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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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