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what we believe

1. The Beginning

In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all of the things therein; thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom and goodness. No evolution beliefs here. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes. 

2. God 

The Father, #1 of the Trinity. We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each of Whom possesses equally all of the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality.

3. Jesus

Jesus Christ, #2 of the Trinity who came to earth in true human nature through an Immaculate Conception and a virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of humanity by dying on the cross as our substitute, thus acomplishing divine justice and bringing salvation for all who trust Him with their lives. Three days after his death, he rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

4. The Holy Spirit  

#3 of he Trinity (please know we are not ranking them in any particular 'Olympic' order) who came and presently remains with all on the earth and lives in the heart of every Christian. His purpose on earth is to provide every believer with the tools necessary to exemplify the life we've been called to live according to the commands of Jesus Christ.
 
5. Sin  

We don't want to bum you out with this one so we'll explain it the best we can. The primary purpose of God's revelation in scripture is to bring ALL people into fellowship with Him (even those who don't have a clue who God is). Originally created to have fellowship (or hang) with God, man willingly defied God (thus sin originated within the hearts of man), choosing to go his own independent way, and was then alienated from God suffering the corruption of his nature, rendering him unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history (Adam and Eve), and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is, then, wholly a work of God's free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentence and faith. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its full completion.

6. The Bible  

This is a BIG one! The foundation of our Christianity is our belief in the Bible, sixty-six books of the Old Testament and the New Testament. There's an old Sunday school song that used to say "the B-I-B-L-E, that's the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God – the B-I-B-L-E." How true that is! We believe that the bible in its entirety originated with God, and that He inspired chosen men through which each book was carefully written. We believe the bible is infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. It is the full and final authority on all subjects of faith and practice and there aren't any other writings similarily inspired by God (except this website... just kidding.)

7. The Church  

That's us! We, those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord with their life make up the members of His body, the church. The scripture commands us to regularly gather together to devote ourselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, service to the body through development and use of talents and spiritual gifts, and outreach to our world. Wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watchful care of supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.

8. Ordinances  

'Ordinances' –now that's a churchy word and we hope we impressed you with it. We believe that observance of baptism and communion as the sacramentarian ordinances were established by Jesus Christ. First, let's start with communion - remembering the sacrifice. One of the ways we remember Christ's death on the cross is to frequently include communion inside of our services and events. We pull out the bread and Welch's Grape Juice to symbolically remember the One who did it all for us, knows our name, and without preference - loves and accepts us. Second, we believe in Baptism. We're simply following the very footsteps of Jesus, it's a symbolic act that allows a new believer a chance to publicly show that they are a brand new person in Jesus! The 'old them' is gone - buried with Christ, and the 'new them' has come through the power of Christ's resurrection - let's give 'them' a hand!

9. Authentic Spiritual Gifts  

I know we probably threw you for a 'loop' when we put 'AUTHENTIC' in there but there is a reason we put it there - because this is something that has experienced a lot of abuse by a lot of others. We believe spiritual gifts are imparted into the life of every believer through the Holy Spirit and this makes up our power to evangelize as believers. The spiritual gifts are biblically described to be:

The gift of wisdom - the ability to make decisions and give guidance that is according to God's will.

The gift of knowledge - the ability to have an in-depth understanding of a spiritual issue or situation.

The gift of faith - being able to trust God and encourage others to trust God, no matter the circumstance.

The gift of healing - the miraculous ability to use God's healing power to restore a person who is sick, injured, or suffering.

The gift of miracles - being able to perform signs and wonders that give authenticity to God's Word and the Gospel message.

The gift of prophecy - being able to proclaim a message from God.

The gift of discerning spirits - the ability to determine whether or not a message, person, or event is truly from God.

The gift of tongues - the ability to speak in a foreign language that you do not have knowledge of, in order to communicate with someone who speaks that language.

The gift of interpreting tongues - the ability to translate the tongues spoken and communicate it back to others in your own language.

The gift of administration - being able to keep things organized and in accordance with God's principles.

The gift of helps - always having the desire and ability to help others, to do whatever it takes to get a task accomplished. 
 
The Holy Spirit distributes the gifts of the Spirit as He sees fit (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). God does not want us to be ignorant of how He wants us to serve Him. However, it is very easy for us to get caught up in what spiritual gift(s) we have and then only serve God in that area of ministry. That is not how it works. God calls us to obediently serve Him. He will equip us with whatever gifts of the Spirit we need to accomplish the task or tasks He has called us to. 
 
10. The End  

We believe that Jesus Christ will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. We believe according to the bible that evidence is showing through Christ's foretold prophecies that we are presently in the 'last days,' however cannot possess any ability to predict a day or time this world will come to an end. We wait with great anticipation.