The Holy Bible in its original language is the holy, inspired, infallible Word of God, given to us as a guide to a life of integrity and uprightness in thought, word, deed, motive, and purpose.
We believe God is an all loving, good, infinite, unchangeable, holy, wise, perfect, eternal Spirit, who has no beginning and no end. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. God is One, but Triune, eternally existing in three divine persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus, the Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the only way we can be reconciled to God the Father. Through Him, as Savior and Redeemer of mankind, God reconciled fallen mankind to Himself and has provided redemption for those who willingly accept and appropriate the “finished work of the cross,” on which Jesus voluntarily laid down His life. Through His bodily death, burial, and resurrection, that work was accomplished, finalized, and made available to all who would repent, believe, receive, and obey.
Mankind was originally created in the image of God, but through the original sin of Adam and Eve, the human race fell into utter spiritual death and corruption. Through the gift of Jesus Christ and His righteousness, every person is given the opportunity to be restored to right relationship with God the Father. Jesus was manifested on earth as God in the flesh for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil, redeeming mankind from his fallen state, and restoring mankind to fellowship with God.
We believe all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and are in need of salvation. We believe Jesus (who led a sinless life) was the perfect sacrifice for our sin and thereby paid the penalty for our sin and generational iniquity. By confessing our sins, and choosing to forgive those who have sinned against us, we can be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness. We believe thorough, heartfelt repentance is a specific act when we first come to Jesus, yet should be on-going if and when we involuntarily sin.
We believe in divine healing either by God’s sovereign touch, or by God’s power flowing through a vessel (man, woman, or child) that God has chosen to operate through. We believe the ability to walk in divine health is scriptural, but may often be conditional on one’s obedience, as well as one’s level of faith.
We believe it is the will of God that every believer be baptized with the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by the demonstration of God’s power through the manifested gifts of the Holy Spirit and the boldness that follows.
We believe in water baptism as a commandment of the Lord and is symbolic of a person dying to the old man and being raised to walk in newness of life, identifying with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
We believe that sanctification was accomplished for us at the cross, but is evidenced in our lives by allowing and cooperating with the purifying work effected by the Spirit of grace (the Holy Spirit) in the life of the believer. The result of this on-going work is the ability to walk in holiness, consecration, and dedication to the Lord, as well as sweet fellowship with one another.
We believe in the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, working through those who have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They are distributed as the Holy Spirit wills, through those who have been empowered, and are yielded, and obedient, for the purpose of building up of the body of Christ (His church) and to promote the kingdom of God. We also believe in the five-fold ministry whose function is to spiritually equip, edify, develop, mature, activate, and release believers for the work of ministry.
We believe in the periodic, but not ritualistic, partaking of the Lord’s Supper as a way of remembering and celebrating the spiritual benefits we have received through our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe the bread and wine is symbolic of His broken body and shed blood, and as we partake in a repentant, humble manner, we appropriate all that the bread and wine symbolize.
We believe the Great Commission consists of preaching the gospel to the whole world, casting out demons, healing the sick, helping the needy, and making disciples of Christ; doing the same works that Jesus did, which he commanded “all who believe” to do in Mark 16:15-18.
We believe the return of Christ is imminent, that the Church (His bride) is being matured and prepared for His coming, and that He will literally return in the clouds above the earth, at which time “the dead in Christ will rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (according to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and otherwise known as The Rapture of the Church). We are not dogmatic on when this event will occur, but we believe it will occur, according to Scripture, and that our main focus should be to pray and be ready, as Jesus declared we should do.
We believe that everyone will appear before the judgment seat of God and will give account for his or her life.
We believe that those who know Christ will eventually reside with him in a heavenly place where there will be no more curse, no sorrow, and no pain. It will be a wonderful place which God has prepared for those who love Him and have come to Him through believing in and obeying the commandments of His Son, Jesus.