We believe God sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to earth as a baby. Jesus lived as a sinless man, was put to death on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins and was gloriously resurrected three days later. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we strive to daily live holy lives and to share the message of God’s salvation with the world as we look forward to the imminent return of our Savior.
We believe individuals may have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, which is initiated at salvation. It is our belief that an individual becomes a follower of Jesus by accepting through faith He died for their sins and by confessing their sins to Him. The eternal benefits of this relationship provide life eternal with God and deliverance from the eternal punishment of sin. This relationship also enables us to look with anticipation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to establish His kingdom on earth. As a testimony of this relationship, it is our belief that new believers should follow the example of Jesus in water baptism. This testimony of our new commitment to Him does not provide salvation, but rather is an outward expression of our new life in Jesus.
We believe as followers of Jesus, we are challenged to live a sanctified (separated) and holy lifestyle by the empowerment of God’s presence in our lives. Obedience to this call will be evidenced through love, joy, peace, a gentle spirit, patience, self-discipline, kindness, faith, and restitution where possible.
We believe the followers of Jesus will want to abstain from personal practices that may control their lives, such as the use of habit-forming drugs, including tobacco products and alcohol. We believe this call to separation and holiness will encourage the believer to live honestly, both in word and deed. We also understand that in our humanity, we do not possess the ability to live separated and different lives; however, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can live lives pleasing to the Lord.
We believe in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and that this indwelling presence will empower us to fulfill the Great Commission. We also understand that this indwelling empowers our prayer life with a powerful prayer language, as well as various other gifts and abilities. Finally, the indwelling presence empowers us to use our gifts and abilities to further the ministry of the family of God to one another as well as to the community at large.
We believe individual believers grow through the corporate fellowship of Christians. It is our belief that individuals grow as they participate in church ordinances and through the stewardship of their treasures through church ministries. We believe that the fellowship of believers is to be a mutual, open commitment to one another and will not involve secret oaths or covenants.
We believe in the sanctity of marriage as a life-long institution that God has ordained since the creation. We believe this institution represents the eternal bond that Christ has committed to the Church.