What We Believe
- We believe in God. Obviously, we are not the only church that believes in God but you must understand that as a starting point for knowing who we are as a people.
- We believe that Jesus is the unique Son of God, born of a virgin, empowered by the Holy Spirit. We believe he lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death and that three days later he came back to life. We believe that Jesus is alive today, seated at the right-hand of God. And we believe that he is coming back to earth one day to take his people back home to be with him for eternity.
- We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a gift that every Christian receives at baptism. We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers us to live victoriously over sin and equips us to serve God and one another.
- We believe the Bible to be the Word of God. It is God’s word in man’s language so that we can know God’s will for our lives. In the Old Testament, the unified message of God is that a Special Person was going to be coming to earth. In the first four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), the message is that the Special Person who had been promised had come. The rest of the New Testament reveals that the same Special Person is coming again. We believe the Bible to be accurate and without error and we have adopted the Bible as the curriculum for our preaching, teaching and study.
- We practice baptism of believers, by immersion, for the forgiveness of sin. We baptize believers meaning that we do not baptize anyone until that person is old enough and instructed enough to have put his/her faith in Jesus as God’s son and mankind’s savior. We baptize by immersion because all Bible scholars agree that this is the way baptism was practiced in the New Testament church. We baptize for the purpose of the forgiveness of sins because that is what the scripture teaches was the purpose of baptism in the New Testament church (Acts 2:38 and I Peter 3:21).
- We practice weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper because that is what the first church did (Acts 20:7). Because we understand that it is God’s will for his children to meet Him at His table, we make the Lord’s Supper available each week. We do not require anyone to participate, nor do we forbid anyone from participation; this is the Lord’s Table. Each person is to make careful self-examination and then decide whether or not to celebrate of the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:28).
- We believe in the mutual ministry of all believers. By that, we mean that we believe that in the Body of Christ (the Church), every person is a part, every part has a purpose and every person has a Partner (I Corinthians 12:12-31). Because every member is a minister, we do not afford anyone the title of “clergy” or “reverend”. The salaried preacher is an application of Paul’s teaching in I Timothy 5:17 where he writes that some people are worthy of the double honor of serving and being paid for their service if they direct the work of the church well and if their principle work is preaching and teaching.