What I Believe

I BELIEVE there is one perfect and almighty God, eternally existing in three persons who are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I BELIEVE that God the Son is Jesus of Nazareth, the Savior sent by God, Israel’s Messiah, born of a virgin, fully man and fully God. I believe that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

I BELIEVE that God the Holy Spirit quickens us from death to life, indwells all those who receive Jesus Christ by faith as Lord and Savior and continuously conforms believers to the image of Jesus Christ.

I BELIEVEthe Bible, including both the Old and New Testament, is the Holy Spirit-inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God; and thus the supreme and final authority for faith and practice.

I BELIEVE that daily Bible reading and prayer are as necessary for the sustenance of spiritual life as food and water are necessary for physical life.

I BELIEVE that “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life” and no one comes to the Father except through Him” (John 14:6). I believe that salvation is found in Jesus and Jesus alone. For “… there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). I believe that salvation, the forgiveness of sins, and the promise of eternal life is available to all of us who put our faith in Jesus, the Savior.

I BELIEVE that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

I BELIEVE the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is sufficient in itself to make atonement for the sin of the world; an atonement available to all who repent of their sin and believe in Him alone for forgiveness and salvation.

I BELIEVE Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and the third day He bodily arose from the dead guaranteeing the bodily resurrection of all those who have received eternal life through faith in Him.

I BELIEVE salvation from judgment, forgiveness of sin and eternal life are free gifts of God’s grace and cannot be earned, deserved, inherited or bought.

I BELIEVE only those who believe in Jesus Christ and receive Him into their inner being will escape eternal judgment and be accepted into Heaven.

I BELIEVE in the imminent, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ to this earth to reign in righteousness and justice.

I BELIEVE the true church is not an organization, but the Body of Christ made up of those who have personally trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and publicly confessed Him as Lord.

I BELIEVE that we are to bear with one another in love and endeavor “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). I believe that cultural, racial, political, denominational, generational, or geographical differences should not in any way limit our love for one another as brothers and sister in Christ, or keep us from the unity in which God wants us to live.

I BELIEVE that all believers are commissioned by God to bring the good news that everyone can be “reconciled to God” through Jesus Christ, God’s Son (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). And we are to teach others to “observe all things” that God has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). I believe the Holy Spirit enables us to spread this good news and He, “the Spirit of truth,” will guide us in all truth and help us to live in a way that is consistent with God’s will. (John 16:7-15, Acts 1:8).

I BELIEVE that God, “by the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” (Ephesians 3:20). I believe God has more for us than we can imagine … if we will live His way and let Him live through us.