What We Believe

Scripture

We believe in the Holy Bible, the accepted canon of the Scriptures as originally given, and that they are the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths, free from error of any sort in all matters with which they deal. The Holy Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant (2Tim 3: 16; II Peter 1: 20-21; Proverbs 30:5; I Cor 2: 13).


God

We believe in One God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, coequal, and distinguishable but indivisible. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).


Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is God, the Son, the second person of the Trinity, who was conceived supernaturally by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, therefore He is the Son of God. On earth, Jesus lived 100% as God and 100% as man. He is the only man to ever live a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, performed miracles and died on the cross for mankind, shedding his blood for the atonement of our sins. He rose from the dead on the 3rd day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (John 14:20-28, 1 Tim 3:16, Isaiah 9:6, Philippians 2:5-7; I Tim 2: 5, Col. 1:19).


Biblical History

We believe in the full historical record of the Bible including the creation, the literal existence of Adam and Eve, the literal fall and resultant divine curse on the creation, and the origin of nations and languages at the tower of Babel (Genesis 1-11).


Creation

We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his depraved spiritual condition and inability to attain righteousness. (Romans 3:10-18).


Christ’s Death and Resurrection

We believe Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples (I Corinthians 15: 1-4; Romans 4: 25).


Christ’s Bodily Ascension

We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation and personal, literal and bodily coming again the second time for the Church. (Acts 1: 9-11, I Thess 4: 13-18).


Redemption

We believe man was created good and upright but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen 1:26; 3:1-7; Romans 5: 12-21).


Salvation

We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2: 16; Titus 3:5; Romans 5:11; 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).


Repentance

We believe repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, who allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated (reborn) by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 3:19; I John 1:9).


Water Baptism

We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name of the Eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8: 36).

 

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to salvation, as the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth. (Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17, 10:44-46; Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17).

The Gifts of the Spirit

We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14 and as manifested in the Early Church.

Spirit-filled Living

We believe in the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world and perfecting holiness in the fear of god as an expression of Christian faith (Ephesians 5:18; I Corinthians 6: 14-15; 7:1).

Marriage

We believe in the sanctity of marriage as established by the Holy Scriptures and that God created marriage and that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7: 2-3; I Corinthians 7: 10-11; Ephesians 5: 22-23).

Communion

We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called the Lord’s Supper or Communion, for believers. (I Corinthians 11: 28-32).

Healing

We believe healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples as in the various aspect practiced in the Early Church. It is given as a sign that is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Acts 4:30; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; Matthew 8: 16-17; Mark 16: 17-18).

Eternal Life

We believe in eternal life for believers (John 5:24; 3:16) and eternal punishment for unbelievers (Mark 9: 43; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20: 10-15).

Satan and His judgment

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and eternal judgment of Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20: 10-15).

 

MT 25:40 "The King will reply,

`I tell you the truth, whatever you did

for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'