The Gospel and Our Beliefs
"Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures..."~1 Cor 15:1-4
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of those who believe..." ~ Romans 1:16
What Else We Believe:
The Original Design
God created the heavens, the earth and everything in them. Nothing has ever existed that God did not create. That means everything, including us, belongs to God. God created human beings in His image and made us in such a way that we could experience a relationship with Him. We were created in order to know and worship God. God made us to have fellowship with Him and so that He could express His goodness and love to us.
The first man and woman, in a moment of temptation, rebelled against the command of God. Their sin and rebellion separated them and us from God. Their sinful desires have become a part of human nature and all of us have participated in the rebellion against God by our own sins. Any basis for a relationship with God has been wiped out. We are corrupt and spiritually bankrupt, and have become objects of wrath because God, as a righteous and holy being, hates all that has been corrupted by sin. All of us are condemned already for this rebellion and God’s commands and laws only demonstrate further that we are unable to relate to God. We stand condemned to an eternal separation from God and to a very real hell.
Jesus the Christ
God is a holy and just being, but He is also gracious and loving. He was not willing simply to give up on the human race. And so, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Jesus was born as a human being and lived a perfect life. He called the people around Him to turn to God. Some did turn to God but others were threatened by His message. The people who rejected Jesus laid a plan to kill him but even this was a part of God’s purpose. According to the plan of God, Jesus was sentenced to death and executed on the cross. He was the sacrifice for our sins. His death satisfied the righteous wrath of God so that God could be gracious to us. God raised Jesus from the dead and now Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father as Lord of heaven and earth.
God, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, has made it possible for humans to be saved from eternal condemnation. God has promised eternal life to all who believe on Jesus, and accept His Gospel; that the death of Jesus has satisfied God’s righteous requirements and that God raised Him from the dead. Our response is, by faith, to trust that God will save us because of what Jesus did. A genuinely faithful response involves two parts: conversion and humble obedience. Conversion is the process of recognizing our need for salvation, confessing our sin and rebellion against God, asking God to save us and trusting that God will save us, and publicly demonstrating our union with Christ through water baptism. For those who are converted, God forgives us our sins and declares that we are righteous in His sight. The second part of a faithful response is humble obedience. As we recognize our sin and rebellion against God and see that God has graciously forgiven us and adopted us as His children, we humbly submit ourselves to the leadership of Jesus Christ. We make it our aim to live in obedience to God’s will as it is revealed in the Holy Bible. Our obedience is based on the gratitude that we feel for the wonderful gift of salvation.
The Ultimate Hope
God has promised that one day Jesus Christ will return to the earth. At that time, God will establish His Kingdom over all the earth. All people will stand before God on that day. For those who have trusted in Jesus Christ and belong to God, God will give the final reward of eternal life. For those who have continued in rebellion throughout their lives, God will condemn them to eternal death in hell. Our ultimate hope is that on this day God will give us new bodies that will never die or suffer and we will live with God in peace and joy for all eternity. He will be our God and we will be His people, forever and ever, Amen!