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We hold discipleship as one of our core values.  God wants us to grow up in our spiritual maturity as we walk with Him.   We want everyone to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a relationship with others.   As we grow up in our faith, serve at the local church and continue to dig deeper in our walk, we are challenged to allow God to use us to lead others to a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.  We pray you would come to know the same saving and healing faith from a loving and redeeming Father.

(1.) WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD AND THAT MEN WERE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO WRITE THE WORDS OF SCRIPTURE. THEREFORE, THE BIBLE IS WITHOUT ERROR AND IS THE PRIMARY BASIS FOR LEARNING ABOUT GOD, AND FOR GUIDING HUMAN BEINGS AND THE CHURCH.

Exodus 24:12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction.” Ex 24:12 (NIV) 2 Timothy 3:15-17 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:15-17 (NIV) Jeremiah 30:2 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. Jer 30:1-2 (NIV) 2 Peter 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21 (NIV) Revelation 1:1-3 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Rev 1:1-3 (NIV) Revelation 22:18-19 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. Rev 22:18-19 (NIV) Deuteronomy 4:2 Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you. Deut 4:1-2 (NIV)

(2.) WE BELIEVE IN ONE ETERNAL GOD WHO EXISTS IN THREE PERSONS (FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT).  JESUS CHRIST IS THE SECOND MEMBER OF THE TRINITY (THE SON OF GOD) WHO CAME TO THIS WORLD IN THE FORM OF A HUMAN BEING TO REVEAL GOD TO MAN AND TO BE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Gen 1:26-27 (NIV) Isaiah 42:1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. Isaiah 42:1 (NIV) Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, Isaiah 61:1-2 (NIV) Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matt 3:16-17 (NIV) Matthew 16:13-16 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matt 16:13-16 (NIV) John 3:31-36 “The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:31-36 (NIV) John 15:26 “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. John 15:26 (NIV) 1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1 Cor 8:6 (NIV) 2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Cor 13:14 (NIV) John 3:17 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 (NIV)

(3.) WE BELIEVE THAT MAN WAS CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD TO HAVE A LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM, BUT BECAME ALIENATED FROM GOD THROUGH SINFUL DISOBEDIENCE.  AS A RESULT, MAN IS INCAPABLE OF RECONCILIATION WITH GOD THROUGH HIS OWN EFFORT.

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  Romans 5:18-19  Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Romans 3:21-24 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

(4.) WE BELIEVE THAT THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST SHED ON THE CROSS PROVIDES THE ONLY BASIS FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. SALVATION, AND THEREBY RECONCILIATION WITH GOD, ONLY OCCURS WHEN A PERSON PLACES HIS FAITH IN THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST AS THE COMPLETE PAYMENT FOR HIS SIN AND RECEIVES THE GIFT OF GRACE FROM GOD.

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Lev 17:11 (NIV) Matthew 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matt 26:28 (NIV) John 6:53-56 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. John 6:53-56 (NIV) Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. Eph 2:8-9 (NIV) Romans 3: 21-26 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished– he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3:21-26 (NIV) Romans 5:9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9 (NIV) Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NIV) Colossians 1:19-20 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Col 1:19-20 (NIV) Hebrews 9:22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Heb 9:22 (NIV) 1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10 (NIV) 1Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

(5.) WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD LIVE FOR CHRIST AND NOT FOR HIMSELF, DEMONSTRATING THEY ARE HIS DISCIPLES BY LOVING ONE ANOTHER. BY OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD AND DAILY YIELDING TO THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, EVERY BELIEVER WILL MATURE AND BECOME MORE LIKE CHRIST, SECURE IN HIS SALVATION.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal 2:20 (NIV) John 13:33-35 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:33-35 (NIV) Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Phil 1:21 (NIV) 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Cor 5:17 (NIV) Ephesians 4:13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Eph 4:13 (NIV) John 10:27-28 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28 (NIV)

(6.) WE BELIEVE THAT THE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST OF WHICH JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD.  ITS MEMBERS ARE THOSE WHO BY FAITH HAVE TRUSTED IN THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST. THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH IS TO GLORIFY GOD BY LOVING HIM, DISPLAYING HIS CHARACTER, AND MATURING AND EQUIPPING THE SAINTS TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD TO PROCLAIM HIS GOSPEL.

1Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Romans 12:5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 15:5-6 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:8-11 Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 4:11-12 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

(7.) WE BELIEVE IN THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT AS THEY ARE ILLUMINATED IN THE BIBLE.  WE BELIEVE IN SPIRIT-LED LIVING, THAT ALL CHRISTIANS ARE INDWELT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND ARE TO BE CONTINUALLY COUNSELED AND GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. BUT THE PRACTICE OF EXERCISING OUR SPIRITUAL GIFT(S) IS NOT TO BE AN END IN ITSELF BUT TO BE UTILIZED TO BUILD UP CHRIST’S CHURCH AND EXTEND HIS KINGDOM, EMPOWERING US TO ACCOMPLISH GOD’S PURPOSES.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.)