What We Believe
IN "ESSENTIAL" BELIEFS WE HAVE UNITY
“There is one body and one Spirit… there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all…” Ephesians 4:4-6
IN "NON-ESSENTIAL" BELIEFS WE HAVE LIBERTY
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then, each of us will give and account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1,4,12,22
IN ALL OUR BELIEFS WE SHOW CHARITY
“…if I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains-but have not love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 (Ph)
The Scriptures Are Inspired By God and declare His design and plan for mankind (2 Tim 3:15-17; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
There is only One True God—revealed in three persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; John 14:16-17).
In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s son, Jesus was both human and divine (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31; Luke 1:35).
Though originally good, Man Willingly Fell To Sin—ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world (Gen 1:26,27; Gen 2:17; Gen 3:6; Rom 5:12-19).
Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through ‘Salvation’. (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior) (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Rom 10:13-15; Eph 2:8; Titus 2:11; Titus 3:5-7).
In the practice of two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation (Matt 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Rom 6:4).
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 1 Cor 12:1-31; Acts 8:12-17; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9).
The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles (Acts 2:4; 1 Cor 12:4-10,28).
Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christ like (Rom 12:1,2; 1 Thess 5:23; Heb 13:12; 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15,16).
The Church’s Mission is to seek and save all who are lost in sin. The ‘Church’ is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who accept God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death (Eph 1:22,23; Eph 2:22; Heb 12:23).
A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers–the Church (Mark 16:15-20; John 4:23,24; Eph 4:11-16).
Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross for our sins (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matt 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).
In The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures His Church. At this future moment in time, all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever (1 Thess 4:16,17; Rom 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor 15:51,52).
In The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace (Zech 14:5; Matt 24:27,30; Rev 1:7; Rev 19:11-14; Rev 20:1-6).
A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a lake of fire (Matt 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev 19:20; Rev 20:11-15; Rev 21:8).
In a New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth (2 Peter 3:13; Rev 21; Rev 22).