Holy Spirit will guide us and bring about the Christ-like characteristics in our lives. Being filled with the Spirit, we will grow in our relationship with God. It is our responsibility that we seek to live as God would want us to live.
About the Scriptures:
We believe that the Bible is God’s Holy Word. It was written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is God’s revelation to all people and it is without error. The Word of God is the essential and fundamental source of truth for us.
We believe we were created in the image of God and created for a relationship with God. In the beginning, man and woman had a perfect relationship with God. Then by man’s choice, sin entered the world; which caused a separation between God and man. Since the time sin separated us from God, we have been trying to fix this by our own good works. However, we can gain that closeness with God again through Jesus Christ, who has covered our sins through His death on a cross. It is by Jesus Christ we are saved.
We believe that salvation is God’s free gift to us that we must accept. Salvation is received only through Jesus Christ. We have all sinned and therefore fallen short of God’s glory. Our good works can’t bring about salvation to us. It is by fully trusting in Jesus Christ that we are saved. When we trust in Jesus Christ we begin life anew.
We believe people were created to exist forever. However, we will exist forever with God or forever without God. If we have accepted Jesus Christ into our lives and believe Him to be our Lord and Savior then we will be with God eternally. However, if we have not believed in Jesus Christ or sought to follow the Lord then we will be eternally separated from God. The eternal separation from God is in Hell. Eternal life with God is in Heaven.
About the Church:
We believe the Church consists of all who believe in Jesus Christ and trust Him as their Lord as Savior. The Church is also considered the body of Christ because all of us serve in different capacities and have certain gifts. Baptism is symbolic of our commitment to God and to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Baptism is also significant in showing that we are putting our old life behind us and committing ourselves to a new life with Jesus Christ. We share in the Lord’s Supper as a reminder of what Christ did for the believers. It is one of our chief responsibilities to make disciples of all nations, telling them about God and what He has done for everyone.
We believe that all believers are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are to go into the entire world and tell others about what God has done for us through His Son Jesus Christ. Throughout His life Jesus did outreach wherever He would go—always teaching the Gospel. It is our responsibility to show God’s love to others in whatever way we can, but to also share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.