The Bible

We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testaments, inerrant in the original writings.  (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21, 3:16; John 14:26, 16:13; I Timothy 5:18; Luke 24:27-44).

God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 8:4-6; Psalm 90:2; Acts 5:3-4; Revelation 1:8; Hebrews 9:14; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19).

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and in Him perfect humanity and undiminished deity are united forever (Luke 1:27, 31, 35; John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:14, 17, 4:15, 7:24).  We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was raised from the dead three days later, ascended bodily into the presence of God in Heaven, and lives there now to intercede on our behalf (Philippians 2:8; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 8:34; Luke 24:51).

Man

We believe that people were created by God in His image (Genesis 1:27).  We believe that Adam sinned by disobeying God and thus incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God, and physical death (Genesis 2:17, 3:6-8, 3:19, Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1, 12).  We believe that people are affected by sin in such a way that no human being on their own has any merit before God (Romans 3:9-12, 7:17-18; Ephesians 4:18).

Salvation

We believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ took place so that people might be reconciled unto God (1 Peter 2:24; Romans 4:25, II Corinthians 5:18).  We believe that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as personal Savior receives right standing before God and eternal life (John 6:47; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:20-22).  We believe that a true believer, once saved, will be kept in his salvation by the power of God forever (Romans 8:29, 35, 38-39).

The Church

We believe that the universal church consists of all Christians with Christ as the head (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23).  We believe that the purpose of the local Church is to glorify God as we gather together to hear the Word of God, to build each each other up to become progressively more like Christ (Ephesians 4:7, 11-16; Romans 8:29-30).  We believe that each Christian has at least one specific capability given by the Holy Spirit (spiritual gift) and one or more specific position of service by God.  Each capability and position is necessary for fulfilling the great commission (Matt.28:19-20; I Cor. 12:4-6, 11-12, 18-27; Romans 12:3-8). The church’s mission is given in Matthew 28:19-20. We practice believer’s baptism by immersion. We are to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples. This happen as people live on mission with Christ in the community God has placed them.  We do this through the church, the family of families, and as our church reproduces itself with new church plants.

End Times

We believe that Jesus will come back for his church to rescue them from the coming wrath (1 Thes. 1:10; 4:13-5:10; Titus 2:13). And then return again to earth with His people to set up His Kingdom over the whole earth (Matthew 24; Is. 11; Rev. 20-21).

 

 

Nicholas CoughlinWhat We Believe