Our Beliefs Focus On Four Core Components
He has eternally existed in three persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
God the Father
God the Father created everything and sustains everything by his life. God is holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, and full of mercy and grace.
Jesus (the Son)
Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Spirit also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although humans have tremendous potential for good, they are flawed by a position of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This position separates people from God. We will either exist eternally in hell, separated from God by sin, or eternally in heaven with God through forgiveness and salvation in Christ. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
As Christians we should be connected with a church. The church is universal, but is expressed by local congregations. The church is the visible and local demonstration of the community Christ came to create. This local community should love God and love one another, care for each other, visit one another in hard times, fellowship together, help those hurting and less fortunate, and combine resources to support one another and the community.
The church also celebrates the symbolic ordinances of baptism and communion which are gifts given by Christ and through which we experience his presence with us.
It is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Also known as the Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist, communion is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ that symbolizes our new covenant. The elements of bread and wine (or juice) are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works — only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by confessing and believing by faith.
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
Both Old and New Testament while written by human authors was under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.
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