WHAT WE BELIEVE
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
- Our God is One, but manifested in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world.
- Salvation is the gift of God to man through faith in Jesus Christ.
- The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life.
- Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only.
- The Baptism in the Holy Ghost is a gift and is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues.
- We believe in sanctification, which is living a life of holiness.
- Healing is the privilege of every member of the Church today provided through Jesus’ death on the Cross.
- Jesus will return and “. . . The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air . . .” (1 Thess. 4:16–17).”
- The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is eternally lost and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting.
We believe the Bible (all 66 books) is the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. We accept the New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, as our infallible guide for doctrine, conduct and worship. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; I Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in and serve one God manifested in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being coequal and co-eternal. (Deut. 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:1, 14, 18; 10:30, 15:26, 16:7-16, 27-28, Acts 10:38, Phil. 2:6).
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the promised Messiah, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary; was crucified and died, was buried and resurrected on the third day, ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Matthew 1:18-23, 28:1-6; Luke 1:30-35, 2:21, 24:26-27, 44-47; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
We believe that each person is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God (Genesis1:26-27). But through Adam’s voluntary transgression and fall, sin came into the world and thus all men became sinners (Romans 5:12). The Bible says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo or destroy the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore each person back to God (Romans 3:23-26, 5:12-21; I John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to each man and woman, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7).
THE NEW BIRTH AND ETERNAL LIFE
We believe that a person’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance. It is necessary that every man and woman be born again, and when the new birth is fulfilled, eternal life is produced (Matthew 4:17; Luke 24:27; John 3:3-5; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 7:10; I John 5:11-13).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a real Person, not an“it”or a spiritual gift or special manifestation. He is equal to God the Father and God the Son in divinity and power. The Holy Spirit indwells every born again child of God at the moment of salvation and leads and guides the believer into all truth (John 14:16-17, 26, 16:13-14; Romans 8:9, 14-16; 2 Timothy 1:14; 1 John 2:17).
THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that all believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and receive the promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:9-13, 24:49; Acts 1:4-5), according to the command of Jesus Christ. With this comes the endowment of power for life and service and the bestowment of gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth – salvation (Acts 8:12, 14-17, 9:17, 19:1-6). The full consummation of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-4, 10:44-47, 19:6; I Corinthians 14:1-4, 14-15, 18, 39-40).
We believe that healing for the physical body is God’s will for every person being provided for through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and is the privilege of every member of the body of Christ today (Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 7:14; Psalm 103:1-3; Isaiah 53:4-5 Matthew 8:16-17; 1 Peter 2:24). Healing is wrought by the power of God through the name of Jesus by the laying on of hands, the prayer of faith, the gifts of healings and miracles, the anointing of oil and prayer of faith by the elders of the church, and the special healing anointing (Matthew 10:1; Mark 3:14-15, 16:17-18, Acts 3:16, Acts 5:12, 10:38,19:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, 28-30; James 5:14-15).
We believe that it is God’s will for His children to prosper financially and that it was provided for through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross (Deuteronomy 8:18; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 112:3; Proverbs 10:22; 2 Corinthians 8:9; 3 John 2). While it is true that poverty and lack is not the will of God for His children, it is also true that the Scripture commands the believer to abstain from covetousness and greed (Exodus 20:17; Luke 12:15; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5; 1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5). The chief purpose of financial blessings is to expand the Kingdom of God by supporting the preaching of the Gospel and sending aid to the poor not to accumulate wealth and possessions upon the earth. (Deuteronomy 8:10-14; Proverbs 23:4; Matthew 6:19-20; Matthew 6:24; Matthew 6:32-33; 1 Timothy 6:17). All believers are commanded to be generous givers (Proverbs 19:17; Luke 6:38; Romans 12;13; 2 Corinthians 8:6-7; Ephesians 4:28; Hebrews 13:16; 1 John 3:17.)
We believe that baptism in water is by immersion, and is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, as well as a public confession to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 3:16, 28:19; Mark 1:9-10, 16:16; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:12, 35-38, 9:17-18, 10:47-48, Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12).
The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted to wit: “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 8:12, 35-39, 10:48, 19:5, 22:16).
We believe that communion, The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and the fruit of the vine, is the ordinance given by the Lord Jesus to commemorate our redemption from sin and sickness through the shed blood and beaten body of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; John 6:51-57; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-31).
We believe that sanctification is “an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God”. At the time a person receives Christ, he is sanctified, which means he has been separated from his past life of sin and is now dedicated to God. From Scripture we find that the Holy Spirit is the One Who sanctifies (1 Corinthians 1:2, 30, 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 10:14, 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2).
We believe that the Scriptures teach a life of sanctification and holiness without which no person shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” The Bible is clear in teaching that Christians should continue living a life separated from sin and dedicated to God because, as the Apostle Paul tells us, this is His will for them (Leviticus 20:7-8; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5. 5:23-24; Titus 2:12; Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:14-19; I John 2:3-6, 3:1-3).
RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH & SECOND COMING
We believe in the rapture of the church, 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 (Romans 8:11, 23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth from heaven in bodily form, in the salvation of national Israel, and the Millennial reign of Christ on earth is the Scriptural promise and the world’s hope. Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Acts 1:9-11; Romans 11:25-27; 1Corinthians 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 1:7, 5:10, 19:11-14, 20:1-7).
HEAVEN & HELL
We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell. We believe that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” and therefore all those who die in Christ immediately are in the presence of Jesus Christ in heaven.
We believe the one who physically dies in his or her sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20, 20:10-15, 21:1-8).
We believe in a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher for the purpose of maturing the saints, leading and performing the work of the ministry, and edifying the body of Christ. (Acts 13:1-4, 15:23; Romans 1:1, 7; 12:4; 1 Corinthians 12:27-28; Ephesians 4:8-13).
MARRIAGE AND SEXUAL RELATIONS
We believe that marriage is the exclusive, covenantal union of one man and one woman, which was designed by God. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6).
We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, pedophilia, rape, incest, any use of pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex between a man and a woman in marriage (Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:21-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9, 18-20; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; 1 Timothy 1:10; Hebrews 13:4).