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Our Beliefs

Rupertus Meidenius, seventeenth-century Lutheran theologian, wrote, "In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all
things charity." There will always be peripheral doctrines upon which Biblically rooted and committed Christ followers disagree,
and we welcome dialogue on many issues related to Christian doctrine. However, we recognize the importance of having a
framework around which we grow in maturity and relate to one another as a community of believers, and we hold the following
essentials to be at the core of who we are and what we believe:

About God's Word
We believe the Bible is God's Word. Comprised of 66 books 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 accurate, authoritative,
and inspired. It is applicable, trustworthy, and reliable for telling us what to believe and how to live.

About God's Person
We believe in one Eternal God Who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father; God the Son; and
God the Holy Spirit. God is Infinite, Which does not always make sense to our finite understanding. He is not limited by time or
space. He is Creator, Eternal, All-knowing, Ever-present, and All-powerful. He is totally Loving and completely Holy. 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 works together for good. The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and Man and is the Only One
Who can reconcile us to God. Each time we partake of communion, we remember Jesus lived a sinless and exemplary life, died
on the Cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

About Jesus
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 for 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.

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 helps us
to grow into Christ-likeness by producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and He gives us spiritual gifts to empower us to meet
the needs of God's people in a hurting world.

About Man
We believe sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. In order to receive forgiveness, we must
repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives. God wants to heal and transform us so that we
can live healthy and powerful lives in order to help others more effectively. In order to live the holy, fruitful, and power-filled
lives God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water, set our minds on Him, and His purpose, and be filled with the power
of the Holy Spirit.

About the Church
We believe 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 a
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.

About God's Plan For The End Times
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised. 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 etenity. History will conclude as the wicked are judged and the righteous enter a new heaven and a new earth.
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