December 28, 2015

What We Believe

1.  Who is God?

God created and rules the universe and all it contains.  God has always existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God, referred to as “The Trinity”.

Genesis 1:1,  Genesis 1:26-27,  Psalm 90:2,  Matthew 28:19,  2 Corinthians 13:14

2.  Who is Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to earth to make payment for the sins of all mankind. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life, and then died on the Cross, as the perfect sacrifice for peoples’ sin.  Jesus rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Jesus ascended to heaven where he is still our great High Priest, or the ultimate leader of the church on earth. He will return again some day to earth to reign.  Only through a personal relationship with Jesus can we have eternal life in heaven.

Isaiah 9:6,  Matthew 1:22- 23,  John 1:1-5,  John 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15,  1 Corinthians 15:3-4,

Romans 1:3-4,   Acts 1:9-11, 1 Timothy 6:14-15,  1 Peter 1:2,  Titus 2:13

3.  Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  The Holy Spirit is the manifest power of God that makes people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in and empowers every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guides us to do the right things.  He also lets us know when we do wrong things – or are thinking about doing wrong things.  The Holy Spirit gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.

John 14:16-17,  John 16:7-13,  Acts 1:8,  1 Corinthians 2:12,

1 Corinthians 3:16,  Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 1:13

4.  The Bible

biblebiggerThe Bible is God’s Word to us.  It was written through human authors, who were inspired by the Holy Spirit and it is without error in the original manuscripts. It is the ultimate truth and gives us understanding about who God is and how He wants us to live. The Bible is a key way that God communicates with man.

Psalm 12:6,  Psalm 119:105,  Proverbs 30:5,  Psalm 119:160,  2 Timothy 3:16,

2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 1:13

5.  Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God. This means that we are made to resemble Him in character.  People are the most important things that God created. Because Adam and Eve sinned, all mankind inherits a sinful nature.   Although every person can do good things, every person has been, and will be disobedient toward God as a function of this inborn nature. This is called “sin”.  This separates people from God and causes the problems we experience in our lives.

Genesis 1:27,  Psalm 8:3-6,  Isaiah 53:6,  Isaiah 59:1-2,  Romans 3:23

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6.  Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must agree with God that we are sinners, separated from God, and accept his free gift of eternal life by accepting Jesus.  We can never make up for our sins by self improvement or doing good things or being religious.   Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from the penalty of sin. We must choose to believe in what Christ did for us and receive Him [by asking/inviting] Christ into our life.  God never forces Himself on people.  Eternal life [Salvation] begins the moment a person receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith. John 14:6,  John 1:12,  Romans 5:1,  Romans 6:23,  Galatians 3:26,  Ephesians 2:8-9,  Titus 3:5

7.  Eternity 

People were originally created to exist forever in God’s presence.  Adam and Eve’s sin in Genesis, Chapter 3 changed that arrangement forever.   We will either exist eternally separated from God because of our un-forgiven sin, or eternally with God by accepting Jesus Christ and trusting in His forgiveness and salvation through His death and resurrection.  To be eternally separated from God is what the Bible refers to as Hell.  To be eternally together with God is eternal life which the Bible teaches is Heaven.  Heaven and Hell are real places that people will go to after they die a physical death here on earth. John 2:25, John 3:16, Luke 23:43, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15

8. Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should love Christ, making Him the leader of their lives, and that the Christian should care about other people.  Loving Christ implies living a life where, more and more every day, we want what God wants more than what we want. It means following the teachings of the Bible. John 13:34-35,  Romans 12:10,  Galatians 5:13,  Ephesians 5:1, 1Thessalonians 5:11

 9.  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper communion(Communion)

Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Baptism is one way a believer in Christ shows Christ and the Church that a commitment has been made to follow God’s plan from his/her heart.  We also believe that “The Lord’s Supper” (Communion) is a way that we remember that Christ died and rose again for the forgiveness of our sin. It is a reminder for all who believe that He is coming again. Matthew 3:16,  Matthew 20:19-20,  Matthew 26:26-27,  1 Corinthians 10:15-16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

10.  Freedombjbaptism

Every human being can talk to God directly and have a relationship with Him.  This is possible because Jesus restored this privilege when he paid the penalty for the sins of mankind on the cross. Christ is the head of the church. His death, resurrection, and ascension assures us that every person once again has the freedom to talk directly to God (through prayer).  No one needs to seek an audience with God through any sort of intermediation.  Jesus Christ has already restored direct access to God through prayer for all mankind.  Also, the Church should be free from the dictation of the government as it relates to its ministry. John 15:14-16,  John 16:33,  2 Corinthians 3:17, Colossians 1:18-20