WHAT WE BELIEVE

Statement of Beliefs

The church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts these Statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine.

THE BIBLE: The Bible is the inspired Word of God; a revelation of love written from God tous. It is the infallible rule of faith and action and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to it (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12).

THE TRINITY: The triune Godhead is comprised of 3 separate and distinct personalities- The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. They are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with The Father and The Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:13-17).

PEOPLE: Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our Likeness.” By voluntary transgression, man chose sin over life and  has been redeemed through Christ’s death on the cross (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

SALVATION: Our only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ became sin and has provided both salvation and divine healing for all mankind while being justified freely by God’s Grace through his love and redemption (Psalm 103:3). “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).

WHAT’S NEXT?: When we give our hearts and lives to Jesus, His Spirit lives inside of us (Romans 8:16). The role of the Holy Spirit is to counsel and convict us toward a life of righteousness and holiness as a natural response to the depths of God’s love for us. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (1 John 3:23).

FAITH & WORKS: Salvation occurs only through Jesus Christ and merely through effort. Paired with faith, our works will determine our rewards in eternity (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 14:20-21; and II Cor. 5:10).

BAPTISM: Baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision to repent of sin and commit one’s heart fully to God. It represents one’s complete surrender to Jesus and acceptance of new life through His sacrifice (Matt.28:19; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4).

COMMUNION: “And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, `This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. ‘In the same way also 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 Cor.11:24, 25, 28). Communion is an act of honor, thanksgiving and remembrance for the price that Jesus has paid for us.

GOD’S PROMISE TO US: When we believe in God, our natural response is to seek the promise of the Father, Baptism of the Holy Spirit (supernatural passion). This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; I Cor. 12:1-31).

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Baptism of the Holy Spirit is often evidenced by the speaking of other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2,6; 1:8). Speaking in other tongues is the mode in which the Holy Spirit edifies and empowers the believer for life and ministry. All believers have the ability to receive the Spirit as the Spirit of God is not given by measure, however His role in the life of the believer changes as we are baptized or immersed in the Spirit (John 3:34).

CHURCH: The church is the body of Christ in which God’s Spirit moves and fulfills the great commission. Everyone who believes is born of the Spirit and is an integral part of the church, as God has designated every believer a unique purpose in life (Eph. 1:22; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23).

HEALING: God wants to heal us. It has already been provided for us through the resurrection of Jesus and is the privilege of every believer (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:17, 1 Peter 2:24).

HOPE: Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to Heaven (I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess.4:16-17 and II Thess. 2:1).

HELL: Those who have not accepted the love of Jesus will experience eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).

RETURN OF JESUS: Jesus Christ will return with His Saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on the earth as the Scriptures promised (Romans 11:25-27; II Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-7). After this, there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev.21).

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