HOW ARE LIVES BEING CHANGED?
The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings. So, in order to grasp the good news, we must first understand the bad news.
THE BAD NEWS: The problem the Bible reveals is that God is perfectly holy, just, and good, and we are not. We reject Him by choosing to indulge our sinful desires, which is an act of rebellion against God. Because of this, our relationship with God is hostile due to our rejection of Him, and in order for God to be truly good He must punish those in sinful rebellion against Him. By nature we are considered to be dead in our sins. (Ephesians 2:1)
THE GOOD NEWS: Not only is God just, He is also loving. Therefore, Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, took on human flesh and entered human history to live in perfect obedience to God, and die in our place for our sins. His resurrection verified the payment for sin was accepted, so that anyone who turns away from their sin and places their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord, will be saved. When our sins are placed on Jesus, then His perfect righteousness is also credited to us and we are seen as righteous because of what Jesus has done. The evidence of genuine faith is a growing desire to walk in obedience to God. Through faith in Christ we are made truly alive! (Ephesians 2:4-5)
We believe the Holy Bible is inspired by God and is therefore without error. (2 Timothy 3:15-17) The whole scripture is the product of men writing as they were “carried along” by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:19-21) We accept it as the blueprint and standard for our daily lives. The Bible that we have today is highly accurate and is the primary tool that the Holy Spirit uses to teach, rebuke, correct, and train us in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
THE NATURE OF GOD
1. The Father - We believe that God the Father is fully God (Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the creator, sustainer, and sovereign ruler of all things through his son, Jesus Christ. His fatherhood involves both his designation within the Trinity and initiating a relationship with the redeemed. He adopts, through Jesus Christ, all those he calls to himself. (John 6:44; Ephesians 1:3-6; Colossians 1:12, 13)
2. Jesus Christ - We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and through the virgin birth he became fully man as well. (Colossians 1:15; I Timothy 2:5) Jesus lived a life without sin and gave his life as a complete payment for our sins. His sacrifice satisfied the wrath of God and is the sole means by which the believer stands justified before God. He rose again from the grave and is now our High Priest in heaven, interceding for us. (I Corinthians 15; Hebrews 4:14,15)
3. The Holy Spirit - We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God (Romans 8:9-11; 2 Corinthians 3:17) and is the agent of the new birth, convicting and calling men and dwelling in them. At salvation believers are irrevocably sealed by the Spirit until the day of redemption. (Ephesians 1:13-14). Believers are baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ at salvation. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
We believe man was created in the image of God, but through the sin of Adam and Eve, everyone is born with a sinful self-will. Men are completely unable to become righteous on their own and are spiritually dead until the Holy Spirit gives spiritual life through Jesus Christ at salvation. (Ephesians 2:4-9; John 14:6)
We believe Satan is a real adversary of the believer and must be battled with spiritual weapons. (Ephesians 6:11,12) He is called the god of this present age, but his final destruction in the lake of fire is assured. (Revelation 20:10,14)
God extends an offer of salvation to all. Those who believe this message become His children. Believe means to place Christ in your life as Lord and Master. (Romans 10:9-10) Jesus has given eternal life to those who are genuinely saved and no one can remove them from His hand. (John 10:28-29)
We believe baptism by immersion is a very important step for the believer. It comes after salvation and is a public testimony of Christ’s saving work in their life. (Romans 6:3-5)
We believe the Church consists of all those who have truly experienced new birth in Jesus Christ. The Church is a key instrument of God for reaching all the people groups of the world with the light of the gospel and for bringing the believer to Christian maturity. (II Corinthians 5:20) God intentionally places people in the local church body who have diverse spiritual gifts. Members shall use these gifts to build up the body in love, unity, and biblical truth. Membership in the local body does not ensure salvation, but a believer’s desire to be united in fellowship with other believers is a natural result of genuine salvation. (Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 John 2:9-10; I Corinthians 12:4-11)
We believe that Jesus will come again for the believer (often called the rapture) before the one-thousand-year reign of Christ on earth. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic commitment to win the lost. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 & 5:9; Matthew 24:36-42; Matthew 28:19-20)
We believe that after each person dies they will be judged. (Hebrews 9:27; II Corinthians 5:6-10) If their names are found in the Book of Life, they will spend eternity with God. If their names are not in the Book, they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:15)