Defining Belief

To be able to  understand what one believes, one must fully take heart of what the word believe means. Merrian-Webster defines it as: to have a firm religious faith; to accept as true, genuine, or real. The New Unger's Bible Dictionary describes 'believe' as: to remain steadfast, to be persuaded of God's revealed truth, to adhere to and rely on God's promises. 

“to have a firm religious faith; to accept as true, genuine, or real.”Merrian-Webster


Principles

To non-believers, faith may seem to result from ignorance – an easy way out for dealing with what Christians can't explain. But we see faith as holding true to four principle ideas.


1. Personal confidence in God.
2. Doctrinal concept of the essential body of truth.
3. Faithfulness as evidence of trust in God.
4. Designation of Christ as the object of faith.


The below "We Believe" statements capture the main foundations that our church is governed by. Each statement is based in biblical truth and vital to our core mission. We believe…

We believe in one true God, eternal in His existence, and that He is sovereign and absolute in His authority. (John 14:17, Eph. 4:5)
We believe in the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, to be given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it is infallibe, authoritative, without error, as God’s revealed word to man. (Acts 5:9, 11:16, 11:28. Matt 3:16, Luke 4:18, John 14:17, Phil 1:19)
We believe in the complete deity of our Lord Jesus Christ and in His supernatural conception and in the virgin birth. We believe He lived a sinless life and died a vacarious and atoning death. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His future return to this Earth in power and glory to rule and reign forever. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John)
We believe in consistently gathering together with like-minded Christians, in corporate worship, small groups, and servant-oriented ministries throughout the community. (John 4:24, Matt 4:10, Luke 4:8, 14:10)
We believe in salvation of the lost sinful man by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. We believe that each man and woman shall repent and that salvation is by sovereign grace through faith in Jesus Christ as savior. (Heb 5:9)
We believe the salvation experience begins with heartfelt repentence, which is a sorrow for the past sins and a changed mind that reflects the desire to live for Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. (Acts 2:38, Luke 19:9, Heb 5:9)
We believe in water baptism by immersion soon after accepting Jesus Christ as personal savior and that it is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life. (Matt 3:16)
We believe in the spirit baptism of the Holy Spirit, as evidenced in the Book of Acts, is available and given to every believer who asks, enabling and empowering that Christian to live a holy, sanctified life of power. (Acts 2:38, Matt 3:16)
We believe in communion as a regualr observance for all believers to remember the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 10:16, 2 Cor 6:14, 13:14)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to eternal separation from Jesus Christ. (Matt 22:31-32, Luke 5:28-30)
We believe in divine healing provided through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ as an inclusive portion of His passion. (Matt 4:23, Luke 9:6)
We believe in the present day ascension gift ministries of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher, and the manifestations of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as supernatural phenomena. (1 Cor 12:7-11, & 4:2-5, Rom 8:19)