What We Believe

THE TRINITY

We believe that there is one and only true and living God, who is self-existent, and eternal, the “l AM,”.

That He has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son and Holy Ghost, the same in essence, though distinct in personality (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:18-19; Lu ke3:22

JESUS

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, is the eternal Son of God, born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23), sent into this world to make atonement for sin (Hebrews 9:26-28; Romans 5:6-10). He was crucified, buried, then literally and bodily rose again, and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:6), is the Head of the church (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, co-equal with God the Father and God the Son (Matthew 28:19), was active in creation (Genesis 1:1-3), inspired the Scriptures (Acts 1:16; Hebrews 3:7-11), and convicts the world of sin (John 16:8-11). He bears witness to the truth, regenerates, baptizes believers into the body of Christ, indwells, provides spiritual resources for service, leads into truth, seals believers until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13), and controls believers (John 15:26; John 16:7-16; Romans 8:9; 14, 16, 26; Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18)

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments were written by holy men inspired by the Holy Spirit and are God’s revealed word to man. They are sufficient, infallible, authoritative Word of God revealing the love of God to the world. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; Hebrews 4:12-13.

MAN

Man was created to bring God glory, to bear His image in the world (Genesis 1:26) and is capable of  having a personal relationship with God and responding to Him. Man can know and understand what God desires of him. Man, also has an eternal future, either eternal life or eternal damnation. All mankind are sinners, by nature from Adam and in practice individually, and are therefore subject to God’s wrath and condemnation unless they are saved (Genesis 3:1-24; 1 Corinthians 15:22).

SALVATION

Salvation of lost men is possible only by the grace of God through faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ (Psalms 14:1-3; Isaiah 64:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19). God chose before the foundation of the earth those whom He saves and sanctifies (Ephesians 1:4-11; 1 Peter 1:1-2).

The Holy Spirit regenerates those chosen by the Father (Acts 13:48, Romans 8:28-30), who in turn respond in conversion (faith and repentance), and are justified by the Father on the basis of the completed work of Christ (Ephesians 1:4-14; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Peter 1:1-2).

THE SALVATION OF MAN

Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the only son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by Grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10: 13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Romans 8:16; Ephesians 424; Titus 2:12).

SANCTIFICATION

We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we become partakers of His Holiness; that it begun at regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the continual use of the appointed means especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer (l Thessalonians 4:3; I John 2:29; Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12-13).

THE CHURCH

We believe that all who are united by the new birth in Jesus Christ are members of the Universal Church, the body of Christ. We also believe that the local congregation of Christian believers is divinely instituted and is the chosen instrument of God for the furtherance of God’s work here on Earth. Ephesians 1:22-24; Ephesians 4:11-13; Acts 2:41-42; Colossians 3:21; Romans 12:3-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 27).

THE ORDINANCES

Scripture commands two ordinances for the church: baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39) and the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19).

Baptism is a picture and testimony of belief in Jesus’ atoning death, burial, and resurrection, and a public identification with the body of Christ (Acts 2:41-42; Romans 6:3-4).

The Lord’s Supper is a reminder and a witness of the Lord’s death for sin. Neither ordinance possesses saving power (1 Corinthians 11:26).

END TIMES

Jesus Christ will come again in bodily form to receive the church to Himself and to establish His kingdom upon the earth. Since the church is not appointed to wrath, it will be saved from the wrath of God by the rapture. After the removal of the church, the righteous judgments of God will be poured out on the unbelieving world, followed by the glorious return of Jesus Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6).

At the end, the dead will be resurrected; the unrighteous to eternal damnation, the righteous to eternal blessing in heaven with the Lord. (John 14:1-3; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:1-6; Revelation 11-15).

MARRIAGE

We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.

THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Like 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; I Corinthians12:1-31).

GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

The nine gifts of the Spirit set forth in I Corinthians 12 should be and must be operative in the church to enjoy the fullness of God. These gifts are imparted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and only work or are operated by this one and the self-same Spirit (l Corinthians 12:11).

HEALING AND DELIVERANCE

Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers. The ministration of the laying on of hands accompanied with the anointing of oil for the healing of the sick shall be granted as request is made and the need may require (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; James 5:14-15). The need for deliverance is manifested by an inability to be free from a bondage: e.g. mental (emotional), physical or spiritual normally associated with demon activity. It is Gods desire to bring deliverance to his people. (Job 5:19; Psalms 91:3; Il Timothy 4:18; Hebrews2:15; Il Peter 2:9). we have been granted the authority in the name of Jesus to bring deliverance to others, (Mark 16:17; John 14:12; I Corinthians 12:8-11).

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