We believe that a powerful, loving, just, and beautiful God exists and that everything is His. He is the unchallenged king and authority in the universe. But He isn’t some distant deity; He is personal, and He has revealed himself to us. But there is a problem. We, the pinnacle of His creation, have chosen to walk away from a relationship with our creator. We have sinned. No matter how moral, every one of us has things we would be ashamed for people to see. We have failures, regrets, insecurities; we are corrupted to the core. And because of our sin, all of God’s creation fell. Although there is still beauty and goodness in the world, nothing is the way it ought to be. That is why suffering, pain, and evil exists. We brought it here because we rejected His authority for our own. And we can’t fix it; we can’t fix creation and we can’t fix ourselves.
But God refused to leave us in that place, so God became human. His name is Jesus, and He is the only hope that we have. He lived the perfect and morally upright life that we should have lived. And instead of receiving the credit for it, He allowed himself to be killed by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Even though he did nothing wrong, He willingly died like a criminal. He died to make payment for the wrong that we have done so that we don’t have to pay it ourselves. The king of the universe died so that we don’t have to. But He didn’t stay in the grave. Jesus physically, bodily, rose from the dead proving that he is God and that death is not stronger than He is. Now those who trust in Him don’t have to spiritually die, but can have life forever with Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” There is no such thing as a person too far gone to know Jesus; and no such thing as a person who doesn’t need him. It is completely by God’s grace that we can have a relationship with Him, and His grace comes to us through simple faith in Jesus.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. As part of God’s universal church, we seek to help people know and obey Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Salvation is God’s deliverance of people from His wrath through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All of mankind has rebelled against God and is condemned to eternal death and separation from Him. Jesus, God’s Son, was sent to die in the place of condemned sinners to make it possible for them to be brought back into a right relationship with their Creator. Through faith in Jesus, who was raised from the dead, people can experience God’s forgiveness and have hope of eternal life with Him.
We believe that God’s grace does not come to us as the result of human effort or worthiness (Romans 3:24-28; 11:6), but is the provision of God’s mercy and love freely given to those who will believe in His Son (Ephesians 2:4-10). Grace gives to us what we do not deserve nor can earn by our performance (Romans 11:6). It is by God’s grace that a person is able to experience forgiveness and a right relationship with Him (Ephesians 1:6-7; 2:8-9). Believers in Jesus Christ stand in the grace of God (Romans 5:2) and by it they have hope. For those in Christ, grace abounds far beyond sin and its consequences (Romans 5:15-19), to the end that condemned sinners are now able to have eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:20-21).
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice – therefore, under God’s condemnation. We believe that as sinners (Romans 3:23) we are unable by human performance to earn, deserve, or merit salvation (Titus 3:5). We believe that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), and that apart from God’s grace no one can be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). We believe that none are righteous before God (Romans 3:10-12), and that apart from the conviction and regeneration of the Holy Spirit, none can be saved (John 1:12-13; 16:8-11; I Peter 1:23-25). Mankind is clearly fallen and lost in sin.
We believe that Jesus Christ died as a substitute for and a satisfaction of God’s righteous judgment against sin “for the whole world” (1 John 2:2; 4:9-10). God redeems and forgives all who will believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as their only hope of salvation from sin, death, and hell (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19). We believe that eternal life is a gift of God (Romans 6:23), and that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will not perish, but will have eternal life (John 3:16-18). 1 Timothy 4:10 says “…we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” Hebrews 2:9 states that Jesus “…was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” The atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ was clearly sufficient to save the entire human race (2 Peter 2:1), but becomes effective only in those who believe (1 Timothy 4:10).