What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

 In the Bible - We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired  of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
In the One True God - The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22)
In the Deity of Christ - We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31, Luke 1:35)
In the Resurrection of Jesus - We believe that Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead (Mt 17:22-23, Mk 8:31, John 3:14, Acts 2:31, Acts 13:29-31, 2 Cor 5, Eph 1:20…). That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor. (Mk 16:19, Acts 2:33)
In Repentance - We believe that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins. (Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19)
In Salvation - We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin, and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration of the person. This salvation is entirely by grace of our Lord and not of works.  Works are excluded except as fruit of salvation. (Acts 3:19,20; Romans 4:1-5, 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 10:8-10)
In Sanctification - We Believe that sanctification is subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ, through the Word, and by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Hebrews 13:12; 1 John 1:9)
In Holiness - We believe Holiness is God's standard of living for His people. (Luke 1:75; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Hebrews 12:14)
In Water Baptism - We believe in water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism, is the outward evidence of our submission to Christ in salvation and our public declaration that we are His followers.  (Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8–10; John 3:22, 23; Acts 8:36–38; 10:47, 48; 16:33; 19:3–5)
In the Baptism with the Holy Spirit - We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49, 53; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31) The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance. (Acts 2:4)
 In the Gifts of the Holy Spirit - We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still in operation in the Body of Christ today. (1 Corinthians 12:1, 7, 10, 28, 31; 1 Corinthians 14:1
In Tithes and Offerings - We believe that God's plan of finance for His work is by tithes and offerings and that it is a joy for His children to acknowledge His Lordship in this manner. (Malachi 3:6-12; Genesis 14: 17-20; Hebrews 7:1-10; Matthew 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Acts 20:35
In Divine Healing - We believe healing is provided for the atonement of Jesus Christ. We also believe that God does use doctors, medicines and other material means for healing.  However, we believe that divine healing has been provided for us in the Atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24)
In the Lord's Supper - We believe in the Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements --bread and the fruit of the vine-- is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!" (Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11: 23 -26)
In the Blessed Hope – We believe in the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; Corinthians 15:51,52)
In Heaven and Hell - We believe the Holy Scriptures clearly set forth the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and salvation for the saved -- Hell for the unsaved and Heaven for the saved. (Matthew 25:34,41,46; Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15)
In the Sanctity of Marriage - We believe marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only within the confines of marriage. Because marriage is a covenant between one man, one woman, and God, the church has the responsibility, in its sole discretion, to evaluate the readiness of those seeking to enter into the marriage covenant.  (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, Hebrews 13:4)



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