What We Believe
We believe there is one God, and that Jesus Christ is his only son. We believe Jesus died as part of God’s plan to save each one of us. And we believe that God has clearly communicated everything we must do to please Him through the Bible, and that every word is important. That means that every principle and command included in the Bible is a part of what we teach in our classes, preach from the stage, and profess in our community.
Based on these beliefs, we thank God daily through prayer, and come together to worship him every week. We do our best to live like Jesus: doing good, following God’s word, and living in peace with all men. We also take literally God’s command to share our faith in God, Jesus, and the plan of salvation with family members, friends, and neighbors—because all people benefit, and are ultimately saved, through a relationship with God.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
The “gospel” is the “good news” that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and was raised so that we could have salvation from our sins. The Bible is God’s inspired word, which outlines His plan of salvation for us.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (From Paul to the church in Corinth) Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Matthew 11:28-30; Revelation 22:17 Jesus invites all men to enter into eternal rest (also Revelation 22:1-5, 14).
Matthew 7:13-14, 21-23; Luke 13:24-28 It is not easy to enter into heaven. Some people who think they should enter heaven will be lost.
John 1:12 We must receive Jesus as the authority for our life.
John 12:48 We must receive Jesus’ words.
Matthew 16:24-26; Luke 14:26-27, 33 We must take up our cross and follow Jesus.
Acts 4:10-12; 2 Timothy 2:10 Salvation is in Jesus.
Romans 6:3; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27 We enter into Christ through baptism.
Mk. 1:15; Romans 1:5, 16, 10:17; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Th. 1:8 We must hear and obey the gospel to be saved. The gospel is God’s power to salvation for everyone who believes.
Hebrews 5:9 We must obey Jesus (Galatians 6:2 we must fulfill the law of Christ; 1 Corinthians 9:21 we are under Christ’s law).
2 Th. 1:8 We must obey the gospel of Christ to be saved.
John 3:16 We must believe in Jesus Christ.
Matthew 16:16; Galatians 5:6; James 1:21-2:26 We must have an obedient faith to be saved.
Luke 13:3, 5 We must repent (have a change of mind which results in a change in action).
Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:10 We must confess Jesus before men.
Mk. 16:16; Acts 16:30-33 We must believe and be baptized to be saved.
Acts 2:38-47 We must repent and be baptized for the remission of sins. The Lord adds those who are being saved to the church.
Acts 22:16 Our sins are washed away when we are baptized.
Matthew 10:22 We must endure to the end.
1 Corinthians 15:2 We must hold fast to the word to be saved (also Colossians 1:23, 2:19).
Colossians 1:23 We must continue in the faith to be saved.
Hebrews 4:11 We must be diligent to enter into God’s eternal rest (also Hebrews 4:1).
Revelation 3:5, 20:15 Our names must be written in the Book of Life to be saved (also Phil. 4:3).
By Allan McNabb - Taken from BibleStudyGuide.org