Our Mission: “To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”
In essential 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 us all…” –Ephesians 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs—we have liberty.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own maters 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 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 all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains—but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” –1 Corinthians 13:2
The Essentials We Believe
1. About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)
2. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is equal with the Father. He is fully divine and fully human. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying a cruel death on a cross. After three days, he rose from the dead, demonstrating his power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father. He will return to earth in judgment as King of kings and Lord of lords.
(Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 10-18; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:2-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:5-11)
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 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 14: 16-17, 16:7-15; Acts 1:8, 2:2-4; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, 12:4-11, 27-31; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 4:11-12)
4. About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Holy 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. John Wesley said that we should “bring everything to the touchstone of scripture.”
(Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 3:16-17; 2 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 to serve God for good, all of us are stained by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Sin separates people from God and causes many problems in our lives.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-20; 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 faith in Jesus Christ as God’s offering of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty which is death. When we turn from our self-ruled life to trusting in Jesus we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.
(John 1:12-13, 14:6; Romans 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-5)
7. About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16-18; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:11-15)
Our Lifestyle Statement
What We Practice
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following five practices.
The Bible as Our Sole Authority
The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right. (2 Timothy 3:15-16)
Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
Priesthood of Every Believer
Christ loves us, and by His death He has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve God. (Revelation 1:6)
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.
(1 Peter 2:9)
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer, Bible reading, and community worship.
A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. (Leviticus 27:30)
We encourage the practice of tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving.
[Jesus said] I am the vine; you are the branches. If a [person] remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right.
Telling Others about Christ
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:15)
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those with whom God brings us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.