Disagreements within the Christian faith, on both essential and non-essential doctrine, have existed since the Apostles were still alive. These disagreements continue today and are the main reason there are so many different denominations.
In addressing areas in which those who follow Christ may disagree, Paul made it clear in in Romans 14:1 "Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters." There is also a saying that has been attributed to many theologians over the years that goes "In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity." We do not desire to debate who first said this, but we do strive to put it into practice.
We do believe scripture is clear on the essentials.
Here is a brief summary:
There is one, living and true God who 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 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, 1Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14
About the Bible
The Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any error.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105, 160; 12:6, Proverbs 30:5
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary and lived a sinless human life. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13; 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.
Genesis 1:27, Genesis 5:1, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross, provides the only basis for the forgiveness of sin. And that God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.
Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1
About the Christian Life
We believe all Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.
Romans 12:1-2, Romans 1:16-17, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 4:1
About the Church
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him and by making him known to the lost world.
Matthew 16:15-19, Acts 2:41- 42, Ephesians 1:22-23, Acts 20:28, Matthew 28:18-20
About The Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage, also called Holy Matrimony, has been instituted by God from the beginning as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
Genesis 1:26-28, 2:18-24; Matthew 19:3-5; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 7:1-6; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 1 John 2:24-25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Revelation 20:15
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