What We Believe

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  • God – There is one God (Ephesians 4:4-6) who is the creator of the Universe (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3), and also the creator of all mankind (Genesis 1:26-28). For this reason, he has ultimate authority over all His creation. He loves us (1 John 4:8-10) deeply, is compassionate and merciful (James 5:11) and desires our repentance, so He is longsuffering with us (2 Peter 3:9). He is the father of Jesus Christ, whom he sent to this earth so that we could be adopted as His children (Galatians 4:4-7).
  • Jesus – Jesus is the Son of God (John 3:16) who lowered himself to come to this earth (Philippians 2:5-8) in the flesh (John 1:1-2, 14; Hebrews 2:7-9) so that he could willingly sacrifice himself on the cross for our sins (John 10:15-18). He is the head of the church that he came to establish (Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18) and purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28). One day he will return to judge the earth, and take the church to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:24; 2 Peter 3:10-12; John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:31-32).
  • Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead (John 14:26) and is the same in nature as God and Jesus. In the first century, he revealed the Word of God to mankind through the inspired writers of scripture (2 Peter 1:20-21; Ephesians 3:1-7) and gave those living in those times the ability to work miracles to confirm the message was from God, and guided them to knowledge of the truth (Hebrews 2:3-4; Acts 2:1-4, 14; Mark 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11). Today, the Holy Spirit continues to convict the hearts of men through the completed revelation of God’s Word, the Bible (Romans 1:16-18; John 16:8), and also is mentioned as interceding for us (Romans 8:26), as Christ does as well (Romans 8:34). The Holy Spirit is said to dwell with the church (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
  • The Bible – The Bible is the inerrant, completely inspired, written Word from the mind and mouth of God. It was written by 40 men from various backgrounds over 1,600 years yet maintains unity in theme and purpose. There is more than sufficient manuscript evidence that exists today for us to know that we have a reliable Bible. The Bible is the completed revelation of God’s Word, of which there no need for anything else (Revelation 22:18-19; 2 Peter 1:3). It is all that we need to know what God wants for us to be, and to know how to live our lives in a way that pleases Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  • The Church– The church is a body (Colossians 1:18) of baptized believers (Acts 2:38, 41) called out of the world (the meaning of the word ekklesia, which is the word church is translated from) and assembled together. The church of Christ’s name doesn’t denote division or preference, but ownership. Jesus established it (Matthew 16:18) and purchased it with his own blood (Acts 20:28), therefore, it is His church. There is one body just as there is one teaching, i.e., doctrine, from Christ (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:4-6) and that one body should abide in the one doctrine (2 John 9). The church is to be unified in mind and judgment (1 Corinthians 1:10), not just with the false unity of compromise. Still, the individual talents of each member is important (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31). It is the church that will be delivered to heaven on the day of judgment (1 Corinthians 15:24).
  • Authority – Ultimate authority is with God. It is he who decides what is right and what is wrong. We learn of His commands and expectations through the Bible alone. Authority for what we do, and the way we live our lives is expressed to us by God in one of the following ways:
    • A direct command – These are obvious, and there should be no argument. Examples include the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7), and passages such as John 13:34, Colossians 3:9, 21; Philippians 4:6-7, etc.
    • An approved example – Paul wrote to the church in Corinth to “imitate me as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). We can, and should, follow the example of the apostles to determine what we should, and should not do. While commands give us the what, the approved (by God) example of the apostles and the first century church shows us the how of those commands.
    • Inference – Sometimes people have the mistaken impression that the Bible is so ancient it isn’t applicable to our time. That is as far from the truth as it can be (Hebrews 4:12). Sometimes we have to use our mature, trained consciences and compare the issues of our day to Biblical commands and principles in order to find out what we should do. That’s what the Hebrew writer was dealing with in Hebrews 5:12-14. It takes spiritual maturity, and that’s where inference comes in.
    • Silence – Silence is just as binding as a command. When God commands something, he commands it to the exclusion of all other options. There are many examples of this, in the Old Testament and the New Testament: Noah and “gopher wood,” Genesis 6:14 (didn’t have to say, “Don’t use oak, cedar, maple, etc.”); Nadab and Abihu’s “strange fire”, Leviticus 10:1-3; Moses striking the rock instead of speaking to it, Numbers 20:7-13; Christ couldn’t be a priest according to the law of Moses, Hebrews 7:14, 8:4.
  • Sin – To sin means, “to miss the mark.” What that means is, that when we sin, we haven’t hit the target that God has set up for us – we’ve broken His laws. To commit sin is to be lawless in your actions (1 John 3:4). Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2), since God is holy, and sin cannot be in His presence. That’s why God planned to send his Son (Genesis 3:15; Romans 5:12) to redeem us from our sins (Titus 2:14).
  • Grace – It’s by God’s mercy, and grace that we are saved (Ephesians 2:5-9). We accept God’s grace through our obedient faith (Ephesians 2:8). Without God’s grace, we could have no hope of salvation. Salvation cannot be earned, but it must be accepted through humble obedience. Being a beneficiary of God’s grace also means that God has expectations for the way we live our lives (Titus 2:11-13; Romans 6:1-2).
  • Salvation – Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, comes through the blood of Christ (Revelation 1:5-6). Once someone has been convicted by the Word of God (Acts 2:36-37) there is a desire for this freedom from the bondage of sin. The people on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:37 asked, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” The same question must be answered today, too:
    • Hear the Word of God – Romans 10:17
    • Believe the Word of God – John 3:16-17
    • Repent, and begin by turning away from sin – Luke 13:3
    • Confess that Jesus is the Son of God – Matthew 10:32-33
    • Be Baptized for the remission of sins – Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21
    • Continue in faithful service, for life – Revelation 2:10
  • Baptism – Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins, not because of the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). It’s through baptism that we enter the body of Christ (Galatians 3:27), through the likeness of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4). It’s also commanded for salvation (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21).
  • Worship – To worship simply means “to prostrate oneself.” That’s what we seek to do when we worship God. You see, God is seeking true worshipers, to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). We seek to worship him in spirit by pouring our hearts before Him in praise. We worship in truth by examining the Bible to see what he really wants, and by not injecting our own preferences into the worship assembly. For more information about our worship to God, Click Here.
  • Christ’s Return – We set our hope on the promise delivered in Acts 1:9-11. We know that Jesus will return someday, with His holy angels to judge the world (Matthew 25:31-32; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). On that day, all will see Him (Revelation 1:7), the dead will rise, the just to go to Heaven, the unjust to the torment of Hell (John 5:28-29). On that day, the world will end, and the earth and all that is within it will be burned and pass away (2 Peter 3:10-12). It’s because of this that we seek to share the Gospel with you (2 Corinthians 5:9-11)!
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