Our Beliefs

We believe God called our church into existence in 1948 as a unique, but not exclusive, expression of God’s people everywhere. Our church exists to make more and better disciples of Jesus. It is outlined in Jesus’ Great Co-Mission in Matthew 28:19-20. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  We have distilled this command of Jesus into a brief Mission Statement:

 “Inviting all to Jesus…Following Him together.”

Traditionally, the “inviting” has been referred to as evangelism or sharing the “gospel”, which means good news. However, prior to speaking the good news verbally, we believe we must pray for and serve those people that God has strategically placed in our lives. This is about 8-15 people for most of us. We use the Greek word “OIKOS” as a one word description of those persons in our circle. Inviting means asking those who already know you are a Christian to attend a church event with you.

The “following Him together” indicates that our church family is a “processing plant”. We help each other grow in faith, knowledge and love so one day we will arrive as a fully devoted disciple of Jesus who loves God and neighbor with all our heart, mind and strength.

Our Pastor has a neat diagram of this flow and process that he’d be happy to share with you. He thinks you want to know “Where will this church take me if I start attending regularly?”

Statement of Beliefs

As a church planted by American Baptists back in 1948, we continue to belong to this main line denomination whose only ”creed” is the Holy Bible. However, for your sake Pastor Rich Reimer has written the following statement of his doctrinal positions.

We believe in one God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, three persons yet but one God of whom the Holy Bible speaks. (Isaiah 44:6; Psalms 8:1, 97:9; Romans 1:18-20; Psalms 19:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:15; I Corinthians 2:9-10; John 4:24; Jeremiah 10:10; 1 Corinthians 8:6; John 10:30.)

We believe in the deity and the humanity of Jesus Christ, who is none other than God the Son in human form, and in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwells forever. (Galatians 3:13; I Timothy 2:5; John 1:14; Colossians 12:9; Romans 9:5 Hebrews 2:14; Matthew 26:38; Luke 1:31, 2:52; Hebrews 4:15, 7:26.)

We believe in the deity and work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been sent by the Father and the Son to present Christ to us and equip us for His service. He is God’s indelible mark of ownership on us, revealing God’s truth to us, putting us right with God, interceding in our behalf and giving life to our mortal bodies on the day of resurrection. (John 3:5,6; Titus 3:5,6; Ephesians 2:8, 3:17; 2 Timothy 1:9; John 16:8-11.)

We believe that the human race was created by God and in His image. Creation was for fellowship with God which is made possible by humanity’s unique capability to respond to his Creator. God gave our race stewardship over the earth. Our first parents responded against God (rebellion), thus imputing sin upon the whole human race. As sinners, we have corrupted ourselves and alienated ourselves from God. As such, we stand under the penalty of universal death and eternal separation from God and in desperate need of a Savior. (Genesis 1:27, 28; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:24; Genesis 3:6; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Romans 5:12, 18, 19; 1 Corinthians 15:21, Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23)

We believe God loves people even though they have become His enemy. God devised a plan whereby people might renew their broken relationship to God, and bring wholeness to themselves. This salvation is only and altogether through simple faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is always accompanied by works and repentance. Without such faith there can be no salvation here or hereafter. (John 3:16; Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9-17; Matthew 7:21-27.)

We believe that this world (history) will one day come to an end. This end is designed by God and only He knows the day and the hour when it will happen. Should death precede this final end, conscious existence will continue in a manner and place determined by life before death. Should we be alive at the end, we shall behold the personal second coming of Jesus Christ, the judge of all humankind, and be reunited with those who preceded us in death. All will be judged according to their fitness; has eternal life been found in Christ through faith? Those fit for Heaven will be assigned there – those fit for Hell will be assigned there, and that forever. (Hebrews 12:23; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 23:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Luke 16:22, 24; Psalms 49:14; John 5:28, 29; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 25:41.)

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Head of the Church, that all believers are equally priests unto God; that ordination, while it recognizes position, bestows no power. That the Church is God’s agent in the interim between Christ’s resurrection and His Second Coming. As an agent of God, it carries forth the divine vocation of Jesus in selfless-service and loving sacrifice. (Matthew 16:21-25. Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 1:10, 22, 23; John 10:16, 11:52.)

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, written in the words of men. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, being given by divine inspiration, are the Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Isaiah 8:20.)

 

Other Distinctives

Women serve in all areas of the church according to their gifts and calling.

We are welcoming of every person but we don’t affirm every lifestyle choice.