What We Believe

We believe that when a person experiences a spiritual rebirth or "regeneration" there will be evidence of transformation in their lives. We are told in scripture that "you will know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:15-20). Scripture tells us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). 1 John 5:13 tells us "these are written so that you may know that you have eternal life. The book of 1 John shows us many Biblical assurances of salvation:

 

Assurance test #1:   A true Christian will walk in the light (1 John 1:5-7)

 

Assurance test #2:   Do you live as Jesus lived?  Do you walk the way Jesus walked? Is your goal to be like Jesus? (1 John 2:6)

 

Assurance test #3:  You recognize the sin in your life and it brings you to repentance and confession.  You hate your sin. (1 John 3:4-9, 1 John 1:8-9, Matthew 5:4)

 

Assurance test #4:  A true believers love of the world will diminish as they are sanctified (1 John 2:15-17)

 

Assurance test #5:  A genuine believer will have a new relationship with the commandments of God (1 John 2:3 and 1 John 5:3)

 

Assurance Test #6: A believer will have a deep love for their Christian brothers and sisters. (1 John 5:1-2, 1 John 3:14-19, 1 John 4:7-8, 1 John 4:20-21)

 

God 

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. We believe that God eternally exists in three Persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and that these three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of the same worship, reverence and obedience. (Genesis 1:1,26,27; Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 13:14)

 

Man 

We believe man was created in the image of God, but sinned and fell through disobedience, and that the entire human race shares in man's lost and depraved nature. Although God designed man to have fellowship with Him, man became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Isaiah 59:1-2)

 

Eternity 

Man was created to exist forever. When you die, you will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. We believe in the eternal salvation of the believers and in the eternal damnation and punishment of the nonbelievers.  Man will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. (John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. We believe Jesus, the eternal Son of God, took upon Himself the form of a man by means of the virgin birth, lived a sinless life, yet retained His absolute deity, being at the same time fully God and fully man. Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13)

 

Salvation 

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Man can never make up for his sin by good works, although his faith is manifested in works that are pleasing to God. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)

 

The Holy Spirit 

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father, the Comforter who indwells and places every believer in the Body of Christ, bestows spiritual gifts upon the Church, and convicts the world of sin and the judgment to come.  He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. A Christian should seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13; 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25)

 

The Bible  

We believe in the verbal inspiration and inerrant of the Scriptures and the authority of both the Old and New Testaments. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)

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