Whether you’re considering visiting our church, joining it, or don’t know what you personally believe and are just curious, thanks for taking the time to check this page out. If there’s something specific you had a question about and don’t see it here, feel free to reach out to us and we’d be happy to have a conversation! We believe:
In the Trinity
There is one eternal God who has always existed in three distinct Persons: God the Father, God the Son Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit. God is totally loving and completely holy. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Romans 8:9; 1 John 4:8; Revelation 4:8).
God the Father is personal and infinitely perfect, not just a higher power (Genesis 6:6; Psalm 139:1-4; Ephesians 1:11; Matthew 5:48). Jesus the Son is fully God and fully man; He relates to us and intercedes for us (John 10:30; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 4:15, 7:25). The Holy Spirit is fully God and indwells, guides, and empowers all believers. He also convicts the world of its sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment (Acts 5:3-4; Acts 2:38; John 14:26; Galatians 5:25; 1 Corinthians 12:11; John 16:7-11).
In the authority of Scripture
We believe Scripture is:
- Inspired: this means God led and caused the human authors to write exactly what He wanted in the originally given manuscripts (2 Peter 1:20, 21)
- Inerrant: this means perfect in truth (Psalm 12:6; 19:7, 8; John 17:17)
- Infallible: this means incapable of misleading us (2 Timothy 3:14-16)
As such, we believe Scripture is the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice, without equal, and authoritative for all time (1 Corinthians 4:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 1 Timothy 3:14, 15).
In the sinfulness of humanity
Though created in God’s image, humans sinned by rejecting Him through disobedience; through this disobedience, physical and spiritual death entered the world, separating us from God (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3; Romans 1:18-32, 3:23, 6:23). From that point on, all born of man are born with a sinful nature (Psalm 51:3-5; Ecclesiastes 7:20).
In salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone
Salvation is offered to all only through Jesus Christ (John 3:16, 14:6). In His authority, power, and love, Jesus chose to pay the penalty for our sin, even though He was without sin (John 10:11-18; Hebrews 9:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21). To receive forgiveness and become children of God, we must repent of our sins and believe in Jesus as the Resurrected Lord (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:17). We are saved only by God’s grace, not by any works we can do (Ephesians 2:8-9). There is no salvation after death (Hebrews 9:27).
In the sanctification of God's people
Accepting God’s grace and forgiveness for our sins is life changing and cause for great rejoicing (Luke 15:10); however, this is just the beginning of our call. In believing Jesus is Lord and confessing our need for Him, we also declare that we will come under His authority and live for Him. By sanctification, we mean the work God does in the lives of believers to make them more and more like Jesus; this is His desire for all believers and as such should be our desire and pursuit in life (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Peter 1:15-16).
In the importance of the church
We believe in the power and significance of the Church as a vital part of God’s plan (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:10-11). Jesus has given the Church its mission: evangelism and discipleship of the nations (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15). As believers we are called to belong to a local church for intentionally building one another up as we strive to fulfill His mission and bring glory to Jesus (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:24-25).
In the return of, and judgment by, Jesus as Lord
Jesus will visibly and physically return (Luke 21:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). When we speak of His imminent return, we mean that we do not know when exactly Christ will return, that it will happen suddenly, and could happen soon (Matthew 24:36-44; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6). There will be a resurrection of all people, believer and non-believer (John 5:28-29). Unbelievers will be justly judged to eternal existence in conscious torment (Revelation 14:9-11). Believers will receive their inheritance of everlasting life and joy (Revelation 21:1-4). The reality of both these judgments should fill believers with a zeal for evangelism and a firm hope for our own lives as we await the return of our Lord (Romans 10:13-15; 2 Peter 3:9; Titus 2:11-14).