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Our Beliefs

We are an ethnically, economically, and culturally diverse group of people.  Anyone can fit in here!  But what holds us together, and allows us to delight in our differences is the faith that we hold in common with 2,000 years of people who have become believers in Jesus Christ.

The Bible: The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of God's Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth in all it teaches and is relevant to our daily lives. We look to it as the supreme authority for knowing truth about God, His will and ways.  We believe that the Bible tells us everything that we need to know for salvation and to live lives that honor God our Savior.

The Only God:  There is only one God, the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth.  This one Divine Being exists eternally as three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each is fully divine, possessing all the characteristics of deity. God is is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. God is good.

God the Father: God is not the reflection of our earthly fathers, He is the perfect Father.  He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. 

God the Son: Jesus Christ is completely human, but at the same time completely God. He is the only one who brings enemies of God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitute for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life.

God the Holy Spirit: God's Spirit assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth, and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.

Humanity: Humanity is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. We were created to have fellowship with God, but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, we cannot attain a right relationship with God through our own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Eternity: Humanity was 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.

Salvation: The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.  It grants eternal life and ensures that those who receive it will spend eternity in Heaven.

The Church: The church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.

For a further explanation of our beliefs, along with examples of Scripture that expresses them, see The Baptist Faith and Message.