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What We Believe

Although our approach to helping people get on the path to God is anything but traditional, we still hold on to our very conservative theological beliefs. We know that even subtle differences in our beliefs can bring division to the Church as a whole. When it comes to beliefs that we consider Essentials, we will not compromise over them. All other beliefs we consider Non-Essentials, and we will not argue over them.

The Essentials

God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally
existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27,3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2;
2 Corinthians 13:14

Man

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”. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in
our life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally
separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through
forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is
Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and
Hell are places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; I John 2:25; I John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and
Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as
the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.
He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power
over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again
someday to earth to reign as King.

Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15
I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

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 of 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 life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26
Romans 5:1

Marriage

We believe, based on the teaching of the Scriptures in both
the Old and New Testaments, that marriage is a sacred institution ordained
by God from the foundation of the world and intended as a lifelong union
between one man and one woman. Marriage between one man and one woman also
represents the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Genesis 1:27 Genesis 2:18-24 Matthew 19:4-6 Mark 10:6-9 Ephesians 5:22-33
Colossians 3:18-19

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is coequal 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 spiritual gifts when they are saved.
As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13 & 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12
1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

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 about living.
Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160,12:6;
Proverbs 30:5

Non-Essentials

In Non-Essential Beliefs, we have liberty. We do not argue or fight
over individual non-essential beliefs. Instead we extend grace and
love. In All our Beliefs, we show love.

Romans 14:1,4; Romans 14:22; 1 Corinthians 13:2