What We Believe
What do we believe? Well, there is no “We Believe.” We are not a denomination, and there are no man-made creeds in which anyone should place their trust. Our goal is to serve our Lord and Savior as Christians. To this end there is only “What the Bible Teaches,” and Luke 10:25-28 shows us that the Word of God can be understood.
Plan of Salvation
The gospel (Good News) is this: Jesus saves!
According to Romans 3:23, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Because of our sins, we are lost, doomed to eternal separation from God. We are souls desperately in need of a savior. Well, there is good news! There is redemption in Jesus (Romans 3:24), and we’d like to introduce you to Him.
The gospel plan of salvation is simple, yet profound. Christians are those who hear God’s word, believe it, repent of their sins, confess their belief in Jesus, are baptized for the remission of their sins, and lead a life of faithful obedience to God. But this is no checklist.
God is after our hearts, and He appeals to us through Scripture. When we hear God’s Word through preaching, or perhaps our own personal study, we are presented with the truth of the gospel. We have opportunity to weigh the evidence and make changes. Those who believe the Bible respect it as God’s inspired word and standard of authority.
There are always implications to changing one’s mind about anything. Quite often those changes have to do with our behavior or the choices we make. When we accept the truth of God's Word, we'll have a new outlook on right and wrong; a new outlook toward righteousness vs. sin. Repentance should be a natural consequence, meaning we have now changed our will with respect to sin. Formerly we made choices which, according to God’s word, were sinful. Now we are resolved to make different choices.
When we confess the name of Jesus before men, we are simply saying that our allegiance was formerly to ourselves, but now our allegiance is to Christ, our Lord and Savior.
The end of our conversion comes when we humbly submit to the will of God and appeal to him for a clean conscience by obediently entering into baptism for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38). This pattern of conversion is seen throughout the Bible book of Acts, which is a history of the establishment and growth of the New Testament Church. But this is just the beginning of our Christian walk. We are now left with a remaining lifetime of opportunity to faithfully place ourselves in God’s service. We have been converted to Christ.