What We Believe

The Scriptures Inspired

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.  The Word of God is alive with God’s life, filled with God’s power and imparts to the child of God the heart, mind and nature of God.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:3,4,21; Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:12; Hebrews 8:10-11).

The Nature of God

The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM.” He is the Creator of heaven and earth and all that exists and by Him all things continue to exist.  He rules sovereignly in the lives and affairs of man and over all creation.  He is the only Redeemer of mankind. He reveals himself as one God manifested in three persons, the Father, Jesus Christ his Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is holy, pure and perfect, separate from all defilement, evil and sin.  He is the Judge of both the living and the dead,  and will pass the final, eternal verdict on each person’s life.  (Exodus 3:14, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10, Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22, Isaiah 6:1, Isaiah 55:7, Eze 33:11, John 3:36)

The Nature and Deity of Jesus Christ

Jesus, the Son of God, is eternally existent with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is the only begotten Son of God and declared in the Scriptures to be conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and sinless.  He was God manifest in the flesh, a living example of absolute obedience to the will of God.  He is the only way to God the Father and the Redeemer of all sinners by His work on the cross and resurrection from the dead. He now sits on the right hand of God, making endless intercession for the saints.  (Matthew 1:23, John 21:14, John 14:6, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Acts 2:32, Romans 8:34)

The Fall of Man

God, who created man in his own image, good and upright, created mankind to have eternal fellowship with Him. However, by man willfully disobeying God, sin entered into the human race, resulting in spiritual and physical separation from God for all eternity. This broken relationship and fellowship with God is the current state of all mankind who have not sought God's forgiveness by faith in Jesus Christ and by the repentance from their sins.  (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6, Romans 1:18-32, 5:12-19)

Hell

Like heaven, hell is a real place, an eternal, spiritual abode. But unlike heaven, hell is a place of everlasting torment and judgment prepared for the devil and his angels who disobeyed God. However, anyone who has not repented of their sins and received the forgiveness of their sins through the redemption of Jesus Christ, will be condemned to spend eternity in hell. God is not willing for anyone to perish in hell, but for all to come to repentance and forgiveness in Christ Jesus. He will not, however, force anyone to accept His gift of forgiveness; a person must ask for and receive it of their own volition. (John 3:18, Matthew 25:41, Mark 9:43, Revelation 20:10-15, John 3:36, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, 2 Peter 3:9)

Salvation of Man

God provided to fallen man restored relationship and fellowship with Him.  He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to redeem man from his sins.  Through His death and shed blood on the cross, Jesus bore our sins on His Body, taking our judgment for our sin upon Himself.  As our Substitute, Jesus satisfied the justice of God and spared us from the condemnation we deserved.  Through the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, the power of sin, death and hell are forever defeated.  We can receive this free gift of salvation, provided in Jesus Christ, through faith and faith alone, not by any works or efforts of our own.  Through faith in Jesus Christ, and the repentance from our sins with godly sorrow, we receive right-standing with God and our fellowship with God is restored.  (John 3:16-18 & 36, 2 Corinthians 7:9-10, Romans 1:18, 2 Corinthians 5:21)


The evidence of salvation working in a true believer’s life will include the following: a) an ever increasing desire to know and worship God through the reading of God’s Word, through prayer, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit and through fellowship with other believers; b) a life that pursues righteousness and holiness to please and honor God; and, c) evidence of a separation from the past sinful life and the inherent manifestion of godly fruit (i.e. godly character traits, good works, etc). (Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:3, Acts 20:21, Romans 3:24, 12:1, Hebrews 13:12).

Regeneration

Regeneration in the Scriptures is also known as being “born again.”  Jesus said we must be born again before we can see or enter the Kingdom of God.


A person is born again when:

  1. there is genuine repentance by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, which includes the confession of one’s depravity and sins, and a turning away from those sins

  2. there is a profession of faith in the salvation provided only by Jesus Christ, His substitutionary death on the cross and His triumphant resurrection from the dead


When a person is born again by the Spirit of God, three distinct events take place:

  1. the human spirit is raised back to spiritual life from spiritual death

  2. God’s Spirit is birthed and resides in the human spirit

  3. spiritual union and communion is restored with God


The changes which occur in a person when regeneration takes place include:

  1. a spiritual hunger and thirst to know God are created

  2. the purpose of life changes from pleasing self to pleasing God

  3. there is a growing repulsion to sin and a growing love for righteousness

  4. The fruit of the Spirit replace sinful behaviors of pride and selfishness

The Ordinances of the Church


(a) Baptism in Water


All who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized by immersion in water, as commanded in the Scriptures.  Water baptism is a declaration and testimony that the believer has been baptized into the death of Jesus Christ, dead to sin and dead to this world.  Water baptism also signifies that the believer has been raised in newness of life, baptized into the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47, 48, Romans 6:4).


(b) Holy Communion


The Lord’s Supper, consisting of two elements, the bread and the cup, is to be received by the church in remembrance of His suffering and death.  The bread symbolizes Jesus’ body broken and the cup symbolizes His blood shed for all mankind.  The Scriptures require the church to observe the ordinance of communion “until He comes” and thereby proclaim His death.  (II Peter 1:4; I Corinthians 11:20-34; I Corinthians 11:26)

The Church

The Church is the Body of Christ with each believer being a functioning, necessary and contributing member of that Body.  The Scriptures also describe the Church as a living temple, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with each believer being a living stone, supernaturally joined together by God.


The Church’s mission on earth includes the following:

  • the worship and exaltation of God

  • the salt and light of the world

  • the edifying of itself in love into the image of Jesus Christ

  • the proclamation of the Gospel to the lost


(I Corinthians 12:1-31, Ephesians 1:22, 23, 2:22, Hebrews 12:23)

Spiritual Leadership

Spiritual leaders (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers) with spiritual authority to govern and lead the Church have been ordained and placed in the Church as God sees fit.  Spiritual leadership emerges as God’s call and gifts manifest and are recognized by other spiritual leaders and the members who follow.  Spiritual leadership, as stipulated in the Scripture, is to lead by example and service, never lording over God’s people.


The purpose for spiritual leaders include:

  • preserving and proclaiming sound, Biblical doctrine as revealed in God’s Word

  • leading, feeding, caring for God’s people

  • being an example of godliness and obedience to God’s Word

  • equipping God’s people to do the work of the ministry

  • creating harmony and unity among the Church by the proclamation of God’s Truth

  • the maturing and perfecting of the Church by the cleansing of the Word of God

  • disciplining of members who cause discord or live deliberately in continued disobedience to God’s Word

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is subsequent and unique from the New Birth.  It is also referred to in the Scripture as being filled with the Holy Spirit, the gift and promise of the Holy Spirit.  The first instance of believers being baptized with the Holy Spirit is found in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost, when cloven tongues of fire sat upon the believers who were gathered together, and they spoke with other tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance.  The Scriptures describe the baptism of the Holy Spirit as being endued or receiving power from on high to be bold witnesses in this world.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit is available to all believers and is received by faith from God.  (Luke 24:49, Acts 2:1-18, Acts 1:8, Luke 11:13)