Beliefs

The Bible is authoritative and God’s inspired word (1 Cor. 14:37; 1 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 3:16).

There is one God, Creator of all things who is eternal and exists in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:1; Is.44:24; Is.45:5).

Man was created good and sinless; bearing God’s image (Gen. 1:26).

Adam fell in the garden because of his disobedience to God (Gen. 3:7).

Adam’s sin has spread to all mankind.  Therefore, the problem of man is his sin before God (Rom. 5:12).

Jesus died for the sins of the world, was buried, was physically resurrected from the grave on the third day, and appeared to more than 500 people (1 Cor. 15:3-6)

Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save the world through giving himself as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity (John 3:16-17).

Salvation is a free gift from God to all who believe on the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 16:30-31).

Saving faith includes confessing and repentance of sin (Romans 10:9; 2 Peter 3:9).

Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ for salvation is born into the family of God (John 1:12).

Water baptism is a command from Jesus and is an outward expression of a confession of faith that one has been born again (Matthew 28:19; Col. 2:12).

The children of God and the children of the devil are evident by their fruit (Matthew 7:16; 1 John 3:10).

Jesus will return, and will execute judgment (John 5:27).

The church (universal) is a collection of God’s people who have a strong desire to gather together in the community of faith and worship (Deut. 4:10; Ps.22:22; Eph. 2:19).

Jesus prayed for his followers, “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us” (John 17:21, ESV). The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit share a unique relationship.  The relationship between a husband and wife are referred to as one flesh  (Gen. 2:24).  The Hebrew word for “one” in Genesis 2:24 and Deuteronomy 6:4 is “echad”, which is more of a composite “oneness” rather than an absolute “oneness”. Just as the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit are ONE, as the one true God, the church should also be one in the community of faith.  It should be noted that “the church” in the Bible is spoken of as both local and universal.  In the period of the early church many believers would  gather in homes, and some even met daily (Acts 2:46).

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