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STATEMENT

OF FAITH

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Bible is the inspired, and therefore inerrant, Word of God. It is the  final  authority  for  all  we  believe  and  how  we  are  to  live.  Matthew 5:18;  John 10:35; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21.

THE GODHEAD

We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. We believe that  God  not  only  created  the  world  but  also  now  upholds,  sustains,  governs,  and providentially  directs  all  that  exists  and  that  He  will  bring  all  things  to  their  proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name. Psalm 104; Psalm 139; Matthew 10:29-31;   28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2Corinthians13:14; Ephesians1:9-12; 4:4-6; Colossians1:16-17; Hebrews1:1-3; Revelation1:4-6.  ​

 THE FALL OF SATAN

We believe that Satan, originally a great and good angel, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth. Satan was  judged  and  defeated  at  the cross  of Christ  and  will, at the end  of the age,  be  cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels. Matthew12:25-29;  25:41;  John12:31;16:11; Ephesians 6:10-20; Colossians 2:15; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation12:7-9; 20:10

 THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that Adam was originally created in the image of God,

righteous and without sin. As a  consequence of his disobedience

, Adam’s posterity is born subject to both imputed and  inherent  sin,  and  are  therefore  by  nature  and  choice  the  children  of  wrath,  justly condemned in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves or to contribute in any way to their acceptance with God. Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 3:9-18;5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3.

JESUS GOD INCARNATE

We  believe  that  Jesus  Christ  is  God  incarnate,  fully  God  and  fully  man,  that  He  was conceived  and  born  of  a  virgin,  lived  a  sinless  life,  and  offered  himself  as  a  penal, substitution  sacrifice  for  sinners.  By the  blood  of  His  cross  He  obtained  for  us  eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints. Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 7:25; 9:13-15; 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2.

ETERNAL LIFE AND NEW BIRTH

We  believe  that  salvation  is  by  grace  alone,  through  faith  alone,  in  Christ  alone.  No ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by  enabling  us  to  do  what  is  pleasing  in  God’s  sight  in  order  that  we  might  be progressively conformed to the image of Christ. John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30;  Acts

16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17,31-39; 10:8-10;  Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John1:7,9.

HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM

We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, in whom also we are sealed for the day of redemption.  The  Holy  Spirit  regenerates,  forever  indwells,  and  graciously  equips  the Christian for godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders,  as  well  as  all  the  gifts  of  the  Spirit  described  in  the  New  Testament,  are operative  today  and  are  designed  to  testify  to  the  presence  of  the  kingdom  and  to empower  and  edify  the  church  to  fulfil  its  calling  and  mission.  Matthew 3:11; John 1:12-13; 3:1-15; Acts 4:29-30; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13;   2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18.

WATER BAPTISM & THE LORD SUPPER

We  believe  that  water  baptism  and  the  Lord’s  Supper  are  the  two  ordinances  of  the church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation but are channels of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in  Christ Jesus. Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Peter 3:21.

SANCTIFICATION

 We believe in Holiness of life and conduct in obedience to the commands of God. 1 Peter 1:14-16, Hebrew 12:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 1 John 2:6.

DIVINE HEALING

We believe that divine healing is available through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross.  We  believe   that  divine  healing  is  provided  in  the  atonement  and  may  be appropriated by the laying of hands, by elders or by believers, by prayers of any believer gifted for healing the sick or by direct act of receiving this provision by faith. It can also be accomplished by casting out a demon or evil spirit. Isaiah 53:5, James 5:14-16, Mark 16:18, 1 Corinthians 12:9, Mark 11:23, Luke 11:14, John 14:12.

DELIVERANCE

 We believe that 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  God’s desire to bring deliverance to his people. Job 5:19, Psalms 91:3, II Timothy 4:13;  Hebrews  2:15;  II Peter  2:9).  We  have  been  granted the authority in  the name  of  Jesus  to  bring  deliverance  to  others.  (Mark16:17, John14:12;  I Corinthians12:8-11). We must understand that our warfare is with the forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12), our  weapon  is  the  word  of  God,  our  authority and  power  is  from  Jesus  Christ  himself (Mark16:17, Acts1:8)  and  that  the  battlefield  is  first  of  all  in  the  spiritual  realms. Ephesians. 6:10-18, II Corinthians 10:3-5, Romans 8:9, Galatians. 5:22-23.

THE CHURCH

 We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which  He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with

and actively involved in a local community of the saints. We believe that women, no less than  men,  are  called  and  gifted  to  proclaim  the  gospel  and  do  all  the  works  of  the kingdom.  Matthew 16:17-19;  Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; Hebrews10:23-25; 1Peter 2:4-5,9-10.

THE CHURCH MISSION

 We  believe  that  God  has  called  the  church  to  preach  the  gospel  to  all  nations,  and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the kingdom of God. Isaiah 58:6-12; 61:1; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 4:18; 21:1-4; Galatians 2:10; 1 Timothy 6:8.

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

 We  believe  in  the  literal  second  coming of  Christ  at  the  end  of  the  age  when  He  will return  to  the  earth  personally  and  visibly  to  consummate  His  kingdom.  Psalms 2:7-9;

22:27-28;  John14:12;17:20-26; Romans11:25-32;1Corinthians15:20-28,50-58; Ephesians  4:11-16; 

Philippians  3:20-21;1Thessalonians 4:13-5:11;  2  Thessalonians1:3-12; Revelation 7:9-14.

RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD

We  believe  that  there  will  be  a  bodily  resurrection  of  the  dead,  of  the  believer  to everlasting joy with the Lord and of the unbeliever to judgment and eternal punishment. Daniel 12:2-3,  John  5:28-29,1Corinthians15:22-24, Matthew 25:46,

2 Thessalonians1:9,Revelations20:10-15.