WHAT WE BELIEVE


ABOUT THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the only infallible guide and rule of our faith and practice.

          Psalms 119:89; Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21

 

ABOUT GOD

We believe there is one God. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and attribute, fulfilling distinct, but complementary, roles in the great work of redemption.

          Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 John 5:7

 

ABOUT GOD THE SON

We believe in God the Son, co-creator with the Father and Holy Spirit, who took upon himself human form, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and given the name, Jesus.

His death by crucifixion and his bodily resurrection, reconciled the human race to God. He ascended to heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

          Isaiah 53:1-5; Matthew 1:21-23; John 1:1-3, 11:25-26; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:5

 

ABOUT GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, co-creator with the Father and Son, who is now sent by the Father through the Son to convict the world of sin, lead us into all truth and empower and equip the Church to carry on Christ’s work on earth.

          Genesis 1:2; John 14:26, 15:26, 16:8; Acts 1:8

 

ABOUT THE FALL OF MANKIND

We believe the human race is fallen from its original, created goodness because of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

          Genesis 1:27, 3:1-6; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10, 3:23, 5:12, 5:19

 

ABOUT THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION

We believe Jesus Christ was the sacrifice God planned from the foundation of the world for the sin of the human race. By shedding his blood and dying on the cross, Jesus made provision for the salvation of all people.

          Isaiah 53:5; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:19-20

 

ABOUT ETERNITY

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.

          John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46

 

ABOUT SALVATION

We believe, because of our total inability to save ourselves, salvation is by God’s grace alone. It is received by faith with repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Savior.

          John 3:3, 3:16-17; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:24

 

ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.

          John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

 

ABOUT BAPTISM

We believe water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is an outward sign of an inward work and is commanded by God following conversion.

          Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Acts 2:38

 

ABOUT BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in every believer at the moment of salvation. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is distinct from salvation, releasing the power of the Holy Spirit through faith. Consistent with biblical accounts, believers should anticipate Spirit-baptism to be accompanied by speaking in tongues and other biblical manifestations. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is given to endue the believer with power from God, to offer an inspired witness for Christ, to lead the believer in a life of holiness and to equip for a Spirit-filled life of service.

          John 7:37-39, 14:16; Acts 1:8, 2:4, 2:38-39, 8:14-17, 10:44-46, 19:6; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16

 

ABOUT A SPIRIT FILLED LIFE

We believe every Christian should walk and abide in daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit and experience continual renewing of God’s power to live a Spirit-filled life in attitudes, thoughts, speech and conduct.

In order to build up and equip both individual believers and the church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts that are to be earnestly desired and exercised in the spirit of love. The fruit of the Spirit to be cultivated in the life of every believer is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

          John 15:4, 15:8; Acts 4:31; Romans 8:1, 8:5,12:1-2,12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 3:17, 12:7-11, 12:31; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:11, 4:30-32, 5:18; Galations 5:16-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 Peter 1:15, 4:10-11; I John 2:6

 

ABOUT DIVINE HEALING

We believe the power of God to heal the sick and afflicted is provided for in Christ’s death on the cross. God is willing to and does heal today.

          Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:18; Acts 3:16, 10:28; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24

 

ABOUT RESURRECTION

We believe the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ assures the believer of bodily resurrection and eternal life.

           Matthew 28:1-7; Romans 6:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-22; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18

 

ABOUT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe the second coming of Christ will be personal, visible and triumphant.

           Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 24:36-44; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, 2:8; Titus 2:12-13; Revelation 1:7

 

ABOUT CHURCH RELATIONSHIP

We believe Christians should assemble regularly for edification, worship, fellowship and proclamation of the gospel. All believers should discover their spiritual gifts and use them for God's glory and purposes, and should tithe and otherwise contribute financially to their church.

           Psalm 111:1; Malachi 3:8-10; Acts 2:42-47, 16:5; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Hebrews 10:24-25

 

ABOUT COMMUNION

We believe in partaking of the bread and the cup of communion in remembrance of the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection. We celebrate an open communion for all believers regardless of church affiliation.

          Luke 22:7-22; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; 2 Corinthians 13:5

  

ABOUT FINAL JUDGEMENT AND HELL

We believe there will be a final judgment for all unbelievers. Hell is an actual place of great suffering, bitter sorrow and remorse reserved forever for the devil and his angels and all whose names are not written in Christ’s book of life.

          Matthew 13:41-43, 25:41; Mark 9:43-44; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:10-15; 21:7-8

  

ABOUT HEAVEN

We believe heaven is an actual place of happiness and security where believers will dwell forever with God and receive the reward of their deeds done while on earth.

          John 14:2; 1 Corinthians 2:9, 3:10-15; Revelation 7:15-17, 21:4, 22:5

 

ABOUT CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe civil government is ordained of God, and all people should be subject to the laws of the land, except those contrary to scripture. In times of war, the individual’s participation in actual combat and taking of human life shall be governed by one’s own conscience.

           Mark 12:17; Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Hebrews 12:14

 

ABOUT THE CHURCH AND MISSION

 

We believe the church exists to fulfill the missio Dei, the mission of God, and as such, that mission defines who we are and how we should live our lives.  Our prayer must be, "your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."  This includes a commitment to fulfilling the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ, that of carrying the gospel message to the entire world – to every nation, ethnicity, culture and language.

           Psalm 2:8; Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 9:38; Mark 16:15; John 4:35-37; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 5:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-2; James 5:20; Revelation 5:9