Our Beliefs

 

Our Beliefs

We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible word of God, his love letter to man. We believe that God is eternal and self-existent and is embodied in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, otherwise referred to theologically as “the Trinity.” We believe man to be the special creation of God, made in His image to have a special and intimate relationship with Him. However, because of ego issues brought out through a conversation had in the Garden of Eden, man deliberately choose to disobey God, or to sin. As a result of this voluntary action, he broke the unique fellowship that he had with God when created.

Because of His enduring love for mankind (John 3:16), God the Father sent his only begotten son to come in the form of a man known as Jesus Christ. Through our Messiah, Jesus Christ, God graciously and lovingly provided a means by which a new and wonderful relationship could be established between mankind and God. Unfortunately, this could only come as a result of the execution of His Son Jesus as a common criminal on a Roman cross over 2,000 years ago, a death that redeemed mankind and served as a reconciliatory sacrifice to God re-establishing, to some extent, a lost relationship.

Though originally thought only to be intended for the Jewish people, God extended his love and the possibility of an intimate family relationship with Him to all mankind (John 1:11-13). As a result, anyone who receives Jesus as His Lord and Savior and calls upon him, irrespective of his ethnicity or nationality, now can receive the gift of eternal life which is salvation (Romans 10:12-13 – For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’”).Once we experience this gift, a new life is birthed within us (2 Cor. 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new), we are released from condemnation which results from indwelling sin, and are made free to walk a life guided by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:1 [Free from Indwelling Sin] There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.) This new life in Jesus is evident to others by leading a life of obedience and outward, humble holiness and service to all who observe, or are otherwise a part of our lives.

Essential to our spiritual DNA is the belief that as committed disciples of Christ, we can and should earnestly seek the filling of the Holy Spirit, as was the normal experience of the early Christian church (Acts 2:4, 11, 10:46, 19:6: 1 Cor. 14:5, 6, 18) With it comes empowerment for life and service, and the bestowing of ministry to the local church and the world as a whole (Acts 1:8).