Our Beliefs

Core Beliefs

The following are our core beliefs as a church. These are the basic and minimum beliefs shared by our faith family.

The Trinity
We believe in one God that has eternally existed as three distinct persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) with one singular divine nature/essence. We believe that this God is the creator, sustainer, redeemer, and judge of all things. This God is all knowing, all powerful, complete in himself, not lacking in anything, among many other uniquely divine attributes.

(Cf. Gn 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Dt 6:4; Ps 90:2; Isa 46:9-10; Mt 28:19-20; Lk 3:21-22; Jn 1:1-5; 15-17; 2 Co 13:14; 1 Pe 1:1-2; et.al.; Nicene Creed AD 325; Constantinopolitan Creed AD 381)

Mankind
We believe that man was created in God’s image meant to represent him and his Kingdom on the earth. However, mankind fell into sin and disrupted all intended relationships. Sin corrupted the very being of mankind so that every human is born into sin and wicked by nature. Sin presents itself in a variety of sinful actions. Man is in desperate need of a constitutional change in nature in order to love God and be redeemed.

(Cf. Gn 1:26-27, 6:5, 9:6; Job 14:1,4; Ps 8:3-6, 51:5, 58:3; Pr 22:15; Am 5:12; Ro 1:18-32, 5:12, 18-19, 6:23, 7:14-15, 8:7-8; 1 Co 15:22; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 2:3, 4:17-19; 1 Ti 4:1-2; Re 21:8, et. al.)

Jesus Christ
Person: We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity incarnated as a human being and existing in perfect unity of both the human and divine natures. Jesus is fully God and fully human, not mixed or interchanged or in any other way different than being perfectly united as fully both natures.

(Cf. Mt 1:22-23, 4:1-2; Lk 2:52; Jn 1:1-3, 14, 8:46, 10:29-31; 14:8-9; Phil 2:5-6; Col 2:9; Tit 2:13; Nicene Creed AD 325; Constantinopolitan Creed AD 381; Definition of Chalcedon AD 451)

Work: We believe that this Jesus lived a morally perfect life, performed many miracles, was crucified and killed for the sins of mankind, was physically resurrected, ascended to reign at the right hand of God the Father and will be returning to earth in the future.

(Cf. Mt. 28:9; Mk 10:33-34, 45; Lk 24:36-39; Jn 10:14-18, 20:19; Ac 3:32-33; Ro 3:25, 5:10; 1 Co 15; 2 Co 5:18-19; Gal 3:13; Eph 2:15-16, 5:2; Col 1:19-20, 2:15; 1 Ti 2:5-6; He 9:14; 1 Pe 1:18-19, 2:24; 1 Jn 2:2; Rev 5:9; Nicene Creed AD 325; Constantinopolitan Creed AD 381; Definition of Chalcedon AD 451)

Salvation
We believe that salvation is given only by grace and through faith in the person and work of Jesus. Grace is defined as “God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves.” Salvation is completely dependent upon the nature and work of God because man is incapable of saving himself by any natural means. Salvation cannot be earned or deserved but is the result of the free and loving choice of God alone.

(Cf. Mt 4:12, 17; Lk 24:47-48; Jn1:12-13, 3:5-7, 6:37, 39, 10:28-29, 17:11-12; Ac 2:38, 16:14; Ro 3:28, 10:14, 17, 11:28-29; 1 Co 1:9, 23-24, 15:17; Gal 2:20; Eph 2:4-5, 8-9; 1 Ti 6:12; Tit 3:5; He 11:6; Js 1:18; 1 Pe 1:23; 1 Jn 1:9, et. al.)

Future
We believe that Jesus Christ shall return to judge the earth and establish the fullness of his kingdom. Only the Father knows these dates and times and we are to be ready for this return at all times. The eternal state ushered in by these events is the future hope of the Church and represents a physical resurrection of the saints unto eternal life.

(Cf. Mt 24:36-39, 42-44, 25:31-32; Lk 21:25-27, 34-35; Ac 1:10-11; 1 Co 4:5; Php 3:20; Col 3:4; 1 Th 4:15-17, 5:1-3, 2 Th 2:1-8; 2 Ti 4:8; Tit 2:13; He 9:28; Js 5:7-8; 2 Pe 3:3-10; 1 Jn 2:28, 3:2-3; Re 16:15, 22:20, et. al.)

Scripture
We believe that the 66 books of the canonized Bible set forth in two Testaments is the inspired revelation of the one and only God. The primary purpose of this text is for God to reveal himself to us as human beings, as well as to preserve the teachings of the Prophets, Apostles and Jesus himself. This is the source of truth and must be properly and faithfully interpreted.

(Cf. Ex 34:27; Nu 22:38; Dt 18:18; Isa 8:1; Jer 1:9; Jn 14:26; Ac 4:25; 2 Ti 3:16-17; 2 Pe 1:20-21; et.al; The Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy)

 

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