What We Believe

                              
HOLY BIBLE
 
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths.  In its original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant (see Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25,26; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21).
 
TRINITY

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit.  These three are co-equal and co-eternal (see Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16, 17;28:19; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 3:7-11; 1 John 5:7).
 
JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100 percent God and 100 percent man.  He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life.  He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for humankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood.  He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (see Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1,14; 20:28; Philippians 2:5,6; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16).
 
VIRGIN BIRTH
 
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (see Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35).
 
REDEMPTION
 
Humanity was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression, it fell. Humanity's only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (see Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
 
REGENERATION
 
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (see John 6:44,65).
 
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 any human effort (see Romans 10:9,10; Acts 16:31; Galatians 2:16; 3:8; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22).
 
GOD'S WILL FOR PROVISION
 
It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God's will while on earth.  That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ's provision in order to serve others.
 
                   *Spiritual (see John 3:3-11; Romans 10:9,10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
                   *Mental and Emotional (see Isaiah 26:3; Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:7,8;
                   2 Timothy 1:7; 2:11).
                   *Physical (see Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
                   *Financial (see Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Joshua 1:8; Psalms 34:10;   
                   4:11; Malachi 3:10, 11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Philippians 4:19).
 
RESURRECTION

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross.  As a result, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected-they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (see Luke 24:16,36,39; John 2:19-21; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23; 3:21).
 
HEAVEN
 
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Matthew 5:3,12,20; 6:20; 19:21; 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4).
 
HELL

After living one life on earth, the non-believers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels (see Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8).
  
SECOND COMING
 
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom.  This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (see Matthew 24:30; 26:63,64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7,8; Revelation 1:7).
 
REPENTANCE
 
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (see Acts 2:21; 3:19; 1 John 1:9).  Sanctification: Sanctification is the on going process of yielding to God's Word and His Spirit  in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us.  It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled ti live a godly life (see Romans 8:29; 12:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3;5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Hebrews 2:11).
 
JESUS' BLOOD
 
The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100 percent sufficient to cleanse humankind from all sin.  Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (see John 1:29; Romans 3:10-12, 23; 5:9; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 1:7; Revelations 1:5; 5:9).
 
JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS
 
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit.  They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their lives as well as Savior.  They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when he died, was buried and rose again from the dead (see John 1:12; 14:17,23; 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).
 
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT 
 
Given at Pentecost, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father. It was sent by Jesus after His Ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth (see Joel 2:28,29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 17,38,39; 8:14-17; 10:38,44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6).
 
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.  The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations.  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 (see Romans 1:11; 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Ephesians 4:16; 1Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:5-16; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10).
 
THE CHURCH 
 
The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission.  Every person born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the Body of believers.  There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (see John 17:11, 20-23; Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23).
 
THE 5 FOLD MINISTRY GIFTS
 
We believe in the full function of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers for the equipping of the Saints to do the work of ministry. (Ephesians 4:11)
 
TWO SACRAMENTS

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (see Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).
 
The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. (see Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47,48; I Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-26).
 
HEALING THE SICK

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples.  It is given as a sign that is to follow believers.  It is also a part of Jesus' work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit (see Psalms 103:2,3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16, 17; Mark 16:17,18; Acts 8:6,7; Romans 11:29; I Corinthians 12:9,28; James 5:14-16).