- We believe in one God who created us and loves us. (Genesis 1:27; 1 John 3:1) God eternally exists in three equal persons -- Father, Son,and Holy Spirit -- who have the same nature and attributes but who are distinct in activity. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14)
- We accept what the Bible says that every person on earth has sinned. As sinners, we are separated from a holy, perfect God, and our relationship with Him is broken. Because of our sin, we deserve the punishment of death. (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23)
- There was nothing we could do to save ourselves or earn God’s favor. Because of His grace and love for us, God the Father sent the Son, Jesus, to pay the punishment in our place by dying on a cross. Only because of this, it is possible for us to be reconciled to God. (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21)
- After Jesus died on the cross, He rose from the dead on the third day, proving His power over sin and death. He was seen by hundreds and then ascended into Heaven. He now intercedes for sinful humanity. (1 Corinthians 15:3-6; 1 Timothy 2:5-6)
- By faith in Jesus, we can be reconciled to God. We must choose to have faith that He is our Savior. His Spirit then resides in us to comfort and guide us so we grow in Christ-like character. For this we depend on Him desperately. (Galatians 5:22-25; Philippians 2:13)
- We accept the testimony of Jesus Christ, that He is both Son of God and son of man. He is one with God the Father. The Spirit is sent by the Father in the name of the Son. (John 10:30; John 14:10, 16-17
- Jesus will come again to judge all peoples of the earth at the time determined by the Father. At the end of all things, Jesus will reign on the earth, and all who have put faith in Him will be with him forever in bodies like His — incorruptible, immortal, glorious. He will remove sin and death and will fully accomplish redemption. (Mark 13:32; 1 Corinthians 15:42; Revelation 21:1-6)
Inviting people into the unexpected joy of desperate dependence on Jesus
God is the creator of all things, the redeemer, and the finisher of all things. The establishment of His rule in our hearts is primary.
Jesus came to free the captives, to heal the sick, to offer us peace with God. Therefore, in every program we have, we recognize it is simply a platform for inviting people to experience abundant life more fully.
Finally, we recognize that — despite what society might tell us — our personal comfort is not our highest good. Because Jesus valued the divine mission over his own personal comfort, He opened the way to salvation for any who would believe.
- Who are you inviting into conversations about Jesus?
- Where are you desperately dependent on Jesus?
- When have you taken a risk because of Jesus?
- How are you experiencing “unexpected joy” from Jesus?