The word “church” means “assembly” or “called out,” describing not a building, but a group of men and women who are called out of a sinful world to serve God, spread His message and help one another (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 22:37-40, 28:19-20). The Bible teaches that after becoming a Christian, one becomes a member of the church (Acts 2:47). In a universal sense, the church is comprised of all Christians (Matthew 16:18, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Colossians 1:18), and in a local sense the church is comprised of Christians meeting in a particular geographic location (Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 1:2).
What We Believe
We are committed followers of Christ and we use the Bible as our standard for life. Here are our basic beliefs:
- There is one true God who reveals himself to the world as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, commonly referred to today as the Trinity doctrine (Matthew 28:19).
- Jesus, the Son of God, is our one and only Lord and Savior. He was crucified as a sacrifice for our sins and rose from the dead after three days (John 14:6, Acts 2:22-24).
- The Bible is the only written message of God and is inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21).
- A person is saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 3:23-25). Each individual must, through faith and obedience, reach out to receive this free gift of salvation when they are mature enough to understand the consequences of their sins (James 2:14-26, Luke 14:25-33). When people repent and are baptized, their sins are forgiven and given the Holy Spirit to work in their lives (Acts 2:36-41).
- Only baptized disciples are members of God’s church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
- The greatest commandment in the Bible is as Jesus stated in Mark 12:29-31: to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself.
- While salvation is based on grace and not our good works, disciples have a responsibility to live and work for God as explained in the Bible. This includes helping others to become disciples (Matthew 28:18-19), training or discipling one another to love God and staying faithful to Him (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 10:23-25, Colossians 1:28-29).
- Last but not least, we are called to serve the poor and needy (James 1:27).