ABOUT THE BIBLE:
It is God’s authoritative revelation of spiritual truth. It is alive, active and relevant to everyday life. “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God maybe thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
God is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). God exists in three persons. The Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. God loves people and longs to have a relationship with them.
He is God in the flesh. His desire is to be Savior and Lord of our lives. He died, but was physically resurrected and is now in heaven. Through His death and resurrection redemption is made possible for all of humanity. He will return to Earth at a future time.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT:
The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
Every person is created in the image of God and is valuable. Every person is born separated from God and is under judgment. Every person is given the opportunity for new life by receiving Christ’s death and resurrection as a redemptive gift. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
ABOUT WHAT "SAVES" US:
We are not saved by “believing in God.” In the United States, nearly 90% of the population “believes in God.” But “God” can mean many things to many people. We are not saved by hoping our good deeds outnumber our bad deeds. We are not saved because we were brought up in a Christian family. We are not saved by participating in religious activities, like going to church, prayer, or because we were baptized or went through some other religious ceremony.
We ARE saved ONLY by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
ABOUT THE CHURCH:
The Church is a body of believers that represent Christ in this world. Its role is to bring glory to God through worship, teaching of the Word, service, helping people grow in their faith, and living life together in a way that honors Christ. It is a “community” – a family where we know and are known, we love and are loved, we serve and are served, and we celebrate and are celebrated.
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is a response to the command of Christ. It is the first step a person should take after beginning a new life in and being identified with Christ. It is a representation of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and is an outward testimony of an inward transformation—not a requirement for salvation. It is to be experienced in community as a promise to covenant your life with Christ’s Church on Earth.