What We Believe
About the Bible
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authoritative rule on all matters of theology, faith, morality and conduct. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
Mt 5:18; John 17:17;1 Cor. 2:13; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17;2 Pet. 1:20-21
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth of all that is seen and unseen and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He eternally exists in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three are co-equal and are one God. They are equal in deity, power and glory, worthy of the same worship and obedience. God is infinite in love, perfect in judgments, and unchanging in righteousness and mercy.
Gen 1:26; Psalm 45:6-7;68:5;104:1-35;110:1; Isa. 64:8; Mt. 3:13-17; 10:29-31; 28:17-20; 2 Cor. 12:14; Eph 1:9-12;Col 1:16-17; Rev. 1:4-6
About The Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, Son of God and that he was incarnate, fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died for our sins according to the scriptures. He paid the penalty for the sins of all mankind on the cross and was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He was buried, and bodily raised from the dead after three days according to the scriptures. The shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for redemption, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life. He ascended to the right hand of the Father God and is interceding for the saints. He will return in glory to judge both the living and the dead, reign in righteousness, and there will be no end to His kingdom.
Mt. 1:18-25;Jn. 1:1-18; Rom. 8:34;1 Cor. 15:1-28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10-14; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:6-11; Col 1:15-23; Heb. 7:25; 9:1-15; 10:19; 1 Pet. 2:21-25; 1 Jn 2:1-2
Mankind was originally created by God, in His image, in perfect community with God, wholly good and free from sin. God created both male and female, Adam and Eve. Mankind were made in the spiritual image of God, designed to fellowship with God. Mankind broke that fellowship with God through a voluntary act of personal disobedience. Sin brings about spiritual and physical death. Everyone has sinned, and are eternally separated, as a people, from God because of their sin.
Gen.1:26-27,2:17; 3:6 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Rom. 3:23; 5:8,12-21; 7::18; Eph. 2:1-3
People are created to exist forever. Every person will exist eternally, either separated from God because of sin; or in union with God through faith in His forgiveness and salvation that is given through Jesus Christ. To be eternally separated from God will result in an individual spending eternity in hell. To be eternally in union with God will result in an individual spending eternity in heaven. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
Mt. 25:46; Jn. 5:25-29; 1 Cor. 15:35-38; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil. 1:19-26; 3:20-21; Rev. 20:11-15,21:1-22:15
Salvation is a free gift of grace that can only be received through faith in Jesus Christ, repentance and acceptance of His forgiveness. Salvation cannot be obtained by good works, rituals, good works or any other means of self-improvement. Only through repentance and trusting in Jesus Christ’s perfect and sufficient work on the cross and His resurrection can one obtain remission of their sins and be spiritually born again, which literally means in the scriptures, “born from above”. When we repent and receive God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we are no longer citizens of this world, but citizens of a heavenly origin, or “born from above”.
Jn.3:16-18;14:6;Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:21-26; 5:11;Eph. 2:8-9;1 Timothy 2:5-6; Heb. 9:12,22
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with God the Father and God the Son, as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their sin and need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He also provides the Christian with power for living, understanding truth, and guidance in doing God’s will and what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His leading daily. The Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for Godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion, the Holy Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for the ministry and witness. We believe this is a secondary experience apart from conversion, also known as the “baptism of the Holy Spirit”. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in the New Testament, are operative today, and are designed to testify to the gospel, edify the Church to maturity, and supernaturally empower the church to fulfill and carry out her calling and ministry on earth.
Mt. 3:11-17; Jn. 3:1-15; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 4:29-30; Rom. 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Gal. 3:1-5; Eph. 1:13-14, 5:18
About The Church:
We believe the church is the body of Christ, the community of Christ followers, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members are those who have trusted, by faith, IN the finished work of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by demonstrating our passion for Him, His passion for people, and advance His desires on earth through the leading and power of His Spirit. The Church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of the ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of the believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints.
We believe that we, the community of Jesus Christ followers, are called to be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose, doing nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility considering others better than ourselves. Each of us should look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Mt. 16:17-19; Acts 2:42-47; Eph. 3:14-21; 4:11-16; Phil. 2:1-11; 1 Tim. 2:11-15; Titus 3:14; Heb. 10: 23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10
About Water Baptism
New believers in New Testament times were baptized by immersion. Going under the water completely is symbolic of what happens when we come to belief in Christ, putting aside our trust in our power to conquer sin and accepting the sacrifice of Christ where sin and death were conquered. Then, rising out of the waters of baptism is reminiscent of Christ’s resurrection from the grave, the result being eternal life for those who accept His gift of forgiveness and a restored relationship with Him. The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.
Matt 28:19 Mark 16:16 Acts 10:47,48 Romans 6:4
The Lord’s Supper or Communion, consisting of the elements, bread and the fruit of the vine are a memorial of our Lord Jesus Christ’s suffering and death. We are encouraged to celebrate it together in remembrance of His sacrifice and in anticipation of His return for His church, the bride of Christ.
1 Cor. 11:26