We believe there is only one real God who made the universe and all that is in it. He is a spiritual being that exists in a tri-unity we understand as: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a very complicated and mysterious concept but we can somewhat visualize it like water: it can exist as a liquid, a solid (ice) and a gas but it is all one substance.
Not three gods, one God.
We believe that God loves people, so God became a man, by a miraculous virgin birth – what better way to really communicate with us than to come down to our level?
The God-man, Jesus, is completely God in the flesh but totally human too. Jesus lived a perfect life and then gave up His life as a payment for our bad choices, our sins, paving the way so that anyone who puts their trust in Him can have a real relationship directly with God.
The evil things we do and say and think – our sins – are like cancer in our souls. If you had cancer, no matter how many vitamins you might take it just won’t cure it. It’s the same with sin – just living a good life (like taking vitamins) won’t cure the sin problem.
To God, sin is spiritual cancer and just a little bit of sin will keep us separated from truly knowing the real God.
People can only be saved from this terrible separation by admitting they have a sin problem, then turning away from a self directed lifestyle and placing all hope and trust in the payment for sin, the peace offering, that Jesus made when he died on the cross.
This process is called being “born again”.
We believe Christians are those who decide to accept the peace offering made by Jesus. A person accepts this peace offering by a choice (faith) that is seen in everyday actions. In effect, we decide to follow Jesus as our Captain in life.
It’s a little like joining the U.S. Military: in the Military, you have to turn away from a civilian life, then swear to follow the officers orders and then go into training to live out the Military lifestyle of service.
In the same way, Christians are people who turn away from living just any way they want (repentance), then swear to follow Jesus as their Captain (pray and accept Him as master of all life choices) and then begin to get trained in how to live the Christian life of service to the needs of the world (learning from other Christians and from the Bible – this is what church should be all about).
Once we become Christians, God’s Spirit begins to point out things in our lifestyle we need to change and also gives us the power to live lives that reflect God’s greatness. It isn’t our good life that puts us right with God, but our changed lives really reflect the truth of our trust in Him.
Just as a bad tree cannot grow good fruit, so we can see by a person’s actions if they have indeed made Jesus their Captain.
The 66 books of the Bible are God’s only and complete revelation to people about spiritual truth. The Bible, and the Bible alone, is the final rule and authority over how Christians should live.
There are many English translations of the Bible and we believe those translations which most accurately reflect the oldest copies of the originals should be our guides. We often check our scripture references against word for word translations of the oldest Greek and Hebrew versions available.
We primarily use the New King James Version but refer often to others.
The Church is not a building or an organization. Instead, the church is made of all people who are born again. Since people make mistakes and the church is full of people, it is necessary that all church teachings and practices be confirmed by the Bible.
Jesus instructed us to be baptized as a public demonstration of our faith in Him as our Master in life and our savior from sin. We baptize people by dipping them completely in water, in the name of the triune God, after a person declares faith in Jesus.
The Lord Jesus also instructed us to remember his death and resurrection by observing the “Lord’s Supper” on a regular basis. The ceremonies of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper do not save us, it is our trust in God’s mercy alone (our faith alone) that saves us, but these works are public declarations of our faith and important reminders to us of what we believe.
Jesus is coming back – no one knows when but His return will be seen by the whole planet and mean the end of history.
There’s a lot of debate about end-times prophecy but we believe that two things are absolutely 100% certain – either Jesus will come back during your lifetime or you will die before His return – either way, everybody is going to face Him; what truly matters is HOW WE LIVE, not whether or not we figured out end-times prophecy correctly.