God is the loving Creator of all that exists. God always was and always will be. He is completely good, knowing all things, and has all power. He exists in three persons, yet is one being. These three persons are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He passionately desires a relationship with you and continually invites you into a relationship with Him.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 4:9-10
God expressed Himself in human form through Jesus Christ, His son. He was born of a virgin named Mary about 2,000 years ago. He taught us about the Kingdom of God, performed miracles, called people to follow him, and lived a sinless life. He was then executed because of all the sins committed by mankind. His death paid the price for our sins. He was confirmed dead and was buried. Three days later, He physically came back to life, was seen by hundreds, and then returned to Heaven to be with God the Father.
Matthew 1:22,23; 22:36-40; Isaiah 9:6; John 1;1-5, 14:6-30; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father to live inside of everyone who is a Christian. He teaches, comforts, guides, counsels, convicts, convinces, sanctifies, and empowers each and every Christian. He gives us various spiritual gifts to discover and to be used together to build up the body of Christ (the church). He helps us to live like Jesus.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 2:38; Romans 5:5;1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
The local church is a divinely instituted body of people that has been given the mission of accomplishing God’s purposes on earth. Each local church is God’s primary means of bringing His people to spiritual maturity and equipping them for serving one another. The church is a gathering place for love, support, encouragement, accountability, service, worship, and growth for people who share a common commitment to Christ. Before returning to Heaven, Jesus gave the church its mission; to make disciples of Jesus everywhere, baptizing those who will follow Him and teaching them to follow and obey Him. It is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to share the Good News of the love of Jesus with people in their sphere of influence.
Matthew 16:18; 22:34-40; 28:18-20; John 15:5; Acts 1:8; 2:42-47; 5:42; Eph. 4:11-16; I Peter 3:15
People matter to God. He wants a restored relationship with everyone He created. We are born for relationships. The essence of Christianity is to experience God’s love and to express God’s love. Much of this happens in Christian relationships. People yearn for acceptance, love, forgiveness, and leadership. Jesus gives all of this and more.
John 3:16; Matthew 22:37-40; John 14:6
What makes a church effective is not so much what happens on Sunday mornings. It is what happens throughout the week. The early church met on the first day of the week in the temple courts and in house churches throughout the week. Life Groups are like family units within the church family or cells within the body. They are the very heartbeat of our church. This is where we learn to laugh and cry with each other. They provide the best environment for bringing the lost to Christ and for developing genuine, life-changing relationships. We place a high emphasis on our life groups.
Acts 2:42-4; 5:42
Making a Difference
God creates everyone with the need and the abilities to make a difference in this world. Together, we as the church empower each other to make an impact according to our faith, dedication, and passion.
The Bible is God’s message to all people. It is our privilege to seek and understand God’s message and apply it to our lives. Written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. God has provided an avalanche of evidence to support what He claims in the Bible. We believe God also guides our everyday lives through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will never conflict with the truth He has already communicated in the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
People Need God
Mankind has been created in the spiritual image of God. People are the supreme object of love out of all God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he can be controlled and held back by his sinful nature. Sin separates man from God. Man can only reach his God-given potential by renouncing sin and being restored in his relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation is being in a right relationship with God. It means having your sins forgiven rather than being punished for your sins. It means that God’s Spirit lives within you in this life and you will enjoy living with God forever in Heaven after you die. Salvation is God’s gift to everyone, though not everyone accepts it.
Matthew 5:3-11; Romans 5:1; 6:1-5; Titus 3:5
Becoming a Christian
Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or by doing good deeds. Only by accepting Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty, which is death. The Bible says we are saved by grace, through faith, in Jesus. The New Testament teaches that people who want to accept God’s offer of new life through Jesus respond by believing, repenting of their sins, confessing Jesus as Lord, being baptized (immersed in water), and being committed to a life consistent with following Jesus. Responding to God’s offer of grace does not equal earning, working for, or being worthy of salvation. The Bible is clear that there’s nothing we can do that puts God in our debt so that He owes us salvation. However, when someone wants to be a fully devoted follower of Christ, they will want to respond as the New Testament teaches.
Mark 16:16; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 2:38; Romans 12:1-2; Acts 2:21; 1 John 2:9; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Matthew 7:16, John 15:1-9
Living as a Christian
God desires for people to live an abundant, fruitful life. Once one becomes a Christian, it’s like getting married (in a good marriage). We grow in our love toward Him and want to do the things that please Him. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we begin a life-long process of being transformed into the image of Christ. Becoming like Jesus in our heart, attitude, and character is what God calls every Christian to be. A life that is committed to Jesus’ love and teachings, involved in intentional Christian relationships, and stays the course of God’s purposes for them is the most impactful and fulfilling life there is.
John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 5:1-18; Galatians 5:22-23