THEOLOGICAL BELIEFS

About the Scriptures: We believe the entire Bible (all 66 books of the Old and New Testament) is the inspired Word of God and that the writers were moved by the Holy Spirit of God to write God’s revelation to man. Therefore, we believe the entire Bible is without error in its original writings, complete in its revelation of God’s will for salvation, and is final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 1 Peter 1:21

About God: We believe in one true and living God who exists in three distinct and equally divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the Holy Trinity). This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in His love and holiness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory. He is immortal and eternal. He perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning. He sustains and sovereignly rules over all things and is providentially bringing about His eternal good purposes to redeem a people for Himself and restore His fallen creation. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity. He is the only begotten and sinless Son of God and the promised Messiah/Savior of the Old Testament. He was conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary. He became a man in order to personally reveal God to humanity and to forgive, save, and transform all who place their heart-faith in Him. – Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 John 1:8; 1 Peter 1:16; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 4:13; Psalm 147:5; 1 John 3:20; Romans 8:28; Matthew 28:19; John 3:16; John 1:14; Matthew 1:23; John 4:25-26; Romans 10:9-13

About Humanity: We believe that all people were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) to have eternal fellowship with Him but became separated from their relationship with Him because of the sinful disobedience of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3) which brought about innate sinful disobedience within every human heart (Romans 5:12 and 5:19). As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts, good deeds, baptism, or nationality. – Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1

About Salvation: We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9)! In love, God commands and implores all people to repent and believe in the Person and finished work of His Son … His sinless life, His sacrificial death on the cross, and His physical resurrection from the dead. Any person who genuinely does that will be forgiven, saved, and transformed from the inside-out. We also believe that genuine saving faith is a repentant faith where the Holy Spirit enables and directs a genuine believer to turn from their sin to follow Christ as Lord. – John 3:16-17; Luke 13:5; Acts 17:30-31; Romans 10:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; James 2:26; 1 John 2:3-6, 1 John 3:6-10

About the Christian Life: We believe all Christians can and should live for Christ and not for themselves. By living in obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Holy Spirit, every believer can and should be transforming to the inner likeness/character of Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 2:3-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17

About the Church: We believe that the church is the body of Christ and Jesus Christ is the  Head/Leader. “The body of Christ” or “church” consists of all people who have genuinely placed their heart-faith in Jesus Christ. The church is NOT a building, campus, or denomination. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him supremely … loving others the way we love ourselves … sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to this lost world … and helping followers of Christ grow/mature in their faith. – Ephesians 4:11-16; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 22:36-40; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20