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WE BELIEVE IN ONE GOD, ETERNALLY EXISTENT IN THREE PERSONS: FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT

THE ROLE OF GOD (THE FATHER):
He created each of us uniquely and gave us a world to live in. It is not His will that any of us should feel or be alone.

His original plan was to dwell with us granting us eternal life, peace, joy, and authority over all of His other creations.

We were made in His image. Before the ordination of time, He designed an abundant life for each one of us to live.
[ Genesis 1, 2, 1 Corinthians 2:7, John 10:10, Jeremiah 29:11]

THE ROLE OF JESUS (THE SON): After the disobedience of the first humans (Adam and Eve), sin entered the world and deprived 
us of what God originally gave us, intimacy with Him. However, God made a way to return us all to that original plan; in Jesus, God took the form of a Man, born of a virgin, lived a selfless and obedient life free of sin, taught people to love one another, and then died a criminal’s death by crucifixion on a cross. Paying for our sins, He provided the only way anyone and everyone could be reunited in intimacy with God. Three days after Jesus' death on the cross, He rose from the dead.

[Genesis 3, John 1:1, 1:14, Matthew 1:18, Philippians 2:6-8]

THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Before Jesus ascended back into Heaven, He promised that we too would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Through Jesus,

we have the choice to allow God the Holy Spirit to reside in us giving us Spiritual powers, or gifts, such as knowledge, wisdom, discernment, speaking in different tongues and the interpretation of those tongues, healing, miracles, faith,

and prophecy. The Holy Spirit provides us with the spiritual characteristics, or fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

 STATEMENT OF FAITH 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A BELIEVER?
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The Bible refers to those who live for Jesus as "the Church". It is God's desire that every member of the Church live a lifestyle of giving, being kind, merciful, non-judgemental, and loving to everyone that they come into contact with. Every follower is encouraged to press forward, spreading a positive, hope giving reputation of Jesus Christ to others, bringing more and more people into intimate relationship with God across the Earth. We are to joyfully spread the "good news" that through Christ, the payment for sins has been paid in full and that there is no condemnation on Judgement Day for all those that have chosen Jesus. The Bible calls this "the Great Commission" and people who follow Jesus are commanded to take this very seriously. Nothing is more important. 

 

WHAT IS THE "SECOND COMING"?

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The first time Jesus came, He said that He came not to judge but to save. However, He promised that He would return, and this Second Coming is going to be very different. The Bible says that every eye will see Him, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that He is the Lord. He will come amidst the clouds in the full glory of the Father and will judge all humanity, the living and the dead. It is at this time that He will take His faithful followers to Heaven.

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WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

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The Bible is the inspired Word of God that we can trust entirely for encouragement, growth, empowerment, and it is the ultimate guide in teaching us how to love. The most important thing in reading and following the Bible is to study it in its totality; culture and context are always essential in understanding the purpose of any passage. [2 Timothy 3:16]

WHAT IS LOVE?

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Love is pure selflessness. Love is treating others the way you want to be treated. Love is the most powerful force in the entire universe and therefore has always been able to and will always be able to conquer all sufferings including fear, misunderstanding, betrayal, loneliness, regret, and rejection. [ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Luke 6:31]

WHAT IS SIN? 

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Sin means to "miss the mark", to operate outside of love. Sin is the absence of love. When someone sins, they are not acting out of love. No human is perfect, therefore we all sin. No sin is worse than any other sin. All sin is the same and the consequence of sin is death. 

WHY IS THE RESURRECTION IMPORTANT?

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Through Jesus’ Resurrection from death, the separation that we caused between God and us by our sin was shattered entirely. Now, we no longer live a life trying to please God by our works; rather, we are now saved by our faith. Jesus’ sacrifice was completely unearned grace to humankind. Through His Resurrection, Jesus conquered death that we might live eternally with Him. Simply by believing His Resurrection to be true, anyone can live a brand new resurrected life, rising out of the ashes; out of the old life and into the new, recieving also the most important prize, a guaranteed place in God's eternal Heaven.