What We Believe:
Our desire is to adhere to the beliefs of the first-century
church. The basic premise is that following the same pattern that the
early church followed will produce pure Christians. We, therefore, make
every attempt to return to that pattern by reading and studying the Bible and
taking it for what it is. We try to teach everything the Bible teaches and
nothing that it doesn't.
About the Bible
The Bible is the
inspired word of God. It is the one and only standard of authority in
spiritual matters and our guide to an eternal home in heaven.
The one true God
consists of three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
These are separate yet unified in mind and in purpose. God created the
heavens and the earth as described in Genesis. Jesus was there for and
participated in the creation (John 1:3). God is all-powerful,
all-seeing, and all-knowing. He knows and loves every human being and
desires their salvation (2 Peter 3:9).
We believe that we are all sinners.
Sin separates us from God (Romans 3:23); therefore, we all need God's saving
grace to be acceptable to Him.
We are saved by grace through faith and
not by anything we can do in and of ourselves. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Salvation is not forced upon us.
God's grace is free, but we must choose to accept it. There are some
things God requires of us in order to accept salvation just as there were
conditions to most any covenant made under the Old Testament.
We must first HEAR the message of Christ
through a preacher as suggested in Romans 10:14 or through the reading of the
pure word of God, the Bible. Knowledge is necessary for belief (Romans
We must BELIEVE that God is god and that
Jesus Christ is His son, sent to earth to do His father's will. He was
born of the virgin Mary, was tempted just as we are (Hebrews 4:15), was
crucified, was buried, and was resurrected to life on the third day.
We must come to the knowledge that we
are sinners and REPENT of those sins. In other words, we must commit to
a change and a new beginning. (Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38)
We must CONFESS our belief in Christ
without shame (Romans 10:10-11).
We must be BAPTIZED into water for the
forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38, Romans 6:1-11, 1 Peter 3:21).
Last and certainly not least, we must
live a FAITHFUL life walking in the light of God in order to retain the
benefits of forgiveness under the new covenant (1 John 1:7).
About the Church
The church is the
family of God. It was bought with Christ's own blood. It is made
up of many groups of Christians who worship together and are governed only by
local elders as laid out in the scriptures.