“ON BELAY” – To make steadfast, to hold.
OPEN – Compassionate relationships with people demonstrating the lifestyle of Jesus; loving one another, connecting with each other, and embracing all people without condemnation or judgment.
NEW – Contemporary worship, alive and exciting: a relevant expression to God designed to be a life-changing experience.
BEGINNING – An authentic relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ: becoming competent in the Bible, consistent in prayer, and faithful in worship.
ENJOYING – Life’s journey, the joys of life, good humor, and laughter.
LEARNING – Bible truths and calling one another into accountability, growing to maturity, discovering our gifts for ministry.
ADVOCACY – For all people, especially children and youth; focusing strong ministry that encourages, builds up, and prepares children and youth for their future.
YIELDED – To the Holy Spirit; living a surrendered life, giving God the best of our time, talent, and financial blessings. Going beyond ourselves reproducing the body of Christ here and in other communities.
Statements of Faith
In Essential Beliefs – We Have Unity.
“There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father of us all…” Ephesians 4:4-6
In Non-Essential Beliefs – We Have Liberty.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… (1) Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… (4) So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… (12) So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” (22) Romans 14:1,4,12,22
In All Our Beliefs – We Show Charity.
“..if I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 (Ph)
The Essentials We Believe:
1. About God
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 13:14
2. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is eternally one with the Father. He was born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven, where He is interceding for us, and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords. Matthew 1:20-25; John 1:1-18; Acts 1:9-11; Acts 2:22-36; Romans 1:3-4; I Corinthians 15:3-4; I Timothy 6:14-16; Hebrews 4:4-5; I John 1:1-3; Titus 2:13
3. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world and makes men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, continuing to reveal Himself so that we can commit ourselves to His purpose (setting us apart for service to Him). He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. John 7:39, 14:15-18, 16:7-15; Acts 2:33, 15:8-9; Romans 8:1-27; Galatians 3:1-14; Ephesians 5:18; I Thessalonians 4:7-8; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:2; I John 3:24, 4:13
4. About the Bible
The sixty-six books of the Bible are God’s word to us. They were written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. They are the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Given by Divine inspiration, we believe Scripture to be infallibly revealing the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalms 119, 105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
5. About Human Beings & Sin
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “Sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; Mark 7:21-23; Galatians 5:16-25; I John 1:7-8, 3:7-10
6. About Salvation
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled lives and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by Faith. Romans 3:12-26, 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; II Corinthians 5:14-21; I Timothy 2:3-6; Titus 2:11-14, 3:5
7. About the Spirit-filled Life
The Holy Spirit resides in the heart of the believer the moment one receives Jesus Christ as their Savior, but following our salvation experience the believer quickly realizes a difficulty in walking in the light of Christ. There quickly develops a struggle for control of the mind and heart. Spiritual victory comes through surrender to God. Allowing the Holy Spirit to put to death self will until we are set apart for Gods purpose to be used, as He desires. Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 11:13, 12:11-12; John 14:26, 20:21-22; Acts 1:8, 2:3-4, 2:38; Romans 7:5-6, 8:1-17, 14:17, 13:13, 15:15-16: I Corinthians 6:19; II Timothy 1:13-14; Titus 3:4-5
8. About Man’s Choice
Because we are created in God’s likeness, included in that likeness is the free ability to choose between right and wrong. This makes us morally responsible. But the grace of God through Jesus Christ is freely given to all people enabling us to turn from sin to righteousness. When we choose sin, we must seek forgiveness or stand again in the judgment of God. Genesis 1:26-27, 2:16-17; Rom. 1:19-20, 2:6-11, 6:15-16; I Corinthians 10:1-12; Galatians 5:19-26; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:21-23
9. About Eternity
People were created to live forever. We will either live eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life! John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; I Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15