THE SHORT VERSION:
We believe that there is one God, the creator of the universe existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus is the one and only Son of God who died on a cross for our sins, rose from the dead, and is the only way to salvation and eternal life.
We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, and is our supreme source of truth and knowledge of God.
We believe that all people are God’s image bearers, but humanity is separated from God because all have sinned.
We believe that forgiveness of sins happens by God's grace when one places their faith in Christ, repents (turns towards God), and is baptized.
We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells within Christians and gifts them for service, convicts, and guides.
We believe that the church is the body of Christ on earth to continue the mission of Jesus by seeking and saving the lost.
We believe that one day Jesus will return to judge the world and to consummate His kingdom.
THE LONG VERSION (The Story):
“In the beginning” there was God- existing eternally in three persons: the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God created all things in heaven and on earth, the physical and the spiritual. Satan and his demons are created angels that rebelled against God and now actively work against Him by leading the world to do the same. People are the supreme being and highlight of God’s creation for they are made in His image. Humanity was given the freedom to choose God or reject God and man rebelled against God who is both just and loving. All men and women have fallen short of God’s perfect standard; this is called sin. Sin creates a chasm between humanity and a holy God. Man is left with two alternatives: eternal condemnation and separation from God; or eternal life in the presence of God. This is possible because God still pursues man, and this story of redemption is found in the Bible. These Scriptures are God-inspired and is our supreme source for truth, life, faith and knowledge of God.
In this book we see a very part of God, Jesus Christ, become fully human while remaining fully God, to bridge the gap between God and man. Motivated by love, Jesus died for the sins of man as a perfect sacrifice and was buried, and rose from the dead three days later conquering death and the power of Satan. It is only through Jesus that man is able have a true relationship with God and receive eternal life. This free gift of salvation is called grace, which is open to all. The fundamental element is to believe and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior. From this faith stems repentance of sin, confession of who Jesus is, being baptized for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Spirit, and following Christ. All these elements are related to salvation but it is important to understand that during all of this, God is the one doing the work here. All we can do is meet Him and accept it. When one meets Christ they experience a freedom from sin and from a life of religion. This is what it means to become a Christian.
This is not the end of an adventure but the starting of a new one. Being a follower of Christ will take you places you never would have imagined. When one becomes a Christian, part of God’s presence dwells within that person, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit draws people to Christ, but also empowers Christians to look like Christ, to do ministry, and gives spiritual gifts. In addition to being filled with the Spirit, a Christian becomes part of the Church which is the body of Christ on earth. The Church has many different expressions, but is fundamentally a community of Christ followers who worship, encourage, learn and grow with each other. The top priority of the Church is to love and serve others and spread the good news about Jesus. The Church will do this until Jesus comes again. We are also active parts of God’s kingdom, bringing all creation back under God’s reign. When Jesus returns He will consummate His kingdom at the end of time. To this we say “Come, Lord Jesus”.