We believe that God does not want us to “try hard” or to “make our best effort” to live a good and decent life. Instead, Jesus says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew5:48). In other words, trying hard is not good enough. God demands absolute perfection.
We Believe Jesus Christ is our all sufficient Savior
We believe that since no one could achieve such perfection because everyone has sinned, God sent his one and only Son, Jesus into the world to be our Savior from sin and death.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
God exchanged our sin for Jesus' holiness so that we might become "the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We believe that Jesus is the God-man - 100% God and 100% human being. He is the Son of God who was born of the virgin Mary. He was born into this world to obey God's law perfectly in our place (Matthew 5:17) and to suffer and die for the sins of the entire world (1 John 2:2).
We believe that Jesus rose from the dead with a glorified body on Easter morning. This resurrection serves as powerful, divine proof that God has forgiven all sin for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ.
We believe that because of what Jesus has done, God has justified (declared "not guilty") the entire world freely by his grace (undeserved love) for the sake of Jesus (Romans 3:24).
We Believe We are Saved by Faith in Jesus Christ
We believe that all who trust in Jesus as their Savior have eternal life (John 3:16 and John 3:36). Only those who refuse to trust in Jesus as their Savior will endure eternal death and separation from God (Mark 16:16).
We Believe the Triune God is the Only True God
We believe that there is one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4), who has revealed himself in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew28:19). However, we do not have three Gods, but one God. The ancient Christian church used the word "triune" (three in one).
We Believe Christians Do Good Works
We believe that Christians produce good works not to merit or earn favor from God (something they cannot do anyway). Instead Christians produce good works because that is what Christians naturally do in the same way that an apple tree produces apples (John 15:1-8). Good works are "fruits of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22-25). Good works do not produce Christians, but Christians produce good works.
We Believe the Resurrection of the Dead Will Happen on Judgment Day
We believe that Jesus will return on the Last Day and judge all people.
"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:16)
We reject any teaching of a "thousand year" reign of Christ on earth. Jesus said very plainly, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).
We Believe the Sacraments are a Means of God's Grace
We believe that in Holy Baptism God makes a commitment to us. In baptism He promises us the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We baptize infants because they also need these promises since they too are sinful from birth (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12).
"Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)
We believe that in Holy Communion Jesus gives us his true body and blood in the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-28). Even unbelievers receive his body and blood in this Supper, although it is to their judgment (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). Therefore we follow the scriptural and historic practice of instructing people before they come to the Lord's table for this powerful sacred meal.