We Believe…

We Believe…

…The BIBLE
both the Old and New Testaments, came from God through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is His Word.  It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible, and inerrant.  (2 Timothy 3:16)

…The GODHEAD
is a Trinity: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.  These three are coequal and co-eternal.  (Matthew 28:19)

…JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is God the Son – the second person of the Trinity. On earth Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind, and thus atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1, John 1:14, John 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5)

…REDEMPTION
Man was created good and upright but, by voluntary transgression, he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31, Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)

…SALVATION comes only through faith in Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the Cross of Calvary.  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ – His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God – not a result of our good works or of any human efforts.  (Ephesians 2:8)

…SANCTIFICATION
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. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (2 Thessalonians 4:3, 2 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11)

…JESUS’ BLOOD
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. (1 John 1:7Revelation 1:5, Revelation 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, Romans 23, Romans 5:9; John 1:29)

…The CHURCH 
is comprised of the redeemed of all ages and referred to in Scripture as the Body of Christ, with Christ Jesus Himself being the Head.  The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, John 20-23Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 19-21)

…BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
That those who have been born again can ask for and receive the BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.  Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father sent by Jesus after His Ascension to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17Acts 1:5, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:17, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 8:14-17, Acts 10:38, Acts 10:44-47, Acts 11:15-17, Acts 19:1-6Acts 1:8)

…THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible listings of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive and the gifts 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. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11-12 Romans 2:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 2 Timothy 4:14, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 1 Corinthians 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10)

…TWO SACRAMENTS
Water Baptism: is a direct command of Jesus and is to be done by immersion in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert 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; Acts 2:38)

The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36-38; Acts 10:47-48; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25)

… DIVINE HEALING
was provided by Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross and is available to all who believe.  Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17, Mark 16:17-18, Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 1 Corinthians 12:28; Romans 11:29, 1 Peter 2:24)

…GOD’S WILL FOR PROVISION
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy, and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact though,should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others. Spiritual, Mental, and Emotional (2 Timothy 1:7, 2 Timothy 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3), Physical (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24) Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3)

…RESURRECTION
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected – they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation. (Luke 24:16, Luke 24:36, Luke 24:39; John 2:19-21, John 20:26-28, John 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; Philippians 1:21-23, Philippians 3:21)

…HEAVEN
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 5:3-20, Matthew 6:20, Matthew 19:21, Matthew 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4)

…HELL
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels. (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48, Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 14:9-11, Revelation 20:12-15, Revelation 21:8).

…The SECOND COMING OF CHRIST 
will take place in two stages. First, the Rapture of the Church . (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) Second, after seven years of tribulation on the earth (Matthew 24:21) Jesus shall return with His saints to establish His Kingdom on the earth where He shall reign for 1,000 years as King of Kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 20:6: Isaiah 9:7) This is referred to as the Millennial Reign of Christ