What We Believe
Our 7 core Principles
1. The Existence of God
Hebrews 11:6 says, “…anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists…”
2. The Deity of Christ
John 1:1 tells us about him, “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God.”
3. The Identity of the Holy Spirit
He is part of God, therefore deity. I Corinthians 6:19 tells us, “…your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit… whom you have received from God…”
4. The Inspiration of the Scriptures
They are given by God, and therefore trustworthy as a guide and final authority for our lives. II Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is God-breathed…”
5. The Sinful Nature of Man
In Romans 3:23 we learn our need of salvation: “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
6. We Are Saved By Grace
Not by our own goodness, nor because we earn God’s approval. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God – not by works…”
7. God’s Plan of Salvation
These are not works, but steps of obedience outlined by God in the Scriptures as we seek to come to Him.
a. Faith – John 3:16 – “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
b. Repentance – Luke 13:3 – “Unless you repent, you shall perish.”
c. Confession – Romans 10:9 – “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord… you will be saved.”
d. Baptism – Acts 2:38 – “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” We baptize by immersion only. The Greek word for “baptism” means to immerse. Immersion was the sole practice of baptism in the early church. Sprinkling was not sanctioned by the church until the 8th centry (by Pope Stephen). It was then ratified by the Catholic Council of Ravenna in 1311. We practice what God commands, not what man authorizes.
e. Faithful Living – The Scriptures are filled with instructions for Christians to live in obedience, like Revelation 2:10 – “Be faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
There are many other important Biblical doctrines. These are the ones upon which we seek unity.