What We Believe
The Story of God's Love
Our beliefs start with the biblical story of God, who loves all people, and His Son Jesus, who died for all people. That love informs not only our beliefs but our actions. We want everyone to know and experience God's love for themselves.
The Bible is the Word of God.
It was written by men under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any form of error. There are more than 200 specific prophecies in the Old Testament—written over a period of thousands of years by many different writers—that clearly point to Jesus. They tell of His place of birth, where He would grow up, the manner in which He would die and be buried, and even the very year He would die. Any reasonable statistical analysis of this only reinforces the veracity of this holy document.
2 Tim. 3:15-17, 1 Pet. 1:23, Heb. 4:12
God is three in one.
God exists as the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. Each part of the Trinity serves a different function and purpose, but they each possess equal power and authority.
1 John 5:7, John 10:30, Luke 1:35, Col. 1:15-17
Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus is completely human and completely God. He is God’s only plan for bringing people back into a right relationship with Him. Jesus was sent by God, lived a perfect and blameless life on earth, and bore God’s judgment for sin, becoming a sacrifice and substitution for all people. He defeated death by rising from the dead so that we could have eternal life, ascended into Heaven, and will return again one day to reign as King.
Col. 2:9, Isa. 9:6, John 1:14, Phil. 2:5-11, Matt. 1:23
Man is made in the image of God.
God made man His most prized creation. Every human personality is uniquely created and is worthy of dignity, respect, and Christian love. Man was created to live in relationship with God, but sin separated man from Him, causing the image of God in man to become distorted. As a result, no human can fully live within His image apart from receiving Jesus, who is the express image of God’s person.
1 Cor. 15:44-49, II Cor. 3:18, Gen. 1:26-27
Salvation is a gift from God.
Salvation is freely given when those who trust in Jesus—believing in His death, burial, and resurrection—ask Him to be the Lord and Savior of their lives. Salvation cannot be earned or obtained by any human effort. It is freely given by God’s grace and must be willfully accepted through faith.
Rom. 6:23, II Cor. 9:15, Eph. 2:8-9
We will exist forever after this life.
Heaven and Hell are real places. Those who know God and have received salvation will ascend into Heaven when their physical bodies die. Those who have not will descend into Hell and be separated from God forever. Our sins must be paid for. We will either pay for them ourselves and bear the punishment of Hell, or we will receive Christ and, through God’s mercy, make Heaven our eternal home.
II Thess. 1:8-9, Jude 7, Rev. 20:12-15, John 14:2-4, Phil. 1:21, II Cor. 5:6-8
Jesus will return.
As Jesus promised, He will physically return to the earth for a second time to establish His Kingdom. He will reward those who have faithfully followed Him and obeyed His commands.
I Thess. 4:16-18, Rev. 22:12-13, Titus 2:13-14, Acts 1:9-11
Water Baptism is a symbol of identification with Jesus.
Water Baptism is a public declaration of one’s decision to follow Christ and to obey His commands. While infant baptism may be sacred to one’s religious upbringing, it is not found in the Bible. Water Baptism should occur when a person who has received Christ willfully and publicly expresses that belief. It is an outward expression of one’s faith in Christ. During baptism, a person is fully immersed in water, publicly identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. As individuals come out of the water, they are symbolically raised up as a new person in Christ.
Acts 2:38-39, Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-17
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for all believers.
While all born-again Christians have the Holy Spirit within them—in so much as they have been born of the Spirit— there is a separate and distinct experience from salvation that the Bible calls “The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” In the book of Acts, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is detailed on 5 different occasions. When a person receives the Holy Spirit, they obtain a new prayer language, biblically called “speaking in other tongues.” Jesus commanded all believers to receive the person of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:1-4, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-7
Healing is a privilege for every believer.
God wants us to live in full health so that we can walk out the calling He has for us. The Bible says that Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. However, it is important to understand that God’s healing power must be received by the grace of God through faith.
James 5:14-15, Matt. 8:16-17, Acts 10:38, Heb. 13:8
Marriage is God’s unique design.
Marriage is the God-designed institution where one man, born biologically as a man, and one woman, born biologically as a woman, enter into a lifelong, exclusive relationship. This holy relationship is a parallel of Christ and His bride—the Church.
Gen. 2:20-25, Heb. 13:4, Matt. 19:4-6, Eph. 5:21-33
The Church is the Body of Christ.
The Church is not a building. The Bible says that each of us has been placed by God into the body of Christ. Like our human bodies, each part has a very distinct function. The Church is where we move beyond our individual lives and, with each of us taking our God ordained places, work together to reach all people with the gospel and the message of God’s love.
Rom. 12:4-5, I Cor. 12:12-27, Eph. 5:23