Our Beliefs (2)

About Salvation

Salvation is not something that can be purchased or earned. It is a free gift from God provided by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and is received through faith. It is available to everyone who confesses that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior and expresses that faith through repentance of sin and baptism by full immersion for the forgiveness of those sins. (John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-5, Rom. 5:10; Rom. 6:23; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10)

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. Every person will either exit eternally in union with God in heaven through following Jesus Christ or be eternally separated from God in hell due to refusing to follow Him. ( John 14:2-3; John 14: 6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 1:6-10; Rev. 20:11-15)

About the Local Church

We are an independent, nondenominational congregation of the church of Christ. We are not affiliated with any counsel, board, or national organization that oversees our activities and worship. Our only hierarchy beyond the local congregation is the Lord Jesus himself, who is our head. Our congregation is led by elders who are responsible for the spiritual needs of the church and deacons who oversee the physical needs of the church. Although there are several Biblical terms for elders, including overseers, shepherds, pastors, or bishops, we don't use these terms as titles, only job descriptions. We are all just brothers and sisters in Christ. Everyone in the church of Christ is a minister, because minister simply means "servant" and we are all servants in some capacity. We have some ministers with specific duties such as our preaching minister, or evangelist. We also have ministry leaders over areas like benevolence and member involvement, but we all serve, and are therefore ministers. (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 3:1-3; Titus 1:5; 1 Tim. 3:8-13; Acts 6:1-7; Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Pet. 4:10)