We Believe . . .
One God, Three Persons
We believe that there is one, true God
(Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) -- revealed to humanity through the Word
of God. God’s
Word has been witnessed in three ways:
In the creation (God "spoke" and it was.)
In the Bible -- God’s Words
In the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ (John 1:14)
The Bible is God's Written Word
We believe the Bible to be God’s inspired and inerrant Word -- relevant and meaningful for all people and in every age.. It is not simply the musings of human beings, but rather the very "Word of God".
"For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:21).
If it is God’s Word, it then
"optional." Christians find this very freeing, rather than confining,
as some would argue. If we know it to be true, then we can be confident
in following it and using it in our lives.
But even more than it being "true" is that it bears the truth about Jesus -- and therefore bears life. We teach from God’s Word because it brings forgiveness and reveals God’s desire for us to be in right relationship with Him.
We treasure God’s Word because it brings truth into a world of relativism. Our worship, sermons and classes are all grounded in the Bible and its teachings.
We live in a broken world in need of a Savior
We believe that all people are fundamentally broken by sin and are unable to save themselves. "Star Trek" is way off in believing that people are simply getting progressively "better and better." We’re not. God’s Word tells us clearly that:
"There is no one
righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (3:23)
Broken relationships, greed, hateful actions, sexual insanity -- our world is definitely in need of a Savior!
Only Jesus Christ can save us from sin
Christianity is the only religion in the world that teaches this basic truth: Rather than asking us to become "godly," our Lord chose to become a human being -- like us -- that He might save us from our sin. In His mercy and wisdom, God chose to set aside His glory for a time and be born a fully human person -- Jesus Christ of Nazareth. This "God - man" carries with Him three qualities that make Him our Savior:
1. He is human. Jesus wept, laughed, ate, hurt, was tempted -- yet was without sin. He was also able to truly die and shed blood for those He loved.
2. He is holy. God’s demand is for perfection. Jesus Christ was the only one who could offer a completely perfect sacrifice.
3. He is God. Only God can die for all people and all sin.
This Jesus Christ is not simply a "good man," a "moral teacher," a "role model." Far more than that! He Himself claimed to be the eternal and one true God. He received worship. He forgave sins -- any sins. He says:
"I and the Father are one." (John 10:30)
We worship Jesus Christ for He is truly God -- our Savior from sin. He has opened the way to eternal life and won forgiveness and freedom for all people who receive Him as Lord. We give all glory to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Living a new life in Christ
One of the great joys of being of Christian is
that our Lord invites us into a relationship with Him. He has begun this
by taking humanity upon Himself and entering into our hurting world with
the power to save and the love to pay the penalty for sin.
Christianity teaches that we cannot earn, nor do we deserve salvation. There is nothing we could do in the form of good deeds that stand before a holy, righteous, and just God (Isaiah 64:6). But in mercy and love, God came in the person of Jesus Christ to be our Savior. He brings peace and union with God as a free gift -- unconditionally given to all who put there hope and trust in Jesus Christ as God and Lord. (John 3:16).
"Too easy!" "We’ve got to DO something," you might say -- and that’s certainly how it works in the business world. We get what we earn. But what if you owed so much that you had no hope of every paying it back? What would you do then? Jesus tells this story:
"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents (millions of dollars) was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go." (Matt 18:23-27)
If the Bible is right and we have a debt we cannot pay, then thank God that He chose to share His riches with those who are humble and seek His mercy, placing their trust and hope in Him. Love is a gift -- we do not earn it (that would be wages) -- it is always freely given. (See Ephesians 2:8-9)