Who Are We?
STATEMENTS OF FAITH
Do you know what we believe as a church?
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. We believe that the sixty-six (66) books of the Old Testament and New Testament are God’s completed and sufficient revelation for the total well being of mankind. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant (See Prov. 30:5; Rom. 16:25, 26; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal (Gen. 1:26; Isa. 9:6; Matt.3:16, 17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Heb. 3:7-11).
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21).
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8).
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, forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation. (Acts 2:21, 3:19, 1 John 1:9).
Sanctification is the ongoing 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 to live a Godly life (1 Thess. 4:3 4:3, 5:23; 2 Cor. 3:18, 6:14-18; 2 Tim. 2:1-3; Rom. 8:29, 12:1; Heb. 2:11).
The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of 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 (1 John 1:7; Rev. 1:5, 5:9; Col. 1:20; Rom. 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).
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 their Lord and Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished on the cross (John 1:12, 14:17, 23, 15:4; Rom. 8:11; Rev. 3:20).
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel through the whole earth. This experience can be accompanied by the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Joel 2:28-29; Matt 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:8, 2:38-39, 19:1-7).
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 Bible’s lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestations 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 (Heb. 2:4; Rom. 1:11, 12:4-8; Eph. 4:16; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6-7; 1 Cor. 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Pet. 4:10).
The church is the representative of Jesus on earth and is to carry out the Great Commission. Every person who is 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 (Eph. 1:22, 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. This ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Matt 28:10; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).
A special time in the presence of God when the represented elements of the Body and the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 10:16, 11:23-25).
Healing is for the physical ails of the human body and is shaped by the power of God through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands. It is provided by the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the church today (Mark. 16:18; James 5:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 54:4-5).
GOD'S WILL FOR PROVISION
Spiritual (John 3:3-11; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 10:9-10)
Mental and Emotional (2 Tim. 1:7, 2:11; Phil. 4:7-8; Rom. 12:2; Isa. 26:3)
Physical (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Pet. 2:24)
Financial (Josh. 1:8; Mal. 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6-10; Deut. 28:1-14; Ps. 24:10, 84:11; Phil. 4:19)
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matt. 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Cor. 5:1; Heb. 11:6; 1 Pet. 1:4).
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 (Matt. 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 1:7-8; Rev. 1:7).
After living life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).