What we believe
We believe there is one true God. He has existed for all eternity as three in one: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe God is the creator and sustainer of everything.
We believe God created man in His own image. We did not evolve from a lower life form.
We believe that man was created in perfection without sin and was meant to live forever in harmony with God.
We believe God created man with a free will.
We believe at one point the first man and woman (Adam and Eve), after being tempted by the Devil, chose to disobey God. This was the first sin by mankind.
As a result of that first sin, Adam became a man with a sinnature. The consequence of Adam's sin was that he was destined to die physically and be permanently separated from God.
As Adam's descendents, each of us has inherited the same sin nature. Since that time, each of us has also sinned of his own free will. Because of this, we are all destined to suffer the same consequences of death and separation from God that our forefather Adam did.
We are unable to do anything about these consequences and without God we are helpless and without hope.
God the Father provided a way to remove the consequences of our sin by sending His Son Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins.
Jesus willingly emptied Himself of all that he was as God and became fully man. He was born of the Virgin Mary some 2000 plus years ago. During His lifetime He was tempted in every way that we are but He never sinned in thought, word, or action.
Even though He never sinned, Jesus was crucified and willingly suffered the penalty for our sins.
He was resurrected from the dead and ascended into Heaven.
Because He paid the penalty for our sins, He offers each person a pardon.
Any person who accepts God's pardon will live forever in Heaven with Him. Those people will live in eternal harmony with God as we were created to do. We will be perfect physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Any person who refuses to accept God's pardon will live in eternal separation from Him in a real place called Hell. Hell is a place of intense physical, spiritual, and emotional suffering.
We don't believe we're saved because we're any better or sin less than other people. We are saved only by God's grace. Good works and any efforts (or lack of efforts) on our part play no part in our salvation. It is all by God's grace.
We believe the Bible is God's message given to us so that we know what our situation is and how we can be reunited with Him. We believe the Bible is completely inspired by God and written by men.
We believe the Bible is accurate and contains guidance and direction from God about how we can live life to the fullest. Although we'll never succeed completely in this lifetime, we're determined to live according to God's direction. It is the only authoritative standard for our lives. The Bible is the Truth and the Truth will set us free.
We believe Jesus will return to earth one day. At that time He will be recognized by everyone as the true God and Savior that He is. Until then we're instructed to love Him with all our hearts and love all other people as ourselves.