What We Believe

The Scriptures. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our perfect and reliable guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (II Timothy 3:16, I Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)

The Godhead. God is one, existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are all equal. (Philippians 2:6) God the Father is greater than all, the sender of the Word and the Father of Jesus. (John 14:28, John 16:28, John 1:14) The Son is the Word in flesh, the One born of God, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. (John 1:1, John 1:18, John 1:14)

Man, His Fall and Redemption. Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s sin and fall, sin came into he world. (Romans 5:14, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, I John 3:8) Salvation is the gift of God to man, not by works and the law, and becomes ours individually by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, which then produces works acceptable to God. (Ephesians 2:8)

Eternal Life and The New Birth. Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance (a desire to change). The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life. (II Corinthians 7:10, I John 5:12, John 3:3-5)

Water Baptism is a direct commandment of our Lord and is for believers only. This act is a symbol of the Christian identifying with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-39)

The Baptism in The Holy Ghost is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this age and is received after the New Birth. The first evidence of this experience is speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives the words to speak. (Matthew 3:11, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 19:1-7, Acts 2:4)

Sanctification (being separate from the world, Christ-like). The Bible teaches that without holiness, no one can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a certain yet continuing work of grace beginning at the time of the New Birth and continuing until the final victory at Christ’s return. (Hebrews 12:14, I Thessalonians 5:23, II Peter 3:18, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14, I Corinthians 1:30)

Divine Healing is for the physical sicknesses of the human body and is brought about by the power of God through the prayer of faith and the laying on of hands by any believer. It is provided for in the price Jesus paid on the cross and is the privilege of every member of the Body of Christ today. (Mark 16:18, James 5:14-15, I Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5)

Resurrection of The Just and The Return or Our Lord. The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…this same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way you have seen him ho into heaven.” (Acts 1:11 NIV) His coming is certain and soon. When He comes, “…the dead in Christ shall rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17) Following the Tribulation, Jesus will return as King of kings and Lord of lords, and together with those who believed, shall reign for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)

Hell and Eternal Punishment. The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is real. The words “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing how long the punishment in the lake of fire lasts for those who did not receive Jesus, mean the same as the words used to describe how long the joy and delight of the believers in the presence of God will last. (Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 19:20)