The Gospel is the good news of God’s love and grace coming to this world. The narrative of the Bible tells us that God, who is 3 persons in 1, created the world perfectly, including human beings. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve, like all of us, decided to rebel and disobey their Creator, even though all He extended to them was compassion, love, and His faithfulness. They wanted to be their own gods and rule their own lives (sounds familiar, right?). The punishment for their choice to rebel against God was alienation from a relationship with God and ultimately death. What were humans to do?
Thousands of years later, just as God had promised, a Savior entered the world. His name is Jesus Christ, and He came to “seek and save the lost.” He is fully God and fully man and not only lived a perfect life but died a death, taking our place and our judgment. Three days later He rose from the dead, conquering death, proving He was in fact God, and ascended to the right hand of the throne of God the Father in heaven. The Gospel (good news) is that anyone who confesses with their mouth “that Jesus is Lord” and believes in their heart “that God raised Him from the dead,” will be saved. God invites us into a relationship with Him. The question is, how will you respond?
WE BELIEVE the 66 books of Old and New Testaments are a complete and final revelation from God, without error in the original autographs, and sufficient in themselves as our only rule of faith and practice.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21
WE BELIEVE that God is one, manifesting Himself in three distinct and separate Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of Whom is God and to be honored and worshiped as God.
Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh, born of a virgin, sinless, crucified for our sins, resurrected from the dead, ascended to heaven, and coming back again to establish His Kingdom on earth.
Matthew 1:23; John 1:1, 14, 29; 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 12-19; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 2:1-2; Acts 1:9-11
WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit is God, convicting the world, causing spiritual birth, baptizing all believers into one body in Christ, indwelling, sealing, sanctifying, guiding, and teaching every believer, as well as filling and controlling those who walk in obedience to God and His Word.
John 3:5; 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Romans 8:14; 1 Corinthians 6:11, 19; 12:13; Galatians 5:16-17; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18-21
WE BELIEVE that man was created by God in His own image, and not the product of evolution or animal ancestry; that he fell into sin by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, and that all men and women are sinful in nature and practice, and unable to save themselves.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7; 3:1-24; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:3
WE BELIEVE that salvation is the free gift of God’s grace, from sin, death and hell, to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Every believer has eternal life and complete security in the finished work of Jesus Christ when He died on the cross for our sins, and arose from the dead, thus guaranteeing our own resurrection and eternal life.
John 3:16; 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:24; 6:23; 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18-19, 22-25; 1 John 5:11-13
WE BELIEVE in the eternal life of all believers in a new heaven and a new earth, and that upon physical death, they go immediately to be with Christ in heaven awaiting their future bodily resurrection at the second coming of Christ, and in the resurrection of all unbelievers to stand before the Great White Throne Judgment of God from which they will be cast into eternal fire and everlasting punishment.
Matthew 25:46; John 3:16; 5:24; 10:28-29; Romans 9:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 23-24; Revelation 20:11-15
WE BELIEVE that all angels, including Satan, were created by God, and that Satan, through pride and sinful ambition, rebelled against God, becoming the great adversary of God and His people. These spirit beings possess supernatural powers, but are limited by the permissive will of God. Satan, as leader of evil angels, demons, was defeated and judged at the cross of Jesus Christ, and his final destiny is everlasting punishment in the lake of fire, hell.
Isaiah 14:13-14; Ezekiel 28:13-17; Matthew 12:24-26; John 8:44; 12:31-32; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:1-3; 6:12-18; Revelation 12:9-10; 20:10
We BELIEVE that all believers from the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 until the return of Jesus Christ are members of the Church, the body of Christ, and that the visible manifestation on earth is local churches where believers assemble for teaching, fellowship, prayer, and observance of Christ’s commands regarding baptism and communion.
WE BELIEVE in water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and in remembering the night our Lord was with His disciples in the Upper Room by regularly observing the Lord’s Supper.
Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20; John 13:1-17; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18
WE BELIEVE that our Lord commanded us to preach the Gospel and to make disciples of all nations, and that every believer is to be a witness for Jesus Christ, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit; and that we are responsible to pray for, support, and send missionaries into all the world.
Matthew 9:36-38; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8; 8:1, 8:4; Romans 10:13-15; 1 Corinthians 9:13-14
WE BELIEVE God intentionally designed and created humanity male and female.
WE BELIEVE marriage is ordained and instituted by God and, according to the Scriptures, can only exist and be fulfilled between one man and one woman. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found in this Statement of Faith.
WE BELIEVE marriage is a picture of the relationship of Christ and the Church and is to be a lifelong, covenant relationship between a man and a woman based on love, respect, mutual submission and personal sacrifice.
WE BELIEVE God intended sexual intimacy to be enjoyed only within the context of the male and female marriage relationship; and that all other sexual relations outside of marriage are personally destructive, sinful, inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church, and forbidden by God.
Genesis 1:27-28; 2:21-25; 5:1-2; Mark 10:2-12; Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-11; Ephesians 5:21-33;
1 Timothy 3:2, 3:12; 1 Peter 3:1-7; Malachi 2:14-16;
1 Corinthians 7:2-5; 7:10-16; Hebrews 13:4; Leviticus 18:1-30;
Romans 1:24-32; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Jude 1:7