What We Believe

Here are a few topics that we'd like for you to know about what we believe as a church. If you have any questions, or would like to take a next step in your reliationship with Jesus based off of any of these topics, please let us know.

What does it mean to be saved?

In its most simple description, salvation means that a person has placed their faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross, and by doing so, they are forgiven of their sins and become a child of God. Every person is born a sinner separated from God (Ephesians 2:1 and Romans 3:23). God desires that everyone be given the opportunity to receive forgiveness and be brought back into relationship with Him (2 Peter 3:9). He provided the way for us to come back to Him when Jesus, who was sinless, died on the Cross in our place (Romans 5:8 and Ephesians 2:4). God desires that we turn from our unbelief and receive the gift of eternal life He wants to give us. When we, in faith, do that, He makes us His child, and the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us in a Spiritual way (John 1:12, Romans 10:9-10). From that very moment, we are a new person spiritually (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we can begin to live with God’s help and blessings.

If you have never realized your need for salvation and now desire to be forgiven of your sins and become a child of God, you can do that right now. Simply pray a prayer like this:

Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner who needs forgiveness. I believe that Jesus
died on the Cross to give me the gift of eternal life and make me your child. Right
now, I am confessing that Jesus is Lord; I believe that you raised Him from the
dead, and I am trusting him for my salvation. Thank you for making me your child
and giving me a new life with you. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer we would love to know it! We want to help you begin to grow in your new relationship with Jesus. Simply reach out to us here.

If you have more questions about what it means to be a child of God, we are here to help you get the answers you need. Please reach out to us here and we will help however we can.

What does Baptism mean and why is it important?

Baptism is an important first step of obedience for a person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In the Bible, we see that after a person has become a Christ-follower, they went to a body of water and were immersed. This act was a symbolic way of identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. By stepping into the water and going under, it pictures the death of Jesus and also the person’s death to their life of unbelief. Coming up out of the water symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus, as well as the person’s new life as a Christian. The immersion in water also identified the new believer with the other Christ-followers witnessing the baptism. Baptism is an outward act of obedience because Jesus commands us to be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20), and it is a powerful testimony of the new life God has given to the person. Many of us were baptized as infants, and we are always grateful that parents desire to do that for their children. We see in Scripture that every baptism was the decision of the person who had trusted Christ. Baptism is always to follow the personal faith decision of the new believer. It is the first act of obedience and should be done as soon as possible after trusting in Christ for salvation.

If you would like to be baptized, please let us know here.

Who is Jesus?

What a great question to ask? If you are wondering who Jesus really is, you are not alone. We see people asking that from the time of his birth. Growing up in his hometown of Nazareth, people were quietly whispering the same question—who is this? As Jesus grew older, he continued to not only cause people to question his true identity, but he also began to answer the question with his life and teaching.

One of the greatest evidences of Jesus’ true nature is given to us by one of his earliest followers—the Apostle John. John was a fisherman who was invited by Jesus to be one of his first and most intimate followers (see Matthew 4:21-22). John wrote an account of the life and ministry of Jesus; we call it the Gospel of John. He states clearly his purpose for writing the account of Jesus’ life—“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31)

The signs that John refers to are some of the miracles Jesus performed while he was here. Jesus turned water into wine, healed people of sickness and disease, raised people from the dead, feed thousands with a small basket of food, and even walked on water. But the greatest miracle of all, that truly proves who Jesus is, occurred after he died on the cross. He was buried in a grave for three days. He rose from the dead and appeared to many people—including John, who, like the other followers of Jesus, was confused and afraid. Jesus proved He is the Savior of mankind by conquering sin, death, and the grave. He is God, who came to this earth as a man so that we could understand how much God loves us and desires for us to turn from our unbelief to faith in Jesus.

Jesus came to the earth not just to perform miracles and rise from the dead. Jesus came to pay the payment for our sin. Jesus died on the cross to provide forgiveness for our sins. His resurrection proved He is who He said He was. We all have sinned and are in need of forgiveness. Jesus said that he is the only way for us to come into a relationship with God (John 14:6). That’s the Good News called “the Gospel”—that we can ask Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of our life by turning away from our old way of living and putting our faith and trust in Him.

We would consider it an honor to help you make this decision. Please reach out to us here and we will help however we can.