Beliefs

The Bible

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and is the final authority for faith in Jesus Christ.  Scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that God's people can be thoroughly equipped for doing God's work (See 2 Timothy 3:15-17)

Holy Trinity

God exists eternally in three persons.  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  He is the creator of the entire universe; He has revealed Himself to be perfect in love and holiness; and He is just and righteous in all of His ways. (See Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; 1 John 4:16; Leviticus 11:44-55; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 99:4)

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God's eternal Son.  Born of the virgin Mary, He took the form of a man and was fully human and divine at one and the same time.  Through His sinless life, He taught all humanity how to live right with God and with one another.  He was crucified on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  On the third day after His crucifixion, He was resurrected from the dead, just as the Scriptures state.  He returned to heaven to make intercession for us, and to prepare an eternal home for all of God's faithful people.  He will come again to receive unto Himself all who believe in Him as Lord and Savior and to take them to their eternal and heavenly home.  (See Luke 1:26-38; Philippians 2:5-7; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:50-51; Hebrews 7:25; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:1-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts us of sin, and compels us to repent and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  The Spirit lives in us and instructs us in the grace and knowledge of Christ.  The Spirit is the one who empowers us, by His indwelling presence, to be Christ's faithful witness in the world, and to live a holy life of obedient discipleship.  (See John 14:15-17; 25-26; 15:26-27; 16:4-5; Acts 1:8; 15:8-9)

Forgiven

Human beings of both genders, and all races are created in God's image.  Humanity was tempted by the devil to sin and rebel against God.  Through repentance and personal faith in Jesus Christ we are forgiven of our sin and reborn into a new relationship with God.  That is, we are reconciled to God and placed into the Body of Christ.  (See Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-13; 1 John 1:9; Titus 3:4-7; Ephesians 2)

The Church

The Church is the living Body of Christ on earth.  It has been given its mission and ministry by Jesus Christ, who is head of the Church.  Division in the Body of Christ is displeasing to God who wants His faithful people to be united.  The Church is composed of all persons who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and by doing so experience the new birth that God promises to all who believe in Him.  This is the only means by which a person can become a member of the Church of God. (See 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 1:18; John 17:20-23; Ephesians 4:3-5; Revelation 7:9-17; John 1:12-13; 3:1-5, 16-18)

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is a present reality in the world.  Its citizens are all those who willingly submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and who live in obedience to the rule and reign of God.  God's Kingdom will endure for all eternity.  (See Luke 12:32; 17:20-21; John 3:5; Romans 14:17-18; Colossians 1:13; Psalm 145:13)

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