The Bible

We believe the bible to be the authoritative, perfect & infallible only word of God, in its original language and text. (II Peter 1:20-21;  II Timothy 3:15-17;  I Thessalonians 2:13)

One True God

We believe there is one and only one true and living God, who is self-existent, and the eternal “I AM,” the creator of heaven and earth, and the redeemer of mankind. We believe the one true living God eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in power and glory; that this triune God – created all, upholds all, and governs all. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 3:22).

Divinity of Christ

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He is The Son of God & image of the invisible God, fully human and fully God.  We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His voluntary atoning death for the sins of mankind through His shed blood on a wooden cross, in His resurrection from death and His ascension to the right hand of God the Father. (John 1:12-14; I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38; Philippians 2:9-10; Hebrews 7:25).

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of all sin, righteousness and judgment and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower in ministry all who believe in Christ.  We believe in the outpouring and gifts of the Holy Spirit in the present day for the spreading of The Gospel and the making of disciples.  All believers should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, which is the baptism in the Holy Spirit.  With it comes the infilling of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor.  12:1-31).  This experience may be distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

Salvation / Eternity

We believe every human being is separated from God and responsible for their sin, but that forgiveness of sin & redemption to God are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and that eternal life begins the moment one believes in Jesus, confesses Him as Lord, repents of their sins, surrenders their life to his will and accepts Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is the head and of which we are all members. (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-l5; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Romans 8:16; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).

Justification

Justification is the legal act whereby God declares the sinner to be innocent of his or her sins.  It is not that the sinner is now sinless, but that he/she is “declared” sinless.  This declaration of righteousness means the person is justified before God.  This justification is based on the shed blood of Jesus, “…having now been justified by His blood…” (Rom. 5:9) where Jesus was crucified, died, buried, and rose again (1 Cor. 15:1-4).  God imputed (reckoned to our account) the righteousness of Christ at the same time our sins were imputed to Christ when He was on the cross.  That is why it says in 1 Pet. 2:24, “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”  Also, 2 Cor. 5:21 says, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  Additionally, we are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1) apart from works of the Law (Rom. 3:28). Sanctification Process | By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word. (Heb.  12:14; 1 Pet.  1:15, 16; 1 Thess.  5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6).

Marriage

God created marriage. It is a covenant made between a naturally born man and a woman that makes them one in the sight of God. (Gen 2: 22, 24; Matt 19: 5-6).

Ministry

Divinely called and Scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose:  (1) The evangelization of the world, and (2) The edification of the Body of Christ (Mark 16:15, 20; Eph.  4:11-13).

Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4).

Communion

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined to all believers “until He comes.” (John 6:48,51,53-57; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Cor. 11:25).
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