What We Believe
Who is God?
- He is the only true God and the creator of everything in existence. (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Timothy 2:5)
- He is perfect and is manifest in three persons (Sometimes called the trinity): (Psalms 25:8, 1 John 1:5, 1 John 5:6-8)
- He is loving, patient and wants a relationship with every person (John 3:16, Romans 2:3-4, 1 Timothy 2:4)
- From the actions of Adam (The first man), humans are born with the sinful nature (Romans 5:12)
- Sin separates us From God because God is Holy (Romans 3:23)
- The price of Sin is death, which means separation from God and Heaven (Romans 6:23)
- No amount of "Good Works" can make us right with God (Romans 4:5)
- God wants a relationship with every person (Romans 5:8, John 6:40, John 17:3)
- Sin needs to be paid for so God sent Jesus (Galatians 4:4-5)
- Jesus was born of a virgin and was fully God and man (Matthew 1:23, John 1:14, 1 John 4:2)
- Jesus was perfect and paid for all sins on the cross (1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- Jesus died, knew he would die and became alive 3 days after his death, confirming the payment (Isaiah 53:3-5, John 19:30, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:3-7)
- God wants every person to trust in the work of what Jesus has done to enter into Heaven (1 Timothy 2:4)
- Forgiveness of sins is by grace alone, which means nothing we do can make us right with God (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- A person becomes a Christian when they trust this truth and the Holy Spirit enters into them (John 3:16, Ephesians 1:13-14)
- A person can never lose salvation/forgiveness of sins. Jesus paid for sins past, present and future. (John 10:28-29, Hebrews 10:12-14, Romans 8:31-39)
- To want to know about God and His purposes (John 17:3)
- Pray to God and read His word, the Bible (Ephesians 6:18, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 119:11, Heb 4:16)
- A Christian still sins. We confess our sin to God (not to a person). Doing so is not for salvation but rather for us to re-realize our sins are forgiven. It is often easy for a Christian to feel the opposite (1 John 1:6-10)
- A Christian will follow his commands out of love for Him (Romans 6:14, John 14:15)
- Some commands He has for us are
- Go into all the world and preach the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ's sacrifice (Mark 16:15)
- Remember his death in the breaking of bread (1 Corinthians 11:23-25, Matthew 26:26-28, Luke 22:19-20, Read more below)
- Try to live in a way that is honoring to him (Romans 6:1-10, Ephesians 4:22-24, Galatians 5:16-25)
Description of Meetings
Breaking of Bread
The Breaking of Bread, sometimes called the Worship Meeting. This meeting is a command from the Lord Jesus Christ on the night before He died. The emblems He chose: the bread and the wine, they are symbolic of His death. We gather every Sunday to remember His death.
The Bread - Represents His body which was broken on the cross as He was pierced, bruised and scourged.
The Wine - Represents His blood which was shed while crucified from the nails holding his hands and feet, as well as many other cuts and injuries.
"The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”"
1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (NIV)
Jesus told his disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel (Mark 16:15). This is called the great commission. We believe in dedicating a meeting specifically so people can hear the gospel. The gospel is the good news that Jesus died and paid for our sins when we had no way of doing so ourselves. That trusting in him gives you life with God for all eternity.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
The early disciples met together to break bread, to be taught and prayer. In bible study, we follow a similar pattern by having fellowship with one another to study the word and pray for various reasons.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Act 2:42 (NIV)