STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ's sinless life. Hebrews 4:15:  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

We believe in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father.  Hebrews 2:22-24:  Ye men of Israel, hear these words, Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up and having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.  Hebrews 10:12:  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God.

We believe in the physical return of Christ, that is, His personal future return to the earth in power and glory.  Acts 1:11:  "...this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.  Revelation 1:7:  Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.  Even so, Amen.

 

We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:11:   … but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.  Acts 2:4:  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  The Holy Spirit in a person's life is evidenced by changes in his life, including a renewed love for God and people, a commitment to the scriptures and holy living.

We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11:  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

We believe in Body Ministry. Eph 4:15-16:  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

 

We believe the bible is the inspired and infallible written word of God.  2 Timothy 3:16:   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

We believe in one God.  Within the nature of the one God, there are three distinct persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  These three share the same attributes and in effect the three persons are the one God.    1 Corinthians 8:6:  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.   John 1:1:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  Philippians 2:5,6:  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.

We believe in the virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:20-23:  But while he thought on these things,   behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

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We believe in the resurrection and final judgment of both the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to everlasting damnationJohn 5:29:  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe that the only way to salvation is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and the finished work of the cross.  2 Corinthians 7:10:  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  Ephesians 2:8:  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.  Faith in what our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross.  Colossians 1:20-2:  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.

We believe that sanctification as well as justification is our position in Christ Jesus, but our present condition is being washed day by day through the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:11:  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

We believe in water baptism and that it signifies the believer's identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection and is practiced by immersion. Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38,41; 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5.

 

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We believe in a literal hell. 2 Peter 2:4:  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

We believe in divine healing provided in the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is the privilege of all believers.  Matthew 8:16,17 . Prayer for the sick and gifts of healing are encouraged and practiced.  1 Corinthians 12:28-30; James 5:14.

We believe that the Lord's Supper is a symbol, memorial and proclamation of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. This ordinance of communion is to be participated in by believers until Christ's return. Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:23-26.