We are a Bible-based church, unified in our essential beliefs, which we draw from the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments.
It is our stand that some beliefs are essential and that as a church we are to be unified in those beliefs. Ephesians 4: 3-5 bears this out: Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
As a Bible-based church, we hold the following as the pillars of our essential beliefs:
We center our worship on Scripture, for we believe it to be the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God, revealing God, man’s fall, and God’s plan for reconciling man to Himself; and we believe it to be the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in the Triune God, one eternal, self-existing, immutable Being who manifests Himself in three distinct Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus to be God incarnate, the virgin-born Son of God who lived a perfect life, fulfilling all righteousness so that He could be offered as a substitutionary sacrifice to pay for the sins of mankind.
the holy spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a Person who works in the lives of unbelievers, reproving them of sin and drawing them to Christ, and indwells believers, regenerating, instructing, comforting, gifting, and empowering them to live a Christian life that will point others to Christ.
We believe that men are created in the image of God, but that through the sin of our common ancestor Adam, we are a fallen race, inherently sinful and unable to come to God of our own volition. We believe that man’s only hope for salvation is placing his faith in Christ, that those who reject Christ are condemned to eternal separation from God in hell, and that the destinies of unbelievers are sealed upon death, after which they will receive their judgment.
We believe that God, in His great love, provided a way for man to be saved through the shed blood of Jesus Christ who died to pay for man’s sin. We believe that this salvation is a gift of God’s grace and that it is received by faith in Christ alone, not of man’s works, and that it is available to anyone who will trust Christ as his Savior.
It is also our stance that in non-essential beliefs we extend grace. Romans 14 bears this out: 4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
On some matters, we must “agree to disagree,” all the while being careful to maintain unity in the local church, the body of Christ, in which there are to be no schisms.
If you have any further questions about what we believe, please do not hesitate to contact us at 517-960-9059 or 517-522-8000 or visit us in person. We welcome your questions.