The Essentials We Believe


God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. 


Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. 


The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. 


The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth and authority for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. 


People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. 


Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by faith in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we repent and turn from our self-ruled, sinful life and turn to Jesus in faith and obey his example and command to be baptized, we are saved. 


After a person gives their life to Christ the Christian walk begins. It is a daily walk with Jesus Christ to follow His example and be a holy person. We are to continually die to self and to live for Christ. 


People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God in hell (the result of sin), or eternally with God in heaven (through forgiveness and salvation). To be eternally separated from God is to exist in hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. 


The church universal is made up of the body consisting of Christians all over the world and throughout time, of which Jesus is the head. The universal church includes churches in the community. Jesus died for the church and it is essential for the growth of the Christian. The local church is characterized by unity through fellowship, familial relationships, nurture in the flock, the ministry of the priesthood, and by cultivating spiritual gifts in the body.