What We Believe

In essentials beliefs - we have unity:

"There is one body and one spirit... there is one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, and one God and Father of all." Ephesians 4:4 - 6

In non-essentials - we have liberty:  

"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things keep them between yourself and God."  Romans 14: 1, 4, 12, 22 

In all our beliefs - we show charity: 

"If I hold in my mind not only human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have faith to move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. "  I Corinthians 13:2  

THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE

In addition to the statements below; this church has adopted the "Baptist Faith and Message" of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

1. About God:  God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.     Genesis 1:1, 26 & 27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14
 
2. About Jesus Christ:  Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the 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 someday to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.    Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22 & 23; John 1: 1-5, 14; 14:10 -30; 
Acts 1:9 - 11; Romans 1: 3 - 4;  I Corinthians 15:3 - 4; I Timothy 6:14 & 15; Titus 2:13 ; Hebrews 4:14 & 15
 
3. 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 men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the 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.   John 16:7 - 14, 16 & 17; Acts 1:8   I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; II Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13;  5:18
 
4. About the Bible:  The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.   Psalm 12:6; 119:105; 160; Proverbs 30:5; II Timothy 1:13; 3:16; II Peter 1:20 & 21
 
5. About Human Beings:  People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.   Genesis 1:27; Psalm 3:3 - 6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23
 
6. 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 for 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. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith.   John 1:12;  14:6; Romans 5:1;  6:23; Galatians 3:26;   Ephesians 2:8 & 9; Titus 3:5