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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,