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OUR BELIEFS

THE APOSTLES CREED

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
AMEN.


GOD
God is the eternal Creator and sovereign Ruler of the universe. His being, exists in oneness and at the same time has manifested, shown Himself to mankind in equal representation as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – but God is one. (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11)

GOD THE FATHER
Father God reigns in sovereign power over His universe; and over humanity in love and with mercy and grace. He is the Giver of life. (Genesis 1-2, Isaiah 43:10; 44:8, James 1:17, John 4:24)

GOD THE SON - JESUS
Jesus Christ is God, the Son of God; He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin, and He lived a sinless human life.  By the will of the Father, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross; He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to reign as King.  He is God in a physical body; Jesus is fully God and fully human.  (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5)

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
God the Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He was present at creation of all things, and is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in, indwells, every Christian from the moment of the new birth or salvation.  He provides Christians with power for living and witnessing Christ, and in understanding of God’s Word.  (Genesis 1:2; John 14:26; 15:26; 16:8)

 

THE HOLY BIBLE
The Bible is God's Word to us, the Scriptures were written by people through the guiding and inspiration of God. It contains the story of God's ancient people, the good news of Jesus, and the narrative teachings and themes that serve our need for life's meaning, guidance, and hope. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)


HUMANS
People are made in the image of God, having a soul, spirit, and body; and are eternal.  People are the crown of God's creation.  All are marred by an attitude of self-focused desires, which is disobedience toward God; this is called “sin.”  Sin separates us from God. (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)


SALVATION
Salvation is God's free gift to us by His grace, and is given by God when a person accepts Christ in faith.  A person can never make up for sin by self-improvement or good works; only by the grace of God can one be saved from sin’s penalty.  To repent from sin begins with a faith confession in Jesus Christ as Savior; at that time one is reconciled into an eternal relationship with God through Jesus Christ alone. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)


CREATION
God is the Divine Creator of all matter and life from nothing, ex nilo. (Genesis 1, Isaiah 40:8, Colossians 1:16)


THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
God identifies and enables believers by the work of the Holy Spirit in the following manner:

  • Indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit: God has placed His Holy Spirit as a seal of recognition into of those who are born again as a believer, a Christian, a disciple of Christ. (John 14:16-17, Rom 8:10-11, 1 Cor 3:16-17, 2 Cor 6:16, Eph 2:21-22, Heb 3:6, 1 Pet 2:5, 1 John 3:24, 4:12-15; 2 Tim 1:6-7)
  • Fruit of the Spirit: A Christian is known by a lifestyle of bearing fruit; Scripture declares that the singular fruit of the Spirit is revealed by love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance – these virtues are evident where the Holy Spirit is living. (Matthew 22:34-37, Ephesians. 5:8-11, Galatians 5:22-23) 
  • Anointing: The Holy Spirit’s anointing empowers believers for efficient ministry, witnessing, and surrender to the will of God. (Isaiah 61:1-11, 1 John 2:27, James 5:14, 1 John 2:20)
  • Spiritual Gifts: The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel.  (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10)


THE CHURCH 
The church is the global oneness of all who are saved, born again into the Body of Christ.  The church is not a building, but the people of God. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23)


TWO SACRAMENTS
Water Baptism – Is by full immersion of a believer in water as an act of obedience. symbolizing the believer's faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48) 

Communion – Communion or The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the body of Christ memorialize the death, burial, and resurrection return of Christ. (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25)


RESURRECTION
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21)


AFFILIATIONS & FRIENDS

We are a non-denominational church. We've intentionally chosen this as part of our identity, but we've also chosen to ensure that we are not a silo in and of ourselves. We believe in and have very intentional relationships with other local churches in our city. We love the beauty and diversity of the body of Christ and look to relate with various churches. We seek to unite, learn, and grow through our relationships with church planting organizations, ministry networks, and friends in our city and around the world. Additionally, we are committed to linking arms with other churches, ministries, and missions organizations to work together to advance the gospel!