What We Believe

the Story

In the beginning, God created a flawless world. Everything He created worked the right way. And all creation lived under His perfect reign.

But humans wondered if there was something better for them outside of His Kingship, and rejected His authority. They found out there wasn’t something better. Dysfunction was introduced into His perfect system and all creation began to unravel.

In the middle of that chaos, God set apart a family through which He would restore the whole world. He promised to bless all nations of the earth through them. He would be their God and they would be His people. As time passed, that family continually ignored the covenant they had made with God. They turned to the worship of created things.

As human kings and rulers continued to fail as leaders and shepherds, God promised that He would send a good ruler that would establish a kingdom that would never end and who would sit on the throne forever. Hundreds of years later, the descendant God promised was born – in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Shockingly, that descendant was God Himself clothed as a human.

That child grew up and began to proclaim that through Him, a new Kingdom had arrived. But He was rejected and despised, ridiculed and mocked, beaten and crucified. He suffered and died, paying the full debt of our sin, and absorbing the full weight of our dysfunction.

But death was not the end. In a thrilling and stunning event that forever changed the course of history, Jesus resurrected from the dead, conquering sin and death. He invites all people to live under His kingship and be resurrected to live as citizens of His kingdom.

Those who say “yes” to His Kingship are invited to join Him in His mission of reconciling all people by demonstrating and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom. One day His kingdom will come fully and everything will be made new – and we will live forever with Jesus in His perfect Kingdom that never ends.

 

the Essentials

There is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is one in essence, three in person. (Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1, 4, 8, 9; James 1:17; John 1:1; 14:9; Genesis 1:2; John 4:24; 14:16-20; 2 Peter 1:21)

God is the Creator of all things visible and invisible as described in the book of Genesis. (Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3)

Jesus Christ is God’s one and only Son, The King over all things, and our only Savior. (John 1:14; 1 John 4:9; John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18)

Jesus Christ was born, Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary. (Matthew 21:11; John 19:19; John 1:14; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38)

Jesus suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate. (Luke 23:1-46)

Jesus died and was buried, and physically rose from the dead on the third day. (Luke 23:44 – 24:8; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8)

Jesus ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father, (Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1) and will return to earth to take His people home (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and judge both the living and the dead. (Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5)

The Holy Spirit is an active and operative part of the Godhead, (John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27) and lives in every Christian. (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14)

The Bible is God’s revealed will for all people; the original writings are inspired by God and were consequently without error. (Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Bible is the final authority for all matters of faith and behavior. (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)

The Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23)

The Bible teaches that salvation and the forgiveness of sins is achieved only by God’s grace manifested through the blood of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7)

The Bible teaches that a person receives God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ as Lord, and being immersed into Christ, but that none of these are sufficient in and of itself for the assurance of salvation. (Romans 5:1-2 / Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9 / Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:15 Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)

The Church of Jesus Christ was founded on the Day of Pentecost and consists of all Christians everywhere. (Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)

Baptism

So, what is baptism and why do we do it?

Baptism is the New Testament practice of being submerged in water to identify with Jesus in His death and resurrection. We do it because Jesus commanded His disciples to baptize new believers and new believers were baptized following their decision to follow Jesus in each of the personal conversion stories in the book of Acts.

Do I have to be baptized to enter the Kingdom of God?

The way to enter the Kingdom of God is to believe that Jesus is the King of the world and that, as God’s son, He is the only way back to the Father (John 11, 14). In the New Testament, new believers responded to this belief by confessing that He is Lord, turning away from their sin, and being baptized. These are acts of obedience.

I was baptized as an infant or child, can/should I be re-baptized as an adult?

We believe that baptism is a sincere personal response to your belief that Jesus is the Savior King (Mark 16). So, the question we recommend you ask if you’re considering being re-baptized is, “was I sincere when I was baptized?” Naivity of life or a limited understanding of who God is or what His kingdom is doesn’t mean you weren’t sincere. Jesus loves childlike faith! However, sometimes people get baptized for reasons that are not sincere (to fit in at church, pressure from parents, it sounded fun, etc.) If you weren’t sincere, you were just dipped in water.

What are some scriptures I can read?

Romans 6:1-5, Acts 2:37-38, Mark 16:15-16, Galatians 3:23-28, Colossians 2:11-13, 1 Peter 3:18-22

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