What We Believe

Our Values and Beliefs

 

As a body of believers in Jesus Christ, we share common values and beliefs. Our values are based on

scripture and include:

 

  •  The Bible is the standard by which all of life’s actions, experiences and faith are judged.

  •  We value faith, love, forgiveness, trust, and a commitment to serving the Lord.

  •  We value humility, diversity of ideas, respect of others, faithful stewardship and service and involvement in our community.

 

Our Beliefs

 

  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

 

  • We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was triumphant over sin and death through the resurrection. By believing in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we will experience everlasting life.

 

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit calls people to the Savior and effects regeneration, cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows spiritual gifts by which believers serve God through His church.

 

  • We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testament, is the divinely inspired Word of God. Its message is without error, authoritative and totally trustworthy.

 

  •  We believe in the Priesthood of Believers and that every believer can approach God directly through Jesus Christ. We may come to God in prayer and humble confession of our sins without the intercession of a human advocate. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man.

 

  • We believe that the local church is a body of believers organized for worship, work and fellowship; that the two ordinances of the church are Believers Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

 

  • We believe that baptism is for those who have made a personal profession of faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that baptism through immersion best reflects the Biblical teaching concerning baptism.

 

  • We believe in religious liberty and separation of church and state.

 

  • We believe the Great Commission, Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

 

  • We believe in the blessed hope and promise for the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God offers us forgiveness of sin in Jesus and invites us to become His followers. Our response is to believe that God has forgiven us of our sins and to follow Jesus. Baptism is the sign that we have accepted God’s offer and have become followers of Jesus. Romans 6:4 tells us, “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into

death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live

a new life.”

 

The word “baptize” means literally “to dip under.” Therefore, baptism is the act of dipping, or immersing the believer in water. Baptism is for those who have experienced the saving power of Jesus in their lives and who are committed to following in the way of Jesus. The symbolism of baptism through immersion is appropriate to reflect the life and death reality of the Christian experience. Followers of Jesus die to a self-center way of life in order to be reborn to a Christ-centered way of life in Jesus.

Baptism

The Lord’s Supper is another sign given to the followers of Jesus. On the eve of Jesus’ death, He gave new meaning to a fellowship mean we call the Lord’s Supper. The bread represents Jesus’ body and the cup represents the blood of Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we gather to celebrate the Lord’s Supper remembering His death and resurrection, and being reminded to look to the future for His return in Glory.

 

The accounts of the Lord’s Supper are found in the Gospels of Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:17-25, Luke 22:7-22 and John 13:21-30. The Apostle Paul also wrote concerning the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:26,

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

The Lord's Supper