01 Mar In-A-Triune-God
In-A-Triune-God ! We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. ! God the Father We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men and He hears and answers prayer. We believe God is loving and compassionate, just and kind, and that His deepest desire is to live in an intimate relationship with all people. ! God the Son We believe that because of His desire to live in relationship with us, God became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. We believe Christ is God in the flesh, born of a virgin, fully God and fully man. Through his sacrificial, substitutionary, atoning death and victorious bodily resurrection Jesus made it possible for all people to live in a relationship with God. We believe Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Through Him and him alone can people enter into a relationship with God. We believe Jesus is presently interceding perpetually for His people, and that one day He will return, personally and visibly, to earth to establish His eternal kingdom. ! ! ! ! God the Holy Spirit We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s presence among us. We believe the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. We believe that He gives gifts to every believer to enable him or her to share in the ministry of God’s purposes in the world. We believe in all the biblical gifts of the Spirit and encourage people to discover and use their gifts properly for the benefit of God’s Kingdom. ! The-Bible-is-the-Living-Word-of-God We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, and that the entire Bible was written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit and thus has supreme authority in our lives. We believe God reveals himself to us through the Scriptures of both Old and New Testaments, and that the Scriptures are the standard and basis upon which we build our faith and live our lives. ! The-practices-of-Baptism-and-Lord’s-Supper
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God and that through baptism we identify ourselves with the death and resurrection of Jesus. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ to both remind us of His atoning death and to serve as a proclamation of what Christ’s death has accomplished. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. ! ! ! ! In-New-Life-By-Grace We believe that because all human beings are created in God’s image, every person has dignity and their worth is dependent, not on accomplishments, but on God’s love. Because God sees humanity as worth dying for, we affirm and acknowledge the dignity of all. At the same time, we acknowledge that all human beings are sinners by nature and choice and are therefore relationally separated from God and under condemnation. However, we joyfully proclaim and receive the Good News that because of Jesus Christ forgiveness is possible and salvation comes to the repentant sinner only by grace through faith in what God has done, not through good works or even good religion. ! ! In-The-Universal-Church We believe the church of Jesus Christ is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all who have believed in the atoning work of the cross and received the forgiveness offered by Christ are members of His church, regardless of denominational affiliation. ! In-Living-For-God’s-Glory We believe empowered followers of Jesus Christ should continually seek to glorify God in all they do, bearing witness to His presence in their lives. To do so, we believe it is imperative that followers of Jesus embrace these characteristics of a vital faith: • Regular participation in worship and corporate prayer • Daily devotion and personal prayer • Personal growth through Bible study and group learning activities • Obedience to Christ and the Scriptures in personal behavior • Commitment to others in the Body of Christ through caring for one another • Stewardship of God’s blessings, sacrificially and generously giving of our time, talents and treasures • Sharing God’s love in mission and service to others outside the church ! In-Heaven-And-Hell We believe every person has an eternal destiny and that destiny is determined by whether or not they place faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We believe that all believers will spend
eternity with their loving Creator in a place void of sorrow, pain or difficulty. We believe all who do not believe will spend eternity separated from God, the source of love and goodness, in a place devoid of anything that is good, a place of endless suffering. !