God is alive. He has always existed. He is the designer and creator of the universe and cosmos. None equals Him in power, authority, knowledge or wisdom. He is a person, and cares about the people He has made. He is holy and always does what is just and right. He loves each one of us, and rightly expects us to obey Him lovingly. Genesis 1.1; Psalm 90.2, 102.25-27; John 3.16-17

Jesus Christ is God. He has always existed, but became a man by a miraculous birth, and lived on earth to show us what God is like and to reclaim us as His children. He healed the sick and handicapped. He comforted those who were sad, fed the hungry, brought dead people back to life, and spoke out against hypocrisy, evil and greed.DSCF0248 Matthew 1.23, 4.23-24; Luke 4.18-19; John 1.1-5,14.10-11; Romans 1.3-4; Colossians 1.15-20

Jesus gave His life for all people. He voluntarily accepted the punishment for sin that we deserve for disobeying God and failing to honor him. Three days after His death, Jesus lived again! Many witnesses saw and talked with Him. Six weeks later, He went back to Heaven where He lives today as King and Savior. Matthew 27.32-28.20; Mark 15.21-16.20; Luke 23.26-24.53; John 19.77-21.23; 1 Corinthians 15.3-4; Philippians 2.6-11; 1 Timothy 6.14-15; Titus 2.13

God is revealed through the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is part of what is historically called the Trinity and is equal with God the Father and God the Son. God is the source of all truth and therefore there are no spiritual insights or principles independent of His revelation in the Bible. At the same time, His Spirit teaches us, convicts and instructs the believer in truth, impresses the conscience of sin, testifies to salvation through Christ, and gives wisdom and power for holy living. The Spirit is present in everyone who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ and gives us sensitivity to understand the purposes of God through social history and the created world. John 14:25; 16:8-14; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 4:3-5, 30

The Bible is God’s relevant truth for life today. The scriptures were written thousands of years ago but because they deal with real life issues and have very applicable remedies, we endeavor to use the Bible as our source and guide book in all of life. Whether it is Sunday morning worship, mid-week Bible study, youth outings and events, or ordering coffee at the local coffee café, it is our conviction that God provided ample teaching and instruction for our daily interactions. In addition, the Bible helps us understand who God is, His character, and His deep love for all of us. When we know and understand these truths, we are compelled to honor and worship God and thank him for the redemption he provided through Jesus. Psalm 119.67, 105, 107; Isaiah 1.18, 40.8; Jeremiah 1.9; John 10.35; Hebrews 4.12; 2 Peter 1.16; 1 John 1.1; Revelation 1.1-3

We can be forgiven of all our wrongs. Rather than experiencing eternal punishment, we can live joyfully with Him forever when He comes back to earth for His followers. We must sorrowfully admit that we have sinned and dishonored God, and place our entire confidence in Jesus Christ as the One who paid the price (His death) for our freedom. Psalm 130.3-4; John 1.12-13, 14.6; Acts 10.43; Romans 5.1-3, 6.23; Galatians 3.26; Ephesians 1.7, 2.8-9; Titus 3.4-7images

If we commit ourselves to follow Jesus we become members of God’s family. We are then motivated to live gracious, good and honest lives by an appreciation of Jesus’ love for us. The Holy Spirit lives in us and empowers us to live this new kind of life. Acts 1.8; Revelation 3.20

Jesus wants us to love other people and help them to know him. He wants us to exhibit His love for them by first taking care of their physical and emotional needs and then by sharing our faith in Jesus and what He has done for us and what He wants to do for them. Matthew 25.34-40; Mark 16.15

Jesus is coming back for his followers. Ultimately, all people will be raised from death. Depending on their response to Christ in this life, people will experience either a painful eternity away from God in punishment, or a wonderful everlasting life with God experiencing joy forever. Acts 1.9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4.14-17