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What We Believe

ABOUT GOD

God is the loving Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good, completely just and completely holy, knowing all things, having all power and majesty. God exists as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God invites us into a relationship of faith, friendship, learning and service to himself through the work of Christ his son on the cross and through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; John 14:6-9, 15-17; John 16:7-15; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 4:9-10, John 16:8)

ABOUT JESUS

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He existed before anything else and he holds all creation together. God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ (fully human and fully divine) and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of all, was buried, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Forgiveness of our sins and right relationship with God are found through Him alone. (Colossians 1:15-20, Matthew 1:18-23, Hebrews 7:26, I Peter 2:22 and I John 3:4,5, I Corinthians 5:21, I Peter 2:24, I Corinthians 15:4, Acts 1:9, 11, Philippians 2:9-11, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 4:12).

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and draws us to the Father. He baptizes us into the body of Christ indwelling every believer. He leads us to truth. He counsels us. He teaches us. He empowers us for witnessing. He continually fills us for living and walking in the Spirit. He distributes gifts to every believer. The fruit of the Spirit are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. (John 16:8, 1 Cor. 12:13, John 16:13, John 14:16, John 14:26, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:31, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 5:18, 1 Cor. 12:4-11, Galatians 5:22-23)

ABOUT THE BIBLE

The Bible is infallible and the authoritative rule of faith and conduct for all humanity. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses his word to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (II Timothy 3:15-17, I Thessalonians 2:13 and II Peter 1:21).

ABOUT HUMANITY

We were all created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but became alienated in that relationship through an act of sin. That sin committed by Adam & Eve is what is referred to as original sin and became part of the human condition. As a result, we are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts. (Genesis 2:26, Genesis 3:6, Genesis 3:23, Genesis 3:14-19, Genesis 2:17, Romans 5:12-19, Ephesians 2:11-18, Romans 3:23).

ABOUT THE CHURCH

The church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. While the church is of divine creation, it is made up of imperfect people. It will not reach perfection until the Lord’s return. The purpose of the church is to worship God, evangelize the world and to equip the community of faith for ministry.

ABOUT SALVATION

The only means of salvation (forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with the Father) is Jesus Christ. He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins and he offers each of us a pardon for our sins and desires all to become children of God. Salvation is available when we recognize our own sinfulness (repentance: turn from our sins) and we place our trust in Christ’s work on the cross. (Acts 4:12 and John 14:6, I Peter 2:24, Hebrews 9:26, John 1:12) When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction:

  • We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19).
  • Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5).
  • We become citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20-21).
  • We are given eternal life (John 3:16).
  • We are adopted and become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7).
  • Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12).
  • We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Romans 4:4-5).
  • We are born-again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (I Corinthians 6:20).
  • We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14 and I Peter 1:3-5).
  • We become a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17) and are being transformed into the image of Christ (II Corinthians 3:18).

ABOUT TIMELESS TRADITIONS

  • Baptism in Water

    The scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized. Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ and identification with the body of Christ. It is spiritually symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to all that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Galatians 3:27-28).

  • Communion

    The Lord’s Supper consists of two elements: the bread and cup. These elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ and when we receive these elements, we are remembering Christ’s death and payment for our sin. Communion is a memorial of Christ’s sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation.

ABOUT CHRIST'S RETURN

We believe in the physical second coming of Christ (the time for this cannot be known or predicted) in which he will restore all things. We believe in the resurrection of the dead for judgment and in the resurrection of the dead in Christ and transformation of every living believer for life everlasting (Matt. 24, Rev. 19- 21, 1 Cor. 15, 1 Thess. 4:13-18).