It is the testimony of both the Old and New Testaments and of the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation testifies that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, Colossians 2:9)
- God the Father
God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
- The Son
Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and was born a man by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures—God and man—in one person.
- The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ was begotten, not created, very God of very God, truly God, truly Man. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world, resurrected bodily for our justification, and now reigns in glory until all things be put under His feet. (1 Timothy 3:16)
We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct. (2 Tim. 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:23-25, Heb. 4:12)
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The Word of God declares clearly that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by faith. Salvation is effected by personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus (justification), and personal acceptance of Him into one’s life as Lord and Savior (regeneration). The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. Salvation is an act of free will in response to God’s personal love for mankind. Salvation should produce an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Savior. (Romans 3:24, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:8-10)
BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Word of God enjoins on the Church two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first, baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus. It is identification with Jesus and is effected in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper (Communion) is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again; it is a sign of our participation in Him. Both sacraments are restricted to those who are believers. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 10:47, 48, Romans 6:4)
HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM
We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power, subsequent to conversion, available for everyone and given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification and evangelism. It is our understanding that the supernatural charisma of the Holy Spirit is active within the Body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. Furthermore, we believe the development of the charismatic gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church. (Acts 8:14-17, Acts 19:1-2, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, Ephesians 5:18, John 15:5, Acts 2:1-4)
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a subsequent experience to salvation.
- The empowerment of the Holy Spirit is demonstrated by producing spiritual fruit and boldness for witness.
- The Holy Spirit within produces fruit for an internal work.
- The Holy Spirit upon us produces power for external work.
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a requirement of Salvation.
- We encourage all believers to see the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
We believe that those who are called by the name of Christ should be set apart and depart from sin. Understanding that salvation from the penalty of sin only begins the process of redemption, we acknowledge that one work of the Holy Spirit is to create in us the character of Christ. (2 Timothy 2:19) In order to achieve this new character, we believe:
- your walk matches your talk,
- we can break free from the power of sin,
- in complete restoration, not just redemption,
- in a lifestyle change in every arena of life: mental, spiritual and physical.
- in a life that reflects the nature and character of Jesus Christ.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is imputed to us as Christians and what is imparted to us according to our faith and maturity. Hence, God’s provision for His children is total, and the promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are because of the still progressing sanctification of the saints. The Christian life is filled with trials, tests, and warfare against a spiritual enemy. For those abiding in Christ until their deaths or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a willingness to die to personal desires and passions.
The goal of the Church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ. The five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4 governs the Church, the offices of elder and deacon, as well as other offices mentioned in scripture. It is essential to the life of the Church that scriptural patterns of discipline are practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, is exercised by the leadership of the Church.
We Believe in the Equipping of the Saints for the Work of the Ministry
We believe the identity of the Body of Christ on the earth is primarily perceived through the local church. We believe that the calling of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher are functional within the Body of Christ until the Lord’s return. Furthermore, these ministries are gifts to the Church for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, that the Body of Christ will be edified. (Ephesians 4:11-16) We believe that the ministry gifts listed in Ephesians 4 are still in operation today.
- Every individual who professes relationship with Jesus Christ should be involved in a local community of believers.
- The local church should represent Jesus Christ to the community.
- The local church is a place of accountability and covering.
SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female and that those two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. No other will be condoned or recognized and no other will be performed in any facility owned or controlled by the Church. (Jeremiah 29:6, Romans 7:2, 1 Corinthians 7:2, Genesis 21:21, Genesis 29:21, 1 Corinthians 7:36, 39, Genesis 2:23-24, Ephesians 5:22-23, 25, 28-29, 31, 33)
SANCTITY OF LIFE
- Man is created in the image of God. Man is spirit, he has a soul (mind, will, emotions) and lives in a body (house or shell for the spirit).
- Man does not come from an animal or one cell amoeba.
- Man is not inherently good by nature; because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, we are alienated from God and can never measure up to God’s standard of right standing with Him.
- This alienation is called “sin”. Sin means to miss or not come up to the established standard.
- We can never satisfy the established standard without intervention from God. No amount of good deeds on our part could satisfy His requirements to be just in His eyes.
Divine physical, emotional, and mental healing and restoration is available and active today through the power of Jesus, our Healer. It is the privilege of every member of the Church today. (Acts 4:30, Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 12:9, James 5:14, Matthew 8:17, 1 Peter 2:24, Mark 16:17-20)
THE REALITY OF HELL
The Bible describes Hell as a real place of suffering and permanent separation from God for unbelievers. God sent Jesus to redeem us so that no one would have to endure this punishment. Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire. This is the second death. (Revelation19:20, 20:10-15)