What We Believe
Every belief system tends to have some precedent on which it’s built. It’s usually something that has been recorded to remind the person believing in it that something similar has happened. That is what the Bible is to us.
We believe in validity of the entire Bible, both the Old and New Testament. We believe it is the Word of God and that it was written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is not just a history book, but it’s a reminder of who God is, what He’s done, and that He can still move that way in our lives.
We also believe the Bible is the final authority in and over our lives. The more we read it, study it, and apply it, the more our lives will reflect more of God. While it may not give us details or specifics about certain personal circumstances (i.e. who will we marry, where will go to school, etc.), we believe it will guide us in making those types of decisions. As Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a light unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
While the world may believe in and follow other gods, we believe in and follow the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We believe that He has revealed Himself in three different persons, known as the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Even though He has manifested Himself in three different persons, He is still one God.
By His word, He spoke everything into existence. He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and infinite. He sustains everything in His hands and is moving in our lives every day. He is our Creator, Healer, Provider, and Sustainer whose love for us is far beyond anything we can fathom. Because of that love for us, He sent his Son to come die for us and provide us with the opportunity eternal salvation. Every good thing we have comes from Him.
The world claims there are many ways to God. However, we believe, as the Bible declares, that there is only way to God and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe He left Heaven to come and be born through the Virgin Mary. He came to take on our human nature, but completely maintained His divine nature.
He lived a sinless life and performed countless miracles, many of which were recorded in the gospels. He was falsely accused, arrested, whipped, crucified, and buried. After three days, He resurrected from the dead and showed Himself to His disciples before ascending into Heaven. His death and resurrection provided us with the path to salvation and reconciled those who believe in Him with God. He now sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding on behalf of those who have confessed and received Him as their Lord and Savior.
We believe He will return again, as the Scriptures say, for those who have chosen to believe in Him and to establish His eternal reign over all the Earth.
When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He promised to leave us a Comforter that will be with us until His return. That Comforter is the Holy Spirit. We believe in the Holy Spirit. We believe in its movement in our lives.
The Holy Spirit is with us everywhere we go. He is the One that gives us peace in those moments where things seem chaotic. He helps guide us in what we need to do to stay in God’s will. He gives us joy in moments where it seems impossible to smile. He gives us the hope that we will meet our Savior face-to-face when He returns.
We also believe the Holy Spirit connects us to God and to who He is. He gives us the wisdom to understand what the Word says and the tools needed to put it into action. He helps us pray. As Romans 8:26 says, “…But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” He brings conviction to our lives and helps us recognize when we are wrong. His manifestation can be seen in different ways, but it is always, in one form or another, to help us become more like Christ.
When we speak about the Church, we’re not referring to the building where we meet to have service. We believe the Church is composed of all those who have confessed and accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. We believe that the Church is the body of Christ and it’s the Church’s responsibility to spread the Gospel across the world.
We also believe in the command given in Hebrews 10:25. “…let us not neglect our meeting together…” It’s important for our spiritual growth to have communion with our family in Christ. The more time we spend congregated, the more our love for each other grows. We also believe that having communion with fellow believers helps keep us accountable in our walk with Christ. Having a community to turn to when we are in need or to be that community for someone in need is part of living a Christ-like life.