“Our Core Beliefs”
 
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While we believe that all creeds or doctrinal summaries should be examined and tested in light of the Bible, we do affirm that creeds and doctrinal summaries can be both useful and valuable for the education and edification of the Church (to the extent that they are in accordance with the truths revealed in God’s Word).  The statements below are basic and foundational beliefs which we think are consistent with historical Christian orthodoxy, and as such, reflect accurately the teachings of Holy Scripture.  Members of our fellowship should be able to confess these statements before both God and man from a pure heart and a sincere faith.
 

1) We confess the Holy Scripture is the Word of God written—divinely inspired, true, authoritative, and sufficient  (Psalm 19:7; Matthew 24:35; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

2) We confess there is only one true God, eternally existing in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit  (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Timothy 1:17).

3) We confess God created the universe and everything in it, and that everything He made was good  (Genesis 1:1, 1:31; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17; 1 Timothy 4:4).

4) We confess that, since the Fall, God’s good creation has been subjected to futility and mankind has been marred by sin.  Indeed, we confess that all people since Adam (save Jesus Christ) are sinners by nature and by choice  (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-19, 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; Romans 3:9-18, 8:18-25; Ephesians 2:1-3).

5) We confess God will by no means leave the guilty unpunished and that sinners are subject to God’s wrath  (Exodus 34:6-7; Nahum 1:2-3; John 3:36; Romans 2:4-9; Ephesians 5:3-6; Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8).

6) We confess Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God (truly God and truly human), sent to earth to save sinners  (Luke 2:10-11; John 1:1-3 & 1:14-18, 3:16, 6:28-29; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 John 4:9-10, 4:14).

7) We confess that Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross atoned for the sins of those who believe in Him  (Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 1:18-19, 2:24, 3:18).

8) We confess that on the third day God raised Jesus Christ from the dead in accordance with the Scriptures, that Jesus later ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, the only Mediator between God and man, and the Head of the Church  (Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11, 10:40-41; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:3).

9) We confess that the gospel (i.e. the good news concerning the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ) is to be proclaimed by the Church, in the power of the Spirit, to all people everywhere in order that they might repent and believe in the Savior so that they might be forgiven of all their sins and be reconciled to God  (Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47; John 3:15-16, 5:24; Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 9-10).

10) We confess that apart from regeneration (i.e. spiritual re-birth or being born again) it is impossible for a sinner to enter the kingdom of God, and only those who have personally received the Lord Jesus Christ—those who have believed in His name—have been born of God  (John 1:12-13, 3:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 2:5; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3, 1:23; 1 John 5:1).

11) We confess that the fruit of genuine saving faith in the life of a believer is love and good deeds  (Luke 8:4-15, esp. vs. 15; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; Titus 2:14, 3:8; James 2:14-26).

12) We confess all believers, being indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit, are commanded to continually walk by the Spirit (i.e. live moment by moment under His sanctifying influence and dependent upon His enabling strength).  Therefore, believers ought to regularly pray for God’s Spirit to renew their inner man day by day into the likeness of Christ, as well as rely, in faith, upon the power of the Spirit to energize their obedience to the will of God  (Luke 11:13; Romans 8:9, 8:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:16, 5:7; Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18-21).

13) We confess there is one universal Church—which is the body of Christ—to which all true believers belong  (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 10:17, 12:12-13, 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:14-16, 4:4-6, 5:28-30).

14) We confess local churches are smaller expressions of the universal Church where believers gather to exalt God through worship, edify the saints through discipleship, and evangelize the lost through gospel proclamation  (1 Corinthians 1:2; Colossians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; Philemon 1:1-2).

15) We confess that Christ established two ordinances for His Church:  water baptism and the Lord’s Supper  (Matthew 28:19; Mark 14:22-24; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

16) We confess that Jesus Christ will return a second time, that the dead will be raised, that the final judgment will occur, and that everlasting glory awaits the redeemed, while eternal conscious torment awaits the impenitent  (John 5:28-29; Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 20:11-15, 21:1-4).

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