The Word Of God
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe that there is one God, a loving creator eternally existing, and revealing Himself in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We exist to know Christ and to make Him known.
Open-handed – We want to be extravagantly generous with our time, treasures, and talents both individually and corporately.
Outreach focused – We desire God to leverage our church to transform our community.
Real – We need to be authentic and transparent with one another in order for relationships to be deep, meaningful, and transformative.
Bringing our best – We want to give our best in all that we do as worship to God.
Better Together – We can make a bigger Kingdom impact on this world by working together rather than alone.
STATEMENT OF BELIEF
The Word of God. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
The Trinity. We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious oﬃces in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
God the Father. We believe in God, the Father, an inﬁnite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the aﬀairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
The Holy Spirit. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
Regeneration. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
The Church. We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Christian Conduct. We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well- being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
The Ordinances. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Religious Liberty. We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each Church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that, therefore, church and state must be kept separate as having diﬀerent functions, each fulﬁlling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
Church Cooperation. We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in an association. We cooperate with Converge on a district, national, and worldwide basis. Cooperation in this or another association is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.
The Last Things. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the ﬁnal judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suﬀering of the wicked.
Marriage. We believe marriage is a sacred institution ordained of God for the happiness of mankind and the propagation of the race. It is a spiritual and physical union into which one man and one woman may enter for the glory of God and, according to the scriptural ideal, is to be broken only by death (Genesis 2:18, 24; Matthew 19:3-9; Romans 7:2). Divorce is allowed if there is sexual immorality (Mt 19:9) or abandonment (1 Cor 7:1ti), and remarriage is allowed in these cases.
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