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WE HAVE SINNED
Romans 3:23..." for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
All of humanity was created good and upright to be in a relationship with Jesus and depend upon God. However, sin entered the earth through Adam when he rejected God's way and instead lived for himself.
"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned" (Romans 5:12)
WE HAVE A SAVIOR
Romans 10:13 "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
The way our rejection of God has been redeemed is through JESUS CHRIST.
Romans 5:18-19 "Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience, the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience, the many will be made righteous."
Jesus paid the price that saves you from your sin - it's His gift, but it's your choice. You can receive or refuse the gift of salvation that comes through Jesus.
Matthew 3:13 & 15 "Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John...Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness."
We believe that immersion in water baptism is a powerful way to identify with Jesus because he was baptized. Water baptism symbolizes that you were dead in your sin, but Jesus washed your sin away and gave you new life in him! Water baptism is separate from salvation. You do not have to be water baptized to be saved, it's a decision to make a public declaration of your inward transformation in Christ.
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 "The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. To some people the Spirit gives a message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives a message of knowledge. To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others, he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages. All the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit. He gives gifts to each person, just as he decides."
We believe that the gifts of the Spirit are essential for living a life full of Christ. Believers in Christ should identify the unique way in which the Holy Spirit has gifted you, and then use those gifts to build up the body of Christ.
2 Timothy 3:14-16 "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
We believe that the Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths.
1 Timothy 3:16 "Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory."
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity. Jesus Christ is 100% man and 100% God. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life.
Acts 2:38 "Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 3:20 "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."
We believe repentance is a commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ. Through repentance we individually receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation. A Christian is a person who has invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside him by the Holy Spirit. He is putting his trust in what Christ accomplished for him when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.
Ephesians 2:19-22 "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."
We believe the church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Christ's great commission. Every person who is born of the spirit is an integral part of the church as member of the body of believers.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Matthew 26:26-28 "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
We believe the Lord's Supper is a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and wine (or grape juice), expressing in some spiritual way the body and blood the Lord Jesus Christ, are taken by believers in remembrance of Christ's sacrifice on the cross.