While we are an independent, non-denominational Christian church, when it comes to our core beliefs we stand united with many other evangelical churches. Here are some specific core beliefs that serve as our foundation:
We believe the Bible is inspired by God and is both trustworthy and authoritative. We believe it is our responsibility to study the entire Bible and submit to all its teachings.
We believe in one eternal, infinite, and unchanging God who reveals Himself to us in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus Christ is both 100% God and 100% man. We believe He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on a cross for the sins of all people, rose from the dead physically, and ascended into heaven. We believe one day Jesus will return to earth and will reign over it.
We believe all people were created in the image of God but have a sinful nature, resulting in wrong actions. We believe all of us deserve eternal separation from God and none of us is able to save ourselves from this fate through our own efforts.
We believe we can be rescued from death and given the gift of an eternal relationship with God only by repenting of our sins and believing in Jesus Christ—that is, by trusting in His death as full payment for all our sins and in His resurrection as proof He is the Lord of all. Eternal life is a free and irrevocable gift.
We believe all Christians are baptized and receive the Holy Spirit at the moment they believe in Christ, and are empowered, guided, and instructed by the Spirit as they yield their lives to God.
We believe Jesus instituted baptism as the means of publicly professing faith in Him, and that although baptism has no power to save, it is the first step of obedience expected of all believers in Christ. We believe Jesus instituted the practice of communion (or the Lord’s Supper) to help us vividly remember His death for us. We believe his Church should participate in this memorial regularly.
We believe followers of Jesus are called to a life of Spirit-empowered obedience, and that when we disobey, we will experience God’s loving discipline (which may be carried out through the Church). We also believe God gives all Christians spiritual gifts as He wills, which are to be used to help others in the Church grow.
We believe the Church is Christ’s “body” in today’s world, and is comprised of all true Christians. Each local church is to be shepherded by Jesus Himself through a group of spiritually qualified elders. We believe every Christian is called to become involved in a local church.
We believe both heaven and hell are real, and every person will spend eternity either in joyful fellowship with God or agonizing separation from Him based on their response to Christ.