Our Beliefs

Our best attempts to put convictions in a concise form will invariably leave something out; but the safest thing to say is that we believe the whole Bible, Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. We do not have a particular creed or official statement of beliefs other than the scriptures themselves. The apostle Paul pointed out that “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16), and so we believe it is important to understand the complete revelation of God, not just pick and choose the parts that suit us. We understand that the scriptures are not to be privately interpreted (2 Peter 2:20) but that the Bible must be properly interpreted and applied (‘correctly handled’ – 2 Tim. 2:15).

In Mark chapter 12, some men asked Jesus what the most important command is; he replied by saying “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength; and then “Love your neighbor as yourself”. We believe that everything is rooted in this simple idea. All of our religious activities lack meaning and value if not based on a deep love for God and the family of God.

The church is the family of God on earth and Jesus is the head of the church (Col. 1:18), also called his body (1 Cor. 12:27). The body is made up of disciples (John 8:31), followers of Jesus who are serious enough about their faith to not only learn his teachings but also make every effort to live them out (James 1:22).

We are saved only by the grace of God and cleansed by the blood of Jesus, not by anything we do (Eph. 2:8). Faith in Jesus, repentance and baptism into Christ are simply how we accept the free gift of God that comes through the cross of Christ (Acts 2:38). For all who would call themselves disciples and enter into his kingdom must be born again of water and the Spirit (John 3:3-5).

Our worship service is designed with the intent to bring men and women into the presence of God by singing songs (Col. 3:16), prayer (Eph. 6:18), bible study (1 Tim. 4:13), and observing the Lord’s Supper/Communion (1 Cor. 11:23-26). We strive to worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth, and to celebrate his goodness with a mix of contemporary songs and traditional hymns. Most importantly, we believe that worship is not just a Sunday morning activity or a religious performance; rather, it is a lifestyle (Rom. 12:1).

Our calling is to walk in the light as He is in the light (I John 1:7) and to live our lives here as strangers in reverent fear (1 Peter 1:17) while we await Jesus’ return. Having been so abundantly blessed we should always remember the poor (Gal. 2:10) and those less fortunate. So we are always mindful of how we may give back to the community and meet the needs around us.

Our mission on earth is to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20) and every Christian must be committed to that task. We each have unique gifts and every part of the body is equally important (1 Cor. 12).

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