Our purpose is to build up the body of Christ through: Worship, Prayer, Witness, Education and Fellowship as directed by the Word of God and Empowered by the Spirit of God.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is the inerrant, infallible word of God, and the final authority on all matters of life, faith and doctrine.
There is one true, holy God who exists in three distinct Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Creator of all things, eternal and unchanging, and completely unaffected by time, cultural changes or popular opinion. He has revealed Himself to us through His Word, the Bible, and through the Person of Jesus Christ.
We humans are all sinners, not only because of the wrong things we do that violate God's standards, but also because of the sinful nature that we all have from the moment we are conceived. God is holy and has no sin, so our sin is an insult to Him, separates us from Him, and causes us to deserve punishment from Him in a place called hell for eternity. No amount of good things we might do can ever make up for that sin or make us acceptable to God. In spite of our sin however, God loves us and doesn't want us to be separated from Him. For that reason, he sent us Jesus.
Jesus is the only Son of God and the Savior who was promised in the Old Testament. Because He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin woman, He was both fully God and fully man. Therefore Jesus is our "bridge", our "mediator" with God. On earth, Jesus lived a perfect life and then, according to the Father's plan, allowed Himself to be crucified as a sacrifice to pay the price for the sins of mankind. Three days after He died, Jesus rose from the dead. Forty days after that He ascended into heaven. He's alive today and will come into the heart and change the lives of anyone who repents of sin and turns to Him in faith.
The central pupose of God's revelation to us is to call us into a relationship with Himself. Through Christ, God provided the way for us to have our sins forgiven and to have a relationship with Him. Salvation is found only through Christ. No other god ever loved us enough to come to earth in human form, no other god ever died on a cross for us, no other god ever bore the punishment for our sin that we deserved to bear. Salvation, forgiveness of sin and assurance of heaven cannot be earned by good works or religious rituals or ceremonies. It's offered to us as a free gift that we can receive simply by confessing and turning from sin and trusting that Jesus died for us. When we receive God's gift of salvation, we start living a different, brand new life by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ, awakens in us our need for a Savior, convicts us of sin, and leads us to salvation. When we receive Christ, the Holy Spririt starts living in us and gives us the power and wisdom to follow Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts so that we can serve Him and do ministry. The Holy Spririt gradually makes us more and more like Jesus so that people around us will be drawn to Christ through us and our witness.
We are located 1/4 mile east of the intersection of IL Hwy 71 and US Hwy 52 on US 52.
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