What We Believe

 

1. We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, true God and true man united in one Person. He suffered and died on the cross for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and was buried. He arose bodily from the dead and personally appeared to His disciples. Afterwards, He ascended into heaven, where He is now exalted above all else. Luke 1:26-35, 1John 1:18, Isaiah 7:14, 1Corinthians 5:1-4, 1Corinthians 5:1-4, John 14:2-3

2. We believe in one eternal God who has revealed Himself in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; distinguishable yet indivisible and of one substance. Matthew 28:19

3. We believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God containing sixty-six books, as being fully inspired by God. The Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks. 2 Timothy 3:16

4. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who has come to glorify Christ, to convict people of sin and to draw us to the Savior, Jesus. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells God’s children, gives new life, empowers believers for service, imparts spiritual gifts (as recorded in the New Testament and manifested in the early church), enables believers to live a fruitful, holy and spirit-filled life, and guides God’s children into all truth. John 16:8, John 16:13-14, Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:22-24, Ephesians 5:18, John 14:16-17, 26

5. We believe in the creation account, as recorded in Genesis, and in the test and fall of man. As a result of the fall, people remain spiritually depraved, separated from God, and unable to attain right-standing with God apart from Jesus Christ. Romans 5:12,18

6. We believe that the salvation of sinful people is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. Salvation is manifested through our repentance, plus faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross. Through His work, not our own, we obtain the remission of sins and become God’s children, heirs of eternal life. Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:1,9,11

7. We believe in water baptism in order to fulfill the command of Christ. We also believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience at or subsequent to salvation and evidenced by various signs. Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:1-6

8. We believe in the second coming of Christ – physical and visible – to judge the living and the dead, receive his church, and to consummate human history in the plan of God. 1Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelations 22:12, Ephesians 1:10

9. We believe in eternal life for all true believers and eternal judgement for the lost, Satan and all fallen angels. To reach Sylva, Cullowhee, and Cherokee with the gospel and moving outward to the nations. John 3:16, 2Thessalonians 1:8-9, Revelation 20:10-15

10. We believe worshiping the Lord is the single most important thing we do.