There is one God, eternally existing in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and each possesses all of the attributes of God. God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and everything in it. Only God is truly good and is the source of all comfort. God is light and in Him, there is no darkness. God is love.
Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He created all things. He existed before anything else and he holds all creation together. He is the head of the church, the Son of God who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, buried, and physically raised from the dead. Salvation is through Jesus, for all who believe. He is the only way man may have an eternal relationship with God.
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit lives with every believer to guide them, intercede to the Father for them, and offer peace in a broken world. The Holy Spirit is One with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts a believer of sin and draws all man towards God.
God created mankind in His image to live in a loving and personal relationship with Him. However, through one act of disobedience by the first of mankind, sin separated all people from the relationship with God. No one is righteous, for all have sinned and the consequence of sin is death and eternal judgment. Jesus is the only mediator between God and mankind.
Because of God's love for us, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to give us eternal life. Salvation is offered to us by the grace of God, made possible only by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Salvation is found only through Jesus Christ and there is nothing we can do to earn salvation. Jesus tells us that those who believe in Him and obey his commands will be with Him eternally. We believe that salvation comes by faith, repentance of sin, confession of faith in Christ, and by being baptized by immersion into the Holy Trinity.
About The Church
The Church was established by Jesus Christ. It will exist for all time and will not be conquered. The church is not a place to gather, rather it is the gathering of Christ's people. Those who believe and are baptized are added to Christ's church. Members of Christ's church should meet together as one body for prayer, fellowship, teaching, and sharing in the Lord's Supper.
The word "baptism” comes from the Greek word baptízō, which means “to submerge, dip under, immerse.” Therefore, we believe baptism is to be fully immersed underwater, into Christ’s death and resurrection to give us a new life in Him, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us that baptism is necessary to fulfill righteousness. Faith in Christ for salvation is necessary before being baptized. Those who repent and turn to God, who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and the only Son of God are in right standing with God to be baptized. Baptism unites us with Christ, takes away our sin, and places it on the cross. It saves us by the resurrection of Christ.
Matthew 3:13-16; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15,16; Acts 2:38-40; Acts 16:30-33; Acts 19:1-5; Acts 18:8; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-11; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:11-14; 1st Peter 3:21,22
About The Lord's Supper
Jesus referred to His body as the bread of life. His body and the blood are the atoning sacrifice to take away our sins and give us eternal life. On the night before Christ was crucified, He told His disciples to eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of Him because they represent His body and blood. When we eat and drink at the Lord’s Table, we use crackers and juice for these emblems. It should be eaten when we gather as a church body to worship, with thanksgiving and reverence in a worthy manner.