Doctrinal Beliefs

The term “doctrine” is not popular, as it can sound narrow or non-inclusive, but it simply means a belief or system of beliefs accepted as authoritative. Our doctrine is the beliefs that inform our practice. Our doctrine is the root, our doing is the fruit.

When it comes to our beliefs we say in the essentials there is unity; in the non-essentials, liberty;

in all things LOVE!
 

Our Essentials:

 
The Bible is God’s word to us.  It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and the ultimate authority for Christian living. Because it is inspired by God, it is absolute truth without any mixture of error.
 
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and are one God.
 
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
 
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift when they are saved.  As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
 
Human Beings are people who are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character.  People are the supreme object of God’s creation.  Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”.  This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
 
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it.  We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer for forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty.  When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.  
Eternity:  People were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is eternal torment in Hell.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.