OUR BELIEFS

WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?

THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible to be God’s letter to us. It is our ultimate guide for getting to know Him, understanding his love, and discovering his good plans for our life. We seek changed lives as we allow God’s Spirit to speak from his written word to us.

Psalm 19:7-11; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:l8; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21

THREE IN ONE

We believe the mystery that God exists in three persons and still be one God: the Son (Jesus), the Father, and the Spirit (all three equal, but with different functions). It’s hard for our earthly minds to comprehend all that is divine and beyond us. It doesn’t surprise us that an infinite almighty God is complex and beyond our ability to fully comprehend.

Psalm 19:7-11; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:l8; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21

GOD THE FATHER

We believe in God the Father. We believe he is all powerful, all good, an infinite personal spirit, everywhere present, knows all things, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love.  We believe that He is intimately involved in the affairs of mankind, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Like a father waiting for his children, there is nothing we have to do but turn around and run back to him. He is waiting for us.

Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 19; John 14:13-14; Romans 5:8; I John 4:16; 2 Peter 1:17

GOD THE SON

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, fully God and fully man, and the only way to access the Father. He led a sinless life, but took on himself all of our sins and paid the price for them through death on a cross. He rose back to life, conquering death, and promised his Spirit to anyone who accepted him. Through him we have immediate access to an intimate relationship with our Father and creator, freedom from the chains of sin, and everlasting life. This is not because of anything that we do though. We cannot earn this and there’s nothing we can do to increase his love, acceptance, or salvation. Nothing. Jesus already did it all.

John 1:1-41; Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:5-11; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-10; 4:14; Romans 5:6-9

GOD THE SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit is an amazing gift sent to dwell in every believer when they say yes to Jesus, and trust him for eternal life. The function of the Spirit is to comfort, guide, teach, convict, heal, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ.

John 3:3-7; 16:8-14; Romans 8:26; Acts 2:38-39; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 5:3-4

NEW LIFE

We believe in new life in Jesus. It is new because we go from bondage to sin, to freedom in Jesus. Sin is anything that separates us from God. It entered the world when the first man sinned and we are all born sinners. God is holy and does not mix with sin. However, he gives us the option of a new path. By trusting Jesus for salvation, he breaks the bondage of sin, and we enter into a new life with Jesus as King. This salvation is an undeserved and free gift, not earned by works. God’s Spirit takes a dwelling in a person’s life upon this transformational change.

John 14:6; Romans 3:10-18, 23; Romans 6:23; Titus 3:5; John 3:16, 17; John 14:6; Romans 3:10-18, 23; Romans 6:23; Titus 3:5; John 3:16, 17

THE CHURCH

We believe the church is God’s family from every nation, lived out in smaller communities where we gather together to live on mission to the world, just like Jesus was sent on mission to the world. It is about following Jesus by living out his commands of loving God and loving people. This love is experienced in the community of local believers and expresses itself in word, deed and thought. Through this there is a bond as we gather to refresh and encourage each other as we worship God, study the Bible, pray, participate in ordinances, build community and seek to share a message of hope to introduce people to Jesus.

Romans 3:10-18, 23; Romans 6:23; Titus 3:5; John 3:16, 17; ; 14:6; 20:21; Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:1-15; Romans 12:1,2; Colossians 2:6-7; 3:17; Titus 2:11-13

LAST THINGS

We believe that Jesus will have the last word. Created for eternity we will either spend it in fellowship with God, or separated from him in suffering.

Matthew 24:1-51; 25:41; John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18

We exist to introduce people to Jesus and help them follow him.