What We Believe

Sound doctrine is critical because what you believe determines what you do. God has revealed truth about himself so that we can be in relationship with him. To pursue sound doctrine means to pursue the heart of Jesus.

God the Father

We believe there is one God. As the first person of the Trinity, he formed the earth and all that is in it. He is perfect, unchanging, and eternal. He is the God of the Bible and reveals himself to us through the written Word and through the Holy Spirit. He loves all and desires that all would be saved.

Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30; John 17:21; 1 Timothy 2:4

Jesus

We believe Jesus is God. He is the only begotten son of God, the second person of the Trinity. He has existed eternally and was sent by God to be born of the virgin Mary. He lived the perfect life we can’t live, in our place he died the death we deserve to die, and raised himself to life to conquer death, Satan, sin, and our sinful flesh. He ascended to heaven where he now sits interceding on our behalf to God as our Great High Priest.

Proverbs 8:22-36; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 5:39, 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Cor 15:3-4; 1 Tim 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Heb 4:14-15

Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity. He was sent on behalf of Jesus to bear witness to him, to teach and remind believers of Jesus’ words, convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He guides believers into truth, speaking on behalf of Jesus to bring him glory. He empowers us through spiritual gifts and distributes them according to his will.

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

The Bible

We believe the words of the Bible are eternally true, teaching the redemptive history of God, revealing his character, and pointing to Jesus. The Bible is a book containing the living, active, eternal Word of God and is a special revelation of God for the world. It is breathed out by God to teach, reprove, correct, train, and equip believers. The Bible is the 66 book canon, written by God through human hands, using human words. It is authoritative in every area of life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21, 3:15-16

Humankind

We believe humankind was created by God and is therefore accountable to his holiness. Our sins condemn us to Hell, a place where God’s wrath is poured out eternally on those who reject Jesus as their savior. We are born with both the capacity to sin and the desire to sin because of our sinful nature, inherited by Adam, the first of humankind. Our only hope is to be saved by Jesus, who paid for our sin with his sacrificial life, death, and resurrection on earth. One day every person, dead or living, will pay honor to Jesus for his sacrifice.

Gen. 1:26-27; John 14:6; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12, Philippians 2:10-11

Salvation

We believe that salvation from our sin is given freely to us by God through the work of Jesus. It is a gift to be accepted or rejected but not earned. This salvation redeems our eternal souls and gives us citizenship in the Kingdom of God.

A person is saved by grace when they repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus as their Lord and savior.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21, 3:15-16

The Church

We believe the Church is Jesus’ chosen tool to make disciples who share the good news of the Gospel with the world. The Church is Jesus’ bride, made of many individual believers who are united by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the head of the Invisible Church and the Senior Pastor of every visible church, with authority to open and close the doors of any church he chooses.

Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25–27

Healthy Doctrine

Healthy doctrine is based on the truth of God’s Word alone. It’s the explanation of what God has done, why he’s done it, and why it matters today.

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