Our Motivating Beliefs
God is eternal (Revelations 22:13) and is the creator of all things (Genesis 1:1). God is the only true God (John 17:3) who reigns over all (Revelation 19:6) and wants everyone to be saved and know the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).
The Holy Spirit is a gift from God (Acts 2:38) who lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16), is in fellowship with us (2 Corinthians 13:14), and brings power to the believer (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit testifies to us about Christ (Hebrews 10:12-18), is our counselor and teacher (John 14:26), and intercedes for us in accordance with God’s will (Romans 8:26-27).
Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 16:13-17), is the image of God and the first born over all creation (Colossians 1:15) who came to the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:48-51) who gives salvation through his death, burial, and resurrection (Acts 4:8-12), who now mediates between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5) and gives us the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:7). Jesus never changes (Hebrews 13:8), had no sin, but was made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21) so we can receive forgiveness of sin (1 John 1:9) and be purified from unrighteousness. Jesus reigns supreme (Colossians 1:18), is the firstborn from among the dead and is the head of the church.
God’s word is God breathed, living, and active in teaching, rebuking, correcting and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12). God’s word is flawless (Proverbs 30:5) and stands forever (1 Peter 1:25).
All have a sinful nature living in us (Romans 7:18) and so no one is righteous (Romans 3:10). All have sinned (Romans 3:23) and are rebellious, deceitful, and unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instructions (Isaiah 30:9). Therefore, Jesus gave man a way to put to death this nature (Colossians 3:5-14) and put on a new self in order to have life and do good.
The Lord wants all to be saved (2 Peter 3:9) and so God gave his Son to the world (John 3:16-18) to save all who believe in Jesus (John 6:40) and give them eternal life. Jesus was sacrificed to take away our sins (Hebrews 9:28) and is the source of eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9). Therefore, those who believe in Jesus and confess him as Lord (Romans 10:9) are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) and receive the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23). All who are in Christ will not be condemned (Romans 8:1) because of the justification we have in God’s grace (Titus 3:7) and the mercy he shows us (Titus 3:5).
The church is called by Christ to make disciples, baptize them and teach them his commands (Matthew 28:18-20). To accomplish this calling, each disciple is to shine the light of Christ, be a seasoning of salt to all people (Matthew 5:13-16), to humbly serve others and be stewards of God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10-11). The church is to preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15) and build up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13) by meeting together to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:23-25).
Our relationship with God is firmly established when we hear God’s word and obey it (Luke 11:28), when we talk to God through prayers lifted up in the name of Jesus Christ (John 14:14) and walk as Jesus walked which then makes God’s love complete in us (1 John 2:5-6). When our life bears the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), we can be presented holy in Christ to God (Colossians 1:22-23).
The end is near (1 John 2:17) and the world will pass away. Many signs will indicate the end is near: there will be a time where Christians will be persecuted and put to death (Matthew 24:9); there will be fearful events and great signs from heaven (Luke 21:11); and people will love evil acts (2 Timothy 3:1-5). At judgment, the unrighteous will go to eternal punishment and the righteous to eternal life (Matthew 25:46). We know standing firm in our faith in Christ will achieve for us eternal glory (2 Corinthians 4:17) when we receive our inheritance from God (1 Peter 1:4). When we depart this life on earth, we will be changed instantly (1 Corinthians 15:52) and receive the crown of life (James 1:12). The warning to all is that now is the time of God’s favor (2 Corinthians 6:1-2) but Jesus will return and the end will come (1 Corinthians 15:23-24).