What We Believe

 

 

HOLY BIBLE:

The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible, and inerrant. (See 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Prov. 30:5; Rom. 16:25, 26.)

 

TRINITY:

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal. (See 1 John 5:7; Gen. 1:26; Matt. 3:16, 17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isa. 9:6; Heb. 3:7-11.)

GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST:

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind redeeming us from our sins through the shedding of His blood. He arose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (See John 1:1, 14; 20:28; 1 Tim. 3:16; Isa. 9:6; Phil. 2:5, 6; 1 Tim. 2:5.)

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT:

God the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. Man: Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (See Joel 2:28, 29; Matt. 3:11; Mark 16:1:7; Acts 1:5,8; 2:1-4, 17, 38, 39; 8:14-17; 10:38, 44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6.)

REDEMPTION:

Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (See Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21.)

SALVATION:

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts. (See Eph. 2:8; Gal. 2:16; 3:8; Titus 3:5; Rom. 10:9, 10; Acts 16:31; Heb. 9:22.)

REPENTANCE:

Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Through repentance, we appropriate salvation. (See Acts 2:21; 3:19; 1 John 1:9.)

SANCTIFICATION:

Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order 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. (See 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 2 Cor. 3:18; 6:14-18; 2 Thess. 2:1-3; Rom. 8:29; 12:1,2; Heb. 2:11.

WATER BAPTISM:

Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Water baptism by immersion soon after accepting Christ as personal Savior, is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life (See Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38.)

COMMUNION:

The Lord’s Supper is a memorial service setting forth in sacred and symbolic manner the death of the Lord Jesus Christ; all true believers and only believers should share in it.  The elements of bread and grape juice or wine (representing the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. (See Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47, 48; 1Cor. 10:16; 11:23-25.)

RESURRECTION:

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected: they that are saved to the resurrection of the life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation. (See Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:42, 44; Phil. 1:21-23; 3:21.)

 

THE CHURCH:

The true Church is composed of all such persons, who through saving faith in Jesus Christ, has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head. The  purpose of the church is to evangelize the world, worship God, and equip God's people for ministry (See Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Matthew 28:18-20; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23, I Corinthians 12:28; 14:20).

FUTURE EVENTS:

Jesus Christ will return to the earth again.  There will be a bodily resurrection of all the dead and then each person will be judged according to their works.  Everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life will be consigned to hell, along with the devil and his angels.  Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be resurrected and stand at the judgement seat of Christ to be rewarded and enjoy God in the new heaven and new earth for all eternity. (See Matt. 24:30; 26:63, 64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 1:7, 8; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 21:1-4, 1 Corinthians 4:5)