What We Believe
The Bible – God Wrote a Book
It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
Trinity-God: Three in One
We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as ONE God existing in THREE persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Lord Jesus Christ – God Became Man
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very man (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:16). We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples (1 Corinthians 15:14; Romans 4:25).
Salvation – God’s Only Way
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our efforts. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12, 22; Romans 5:11).
The church – God’s Design for Community
The church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
Eternal Life – Somewhere Forever
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 5:24; 3:16; Mark 9:43-58; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:10-15).
Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord (Matthew 28:19), and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-39).
The following recommendation regarding the Water Baptismal formula is adapted:
“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 of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11), is a gift from God, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers, and is received subsequent to the new birth (John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8; 2:4; 38-39; 1-:44-48). The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is accompanied by various Spiritual gifts, often with speaking in tongues as the initial physical evidence (Acts 2:4).
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts
To build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; II Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
Is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
We believe in the sanctity of marriage as established by the Holy Scriptures, that God created marriage, and that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:10-11; Ephesians 5:22-33).
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15); it is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is available to all who truly believe.
The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is a commandment of our Savior, and being a memorial to His death and resurrection, is strictly limited to Christian believers (I Corinthians 11:27). It’s time and frequency of observance are left to the discretion of each Congregation (I Corinthians 11:26).
Only unfermented grape juice, the fruit of the vine, as recommended by our Lord (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:18) shall be used in connection therewith.
Tithes & Offerings
Should be used for the support of the active ministry of the church; and for the propagation of the Gospel and work of the Lord through the local church and not given to charity or used for other purposes (Malachi 3:7-11; Hebrews 7:2; I Corinthians 9:7-11; 16:2).
Resurrection of the Just
The Bible promises, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner” (Acts 1:11). His coming is imminent; when He comes, “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” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17). 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 (Revelation 20:6).
The Coming of the Lord
We hold to the belief of the imminent coming of the Lord as the blessed hope of the Church.
Whereas, the teaching that the Church must go through the tribulation tends to bring confusion and division among saints; therefore, we recommend that all our ministers teach the imminent coming of Christ, warning all men to be prepared for that coming, which many occur at any time; and not lull their minds into insecurity by any teaching that would cause them to feel that certain events must occur before the rapture of the Church.