Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs Focus On Five Core Components

  1. God
  2. People
  3. Salvation
  4. The Bible
  5. The Law of Christ

               1. GOD

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.

Holy Spirit

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.


               2. PEOPLE

Individually

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.

Together

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.

Baptism:

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.

 Communion

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.


             3. SALVATION

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. There is no other way!


          4. THE BIBLE

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.


         5. THE LAW OF CHRIST

We believe it is essential to understand the Law of Christ. Most Christian churches can agree there is only one way to salvation and that is through belief in Jesus. Romans 10:9 states,  “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Salvation is not about works, there is nothing you can do to earn your salvation nor to keep your salvation. Salvation meaning eternal life with God. We call this being saved by grace. Why? Because we have been given something we didn’t earn nor deserve simply by belief in Jesus Christ.

Most churches will also agree that once we come to the saving knowledge of Christ that God wants us to live in obedience to him. This is where a lot of people get confused and often believe we are to still be subjected to the old testament law in some form or fashion Or that we should try and live a righteous life.

Paul said in Romans 8:1 Now there is no condemnation in Christ. “No condemnation” can be defined in courtroom language. To have “no condemnation” declared means to be found innocent of the accusation, to have no sentence inflicted and no guilty verdict found. By the grace of God, believers in Jesus Christ will not face the condemnation of God. “We have passed from death to life”

The Bible teaches that every human being will be brought before the judgment throne of God for an ultimate and decisive judgment, and Christ Himself will be the judge. We are all naturally under the condemnation of God: “Whoever does not believe stands condemned already” . But Christians will not be found guilty on Judgment Day .

However, the “no condemnation” involves more than acquittal on Judgment Day. In Romans 8:1 the apostle Paul speaks in the present tense, as evidenced by the word now. Also, notice the word therefore, which points the reader to the previous passage of Romans 7:21-25. In Romans 7 Paul describes his struggle against the sinful nature—a struggle that every believer experiences. “What a wretched man I am!” (Romans 7:24). Paul is expressing his hatred for the sinful nature which continues to war against his new nature in Christ—Paul is thankful because he has been set free from slavery to sin. He now has the ability to do what is good because Christ has delivered him (Romans 7:25).

Paul takes this a step further in Romans 8 when he teaches believers are not only free from bondage to sin, we are free from the inner emotions and thoughts that tend to bring feelings of guilt to the Christian when we commit sin (Romans 8:2). Christians are free from the “law of sin and death,” which means, although we will still commit sin, the Law no longer has the power to condemn us. We are not under the Law’s condemnation because Jesus fulfilled  the expectations of the Law perfectly.

Christians who live in shame and guilt over past failures are needlessly condemning themselves when they ought to be “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” (Philippians 3:13). Fear can be paralyzing, “but perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18). As Christians, we must understand that our justification is found in Christ alone—in His finished work on the cross—not in what we do or don’t do (Romans 3:28).

The Bible says there is no one who is righteous (Romans 3:10). When we accept Christ we do not become righteous but rather God declares us righteous (Philippians 3:9, Romans 3:20; 5:1).  So how do we live in obedience to Christ and still not put ourself under a set of rules? First stop trying because all your going to do is learn you can’t do it. Rather focus on the law of Christ. Jesus said it covers a multitude of sins and it is how you fulfill the obligation of living a Christian life.

For the follower of Christ, the avoidance of sin is to be accomplished out of love for God and love for others. (The Law of Christ)

{Video: What is the Law of Christ}