Beliefs

What We Believe

the bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the only infallible guide and rule of our faith and practice. (Psalm 119:89Matthew 24:352 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:19-21.)

god

We believe there is one God. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and attribute, fulfilling distinct but complementary roles in the great work of redemption. (Genesis 1:26Matthew 3:16-172 Corinthians 13:141 Timothy 1:171 John 5:7.)

the plan of redemption

We believe the human race is fallen from its original, created goodness because of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 1:27Genesis 3:1-6Isaiah 53:6Romans 3:10Romans 3:23Romans 5:12Romans 5:19.)

We believe Jesus Christ was the sacrifice God planned from the foundation of the world for the sin of the human race. By shedding His blood and dying on the cross, Jesus made provision for the salvation of all people. (Isaiah 53:5Titus 2:14Hebrews 7:251 Peter 1:19-20.)

salvation

 We believe, because of our total inability to save ourselves, salvation is by God’s grace alone. It is received by faith with repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as personal Savior. (John 3:3John 3:16-172 Corinthians 5:17Ephesians 2:8-101 Peter 2:24.)

Water Baptism

We believe water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is an outward sign of an inward work and is commanded by God following conversion. (Matthew 28:19Acts 2:38Romans 6:4.)

baptism in the holy spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in every believer at the moment of salvation. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is distinct from salvation, releasing the power of the Holy Spirit through faith. Consistent with biblical accounts, believers should anticipate Spirit-baptism to be accompanied by speaking in tongues and other biblical manifestations. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is given to endue the believer with power from God, to offer an inspired witness for Christ, to lead the believer in a life of holiness, and to equip for a Spirit-filled life of service. (John 7:37-39John 14:16Acts 1:8Acts 2:4Acts 2:38-39Acts 8:14-17Acts 10:44-46Acts 19:61 Corinthians 3:16.)

communion

We believe in partaking of the bread and the cup of communion in remembrance of the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection. We celebrate an open communion for all believers regardless of church affiliation. (Luke 22:7-201 Corinthians 11:23-28.)

spirit filled life

We believe every Christian should walk and abide in daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit and experience continual renewing of God’s power to live a Spirit-filled life in attitudes, thoughts, speech, and conduct. In order to build up and equip both individual believers and the Church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts that are to be earnestly desired and exercised in the spirit of love. The fruit of the Spirit to be cultivated in the life of every believer is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (John 15:415:8Acts 4:31Romans 8:1Romans 8:5Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:6-81 Corinthians 3:161 Corinthians 12:7-111 Corinthians 12:312 Corinthians 7:1Galatians 5:16-25Ephesians 4:11Ephesians 4:30-32Ephesians 5:181 Thessalonians 5:19-221 Peter 1:154:10-111 John 2:6.)

devine healing

We believe the power of God to heal the sick and afflicted is provided for in Christ’s death on the cross. God is willing to and does heal today. (Isaiah 53:4-5Matthew 8:16-17Mark 16:18Acts 3:1610:38James 5:14-161 Peter 2:24.)

resurrection

We believe the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ assures the believer of bodily resurrection and eternal life. (Matthew 28:1-7Romans 6:1-101 Corinthians 15:20-221 Thessalonians 4:14-18.)

second coming of christ

We believe the second coming of Christ will be personal, visible, and triumphant. (Zechariah 14:4Matthew 24:36-44Acts 1:111 Thessalonians 4:16-182 Thessalonians 1:7-102:8Titus 2:12-13Revelation 1:7.)

church relationships

We believe Christians should assemble regularly for edification, worship, fellowship, and proclamation of the gospel. All believers should do the work of the ministry according to their spiritual gifts and should tithe and otherwise contribute financially to their church. (Psalms 111:1Malachi 3:8-10Acts 2:42-4716:5Romans 12:51 Corinthians 16:22 Corinthians 9:6-7Hebrews 10:24-25.)

civil government

We believe civil government is ordained of God, and all people should be subject to the laws of the land, except those contrary to Scripture. In times of war, the individual’s participation in actual combat and taking of human life shall be governed by one’s own conscience. (Mark 12:17Acts 5:29Romans 13:1-71 Timothy 2:1-2Hebrews 12:14.)

heaven and hell

 We believe there will be a final judgment.

HELL

Hell is an actual place of great suffering, bitter sorrow, and remorse reserved forever for the devil and his angels and all whose names are not written in Christ’s book of life. (Matthew 13:41-43Matthew 25:41Mark 9:43-44Revelation 14:10-11Revelation 20:10-15Revelation 21:7-8.)  

HEAVAN

We believe heaven is an actual place of happiness and security where believers will dwell forever with God and receive the reward of their deeds done while on earth. (John 14:21 Corinthians 2:91 Corinthians 3:10-15Revelation 7:15-17Revelation 21:422:5.)

evangelism and missions

We believe the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ commands us to carry the gospel message to the entire world – to every nation, ethnicity, culture, and language. The growth and strength of the Church depend on its wholehearted sacrifice and support for world evangelization. (Psalms 2:8Proverbs 11:30Matthew 9:38Mark 16:15John 4:35-37Acts 1:8Romans 10:13-15Ephesians 5:162 Timothy 4:1-2James 5:20Revelation 5:9.)

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