What We Believe
The Bible is the Word of God. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It gives Christians direction on how to live their lives. It is the sole authority for faith and practice.
God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. He is all loving, all powerful and all wise. He is a God of justice and love. Because He is just, a price must be paid for sin. His love for mankind is so great that He sent His son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the price for people's sins.
Jesus is the Son of God and equal with the Father. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life and was crucified to pay for the sins of all who would accept Him as Savior. He was raised on the third day and proved to be victorious over sin and death.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He comes to live within every believer and is the constant companion and encourager to all who will allow Him to work in their lives. He inspired men of old to write the Bible.
Man was created by God and made in God's image. Man chose to disobey God and in so doing sinned and separated himself from God. God the Father sent God the Son, Jesus, to die to pay for the sins of all people who would put their trust in Jesus as the Savior. Man can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Salvation is offered to all who will confess their sins, turn from their sins and accept Jesus Christ's death on the cross as payment for their sin. That act of faith begins a walk with God that should grow stronger day by day.
The church is a body of baptized believers who are of like faith and desire to worship together and serve God together. The two ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord's Supper. The New Testament speaks also of the church including all who have accepted Christ as Savior.
Baptism is the immersion in water of a person who has placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his personal savior. It is an act of obedience to Christ and it symbolizes the inner change which comes when one becomes a follower of Christ. It is an outward expression that one has chosen to follow Jesus Christ.
The Lord's Supper is the sharing with other believers bread and juice which symbolize the blood of Jesus and body of Jesus which was nailed to the cross. This service memorializes His death and anticipates His second coming.
Evangelism and missions refer to the responsibility of all followers of Christ and all churches to share with all people the good news of Jesus Christ. The good news is that Jesus died on the cross to pay for the sins of everyone and that He was raised again to life in order to provide salvation to all who believe.
Worship is the privilege of every believer to fulfill God's design by praising God and recognizing God's worth and greatness. Worship can be done privately and it can be done corporately in a service in which people come together to praise God by various means.