OUR BELIEFS ABOUT:
The Bible - We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the inspired word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. In the original writings, the Bible is infallible and inerrant.
Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21
GOD - We believe there is one God who eternally exists in three distinct persons, namely, Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. This is commonly referred to as the Trinity.
Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 3:7-11; I John 5:7
Jesus Christ - We believe Jesus Christ is God, the second person of the Trinity. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for humanity and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.
Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1, 14, 20:28; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5, 3:16
The Virgin Birth - We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, in the virgin Mary's womb: therefore, He is the Son of God.
Isaiah 7:14: Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35
Resurrection - We believe Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross and ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father.
Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Romans 8:34; Colossians 3:1
Redemption - We believe man was created in the image of God but through voluntary disobedience sinned and fell. Consequently, all humanity shares in man's lost and sinful nature, and humanity's only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Genesis 1:26:31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21
Salvation - We believe man is saved by grace alone, through personal faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God, not as a result of our good works or of any human effort. Through repentance of our sins, we receive forgiveness of our sins. Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Jesus Christ, thus allowing us to be redeemed.
Romans 10:9-10; Acts 3:19, 16:31; Galatians 2:16,, 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9;22
Sanctification - We believe in sanctification, the on-going process of yielding to God's Word and the Holy Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Hebrews 2:11
Baptism in the Holy Spirit - We believe the baptism in the Holy Spirit, given at Pentecost, is the promise of the Father for all believers as an endowment of power for service.
Joel 2:28, 29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit - We believe the Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, to demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and to confirm the power of the Gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive and may occur in various combinations. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Word of God and should never be used in violation of biblical standards.
Romans 1-11, 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:5-16; Hebrews 2:4: 1 Peter 4:10
Divine Healing - We believe divine healing has been provided for all believers in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 54:4,5; Matthew 8:17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24
The Church - Every person who is born of the Spirit is part of the universal church as a member of the body of believers and is encouraged by scripture to be planted in the local church. The Church is the representative of Jesus on earth and is to carry out the Great Commission.
Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23; Matthew 16:17-19; Matthew 28:18-20
Water Baptism - Following salvation, the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16
The Lord's Supper - The Lord's Supper is a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and juice are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross.
Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
The premillennial second coming of Jesus - Jesus Himself is coming again, first, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; Zechariah 14:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 5:10; 19:11-21; 20:4-6
Heaven and Hell - Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in Jesus Christ. Hell is the eternal dwelling place for all unbelievers.
Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34, 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; John 5:11-13, 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 9:27, 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8