WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and completely truthful in all it affirms. It bears witness to Jesus Christ, the Living Word and is infallible in its purposes. We the believe Scriptures are the absolute authority in the rule of faith and practice. They are standards for which everything claiming to be truth must be judged by (II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12).
We believe in one God, creator of all things, and the Heavenly Father of the saints who has revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in eternity, deity, and purpose; everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness. (Genesis 12:33; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; I Timothy 1:17; John 1:1-2; John 8:58; Heb. 1:8; I John 1:2; Micah 5:2; Revelation 1:8; Hebrews 9:14; Romans 1:20).
Jesus is the 2nd Person of the Godhead who has existed eternally with the Father. We believe in the incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ who came into the world to reveal the Father. Jesus Christ the express image of the Father in the earth. We believe that Jesus Christ, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, created all things. We believe that Jesus is God, according to the Scriptures. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, that He was very God and very Man, and that He is our savior, the one perfect mediator between God and humanity. We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord over all things in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth. We believe that He is the only way to salvation and the Head of the Church. (John 1:1-2, 14; John 14:6; I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38; Hebrews 1:1-5; Colossians 1:18; Philippians 2:9-10).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Godhead. He is God, the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19). We believe that all believers are baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. When an individual receives Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit indwells his life. Those who do not possess the Holy Spirit are not children of God by the new birth (John 14:7; Romans 8:9). We believe that the believer must yield Himself to the Holy Spirit’s control to walk in the fullness of the Power He provides. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is being manifested in the Church through the fruit of the Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are operative in the Church today so that the Church can experience the fullness of God and from these impartations of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit that begins at regeneration. The Holy Spirit continually empowers a believer to live a holy life like Christ. The evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit is a person’s obedient response to the Word of God, a Christ-like life of holiness, and manifesting the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. (John 15:26, 16:14; Galatians. 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:18-21; Galatians 5:22-23; I Corinthians 12:8-11; I Corinthians 12:11; Acts 2:4, 10:46, 19:6; Ephesians 5:18; John 16:13).
We believe in the Satan who rules the sphere of darkness (2 Corinthians 4:4). We believe that he was defeated by Christ through His death, burial and resurrection, and that Christ has given authority over the works of Satan to His body, the Church. (Matthew 28:18-20; Job 1:7; Matthew 4:1-11; Ephesians 1:19-23; Colossians 2:15).
We believe that the church is the spiritual body of Christ in the earth. It is comprised of those who have made Jesus Lord and Savior of their lives by faith in Him. The Church is the family of God and is charged with executing Christ’s ministry to the world. We believe that believers are carriers of Christ anointing and should go about operating in the ministry of Light. In witness, the Church makes known the good news of Christ throughout the local community and to the ends of the earth, calling the lost to repentance and faith. In making disciples, converts are brought into the body, baptized, trained and equipped for service to Christ. In fellowship, redeemed people experience their oneness in Christ by sharing in one another’s lives with love and concern. In service, the Church corporately cares for the needs of its own and others. We believe that church will live eternally with God.
We believe that man can only be saved by exercising faith in Jesus Christ Alone. Repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ results in justification whereby the believer, through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ, is accounted as righteous and made free from the guilt and the penalty of their sins. (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 5:1-9; Luke 22:20; Romans 3:21-26, 28, 5:8-9).
RESURRECTION OF CHRIST & RETURN
We believe in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, and His ascension into Heaven. He will return in power and glory to judge all people. Believers should await Christ’s return watchfulness, and diligence, and great expectation. We believe that at Christ’s return, there will be a new heaven and a new earth. We believe in a resurrection of those who are lost to eternal death and those who are saved to eternal life. We believe that at this time, the enemies of Christ will be defeated and the reign of God will be established world without end. (Acts 1:11, 3:19-21; Daniel 7:14; Revelation 20:4; Revelation 14:6, 21:3-8, 22:1-5, 17).
We believe that water baptism is commanded by our Lord Jesus, administered to believers as a declaration of their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, and a symbol of the new covenant of grace. It is an outward sign of an inward change. One who is baptized is publicly identifying with Christ (Romans 2:28-29; Colossians 2:9-13; Hebrews 6:2; Acts 2:38).
THE LORDS SUPPER
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance which honors of our redemption by Christ’s death. To those who rightly, worthily, and with faith receive it, the bread and the cup is a partaking of the body and blood of Christ. Though Christ is really present, no change is effected in the elements which are never to be considered objects of worship. The supper is also a symbol of the love and unity that Christians have among themselves. The body should come together and reflect on Christ’s sacrifice with great expectation and faith (Mark 14:22-24; John 6:53-58; I Corinthians 5:7-8,10:16, 11:20, 23-29).