About the Bible
The Holy Spirit chose human authors to write the books of the Bible. God Himself inspired every word of Scripture. The Bible is God’s love letter to all of humanity and is the final authority in every issue it communicates. It is complete Truth, and we can trust it for all matters in this life and eternity.
God has revealed in Scripture the authentic and historical account of His creative activity. He created the universe, and in a recent six-day creation the Lord made “the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” and rested on the seventh day. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of the work He performed and completed during six literal days that together with the Sabbath constituted the same unit of time that we call a week today.
Scripture teaches that God created everything out of nothing. Although it might be difficult for the human mind to comprehend, the Bible teaches that He is one, yet has existed since the beginning of time as three distinct and equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is God’s Son and an equal of the Father. He has existed from the beginning of time, yet lived on earth during the first century A.D. Throughout His earthly life, He was completely God and completely human at the same time. After living a perfect, sinless life, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for every human being who has ever lived by dying on a Roman cross. After three days in the grave, He defeated sin and death by rising from the grave. He then ascended to Heaven and will return to earth one day to reign as King.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a full and equal part of the Trinity. He works in the world to make all people understand their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives inside every follower of Jesus from the moment they decide to follow Him. The Spirit is our power source for life, ministry and spiritual growth. To tap into that power, we must continually yield to the Holy Spirit.
We believe salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ alone. God created humans (men and women) in his image, perfect and innocent. Through the choice of Adam and Eve to trust themselves more than God, human nature was twisted toward selfishness. This disobedient nature has eternally separated us from our Creator. No matter how hard we try, we can never earn our way back into God’s presence. Our only hope is to trust Jesus as God’s provision for our disobedience. Whenever you make that decision, you step into the eternal and abundant life Jesus promises for all believers.
Baptism is neither the end of Bible Study and Discipleship, nor the beginning of the Christian walk, rather it is an important step in the development of a Christian life. It is a moment when a Christian, knowing enough to make a thoughtful choice, commits publicly to live a life defined by following Jesus. In following the Biblical examples set before us, we believe that Baptism is to occur as the result of a Spirit-led, conscious decision, meaning that we do not administer infant baptism. Furthermore, it is accomplished through complete immersion to fully symbolize the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ on the behalf of the Christian and the washing away of the guilt of Sin.
About Growing in Jesus
When you come into a relationship with Jesus, you enter into a covenant with Him. A covenant is more binding than a simple relationship of affection and more loving than a business contract. In salvation there is a balance of security and freedom. Security in that God inspires and leads the Christian from immaturity to maturity and that just as salvation is not gained through good works, so it is not lost through rebellious works. At the same time, Freedom is always present, allowing the Christian to walk away from the Gospel if it is the person’s true and final wish.
About Human Identity and Destiny
The soul, or identity, of a human is not separate from the body. The soul of a human is found in the bringing together of body with the God-given breath of life or spirit. The breath of life is not a separate sentient aspect of humanity; it is the power of God giving life to the individual. This means that death is not a conscious state of separation from the body until the Resurrection, but a state of unconsciousness and nonexistence until called forth once more from the grave by Jesus Himself. Furthermore, this means that the final eternal separation from God is not a conscious eternal torture, but a final act of justice that brings an end to all beings who have rejected God. Finally, because the body and soul are not separate, this means that Gospel renewal should be applied to the physical, relational, emotional, and social well-being of people as well as to the spiritual.
About the Church
The Bible tells us that the church is the body of Christ in the world today. The New Testament tells us the church is both a local body of baptized believers and the greater Body of Believers around the world and throughout history. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. The biblical purposes of the church are worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship and service to others.
About the Family
The pattern for marriage, as set forth in the Bible, is between one man and one woman. The marriage is designed to be an illustration of the community enjoyed by God in the Trinity. It is designed to be a union that provides complete love and enjoyment of both parties. Marriage is the only Biblically sanctioned context for sexual intimacy. The Bible sets forth a picture of marriage which simultaneously affirms the full equality of men and women before God and within the marriage, yet celebrates the differences of the two genders.
The Seventh-day Sabbath was established by God at Creation for all humanity then re-articulated in the Ten Commandments. When it was given by God to the Israelites in the book of Exodus, the Law of God was the response of the those who had been set free from slavery. It simultaneously honored God and set forth a better way to live. Obedience to the law is not the way to salvation, but the outgrowth of one who has experienced salvation. The Sabbath symbolizes resting in Christ for His gift of salvation. Keeping the seventh day Sabbath set apart by refraining from work and by gathering with other believers is shown throughout the Bible as one of the prime ways to honor God. It commemorates His role as Creator and is a powerful reminder to trust Him by refraining from our own work and common responsibilities for one day out of the week.
About Christ’s Return
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Based upon the prophetic timeline found in Daniel, Revelation, and the gospels, we believe that his return is near. The urgency of that event is what inspires us to reach those who do not know God with added passion. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth, the dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.