WE BELIEVE...

AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES

The Old and New Testament in its original writing, is the inspired, infallible, inerrant and authoritative Word of God, a complete revelation from God to men. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. The scriptures constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and conduct and will forever retain its relevance. The validity of any and all teachings is that it must agree and be found in the Word of God.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26, Luke 21:33, John 5:39, Acts 17:11)

 

THE ONE TRUE GODHEAD

There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 5:48, Matthew 28:19, Philippians 2:6-11, Luke 1:34-38, 1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 2:9, Acts 2:23-24, 

Hebrews  8:1, Matthew 26:64)

 

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and Son. The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ and imparts spiritual life through regeneration (the new birth). The Spirit indwells, sanctifies, leads, illumines, and graciously empowers for godly living and service all who come to faith in Christ. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom also we are sealed for the day of redemption. Subsequent to conversion the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness (Matthew 3:11; John 1:12-13; 3:1-15; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Romans 8:9;

1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18; Acts 1:8, 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:2, 6; Galatians 5:16-26)

 

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. 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.

(Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10)

 

 

MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION

Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God.  (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)

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 efforts. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)

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. Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith relying daily upon the fact of that union. 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. (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13, 29, 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5, Hebrews 2:11)

 

BAPTISM IN WATER

The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have truly repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord.  In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Acts 10:47-48)

 

THE LORD'S SUPPER

"And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is broken for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.  Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup." (I Corinthians 11:24-25, 28)

THE CHURCH

The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the first born, whose names are written in Heaven. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23)

GOD'S PROVISION

(a) Spiritual.  (III John 2; II Corinthians 5:17-21)

(b) Mental.  (II Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3)

(c) Physical.  (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24)

(d) Financial.  (Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-15; Deuteronomy 28:1-14)

(e) Social.  (Proverbs 3:4; Luke 2:52; Esther 2:15)

 

THE RETURN OF JESUS

Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to ever be with Him. He will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 

(I Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians. 4:16-17)

 

HELL AND ETERNITY

Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead.  The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.  This is the second death, the lake of fire. (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15)

MARRIAGE, GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL RELATIONS

The Church shall only sanction or conduct marriages between a man and a woman.  God instituted marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family, the basic structure of human society.  God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged other than in the context of marriage between a man and a woman. God has wonderfully and immutably created each person as male or female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 2:24, Genesis 19:5, 26:811; Leviticus 18:130; Romans 1:2629: 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:18; Hebrews 13:4, Genesis 1:26-27).

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