Vision & Constitution
We increasingly display His character as we allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit to daily live out His values and disciplines. We do this by loving the Lord totally, loving our neighbors as ourselves, going and making disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey God’s commandments.
Matthew 22:37-40; Matthew 28:19-20
What We Believe
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for this regeneration and only those who believe that Jesus died and rose again for the forgiveness of their sins and have trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God. (John 1:12; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8-11; 6:23; Ephesians 1:3-8; 2:8-9).
We believe that Jesus will return for His Church prior to the tribulation, that the dead in Christ will be raised first and then those who are alive will be caught up with them to meet Christ in the air, to be with Him forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
We believe that Jesus will return to earth at the end of the tribulation to defeat Satan and his armies, restore Israel, and set up His physical kingdom on earth for a thousand years. (Revelation 19-20; Isaiah 2:2-4; 11; Psalm 110:1-3).
We believe that our spiritual regeneration is the free gift of God to all who believe in Jesus Christ and that our salvation involves three tenses – past, present, and future – and is comprised of:
-JUSTIFICATION: The past tense, for when a person believes in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they are saved from the penalty of sin (death) and are, by God’s grace, declared righteous. (Romans 3:24-26; 6:23);
-SANCTIFICATION: In this present life, each believer in Christ is being saved from the power of sin. This is a lifelong process as the Holy Spirit empowers us to live holy lives as we come to know the Savior more intimately and personally. (John 15:1-11;17:17; Romans 8; Galatians 5:16-25; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:17; Philippians 2:12-13); and
-GLORIFICATION: In the future, when believers in Jesus Christ meet their Savior face to face, they will be saved from the presence of sin as our earthly bodies are transformed and they are conformed to the image of His glory. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-53; 1 John 3:2).
We believe that when a person believes in Jesus Christ as Savior, their regeneration is sealed by the Holy Spirit, the life they receive is eternal, and no one is able to snatch them from our Father’s hand or separate them from His love. (John 10:28-30; Romans 8:29-39; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
-CHRISTIAN BAPTISM is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to demonstrate our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Baptism is a symbol of our death to sin and resurrection to new life. Water baptism is a significant step of obedience in the life of a believer toward becoming a mature disciple. The Scriptures demonstrate the importance of baptism in the account of Christ’s own baptism, in His commission, and in the immediate baptism of new believers during the establishment of the early church. (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19; Acts 2:38; 8:38; 16:14-15, 31-33); and
-COMMUNION, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, is a memorial by which, together, we remember the sacrificial love of Christ until He returns, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. (Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:14-20;1 Corinthians 11:23-34).