WHAT WE BELIEVE…
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The Holy Scriptures
The Holy Bible is the authoritative Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, infallible and complete truth. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths.The Holy Bible shows us God’s principles and standards for living, and holds the words of eternal life and of the Kingdom of God. (Psalm 19:7-11; Prov. 30:5; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21, Matt. 4:4)
One True Godhead
There is One God who is eternal and triune in His existence as 3 separate persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – each with distinct personal attributes, functioning as one entity. Jesus Christ – God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead. God is sovereign and absolute in His authority and rules in the Kingdoms of men. (Gen 1:26; John 1:1,2,14; John 10:30; John 15:26; Matthew 28:19, Daniel 4:17)
Man’s Creation & Fall
Man was created good by God and in God’s image and likeness, but through Adam’s willful disobedience, fell, and sin came into the world. “For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God.” Man’s only hope for redemption is through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Gen 1:26; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23).
God’s Love & Man’s Redemption
God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, as God in the flesh to redeem mankind. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and He was manifested to undo the work of the devil and to give His life and shed His blood. He suffered and brutally died on the cross, to redeem and restore man back to God (John 3;16; I John 3:8). Jesus was buried, then on the third day He rose from the dead, and according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (I Cor. 15:3,4; Acts 1:3; Phil. 2:5-11; 1 Tim. 2:5.6; 3:16; Mark 13;26; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 19:11-16)
Jesus Christ: The Only Way
Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, is the only Way to God. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 3;36; 14:6; Acts 4;10-12; 1 John 5;10-13; 1 Timothy 2:5).
We are justified by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort. (Romans 3:23,24; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5-7)
By acknowledging we are sinners, we must then repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, death, burial and resurrection, accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. With 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, with repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and salvation through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19; Romans. 6;23 & 10:9-13; 1 John 1:9).
Holy Spirit Regeneration
We Believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential. You must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3; Titus 3:5).
Sanctification & Holy Living
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. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God we are enabled by God’s grace to live a life of righteousness and true holiness, as He commanded us. (Romans 6;22; 12:1,2; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Gal. 5:16-25; 1 Thess. 4:1-5,7,8; 1 Peter 1:13-16, 1 John 1:5-7; 2:3-6; James 1:21-25 & 2:17-26)
Faith, Works, & Eternal Rewards
Salvation is not by human works, but by faith in Jesus Christ – however, we are instructed In Philippians 2:12 to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Our works will demonstrate our faith in Christ, and our works will determine the rewards in eternity at the believers Judgment seat of Christ. (James 2:17-26; Romans 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:9-10)
Following salvation, baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:36-39, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12)
Holy Spirit Baptism: Promise Of The Father
As during Pentecost, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is for all believers, who should eagerly expect and seek the promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus Christ after His ascension as a wonderful gift, to empower us in life and ministry. (Matt. 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,8; 2:1-4,17,38,39; 10:38,44)
Gifts Of The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and edify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. These gifts are listed in the Bible and 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 (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12 & 14; Eph. 4:7-16; 2 Tim. 1:6,14; Heb. 2:4; 1 Pet. 4:10).
The Church: Body Of Christ
The Church is the Body of Christ, God’s people called to the fulfillment of Great Commission. Every person born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the Body of believers, fulfilling God’s will in the earth by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible. (Matt 28:19; Eph. 4:1-6; Gal. 3;28)
Second Coming Of Christ
The Holy Scriptures declare – our Lord Jesus Christ returns with great power and glory. He will resurrect the saints and gather His servants, the Church, His Bride. (Matt 24: 29-31; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:15-17, 2 Thes 2:1)
Jesus Christ will return physically and visibly, to earth to establish His kingdom and rule on earth for 1000 years with His servants. After this God will bring forth a New Heaven and a New Earth for His saints to be with Him forever and ever. (Acts 1:9-11; Rev. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16 & 20:1-7; Rev. 21)
New Heaven & Earth
Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and endure, will live with God throughout eternity. (Heb. 11:16; 1 Pet. 1:4; Matt. 24:13; Rev 22:3-5).
Lake Of Fire
Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (unbelievers), whose names are not written in the Book of Life will suffer eternal separation from God, and will be eternally tormented in the Lake of Fire with the devil and his fallen angels. (Heb. 9:27; Rev 20:10-15)