The word “church” means “assembly” or “called out,” describing not a building, but a group of men and women who are called out of a sinful world to serve God, spread His message and help one another (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 22:37-40, 28:19-20).
We are simply a group of imperfect people striving to love God and live like Jesus. As diverse as our congregation is, the Word reminds us that we are one body (Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12). In such a divided world, we aim to be united in the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3-6). God loves you, and we want to do everything we can to remind each other of that daily.
There is one true God who reveals himself to the world as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, commonly referred to today as the Trinity doctrine (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus, the Son of God, is our one and only Lord and Savior. He was crucified as a sacrifice for our sins and rose from the dead after three days (John 14:6, Acts 2:22-24).
The Bible is the only written message of God and is inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21).
A person is saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 3:23-25). Each individual must, through faith and obedience, reach out to receive this free gift of salvation when they are mature enough to understand the consequences of their sins (James 2:14-26, Luke 14:25-33). When people repent and are baptized, their sins are forgiven and given the Holy Spirit to work in their lives (Acts 2:36-41).
The word “church” means “assembly” or “called out,” describing not a building, but a group of men and women who are called out of a sinful world to serve God, spread His message and help one another. (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 22:37-40, 28:19-20)
The Bible teaches that after becoming a Christian, one becomes a member of the church (Acts 2:47). In a universal sense, the church is comprised of all Christians (Matthew 16:18, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Colossians 1:18), and in a local sense the church is comprised of Christians meeting in a particular geographic location (Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 1:2). Only baptized disciples are members of God’s church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
The greatest commandment in the Bible is as Jesus stated in Mark 12:29-31, "to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself."
While salvation is based on grace and not our good works, disciples have a responsibility to live and work for God as explained in the Bible. This includes helping others to become disciples (Matthew 28:18-19), training or discipling one another to love God and staying faithful to Him (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 10:23-25, Colossians 1:28-29).
We are called to serve the poor and needy. As James 1:27 says, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
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