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Our best attempts to put this in a concise form invariably leave something out. The safest thing to say is that we believe the whole Bible, Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. We do not have a particular creed or official statement of beliefs other than the scriptures themselves. But as we study the scriptures to come to know God, some things do stand out. The apostle Paul pointed out that “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (II Tim. 3:16), and so we believe it is important to understand the complete revelation of God, not just pick and choose the parts that suit us.  We understand that the scriptures are not to be privately interpreted (II Peter 2:20) but that the Bible must be properly interpreted and applied (‘correctly handled’ - II Tim. 2:15).

 

We are committed to loving God with all our heart mind, soul and strength and loving our neighbor as ourselves (Matt. 22:37-40). The church is the family of God on earth and Jesus is the head of the church (Col. 1:18). His church is made up of true disciples (John 8:31), followers of Jesus who are serious enough about their faith to go anywhere, do anything and give up everything to be pleasing to God. We are saved only by the grace of God and cleansed by the blood of Jesus, not by anything we do (Eph. 2:8). Faith in Jesus, repentance and baptism into Christ are simply how we accept the free gift of God that comes through the cross of Christ (Acts 2:38) for all who would call themselves disciples of Jesus must be born again of water and the Spirit (John 3: 3-5). Our calling is to walk in the light as He is in the light (I John 1:7) and to live our lives here as strangers in reverent fear (I Peter 1:17) while we await Jesus’ return.  Our mission on earth is to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20) and every Christian must be involved in that task. We each have unique gifts and every part of the body is equally important (I Cor. 12). Having been so abundantly blessed we should always remember the poor (Gal. 2:10) and all those less fortunate and so we offer a wide range of ways to give back to the community.

 


reprinted with permission from columbiachurch.net

 



Build Date: 5/22/2016