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BELIEFS

What We Believe 

Our beliefs are key themes that emerge from the big story of the Bible. This big story is how God rescues lost humanity and is centered around His Son, Jesus Christ. This is story of rescuing is known as the Gospel, which means "good news." Notice that each section of our beliefs is clearly linked into the big story of the Gospel.

GOD

We believe in one God (Deut. 6:4; Is. 44:6-8; 1 Tim. 1:17; 2:5), incomparable (Is. 40:12-17; Romans 11:33-36) and holy (Is. 6:3), and eternally existing in a loving unity (Jn. 17:5, 24) of three equally divine Persons (Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; Jn. 17:11; Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2): the Father (Dt. 32:6; Mt. 3:17; 6:6; Rom. 8:15; 1 Cor. 8:6), the Son (Mt. 3:17; Jn. 1:1, 14; Gal. 4:4), and the Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:16-17; 15:26; Rom. 8:9; Gal. 4:6). This is commonly called the Trinity.  God created all things from nothing (Gen. 1:1, Ps. 33:6; Col. 1:16) culminating in the creation of humans in His image (Gen. 1:26-28; Ps. 8:3-9).  God has graciously purposed from eternity to send the Son to redeem a people for Himself and the Spirit to make all things new for His own glory (1 Cor. 2:7; Eph. 3:10-11; 1 Tim. 1:9; Tit. 1:2-3; 1 Pet. 1:10; Rev. 13:8). This is the gospel.  The love and grace of the Triune God is the origin of the gospel (Eph. 1:1-14). 

The Father

We believe in God the Father, one in nature but distinct in Person from the Son and Spirit (Matt. 3:16-17; Matt 6:9; Jn. 1:14, 18; 5:18; Jn. 10:30).  The Father, Son and Spirit act in perfect unity while fulfilling different functional roles in the work of redeeming lost humanity (Matt. 3:16-17; 2 Cor. 3:14; Eph. 1:3-14; 1 Peter 1:1-2).  The Father sent the Son Jesus to restore lost humanity to right relationship with Himself (Matt. 11:25-27; Jn 3:16; Gal. 4:4-5).  The Son acted in obedience to His Father in all He did (Mark 14:36; Jn. 5:19; 8:28).  The Father is the believer’s source of love and identity (Rom. 8:14-16; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Jn. 3:1), and bestows all spiritual blessings upon them (Eph. 1:1-14).  The Father is the object of prayer (Matt. 6:9), in the Son through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18).  He also draws people to the Son (Jn. 6:37), making them one spiritual family (Eph. 2:18-19).  A right relationship with the Father is the goal of the gospel (Jn. 14:6). 

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son (Jn. 1:1).  He took on flesh, becoming one Person in two natures, fully God and fully man (Jn. 1:14; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 2:9-10).  Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah (Mt. 1:1, 17; Acts 2:36) —was conceived through the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:34-35) and born of the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:34-35; 2:7). He lived a sinless life (Heb. 4:15), was crucified for our sins (Mk. 10:45; Jn. 1:29; Rom. 3:21-26; 1 Cor. 15:3; Heb. 1:3; 1 Pet. 2:24) , arose bodily from the dead (Matt. 28:5-6; Lk. 24:36-43; John 20:24-29; Acts 1:3) , was seen by many witnesses (1 Cor. 15:6), ascended into heaven (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-11) and sits at the right hand of God the Father (Acts 7:56; Eph. 1:20; Heb. 1:3; 1 Pet. 3:22)  as our High Priest (Heb. 3:1; 4:14) and Advocate (Rom. 8:34; 1 Jn 2:1).  He will return one day to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords forever (Rev. 19:11-16).  Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is the message of the gospel. 

The Holy Spirit

We believe in God the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:2; Num. 27:18; Matt. 28:19; John 16:7-15; Rom. 8:9; Heb. 3:7-11). In all that He does, He glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:26; 16:14). He was the agent of Jesus’ conception (Luke 1:35) and guided Jesus throughout His earthy life (Matt. 12:28; Luke 3:22; 4:1; Acts 1:2; Heb. 9:14).  He convicts the world of its need for Christ (John 16:8-11). He regenerates sinners (John 3:3-8; Titus 3:5), baptizes them into the people of God (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 2:19-22), and assures them of their adoption as children of God (John 14:18; Rom. 8:14-16; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 2:18). He also indwells (1 Cor. 6:19), seals (Eph. 1:13-14), illuminates (Eph. 1:17-19), guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living (Gal. 5:16-25) and service (Acts 1:8; 6:8; 1 Cor. 12:4-10).  The Holy Spirit empowers believers to apply the gospel.

The Bible

We believe that God has spoken through the 66 books of the Bible, the inspired Word of God (2 Sam. 23:2; Matt. 19:4-5; John 14:26; Acts 1:16; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:13; 1 Tim. 5:18; 2 Pet. 3:15-16; Heb. 3:7-11).  It was written by human authors in their own cultural setting and style, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  The Bible is our ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged, the supreme and final authority for faith and life (Ps. 1; Ps. 19:7-14; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25).  The central theme of the Bible is story of the gospel, God’s eternal plan to redeem and restore His fallen creation (Eph. 1:4-5). 

The Human Condition

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, meaning that they are like God and represent God in ways that are not true about any other part of His creation (Gen. 1:26-27; Ps. 8:5-9).   They sinned when tempted by Satan (Gen. 3:1-6).  Human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God (Gen. 3:22-23), and under His wrath (Ps. 14:1-3; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:9-20; 5:10-12; 8:6-8; Eph. 2:1-3).  The image of God in humans remains but is corrupted (Gen. 9:9; Ja. 3:9).   Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued from sin and wrath (1 Thess. 1:10), reconciled to a right relationship with God (Rom. 5:10), and renewed to reflect God’s image (Eph. 4:24).  The human condition exposes the great need of the gospel.  

Salvation

We believe that salvation is in no way the result of human accomplishment (John 6:28-29; Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Tim. 1:9; Tit. 3:5), but occurs when a person places his faith in the gospel (Rom. 1:16-17; 2 Tim. 1:9), the death and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-6; Heb. 1:3; 1 Pet. 1:3; Rev. 1:18;), as the only way to be made right with God (1 Tim. 2:5-6).  Jesus shed His blood on the cross, taking our penalty for sin upon Himself (Mark 10:45; John 1:29; Rom. 3:24-26; 2 Cor. 5:21; 2 Pet. 2:24; 1 John 2:2; Rev. 5:9-10), and rose in triumph over sin and death forever.  When a person believes in Jesus God gives them new life through the Holy Spirit, granting them forgiveness of sin and new birth as a child of God (John 1:12-13; 3:3-5; Rom. 8:9-17; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Pet. 1:1-3; 1 Jn. 5:1).  The gospel is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes.

The Church

We believe that the church consists of all true believers (Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 2:18-22; 4:3-7; Rev. 5:9-10), the body of Christ (Rom. 12:4; 1 Cor. 12:12-13), of which He is the Head (Eph. 1:22-23). The Spirit unites all true believers together into one church, which is known as the “universal” church (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:3-7).  All who are the church should join together with a particular local church (Acts 11:26; 14:23; Rom. 16:5; 1 Thess. 1:6-10; Heb. 10:19-25; Rev. 2-3) , where they are able to experience fellowship and equipping as God’s unique people (Rom. 12:3-21; Eph. 4:1-16; 1 Pet. 2:4-10) and together devote themselves to living out Jesus’s Great Commandment and Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20; Mk. 12:30-31; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 1 Thess. 1:6-10; 1 Tim. 2:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:9-12).  The church embodies the gospel.

Christian Living

We believe that Christians should live out of their identity as The Father’s beloved children (Matt. 6:9; John 1:12; Eph. 5:1-2; 1 John 3:1) by abiding in Christ, (John 15:5; Col. 2:6) being filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18), and growing the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:16-23).  God commands us to love Him supremely while loving others sacrificially (Mark 12:30-31; Eph. 5:1-2; 1 John 5:1-2), living out our faith with care for one another (Rom. 12:10; 1Pet. 4:8-9; 1 John 3:16-18), being compassionate toward the poor (Lev. 19:9-10; Deut. 15:11; Prov. 29:7; Matt. 6:2-4; Gal. 2:10; Eph. 4:28) and upholding justice for the oppressed (Lev. 19:13-15;Ps. 82; Is. 1:17; Mic. 6:8; Ja. 2:1-13). With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil (Matt. 4:1-11; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Pet. 5:8). In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people (Matt. 28:19), always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed (Matt. 5:14-16; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:3-8). 

Christ's Return

We believe in the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; Rev. 1:7). The timing of Christ’s return is known only to the Father (Matt. 24:36), demanding constant expectancy (Matt. 24:42-51; Rom. 13:11-14; Ja.5:8-9; 2 Pet. 3:10-14) and, because it is our blessed hope (Tit. 2:13), motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission (2 Thess. 1:6-8; 2 Tim. 4:8; Tit. 2:14; Heb. 9:28; 1 John 3:2-3; 2 Pet. 3:10-14).  Christ’s Second coming completes the work of the gospel.  

Response &

Eternal Destiny

We believe that God desires everyone everywhere (Acts 20:20) to believe the gospel (John 6:29; 14:1; Rom. 3:22; Gal. 3:22; 1 Tim. 1:16) by turning to Him in repentance (Luke 24:47; Acts 2:37-38; 3:19) and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12). Those who believe in Christ are transferred into the presence of the Lord upon death (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23), while unbelievers are sent to hades (Luke 16:19-31) until the final judgement.  There will be a bodily resurrection of all and a final judgement, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord (John 3:16-18; John 5:25-29; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Rev. 20:11-15) in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

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