What We BelieveAllowing God to Lead Us in Faith
We Believe the Bible
When someone asks, “What do you believe?”, the simple answer is we believe the Bible. We believe it is God’s revealed will to mankind, recorded for us in human language so that we can read and understand what it is that God wants us to do. The Bible shows us the mind, the will, the heart, the grace, and the love of God in ways that we couldn’t figure out on our own. It truly is one of the greatest gifts that God has given to mankind.
Everything that we might need to know in order to please God and serve him properly has been recorded for us in the Scriptures. You’re welcome to join us as we learn together and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Christianity, the body of Jesus Christ, is made up of individual people who work and worship together both in local places and across the world. There isn’t a centralized governing body that decides what every individual believes; we’re all responsible to God for growing and maturing in our faith and for finding the truth in the Scriptures. Local churches help believers to grow in knowledge and wisdom, but they don’t exist to define everything someone believes or to demand obedience to a set of dogmatic beliefs.
However, God has also made it clear in the Scriptures that there are some basic things that we must all believe as fellow Christians. These are the “things of first importance”, as Paul calls them 1 Corinthians 15. These are the things that we must believe in order to have fellowship with one another, things that define, create and maintain our relationship to the Father through Jesus.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, that he is incarnate Word of God (John 1.1), “the radiant image of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature”, and that he “upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1.3)
- We believe that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [him]” (John 14.6). Jesus gave the Father perfect obedience, even to the point of death on the cross, and was the only one in history who could have been offered as a perfect sacrifice for sins. His willing sacrifice on the cross makes the forgiveness of our sins possible.
- We believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Three days after he was crucified and buried, the glory of the Father raised Jesus from the dead. 40 days after his resurrection, he ascended into heaven where he now sits at the right hand of the Father. One day, he will come back to judge the living and the dead.
- We believe that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2.8) and that there is no work we can do to be saved; salvation is a gift that God gives to us (grace) and which we are able to accept (faith) and, as such, it cannot be earned by any good works. This doesn’t mean good works aren’t something we should do, they just can’t earn salvation (Ephesians 2.10).
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people on the last day. Those who have come to Christ will be raised to honor and glory, receiving eternal life as the outcome of their faithful service to God. Others, having rejected the salvation that is in Jesus, will be raised into judgment and eternal separation from the Father.
- We believe those who “believe and have been baptized will be saved” (Mark 16.16). Baptism is not a good work done to earn/merit salvation, but a condition to which a truly penitent heart will submit. Peter said that baptism is in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2.38) and that baptism links the believer to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, by which we are saved (1 Peter 3.21-22). We believe these things because this is what Jesus and the apostles clearly taught.
We Believe the Bible
While there many great things that we can learn about God just from viewing the creation around us, there are some specific things that are only explained to us in the Bible. When someone asks, “What do you believe?”, the simple answer is that we believe the Bible.
However, this is rarely a sufficient answer to explain to someone what we believe and why. Listed below, you’ll find a list of some of the things that we believe as a group. However, it’s important to remember that each person should and must have their own personal faith. While we’ve provided a basic list of some foundational truths we all believe, this certainly isn’t a comprehensive list and there may be some variations of belief on less important matters.
Isn’t This a Creed?
Yes and no. A creed is merely a list of things that someone believes. In that very limited sense, yes, this is a creed. However, historically speaking, creeds have been statements of belief and doctrine that are used to frame all of someone’s beliefs, make divisions, or even replace the Bible as the rule in religion. In that sense, this is not a creed at all. We do not call on anyone to believe anything other than what is in the Bible, and we certainly do not hold people accountable to the lists that we might make. Our loyalty is to God and his word, and everyone is invited to join us in learning more about the God and the Scriptures, and growing spiritually through that effort.
- We believe in God Almighty, consisting of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three distinct beings, yet unified together.
- We believe the Father, Son and Spirit are all equally God and eternal.
- We believe the Bible is the word of God, revealed to mankind to lead us to salvation.
- We believe that God made everything good in the beginning, but sin corrupted creation.
- We believe that people are born pure and chose to sin for themselves.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God and the only way we can be saved.
- We believe that Jesus was crucified on a cross, died, was buried and arose on the third day.
- We believe that Jesus ascended to heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God.