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The Holy Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the standard by which we are to live our lives. Every word of God is true, steadfast, and unchangeable (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

The Eternal Godhead

We believe that God is triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the Three are coexistent, coeternal, and equal in divine perfection (1 John 5:7).

The Fall of Man

We believe that man, created in the image of God, by voluntary disobedience fell into the depths of sin and iniquity, bequeathing sin's nature and consequences to all mankind, with their accompanying loss of intended meaning and purpose (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23 & 5:12).

The Plan of Redemption

We believe that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, took our place, and with His life's blood, purchased the pardon for all who believe in Him (John 3:16; Romans 6:23, Titus 2:14).

Salvation Through Grace

We believe that salvation is wholly through grace; that no human righteousness or merit can contribute to our receiving God's love and favor (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Repentance and Acceptance

We believe that, upon sincere repentance and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God through Jesus' sacrificial death (Romans 10:6-10; 1 John 1:9).

The New Birth

We believe that the change that takes place in people at conversion is a very real one; that having received righteousness in Christ and having received of His Spirit, people will have new desires, interests, and pursuits in life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).

Daily Christian Life

We believe that it is the will of God that those who have been born again grow in sanctification, become partakers of His holiness, and daily grow stronger in the faith, power, prayer, love, and service (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe that being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an act of obedience to the command of the LORD Jesus to demonstrate one's repentance (Matthew 18:19, also see Acts 2:38). Water baptism alone does not save a soul; rather it is a outward demonstration of what should have already happened in one's heart. It signifies that we are in Christ through the death of the old sin nature, its burial and the resurrection into new life in Christ (Romans 6:4).

We believe in partaking of the Lord's Supper. We receive the broken bread as a symbolice remembrance of the broken body of Christ, and we received the fruit of the vine as a symbolic remembrance of His shed blood for the remission of our sins. We do this with joyful and thankful hearts knowing that the work of salvation is complete in Christ and His triumph over death, hell and the grave (Revelation 1:18) This observance is for the born-again believer, and should be taken after one examines their own heart before the LORD and allows the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas that need to be dealt with before partaking thereof (1 Corinthians 11:24-32).

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a supernatural event which empowers born- again believers to be bold in their witness and exaltation of the LORD Jesus Christ and to live lives of holiness. It releases the operation of spiritual gifts in the life of the believer. This may or may not happen at the moment of salvation. It be another experience with the LORD after salvation as if found in Acts 19:2-6. The Spirit's infilling may come through the laying on of hands and /or after the same manner as that in which He came upon believers in the days of the Early Church (Acts 1: 5, 8; Acts 2:1-4,16-18; 19:6; ).

The Spirit-Filled Life

We believe that it is the will of God that believers walk in the Spirit moment by moment, serving the Lord and living lives of patience, love, truth, sincerity, and prayer (Ephesians 4:30-32; Galatians 5:16, 25).

Marriage – We believe and support the fact that God created marriage and established it as a holy union between one biologically born man and one biologically born woman (Genesis 2:23-25; Ephesians 5:31-33).

 

The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit

Moderation

We believe a Christian's life should reflect appropriate behavior which is in line with the word of God. We are to be aware of how our actions could negatively affect others, and seek to be a good example of who we are in Christ. The word of God is to be the standard for all codes of conduct for the believer (Philippians 4:5)

Divine Healing

We believe that divine healing is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to heal the sick in answer to the prayer of faith of them who pray with submission to His divine word and sovereign will (James 5:14-16 , I John 5;14-16).

The Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the certainty of the second coming of Christ, and the fact that no man knows the hour of His coming. We believe that the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, the dead in Christ shall rise first, and those believers who are alive on the earth when he returns will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the LORD (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

Church Relationship

We believe that it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with a congregation of believers with whom we can worship God, observe the ordinances of Christ, exhort and support one another, labor for the salvation of others, and work together to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth (Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:24-25).

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is by divine appointment and that civil laws should be upheld at all times except in things opposed to the will of God (Acts 4: 18-20; Romans 13:1-5).

Judgment

We believe that all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ: the redeemed to be delivered unto everlasting life, and the unrepentant unto everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:11, 12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Heaven

We believe that heaven a literal place and is the glorious habitation of the living God, and the prepared place for those who believe in Jesus to go when their life is complete on this earth. Heaven is a place of continual worship. (John 14:2; Revelation 7:15-17).

Hell

We believe that hell is a literal place of darkness, torment, sorrow, and unquenchable fire. It was prepared for the devil and his angels. Yet it is also the place of eternal separation from God for all who reject Christ as Savior (Matthew 13: 41, 42; Revelation 10:10, 15).

Evangelism

We believe in the great commission of Christ. We are to go into all the world and preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God to every creature, and make disciples of men. (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15).

Tithing and Offerings

We believe that tithing and offerings are ordained of God to sustain His ministry, spread the Gospel, and release personal blessing. Tithes and offerings are a good place to start in ones giving, and to build up from there. God wants us to be cheerful abundant givers, and promises to bless us as we bless others (Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38, 1 Corinthians 16: 1, 2, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).