The beliefs of a church are more than a checklist of beliefs to sign your name to. It is a Bible-defined lifestyle that is meant to be embraced. Therefore the beliefs that we hold to be central to the story of Jesus must also be central to our own story. Furthermore, while we believe it is essential for all people of God to share these basic core beliefs, it is equally imperative for all Christians to continue to live out these beliefs in their daily walk. The Bible is the sole basis of our beliefs. It provides understanding of how God can save us, fuels our faith and serves as our guide for daily living.
Faith in its simplest understanding is “belief.” It is a belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also a belief that He is God’s son and that He continues to be the Savior of the world. However a deeper meaning of “faith” is “trust” and obedience based on that trust. Paul the apostle wrote that our standing with God is determined by faith “from beginning to end” (Romans 1:17). Trusting God isn’t easy. It’s something you have to learn to do, and it’s something you grow into. But it is our goal to be seen as that kind of people – bold and not fearful, a people who talk to God, listen to God through His word, and obey God because we trust He knows best and has our best interests at heart.
An expression of repentance is more than just feeling sorry for the wrong things you have done. It is literally running from sin and toward God. Repentance leads to changing the path of your life and choices in a way that draws you closer to God, which allows Him to change things in your life. (See Acts 17:30).
When anyone wishes to become a Christian, the Bible tells us that it is essential for them to “confess” that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10). It is important to make public what one believes. However, one must also continue to be honest about his or her life and to be accountable to others within the church in their daily walk. The Bible admonishes us to “confess [our] sins to one another” (James 5:16), and we believe that in order to live out one’s life in the Kingdom it must be done honestly through confession
In Jesus death, we find redemption (forgiveness of sins) (Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:7), justification (Romans 5:9), and reconciliation (Romans 5:10). In short, we believe that in Christ’ death we are “redeemed” from the power of our sins, we are “made right” by and before God, and that we are “reconciled” to him. The Bible teaches that there is only one way to gain access into this grace. One must enter into the death burial and resurrection of Christ. This is done through immersion in water (Romans 6:3-4).
Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God with Adam and Eve. Genesis 2:24 states: “therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife and they become one flesh.” In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus affirms this: “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning ‘the creator made them male and female,’ and said for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh.”