The Apostle Paul tells Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus in 1 Timothy 4:16, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” He goes on to say in 2 Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
“In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things love”
The Essentials We Believe:
About God - God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal and are one God.
Gen. 1:1,26-27,3:22; Ps. 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; II Cor. 13:14
About Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with The Father and The Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and 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's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matt. 1:22-23; Isa. 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; I Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Tim. 6:14-15; Tit. 2:13
About the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is co-equal with The Father and The Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
II Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:18
About the Bible - The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by people, under the supernatural guidance and influence of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of Truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the Truth without any mixture of error.
II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20-21; II Tim. 1:13; Ps. 119:105, 160, 12:6; Pro. 30:5
About Human Beings - People are made in the image of God. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by sin that separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Gen. 1:27; Ps. 8:3-6; Isa. 53:6a; Rom. 3:23
About Salvation - Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness, can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Salvation begins the moment people receive Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Tit. 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 5:1
About Eternity - People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in united with God is Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15; Matt. 1:8; Matt. 2:44, 46
Ordinances We Observe:
Lord’s Supper – There is only one thing in all of Scripture that Jesus asked His disciples to do in remembrance of Him, Lords Supper. As an act of obedience, we will regularly participate in this ordinance in our large worship gatherings and in small groups. The Lords Supper is a picture of Jesus body broken for us (bread) and Jesus blood shed for us (juice).
Baptism – Baptism is when we make our faith public. It is designed to be a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. We baptize by immersion as that is the model Jesus was baptized and the literal translation of the word.