We are Christians, followers of Jesus, who hold the Bible and teachings of Jesus at the center of who we are.
The Bible is God’s unique love letter revealing himself, his character, his grace, mercy, and love to people. It is the inspired and unfailing word of God and it’s the final authority on everything it teaches. The Bible is more than information, it’s a love story inviting us to become like Jesus doing things he did with the Spirit’s help. Psalm 119; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21.
There is only one God who created heaven and earth. He exists as three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from one another.
Genesis 1:1-3; John 1:18; 14:15-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
All of us are created in God’s image with an identity and a purpose. We matter deeply to God and He is fiercely & totally committed to us living as his cooperative friends for the sake of others and for his increased reputation. Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:5-6; Acts 17:28.
Apart from a life with Jesus, we are less than who God created us to be and destined for spiritual separation from God forever. Hell. But God in his grace and mercy has provided a way back to him in the life, death, resurrection, and ministry of Jesus. Salvation cannot be earned. It is a gift of grace (unearned love of God) in our lives. Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-9.
He is the second person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life. He willingly entered death and through the power of the Spirit is resurrected conquering death all together and the spiritual death that we were guaranteed in our sinful condition. In Jesus, we experienced changed life, the life we were meant to live. Now, Jesus ministers to us as our mediator and our advocate, continually changing us to the person we were meant to be. One day he will return and make everything right that has gone wrong in the world. That is his eternal plan.
Restoration and renewal. Mark 8:27-29; John 8:51-59; 10:30-38; 20:26-29; Acts 2:36; Hebrews 4:15; 2
He is the third person of the Trinity whose role is to convict the world of sin and draw people to himself. He is in (inhabits) every believer. He is available to instruct, correct, encourage, guide, and empower followers of Jesus to live in the way of Jesus. He also equips believers with spiritual gifts to serve the church in her mission to reach the least, the lost, and the
marginalized towards reconciled relationships with God and with others. Genesis 8:1; Psalm 104:29-
30; Ezekiel 37:1-10; John 14; Acts 2, and 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.
As followers of Jesus, we are members of one family, Jesus’ spiritual family. The local church lives and loves as an expression of Jesus to the world. The church gathers together to celebrate and be reminded, encouraged, and equipped in God’s grace, mercy and love that he has for each of us. Then, the church scatters to do the same for our world. We submit to one another in encouragement, accountability and service. We invest our time, talents, treasure and energy to join God in his rescue mission reaching the least and the lost and the marginalized helping them to passionately live as cooperative friends of Jesus for the sake of others. John 17: 20-21; 1 Corinthians
3:16-17; 12:1-31; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:3-6; 1 Peter 2:9.
While there are many practices that invite the supernatural to break through into the natural world, there are two that must be present in the life of every believer: communion and baptism. These practices carry two life-guiding themes: participation and initiation. We participate in the death of Jesus saying “no” to a life apart from him. We say “yes” to a life with him living in the resurrection power of his Spirit. We are also initiated into a new spiritual family
connected to a larger family of believers who are for each another in faith, hope, and love. Romans 6:
1-14; Acts 2:37-39; Col 2:9-15; 3:1-4; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 3:31-34; 1 Corinthians 12:13-13; 2
Corinthians 2:16-17; Galatians 3: 26-29.
When we die, our destiny is sealed. Those who have submitted to Jesus’ rule and reign in their lives will continue to walk with Jesus forever rewarded for their faithfulness. Those who have not submitted their lives to Jesus' Kingdom rule and reign will be separated from him forever. Romans 8:34-39; 1 Corinthians 15; Philippians 1:23; 2 Timothy 1:10; Revelation 21 and 22.