Statement of Faith (In Everyday Language) We believe in God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in truth, goodness, purity, and holiness. We believe that on the basis of our own merit none of us has right standing with God because all of us have the shadow of sin and selfishness in our hearts. However, God desires to give us the gifts of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life, and so has given us a way to receive those blessings through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe in morality–some things are right and some things are wrong. We believe that good is better than evil, love is better than blind hate, and that we should work together to encourage and build each other up–not tear each other apart. We believe that God loves us, so we should love others; that God forgives us, so we should forgive others; and that God cannot lie, so we should strive to be honest, genuine, and transparent people. We believe that becoming a Christian is the best thing that can happen to a person. We believe that prayer is a privilege, that it is God’s will for His children to fellowship together regularly, that He has blessed His people with many gifts and resources so that they may contribute them to His church, and that it is the duty of all believers to be prepared to give an answer to those who ask about the hope that is in them. We believe that love is more than biology, people are not accidents of nature, and that this world means much more to God than just another ball of mud in the cosmos. We believe that there is only one Creator of all things and that as our Creator He knows what is best for us. We believe in miracles. We believe that the Holy Spirit still works in the hearts of people today. We believe that we are one family with all those who have placed their confidence in Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus is coming again, this time as both Judge and Conquering King, and that this hope in His imminent return purifies us and strengthens our faith. We believe that the Bible is God’s primary source of revelation to this world and that it is the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. The Bible speaks with the authority of God Himself, is infallible, and without error as it was originally given. We believe that being open minded means looking at an idea objectively– weighing the evidence fairly and then drawing an appropriate conclusion. Being open minded does not mean rejecting some ideas out of hand nor does it mean that we must accept all possibilities as being equally valid. We believe in working through problems, that with humility and grace we can overcome difficulties together. We believe that if we take responsibility for our own actions we can help to make the world a better place. We believe in friendships that last forever, in sincere smiles, and in telling the truth with love. We believe that patience is a virtue. We believe in families grounded in Jesus Christ and that such families are the bedrock of society. We believe that marriage is holy, and that children are gifts from Heaven. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man. For this reason His death alone could atone for the sins of the world. Death could not hold Him down. He rose again just as He said He would. This proves that He has the power to keep His promises. By faith we believe that one day we too will experience a bodily resurrection. We believe that God is the foundation of our lives and that His will has preeminence in all things. We believe that His love is unconditional, His forgiveness complete, and that His grace is beyond measure. We believe that real hope can be found in no other institution on earth than the local church as it represents Christ to its community and is God’s primary means of fulfilling the Great Commission. We believe that, sadly, many will find the gates of heaven barred to them but that this barrier comes from within and not from without. In reality, all may walk the narrow path that leads to salvation, if they will only take the necessary first step of faith, which sets them on this less traveled road.