Doctrine – What We Believe
The Bible is the only source of knowledge about God and His forgiveness, and is also the way in which He speaks to us today. It was written by people as they were directed and guided by God’s Holy Spirit, and so it is true and without error.
There is only one true God. He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God the Father is the Creator of the universe with all of its grandeur and beauty, and He alone sustains it with His almighty power. The crown of His creation was Adam and Eve, whom He made in His own image that they might live in fellowship with Him and care for His creation.
Adam and Eve doubted and rebelled against God. Now every human being is born with a self-centered (sinful) nature. Attempts to change human nature or to please God demands perfection. We are not perfect. Therefore, all of us need forgiveness and new life, which comes only from God in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is God the Son. In His perfect life on earth, He did what no one can do. Through His death on the cross, He took upon Himself the punishment for sin that was due all people; By defeating death and rising from the dead, Jesus showed the world that His sacrifice on the cross had been accepted by God the Father, paying for man’s sin.
God the Holy Spirit gives us this new relationship with Jesus. By giving us faith in who Jesus is and what Jesus did and continues to do, the Spirit brings about his forgiveness that is our thanks to God the Son. The Holy Spirit also encourages and nurtures us as we grow in our relationship with the Lord.
The Church is the fellowship of all who have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. God has given His Church two great gifts to continue its growth: Baptism to create faith and sustain faith and The Lord’s Supper to nurture faith. In His Supper, our Lord Jesus gives us His body and blood in and with the bread and wine.
A Christian is a member of the Church, not because of what he has done or who he is, but because God has called him into a relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. While here on earth our imperfections remain with us, but thanks to Jesus we are already perfect in God’s eyes.
Christians are called to live for Jesus, seeking to serve and honor Him in all facets of life. Life cannot be divided into compartments where Jesus is not present. To know Him is the only way to know what true life is all about, and serving Him is life’s greatest privilege.
Death is no longer something to be feared. Rather, all those who trust in Jesus will live in joy with him in heaven for eternity. Death is now simply a doorway to another level of intimacy with God.