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What We Believe

Central to Who we are as a church is what we believe as a body of Christians. 
 
Below is What We Believe, in which we identify the beliefs that are most central to us as a body of Christ
 
 We believe in God as He has revealed Himself in history, in Jesus Christ, and in the Bible; one God, in three coequal persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is the creator of the universe and the giver of life. The most central attribute in His eternal existence is love. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1ff; 14-17; 20:28
  • We believe in the historical Jesus. We believe that Jesus is Lord, the Christ, the Son of the living God. We believe that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, that He was buried, that He rose from the dead, and that He will return to bring His believers to heaven, the home that He is now preparing. Matthew 27, 28; John 3:16; 14:1-6; Romans 5:6; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:19-20; 1 Timothy 2:4; 6:1; John 5:12
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God. We believe He speaks through Scripture, that He convicts the world of sin and testifies about Jesus, that He blesses the church with gifts, and that He indwells the hearts of Christians, working sanctification within them. Matthew 3:16; John 3:5-6; 16:8-10; Acts 1:4,8; 2:38; Romans 8:9-16
  • We believe the Bible is the Word of God, written by man through God’s inspiration. We believe it is authoritative for the church, the supreme source of Christian truth, and that through it God has revealed Himself. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • We believe salvation is God’s free gift to us.  There is an inability on our parts to save ourselves, and we can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from God.  Salvation from sin and eternal life with God comes only through God’s grace as it is personally received by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. John 3:14-16; Acts 2:38-39; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-5
  • We believe every person is to repent of his or her sins, confess Jesus Christ as Lord, be baptized by immersion in water, and live a life committed to Jesus Christ, as outlined in the New Testament. Matthew 3:16; 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21
  • We believe that those who are saved through Jesus Christ will be with God forever, this is called Heaven.  Those who aren’t saved through Jesus Christ will be separated from God eternally, this is called Hell.  God desires that all people be saved.  Our personal choice to accept Christ’s salvation or to reject Christ will determine where we spend eternity. John 3:16; Matt. 25:46; 2 Peter 3:9; Rev. 20:15; Rev. 21:2-3
  • We believe in the importance and sacred nature of the Lord’s Supper.  This communion is a memorial and proclamation of the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  We share in this communion every week in our church assembly. Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30
  • We believe in the necessity of growth through discipleship. We desire that every Christian progress in his or her Christian journey toward more of a Jesus-like character – a deepening relationship with God, loving service, making sacrifices for the growth of God’s Kingdom, sharing Jesus with others. We encourage every believer to grow through prayer, Bible reading/study, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. We desire that all Christians participate in relational environments in which they share their faith with those around them by word and action. Ephesians 1:15-19; 4:12-16; I Peter 2:1-2
  • We believe giving financially is an important factor in our spiritual growth and our growing confidence in God which enables us to accomplish our mandate of making more and better disciples. The New Testament has a lot to say about giving and stewardship in the life of the believer. We are instructed to give willingly, to give cheerfully; to give generously; to give regularly and proportionately; and to give expectantly. Matthew 6:33; Mark 10: 28-31; Luke 6:38; 1 Corinthians 16:1,2; 2 Corinthians8:12;  2 Corinthians 9:6,7banner19b