To know Jesus and to make Him famous. To become fully devoted, empowered followers of Christ who change our world.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
Comprised of 66 books, and authored over thousands of years by dozens of authors, the Bible tells one seamless story: a passionate God on a relentless pursuit to redeem His creation. The Bible is the authoritative, infallible, and inspired Word of God and is the trustworthy and reliable standard for telling us what to believe and how to live. (2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe in one God who exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is infinite. He is not limited by time or space. He is creator, eternal, all-knowing, ever-present, and all-powerful. His character is multi-dimensional but no facet of His character diminishes another. In other words, His grace and wrath, mercy and justice, love and jealousy all work together for good. He is perfectly holy, just, loving and truthful. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, worked miracles and gave us an example to follow. Fully God and fully man, He died on a cross to pay the penalty for sin that separated us from God and rose from the dead to reconcile us to our Creator and to free us to have a new life in Him. Now, He sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is given to every follower of Christ to guide, comfort, convict, and adopt us into the family of God. He enables us to grow into Christ-likeness by producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and He gives spiritual gifts to empower us to meet the needs of God’s people and a hurting world. He convicts the world of sin and reveals Who Jesus is. (John 14:26; John 16:8,13; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12).
We were created in the image of God to have community with Him and represent Him on earth. However, through a willful act of disobedience, mankind was separated from God. All people are born sinners and commit acts of sin for which they are personally responsible. God the Father sent His son, Jesus, to redeem us through an act of atonement – Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Jesus’ death and resurrection gives each one of us the opportunity to trade our sin for His righteousness through faith. Jesus’ sacrifice is the only means for our salvation and reconciliation with the Father. Anyone who turns from sin, trusts solely in Christ’s sacrifice at the cross as the full payment for the forgiveness of their sin, and confesses Jesus as their Lord will be saved. (Luke 7:50, 24:47; John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-23).
ABOUT ABUNDANT LIFE IN CHRIST
Jesus came so that we could experience abundant life. The Holy Spirit, Who lives in the heart of every believer, empowers us to know Christ intimately, to be anchored by hope, to walk in great faith, to experience peace that passes understanding, to love without limits, to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives, and to grow in Christ-likeness. (John 10:9-10; 14:27; 17:3; Philippians 4:7; Hebrews 6:19; Romans 5:5; 8:5).
ABOUT THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Jesus promised supernatural power to reach the world with the message of salvation. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience, subsequent to salvation, wherein the Holy Spirit fills and empowers the believer to be a supernatural witness for Christ. The experience is available to all believers who ask for it. It is evidenced by the ability to speak in other tongues as empowered by the Spirit. (Joel 2:28; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 39).
ABOUT PHYSICAL HEALING AND MIRACLES
Jesus healed the sick, as recorded in the Gospels. The early church continued the ministry of healing, as recorded in the book of Acts. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provides for both forgiveness of sins and the healing of every type of disease. Healing is available today, and may be received through faith, prayer, communion or the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; 14:34-36; Matthew 16:17; Mark 11:22-24; Acts 5:12, 10:38; 1 Corinthians 11:30, 12:9; James 5:14).
ABOUT THE CHURCH
The Church is the Body of Christ and Jesus is the head of the Body. The Church is not a building or an event but the community of individuals who have put their trust in Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God, make disciples, make Jesus known to a lost world, and meet the needs of those in our communities and around the world. We celebrate baptism as a first step of obedience for new followers of Christ, in which they identify with Christ’s death and resurrection and make a public declaration of their faith. We also celebrate communion as an ongoing remembrance of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. (Matthew 16:18, 28:19; Mark 16:15; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 11:26).
ABOUT FOLLOWING CHRIST
When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, it ignites a spiritual chain reaction and produces evidence of our salvation. We are forgiven of sin, declared right before God, and given eternal life with Him. The Holy Spirit is given to assure us of our salvation, adopt us into God’s family, and to live in us and empower us for a life of following Jesus. This results in the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23).
ABOUT THE FUTURE
In the end of all things, Jesus will reign eternally. He will judge His creation according to the character that has been revealed to us through His word with justice and mercy. Those who have found salvation through Jesus Christ will enjoy His presence forever; those who have not will be separated from God for eternity. (Matthew 24:31-46; Acts 1:11, 24:15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 22:11)