What We Believe

 

Holy Bible: The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant. (Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25,26; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21)

Trinity: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. These three separate and distinct personalities are co-equal and co-eternal. (Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 3:7-11; I John 5:7)

Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100 percent God and 100 percent man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for humankind and, thus, paid for our sins through the shedding of His blood.  He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Philippians 2:5,6; I Timothy 2:5; 3:16)

Redemption: Humanity was created good and upright, but by choosing to sin, it fell. Humanity's only hope for redemption is through Jesus Christ, the perfect sacrifice, who paid with His life for our sins. (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)

 

Sanctification: Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God's Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (Romans 8:29; 12:1,2; II Corinthians 3:18; 6:14-18; I Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23; II Thessalonians 2:1-3; Hebrews 2:11).

Jesus' Blood: The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100 percent sufficient to cleanse humankind from all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. (John 1:29; Romans 3:10-12,23; 5:9;  Colossians 1:20; I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5; 5:9)

Jesus Christ Lives In All Believers: Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their lives as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried and rose again from the dead. (John 1:12; 14:17,23; 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20)

Baptism in the Holy Spirit: The baptism in the Holy Spirit, is the promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus after His ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth (see Joel 2:28,29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4,17,38,39; 8:14-17; 10:38,44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6). All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, and the ability to pray in other tongues, which is the initial physical evidence of having been baptized in the Spirit. This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Luke 24: 49; Acts 1: 4-8; 2: 38; 10: 44-46; 11: 14-16; 19: 1-6)

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is seen through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and strengthen the Church, demonstrate the truth of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. (Romans 1:11; 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Ephesians 4:16;  I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:5-16; Hebrews 2:4; I Peter 4:10)

Salvation: We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort; however our works will determine the rewards in eternity
(see Romans 10:9,10; Acts 16:31; Galatians 2:16; 3:8; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22). The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit {Romans 8:16}. The outward evidence to everyone is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

Repentance: Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be made new by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and, by faith in Jesus Christ, we receive salvation.   (Acts 2:21; 3:19; I John 1:9)

 

The Church: The Church is not a building. Every person who has given their lives to Jesus as the boss of their lives is an integral part of the Church as a member of the Body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:11,20-23; Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23)

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38)


Communion: We take the elements of bread and grape juice (symbolic of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 10:47,48; I Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-26)

Healing of the Sick: Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign that is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalms 103:2,3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16,17; Mark 16:17,18; Acts 8:6,7; Romans 11:29; I Corinthians 12:9,28; James 5:14-16)

God's Will for Provision: It is God's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God's will while on earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ's provision in order to serve others.                 
            a.     Spiritual (see John 3:3-11; Romans 10:9,10; II Corinthians 5:17-21)
             b.    Mental and emotional (see Isaiah 26:3; Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:7,8;

                    II Timothy 1:7; 2:11)

             c.    Physical (see Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24).
             d.    Financial (see Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Joshua 1:8; Psalms 34:10; 84:11;

                    Malachi 3:10,11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10)


Resurrection: Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. As a result, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected. They that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal separation from God. (Luke 24:16,36,39; John 2:19-21; 20:26-28;

21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42,44; Philippians 1:21-23; 3:21)

 

Heaven: Heaven is the place reserved for all believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  
(Matthew 5:3,12,20; 6:20; 19:21; 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4)

Hell:
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers, those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, will suffer eternal separation from God in hell. This is the second death.
(Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27;  Revelation 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8)


Second Coming: Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures. (Matthew 24:30; 26:63,64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7,8; Revelation 1:7)

 
Human Worth:
We believe that since mankind is created in God's image, human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions, from conception to the grave. (Genesis 1:27; Psalms 139:13,14)
 
The Local Church:
We believe it is the duty and privilege of every believer to, within their ability, support the local church with their regular presence, giving and service.  (Hebrews 10:25; II Corinthians 8,9; I Peter 4:10)