The Church

Everything that we believe about "The Church"

The Church

The church is a local community of believers unified through faith in Jesus Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying His commands, and seeks to bring the hope of Christ to the world. The church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Jesus Christ.

John 17:11, 20-23; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23

REPENTANCE

Repentance is a believer’s commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Jesus Christ. Through repentance we individually receive forgiveness of our sin and salvation through Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:21, 3:19; 1 John 1:9

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

As believers of Christ, we believe in the practice of several public spiritual actions that outwardly display an inward spiritual transformation. 

Water Baptism

Following the example of Jesus Christ’s baptism, water baptism publicly declares your commitment to God and demonstrates your changed life by immersion in water.

Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 8:12, 36-38

Communion

Following the example set by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, we take communion to remember Christ’s sacrifice through the consuming of bread and wine (or grape juice), which symbolizes Jesus’ body and his blood that was shed on the cross.

Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25

MARRIAGE

We believe marriage—as defined in the New Testament— is a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God.

Matthew 19:4-6

HEALING OF THE SICK

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and is included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. Healing is a provision from Jesus’ work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Please note: This does not imply the false concept that immediate healing always accompanies true faith. There are many righteous people in scripture who did not immediately receive healing in this life. Rather, healing can also be a process, which is finalized by entrance into heaven.

Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; Romans 11:29; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; James 5:14- 16