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WHAT WE BELIEVE . . .
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Written over a period of about 1600 years by about 40 men from different times and cultures, yet it is entirely harmonious. It has over 30,000 verses yet there is a unity of thought & purpose from one mind. Many people have tried to disprove the Bible yet in the 19 centuries since its completion none has been successful.
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21; I Corinthians 2:13)
We believe that the Bible contains the precepts necessary to guide our lives and order our Churches. The Bible was given that man might have the guidance necessary to live in this world and to prepare for the next. As His Church is His earthly representation, we also given instruction for its nature and order.
(II Timothy 2:15;3:17; I Corinthians 2:10; Amos 3:7; I Timothy 3:1-13;4-13; Ephesians 4:11-15)
We believe that Christ desires that His Church be unified. It was His plea and His prayer when He walked the Earth and the instruction of His Apostles whom He left to carry on His work. (John 17:21; I Corinthians 1:10,11)
We believe men have fractured the Church by holding on to personal opinions rather that relying on God’s Word alone. Every human creed was written out of division and perpetrated further separation. The Bible gives us all the instruction we need and further rules & restrictions do harm to the Body of Christ. Freedom of Bible interpretation is essential to the health of the Church. (Ephesians 4:1-6; Colossians 3:14-16; Romans 16:17,18)
We believe all who are saved are a part of His Church. We therefore only require the Biblical
plan of salvation to be followed for one to be a part of our congregation.
We believe the Biblical plan salvation can be readily understood by anyone carefully reading God’s Word without prejudice. Though different portions are emphasized in different passages, still each is clearly stated repeatedly in the Bible.
1. We are saved by God’s grace. We were dead in our sins and couldn’t save ourselves but God loved us enough to give His Son to die for us that we might live.
(John 3:16; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:23,24;11:5,6; Ephesians 1:7)
2. We are saved through faith. God’s grace is freely offered, but must be accepted by faith which involves hearing, belief, repentance and confession of Jesus.
(Romans 5:1;10:9,10; Acts 2:38; II Peter 3;9)
3. We are saved at the time of baptism. Every account of salvation in the New Testament includes baptism. The word “baptize” is a transliteration, not a translation, of the greek word “baptizo” which means to be immersed. Immersion of the penitent believer is part of God’s plan of salvation. We don’t earn salvation by being baptized, it is the scriptural way of acknowledging and receiving God’s grace. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38,39; Roman 6:3-5; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21)
4. We are saved for godly living. Salvation isn’t connected with just one moment in our existence, it has to do with what we do from that point on.
(II Corinthians 5:14-17; Romans 6:5-7; James 2:14-24)
We believe God’s Church is the friendliest, most loving institution
in all the world. We believe you will be glad you found us.