What We Believe

The Bible
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. As originally given by God, the words written in the 66 books of Scripture are exactly what God wished to convey to us, without error. The Bible is God’s perfect message to our hurting world. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18)

God
We believe that there is one God who exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is perfectly and infinitely loving, just, and holy. This God is knowable by us today and is the only one worthy of our worship.   (2 Corinthians 13:14; Isaiah 37:16; Jeremiah 23:23, 24; 1 John 4:7-8)

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is fully God. Having always existed, He became a real human being born to the virgin, Mary. He lived a perfect, sinless life on earth revealing the love and truth of God. His death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins and is the only basis for our salvation. He rose from the grave and is now our mediator and advocate in heaven. He is the only way to God. (John 1:1, 2, 14; 14:6; Luke 1:35; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:24, 25; 4:1, 3-5)

Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God. He lives in every believer to lead, teach, glorify Christ, and equip us for service. He unifies all Christians and empowers us to live for God today. (John 14:26; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13, 14)

Humanity
We believe that every person is created in God’s image and thereby has inherent value. Tragically, we all suffer separation from God due to sin, which results in separation from each other and from the creation around us. God’s love overcomes this separation through the reconciliation that Jesus Christ’s death provides. His gift to us of new life includes fellowship with our Savior today as well as the assurance of eternity with Him. (Genesis 1:26, 27; John 1:12; Romans 5:12; 6:23; 8:22-25; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19)

Salvation
We believe that salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone. This gift of God is individually received by personal faith in Christ and includes forgiveness of sins, new focus and enablement in life, and an eternal relationship with God. (John 3:3-7; 3:16-18; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:22-24; 10:9, 10; Ephesians 2:8,9)

The Church
We believe the true church around the world is composed of all those with personal faith in Christ as Savior, regardless of local church affiliation. This local church on Nantucket is a part of the whole church and joins together under Christ’s Lordship for worship, spiritual growth, fellowship, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe participating in Believer’s Baptism and Communion are in obedience to our Lord. (Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 2:19-22; Heb. 10:24, 25; Matthew 28: 19, 20; Acts 8:26-40; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

The Future
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth to receive believers to be with Him and to bring righteous judgment. He will restore wholeness to His creation in a new heaven and new earth.           (Matthew 24:29, 30; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 19:11-16)