WHAT WE BELIEVE
(1.) The Scriptures Inspired: The Bible is the inspired word of God - a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Both the Old and New Testaments are inspired by 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; Psalm 119:105)
(2.) The One True God: The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternal 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)
(3.) The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is the one and only eternal Son of God, who died for our sins and arose from the dead. The scriptures declare:
a.) His virgin birth. (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35)
b.) His sinless life. (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22)
c.) His miracles. (Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38)
(4.) His substitutionary work on the cross. (1 Corinthians 15:3)
(5.) His bodily resurrection from the dead.
(Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 14:4)
(6.) His exaltation to the right hand of God.
(Acts 1:9,11; Acts 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1-3)
(7.) The Fall of Man: Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:17; & 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)
(8.) The Salvation of Man: Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son.
a.) Every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
b.) Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord. (John 3:16)
c.) Those accepting Christ should repent of their sins and confess their faith in Christ. They should then be baptized into Him, identifying with Him in His death and resurrection. (Romans 10:9 & Acts 2:38)
(9.) The Church: The Church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to evangelize the lost and edify the saved. (Ephesians 4:1-16) (10.) Return of Christ: Jesus Christ will one day return to earth and reign forever as King of kings and Lord of lords. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
(11.) Baptism of the Holy Spirit: All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Luke 24:49; Acts 11:4 & 8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Acts 8:12-17; Acts 10:44-46)
(12.) The Ordinances of the Church: We believe in the two ordinances that the Lord Jesus Christ committed to the Church:
a.) Water baptism by immersion (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-7)
b.) The Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16).
(13.) Laying On of Hands: We believe in the laying on of hands for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for ordination of pastors, elders and deacons, and for the receiving of healing and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (James 5:14-16; Acts 19:4-6; 1 Timothy 5:22)
(14.) Sanctification: The act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God.
(Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12)
The scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man will see the Lord”. (Hebrews 12:14)
By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy”. (1 Peter 1:15-16)
Sanctification is realized in the Believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union. And by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1-2.13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Peter 1:5)