STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God equally in all parts and without error in its original manuscript, absolutely infallible and our source of supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason; and it is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice.
(II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12; I Thessalonians 2:13)
Eternal God: We believe in one eternal God who has revealed Himself in Three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all co-eternal, all stand equally superior to time, free from the temporal distinctions of past and future.
The Eternal Father - Genesis 21:33; Isaiah 63:16; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2;
I Timothy 1:17
The Eternal Son - John 1:1-2; John 8:58; Hebrews 1:8; Revelation 1:8
The Eternal Spirit - Hebrews 9:14
The Eternal Godhead – Romans 1:20
Jesus the Christ: We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ who came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person; that Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form and that He was very God and very Man.
(John 1:1-2 & 14; I Timothy 3:16; John 1:18; John 14:6-7)
Christ’s Ascension and Immanent Return: We believe in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, and His ascension into heaven, and His personal return in power and great glory, and in His everlasting Kingdom and dominion.
(Acts 1:11; Acts 3:19-21; Daniel 7:13-14; I Thessalonians 4:16-17) We acknowledge His Lordship--- that Jesus Christ is Lord over all things in heaven and in earth, and under the earth. (Philippians 2:9-11)
A New Heaven and Earth: We believe that there shall be a new heaven and a new earth. (Revelations 21:1)
The Creation of Man: We believe that man was created by a direct and immediate act of God. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:4)
satan: We believe in the reality and personality of satan, (Job 1:7; Matthew 4:1-11) and that he was defeated by Christ through His death, burial, and resurrection at Calvary (Ephesians 1:19-23; Colossians 2:15) and that Christ has delegated this authority over all the works of satan to His body the Church. (Luke 10:19)
The Fall of Man: We believe that man by transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses in sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, being unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts, but must be redeemed and delivered by the gospel of Jesus Christ and His shed blood.
(Romans 3:10, 23; Romans 5:8-9; Romans 5:12-21; I Corinthians 15:1-4)
The Unbeliever: We believe that the fearful, the unbelieving, the abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelations 21:8)
The Foundation Stones: We believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his life. These “foundation stones” are: repentance from dead works, faith toward God, doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment and perfection. (Hebrews 6:1-3)
Repentance: We believe that repentance is a gift from God. Repentance is dependent upon the convicting action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of sinners and believers. Therefore it is simply not true that a person can repent at any time apart from the conviction of the Holy Spirit. The conviction of the Holy Spirit, which often accompanies the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will result in the revelation of the sinfulness of self, which should lead to Godly sorrow. Remorse or worldly sorrow is a feeling of deep regret, hopelessness or even despair. It does not lead to constructive change. On the other hand Godly sorrow, which may at times be mistaken for worldly sorrow, produces repentance, which causes us to turn away from sin and selfishness and to receive faith for change. Worldly sorrow is destructive, but repentance is life giving. Repentance changes the way we feel and act about sin, self and God. Repentance is a total change of heart, mind, attitude, emotions, will, action and lifestyle flowing from the Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin. (II Corinthians 7:10; Psalm 51; Romans 1:18-32; Matthew 9:12-13; Acts 11:18; II Timothy 2:25; I John 1:9)
Faith: We believe faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) We believe faith without works is dead. We do not believe, as a matter of the fundamental beliefs and doctrines of this church, that any matter can be believed without there being an accompanying and corresponding action. Our faith is an active faith that requires the doing of acts in the world. Our faith is not a passive or complacent system of intellectual belief or assent to doctrine but is an active force in our lives that requires and results in actions being taken. A living, active faith will be manifested not only in belief and mental assent but in actions expressing and based upon that belief. If a belief is truly held it will be acted upon. The act is as much a fundamental aspect of our faith as the belief upon which the act is based. (James 2:14-26; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 7:21; Mathew 7:24-27; Matthew 5:16; II Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 16:27; Revelations 22:12)
Justification: We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, he is justified and made a partaker in the death of Christ. This is the initial step of salvation. (Romans 5:1, 9, 19; Luke 22:20; Romans 4:16)
Water Baptism: We believe that water baptism is an essential and necessary part of the “doctrine of baptisms”, (Hebrews 6:2), performed only upon repentant believers in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (which we believe to be the fulfillment of the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and for the remission of sin. (Acts 2:38). This act is to be done by immersion in water and we further believe that it is the means whereby we identify ourselves with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. (Colossians 2:12-13; Romans 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-38)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit: We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues according to Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6; that it is the seal of the New Covenant relationship, (Eph. 1:13; 4:30) and that speaking in other tongues is the accompanying sign of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Mark 16:17) We also hold that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Father and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. (Acts 1:4-5; Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:37-38; 10:47) We also believe that power from God will be given to the believer upon his receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit as spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts1:8; Luke 24:49). We also hold that as the believer responds to the Word of God and the gift of the Holy Sprit, he will begin to display a Christ-like life, showing forth Christ’s character, nature and experiencing and manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (John 15:26; 16:14; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 5:18-21)
Laying on of Hands: We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for:
a) The confirming of believers in the faith. (Acts 14:23)
b) The confirmation of one’s call by the laying on of hands with prophecy. (Acts 13:1,3)
c) The impartation of the spiritual gifts when accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands. (I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6)
d) The recognition, ordination, and setting apart of ministry. (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23)
e) The impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:17-18)
f) The ministry of healing the sick. (Mark 16:18)
g) The blessing and dedication (setting apart) of children. (Mark 10:16)
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit: We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is being manifested in the Church through the fruit, (Galatians 5:22-23) graces, ministries and gifts) and we hold that the nine gifts of the Spirit, (I Corinthians 12:8-11) should be and must be operative in the Church today in order for the Church to enjoy the fullness of God. Also, we hold that these gifts are imparted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and only work or operate by this one and self-same Spirit. (I Corinthians 12:11)
Healing: We believe in divine healing for the whole man as commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ in Mark 16: 15-18. Healing was obtained through the atonement in Christ’s sacrificial death. (I Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:4-5; Ps. 103:1-3) We believe in healing as practiced by the early church (Acts 4:30; 19:11-12; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14-15)
Grace and Sanctification: We believe that “by grace ye are saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) We further believe that the emphasis for a continuous walk in grace should be the emphasis of heart righteousness and purity, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh in a lifestyle that demonstrates the character, standards and convictions of Jesus Christ, not being conformed to the world (Jude 24; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 12:1-2)
The Five Fold Ministry: We believe in the five-fold ministries given to the Church at the ascension of Jesus Christ and that they continue to be needed and should be expected today. We believe in the New Testament order for the local church in its government, structure and worship: Five-fold (Ascension Gift) Ministries: [Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers] (Eph. 4:11; Ps. 68:18); Elders (Titus 1:5-9; I Timothy 3:1-7); Pastoral accountability and authority (Hebrews 13:17).
We believe they are called and scripturally provided by our Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, for the two-fold purpose of the evangelization of the world and of the edification and oversight of the body of Christ. (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:13; Acts 20:28)
Local Church Elders: We believe in the ministry, and necessity, of the Local Church Elders. We recognize that they are trained to serve in the local church and that those called to this office will function in a manner to lead by example in prayer, worship, teaching, laying on of hands, prophesying and performing the sacraments. (I Peter 5:1-3)
The Body of Christ: We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ expressed as the church individual, the church local, and the church universal and invisible (all saints of all places and all times united together under one Lord), and that the basis of our fellowship is in Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:13-22; 4:3-6; I John 1:6-7) As such, we believe the church to be more than just a building or a gathering of people. It is a body living in relationship and harmony under the direction of the head, Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 6:15; I Peter 2:4-5; I Corinthians 12:12-30; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16) The local church is an expression of the community and fellowship of God.
Worship: We believe in the practice of worship with one’s total being (singing; lifting of hands; bowing down; in the dance; the use of instruments) as set forth in the Word of God. (Ephesians 5:18-19; Psalm 149; Psalm 150)
Tithing, Offerings, and Giving of Alms: Both Old and New Testament scriptures teach tithing, offerings and giving of alms as God’s financial plan for the support of the work. These are to be practiced continually by all believers and are outward expressions of the unity of the church, the Body of Christ, as it joins together in support of the work of the Lord. (Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Proverbs 11:24-25; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 23:23; II Corinthians 9:6-9; Acts 10:1-2)