Our Statement of Faith:
- In the essential beliefs, we have UNITY,
- In the non-essential beliefs, we have LIBERTY,
- In all beliefs, we have CHARITY.
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God.
2. We believe in one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit, who convicts the lost of their sins and draws them to Christ, and who gives believers the power to transform their lives.
4. We believe the full gospel includes healing for the body, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and supernatural Gifts for the Glory of the Kingdom of God.
5. We believe in the second resurrection of the lost and saved at the second coming of Jesus: the saved into the resurrection of life and the lost into eternal separation from God.
6. Jesus Christ is Lord, and thanks to His sufferings and His shed blood, we can be born again. And we believe in:
- His virgin birth,
- His sinless life,
- His miracles,
- His bodily resurrection,
- His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and
- His return in power and glory!
7. We believe that faith in Christ alone saves and gives us forgiveness from the past, power for the present, and a promised future of eternal life in Heaven.
The Bible is the Word of God to all that the collection of 66 books, from Genesis through Revelation, were written by men who were divinely inspired by God, guided to all truth, and free from error in every matter they dealt with. It is the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man and the final authority by which everything else must be judged. We interpret its accounts and commands literally unless indicated otherwise by Scripture itself. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20,21; Proverbs 30:5-6; John 17:17; Hebrews 4:12-13)
There is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son & Holy Spirit – each of Whom possesses all the attributes of deity equally, but each having distinct work. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; John 15:26)
That Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity, who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception of the Holy Spirit and received a human body in the womb of a virgin named Mary. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:30-35)
We believe He was tempted in all points like we are, yet He did not sin. Though He lived a perfect life, He voluntarily allowed Himself to be crucified to pay the penalty deserved for all our sins. (Hebrews 4:14-15; Matthew 4:1-11; Romans 5:11-21; John 10:17-18)
We believe He literally, and bodily rose again from the grave on the third day to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. (I Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-12; I Timothy 2:5)
We believe He will soon come again, first in the air to meet all believers, then personally and visibly come to earth to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity, co-equal with the Father and the Son as God. His ministry among the unsaved is to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The unsaved will either accept His prompting, or they may choose to resist, insult or even blaspheme against Him. (John 16:7-11; Acts 7:51; Hebrews 10:29; Matthew 12:31)
We believe that at the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth, that He instantly indwells the believer and baptizes him into the body of Christ. He seals the believer unto eternal life and begins a lifelong ministry in him. The only necessary evidence of this ministry of the Spirit is a transformed life. (Titus 3:5; I Corinthians 12:13; John 14:16; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that as the Holy Spirit lives within the believers, His purpose is to guide them into all truth of God’s Word and conform them to the very image of Christ. As they follow His leadership, they become more and more Christ-like; if a believer chooses their own ways, they grieve and quench the Spirit. (Rom. 8:29; John 16:13-15; Ephesians 4:30; I Thessalonians 5:19)
The Fall Of Man
Although humanity was created without sin to have fellowship with God, by one act of disobedience, Adam, and through him, all humanity, are now separated from God by inborn disobedience toward God called “sin.” All of humanity is driven by their sin to commit innumerable sins and deserving nothing but eternal separation from God. (Genesis 3:6-7; Romans 5:12, 19; Mark 7:20-23; James 1:13-15; Romans 3:10, 23)
That salvation is a gift from God to man, made possible only because of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Man can never make up for his sin by good works. Only by trusting solely in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice as God’s only plan and offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6)
That humanity was created to exist forever. We will either live 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 communion with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are literal places of eternal existence. (John 3:16-18; I John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15)
That eternal life begins when one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Because God gives man eternal life, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the believer. (John 10: 27-30; Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10-14; I Peter 1:3-5)
Satan is a real, historical being, a fallen angel lifted in pride and rebelled against God, leading an army of angelic beings with him. His ultimate defeat was sealed by the work of Christ on the cross. His final destiny is the lake of fire. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:10)
We believe he is the father of lies who guides the unsuspecting lives of those without Christ. At the moment of salvation, he is replaced by the Holy Spirit and can have no power over a believer other than when the believer presents himself as an instrument of sin. He is our principal adversary throughout our daily walk but can be defeated at every turn by simply putting on the whole armor of God, resisting him, and following the truth of God’s Word. (Proverbs 14:12; Romans 6:12-14; Ephesians 6:10-17; James 4:7-8)
The local assembly of believers, known as the church, is God’s instrument for this age. We believe that all genuine, born-again believers in Christ share in a family relationship with God as our Father and that at the second coming of Christ, we will all be united together as the Body of Christ. However, the overwhelming number of references to the word “church” in the Bible apply to a local, visible assembly of believers. At each local church level, all responsibility and authority lie for this day and age. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 18:15-18)
We believe that the Great Commission is the primary responsibility of each local church as a body and each individual as a member of said body. With each local church, the authority to carry out the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper lies. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 11:23-29)
We believe the leadership of the church is delegated by Christ Himself to the pastors (also known as “bishops” or “elders”) and before Whom they will ultimately have to give an account. When necessary, they are to be assisted by those who hold the office of deacon. (Ephesians 4:11-16; I Peter 5:1-4; I Timothy 3:1-13)
We believe that every member of the local church has the responsibility to minister the Word of God and support the local church's ministry through prayer, holy living, giving of their tithes and offerings, and following the leadership God has placed before them. According to the guidelines outlined in Scripture summarized in the “One Anothers” found in the New Testament epistles, they are to treat each other according to the guidelines. (Ephesians 4:12; II Timothy 2:2; I Corinthians 16:2; II Cor. 9:6-8; Hebrews 13:7,17; Philippians 2:1-4)
We believe that the two central values that Christ requires of His church are love, so the world may know we are His followers, and unity, so the world might believe the message we preach. (John 13:34-35; 17:21)