What does it mean to be a Christian?
Being a Christian is more than agreeing to a set of facts or beliefs. It’s about saying yes to Jesus in every area of your life.
When you surrender to Jesus as your Savior, we believe you are entering into a completely new way of living. As he forgives your sins, and opens the door for a new way of life it changes everything – your past, present, and future.
Following Jesus will change the way you see yourself and the world. It changes the way you know and experience God. It changes your relationships, your work, your finances, your leisure, your struggles, and your successes.
We believe that saying yes to Jesus is the very best thing that a person can do in life. If you would like to have a personal conversation about how Jesus can change your life, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our Pastors will be in touch.
The Scriptures are inspired by God to reveal Himself to us.
One True God
There is one true God. He reveals Himself to us in the scriptures as one being consisting of three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He eternally existed within the Trinity and came to earth to redeem humanity. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, was crucified, died, was buried, and on the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to us.
Humanity was created good and perfect, but through willful disobedience we incurred physical and spiritual death. Our sin leaves us separated from God and in need of a Savior.
We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ. It is through his life, death, and resurrection that a way has been provided for us to be restored into a relationship with God our Father. Salvation is a free gift from Jesus. We receive salvation through the confession of our sins and the acknowledgment that Jesus is the Lord of all. When we are saved we do not invite Jesus into our kingdom, we are moved into his kingdom.
Baptism and Communion
Baptism and Communion remind us of the new life we have received. Public baptism by immersion in water reminds us that we have died with Christ and now we live with him. Communion reminds us that Jesus died for our sins and as we participate in his death we receive his life. Communion helps us look back on his sacrifice and look forward to his return.
The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus to draw the hearts of humanity to himself. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, and gives us faith to receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord. The book of Acts also teaches us about a subsequent experience to salvation called the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This experience is designed to empower believers to share their faith in the world. The Holy Spirit continues to magnify Jesus in us through the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5) and the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12).
The Church is the people of God in our world. The Church is made up of all people who have been saved through faith in Christ. The Church is beautifully diverse. It crosses all lines of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, denominations, and economics. The Church exists for evangelism, discipleship, worship, fellowship, and ministry.
The return of Christ
Jesus Christ will return to earth and lead his followers into a perfect experience in the new heavens and new earth where he will reign forever.