What We Believe
Jesus, the Essence of Life
Jesus' Word is the Holy Scriptures. It was given by God to the prophets th rough an act of divine revelation and inspiration. The infallible revelation of Jesus' loving will for humanity is recorded in both the Old and New Testaments and contains all the knowledge necessary for salvation.
Jesus' Incarnation was God becoming fully human. Jesus the Son is a member of the Godhead, a unity of three coeternal persons. Jesus, born of a virgin, is both our Creator and our Redeemer.
Jesus' voluntary death on the cross was a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. According to the gospel (the good news!), when we accept by faith His perfectly obedient life and His substitutionary death, we are accounted as righteous before the Lord apart from any of our works. Jesus paid it all!
Jesus' resurrection is evidence that He has conquered the power of Satan and the power of death. It is the assurance given to His people of being resurrected at His coming and of living with Him throughout eternity. At the resurrection our mortal nature will receive from God immortality or eternal life.
Jesus' mediation in the heavenly sanctuary is an intercession on behalf of the human race. Enthroned at the right hand of the Father, His work as mediator now is also one of judgment, vindicating God's righteousness and vindicating His name and His people before the universe.
Jesus' character is a revelation of God's loving nature. The perception of His character has been distorted by Satan, resulting in a controversy that has brought into existence sin and untold suffering. One purpose of the plan of salvation is to unmask the deceiver and restore true recognition of Christ's immeasurable love and compassion.
Jesus' life is manifested today in His people through the agency of the Holy Spirit. He is Christ's representative on earth, the agent of the new birth, and the One who enables God's people to live victoriously. Through His power they order their Christian behavior on the basis of biblical principles and become stewards of God. Jesus bestows on His church spiritual gifts, including the gift of prophecy.
Jesus' obedience to the law of God revealed a perfect life free from sin. This righteous life which He offers is ours by faith. His obedience provides an example to His followers to keep God's commandments out of gratitude and love for what God has done for them.
Jesus' mission is performed today by His people as they proclaim the eternal gospel to the people of every nation and invite them to worship the Creator and call them to ultimate loyalty to the Lord.
Jesus' day occurs on the seventh day (Saturday) of each week. Jesus calls Himself Lord of this day and faithfully observed it. Instituted at Creation, the Sabbath is an appropriate memorial of God's creative power, but also a day of delightful communion with Him and one another. Formalized in the Ten Commandments, it is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal rest in God's kingdom.
Jesus' church is composed of all who confess Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Believers come together for worship, for fellowship, for instruction in the Word, for the Lord's Supper, and for the proclamation of the gospel. Entrance into the church is through baptism by immersion as a visible expression of the new birth. In the last days God has selected from within the Chri stian community a remnant who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and who call all people to prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord.
Jesus' return is assured. The prophetic proclamation of Scripture indicates that we are living in the last days and that His coming is rapidly approaching. This coming is personal, literal, physical, and visible. It will initiate a series of events that culminates in the destruction of evil forces, including Satan himself, the renewal of this planet, and the establishment of Christ's eternal kingdom of peace.
Jesus' invitation is for you. He wants to be your Saviour and the center of your life. He will enable you to live life abundantly now and to have the assurance of eternal li fe with Him in His soon-coming kingdom.