What does God believe and what do you believe?
The Bible was written by men under inspiration from God. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It is the source of God’s divine revelation and is the final authority for belief and practice. We communicate the Bible with consideration for its intended audience, literary genres, and eternal context under the interpretation of the original languages by a called and positioned Pastoral authority.
There is only one living and true God. God is the completely holy and sovereign creator and sustainer of the universe. He exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three persons are co-equal and co-eternal but are distinct from one another. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
God as Father reigns eternally with care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of history according to His purposes. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and has existed eternally as God. He chose to take on flesh and be born of the virgin Mary. He is both fully God and fully man forever forward. Jesus lived a perfect life and died as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. He rose bodily from the grave in victory over death, sin, and Satan. Jesus will return for His people and will judge all humanity.
The Holy Spirit is the eternal Spirit of God who inspired the authors of Scripture, illuminates the understanding of truth, and gifts for lives of service. He regenerates hearts, seals positions of justification, guides sanctification, and leads to glorification of the redeemed.
God created humans in His image. We are set apart as God’s image-bearers, giving all people inherent worth and responsibility to reflect our creator. Being made in His image, we are enabled a relationship with God founded on worship and love, unlike any other created thing. There is only one race united in equal love from God with equal opportunity, capability, and ability to reflect the character of God. Supremacy and victimization of people according to appearance and culture are abhorrent to God, and the church has no place in participating in any related social construct.
Marriage and Family
Marriage is a covenantal relationship between a man and a woman and provides the foundation for a family. The male and female genders are established at conception, and identity is determined by biology. Sex is a gift from God to be practiced only in marriage. From conception, children are living human beings with eternal souls given in entrusted blessing from the Lord to be raised in godliness. Through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, parents are to raise children in biblical truth, and children are to honor and obey their parents. The church is accountable to God for sharing love with all people without participating in or supporting any variance from biblical marriage, gender identity, life, and familial structure.
The Bible celebrates the highest form of gender value displayed by God’s special creation of males and females, both displaying His image. Gender biologically and spiritually defines God’s design and purpose for individuals. Men and women share equal ability, capacity, and potential and are held accountable for unique responsibilities by God. Namely, men are expected by God to reflect Christ’s leadership and love for the church as the head of the family, and women reflect the submission of the church to Christ through love and leadership.
Due to the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin entered and corrupted the world. The effects of sin impact all creation, including us. Sin separates us from God and God’s purpose of design. Due to our sin, we stand guilty before God, deserve the punishment of eternal separation from Him, and are incapable of a relationship with Him without His intervention.
According to His grace, God offers salvation and forgiveness of sin to us as a gift obtained through faith in the work of Jesus through His sacrificial death and resurrection. Those who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior are born again. Upon salvation, the Holy Spirit brings us from spiritual death to spiritual life and empowers growth in Christlikeness.
The church is both global and local, an organism and organization, and consists of saved and baptized believers called to salvation under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Committed to worship through obedience, the church ministers to Christians through discipleship and the world through evangelism. Spiritually, organizationally, and corporately entrusted to the oversight of a Pastor and Elders, the local church gives themselves to leadership through honor in expectation of ministry advancement.
Heaven & Hell
Humans have been designed to exist forever. Physical and spiritual death is unnatural and is a consequence of sin. Those who Jesus saves will spend eternity in the new Heaven and new Earth in a new life under the rule and reign of Jesus, forever. Those who reject Jesus will experience the eternal wrath of God in Hell.
Spiritual Gifts & Service
The people of God are equipped and empowered to serve the church through special gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit. Some gifts were exclusive to the Apostles and Prophets, such as prophecy of the future and tongues. God works how He chooses in us, through us, and around us and will continue to miraculously work in the world until Jesus’ return.
Baptism is an act of obedience, symbolizing a believer’s receiving of Jesus, death to a life of sin, commitment to a new spiritual life through the Holy Spirit’s sanctification, devotion to the accountability of the church, and belief in the final resurrection of the dead. Baptism is a prerequisite to the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper, or communion, is taken by the church in remembrance of the work of Jesus on the cross, symbolizing the receiving of His body and blood.
Secular governmental responsibility to the church is one of no interference to religious liberty and the leadership structure of the church. The church responds as an example of social responsibility in love by cooperating with authorities without violating Scripture, and by rejecting injustices, human devaluation, and societal depravity. The church seeks peace with all people to expand the Kingdom of God.