What We Believe
1. That God created the earth and the universe and is the author and genesis of life itself. That He made man in His image to know only God and that from that man came all men.
2. That man chose of his own free will to disobey God (sin) and was thereby enlightened to know both good and evil, an enlightenment which he was not equipped to live with. This knowledge of good and evil was then passed to man’s descendants who then found it impossible not to sin. So, “All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”
3. That “God so loved the world” that He already had a plan prepared to redeem man from sin and reconcile him back to God. This plan involved teaching man the evil of his sin by the giving of the Law and providing a type and shadow of the price that justice requires of sin in the Old Testament sacrifices.
4. That God provided the ultimate payment for sin by giving His own Son as the fulfilling of those sacrifices. “Christ, our Passover lamb is sacrificed for us.” He did this when “God became flesh” through the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life and offered Himself as the scapegoat for the sins of the world by being crucified. There is no other way for man to be saved other than through Christ crucified.
5. That Jesus rose physically from the dead.
6. That all people can be saved from their sin and its consequences by believing in The Lord Jesus Christ. This involves repentance (a complete change of mind and direction, away from sin, to follow Him). Such repentance and seeking after God results in a miraculous change of nature called being “born again.” Such repentance is publicly declared by water baptism.
7. That those who hear the Gospel and receive Christ will have an eternal inheritance in the presence of God, an eternity of indescribable bliss.
8. That those who hear the Gospel and reject Christ are choosing an eternal existence outside the presence of God, an eternity too dreadful to contemplate.
9. That Christ will return physically to the world at the end of man’s rule, that the dead will be raised and that all will be judged in the light of God’s justice and love.