We are part of that world wide group of people who passionately love Jesus. We expect world transformation through the release of God's power through us, the Church of Jesus. We base this expectation on the following:
There is One Eternal God
There is one true eternal God who is the Creator of the universe and the Redeemer of mankind.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Exodus 3:14; Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16; John 3:16)
God has revealed himself as Father, as Son of God, and as the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 8:1-7; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 3:16)
He has given us His Son, Jesus Christ, who paid for our sins
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity. He is the creator of the universe, the only One who can save humanity. He is fully man and fully God, our Shepherd and the ultimate King. As King, he is bringing all things under his domain.
(Isaiah 42:1; John 1:3, 3:16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16; Isaiah 44:6; Matthew 23:63-67; John 10:14-15; Isaiah 6:1-3; 1 Timothy 6:15)
Jesus Christ was born to the virgin Mary. He lived the perfect life none of us could live, and died the death which all of us deserve. Then He did what none of us could do: He rose to life three days after he died and ascended into heaven where He rules at the right hand of God the Father. When He came to be born, live, die, and rise again, he made a pathway by which we can have peace with God.
(Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 17:21; John 3:16; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:20-25)
God has also given us the Bible
God has revealed himself through the Holy Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life. There are no mistakes in the first copies of the Bible, and it is all infallible, and God-breathed.
(Matthew 5:18, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
The Holy Spirit lives in every follower of Jesus
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God. He is a personal, invisible being who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. It is by His power that new begins inside those who place their trust in Jesus.
(John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)
Humanity needs saving, and is worth saving
Although the humanity was created in the perfect image of God and completely sinless, they chose to rebel against God and disobeyed his clear instructions. Because of this, all mankind has been infected with a sinful heart. On our own, we cannot be restored to sinlessness and purity. Because of this, we are separated from the God who gives us life, and we have become His enemies. In spite of our sins, however, God has made a way of reconciliation by sending His Son Jesus to die in our place. Without Jesus there is absolutely no hope for humanity.
(Genesis 1:27-31, 3:1-7; Romans 3:23; John 3:16; Romans 5:18-21; Matthew 25:41; Ephesians 2:1-10)
Salvation is available to every person
All of the religions of the world will tell you that salvation is through works. Simply follow these rules, rituals and routines, jump through these hoops, show up at these services, and do these rituals, and you will be saved. The problem? It doesn't work, because the heart is untouched by religious formalism. What does Jesus teach?
Jesus' way is simple. We must admit we are sinners, and that we do not meet God's standards. We must confess our sins to God and decide to turn away from them to Him. And we must ask for and receive the free gift of forgiveness which was earned for us by the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins. We are then free to enter into the glory that God has placed on us. We then invited to sit with God on a heavenly throne.
(Rom. 3:23, 10-18, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-13, Eph. 2:6)
The Church is God's chosen avenue to spread the Message of Freedom
Part of salvation is identifying with God's People, the church. The Church is composed of all people who have repented of their sins and declared their faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, Redeemer, and Lord. The Church is the intimate Companion of Jesus, and the Church's role is to express the glory of God through service, love, and worship. When one wishes to officially join a local church, the normal way is for them to be baptized. Communion is for the saved in a local church, who wish to remember Christ's death and resurrection on their behalf.
(Ephesians 4:1-16, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, 11:24-26)