Holy Bible

The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In it’s original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant.

(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)

Trinity

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and coeternal.

(I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11, Matthew 28:19; II Peter 1:21; John 17:17)

God

We believe in one God the father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

(Gen 1; Psalm 24:10; John 1, Col 1:16, Ps 145:5)

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.

(John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is that person of the Trinity who restrains evil in the world and convicts people of sin. He also regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizing them at the moment of salvation into the Church (the Body of Christ), indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, gives to them spiritual gifts, and empowers those yielded to Him. It is the Spirit’s ministry to lead, instruct, and fill believers as they are yielded to Him.

(John 16:7-11, John 3:8, John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 13; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18)

Man Created and Fallen

We believe that man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God, but that he sinned bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity. We believe that man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God, and is in need of salvation.

(Genesis 1:27; 2:17; 3:19; Romans 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-3)

Salvation

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts. We believe a person can and should have assurance of their Eternal Life the moment he receives Christ based on the promises of God.

(Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)

Sanctification

Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

(I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11)

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

We believe that every Christian receives the Holy Spirit when they trust Christ as their Savior- being given the Spirit of God to teach, lead, guide, direct, and empower- and is baptized, grafted into the body of Christ at the time of conversion. There can also be a different, non-technical use of the word “baptize.” We believe God invites followers of Christ to ask him to renew us with His Spirit. One might pray “Lord baptize me afresh with Your Spirit” and simply be asking that the Spirit fill and empower him afresh. Some segments of faith believe that the spiritual gift of tongues is evidence of and necessary for salvation. We believe in all of the spiritual gifts, including the spiritual gift of tongues, but believe one receives the Spirit of God with or without the manifestation of that gift.

(1 Corinthians 12:13)

The Church

The Church We believe that the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22, 23; II Cor. 11:2), is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Eph. 2:19-22, 3:6-10, 4:4, 5; Col. 1:18; Hebrews 12:23). We believe that the Church began at Pentecost (John 7:39; Acts 2:4) and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:13).

(I Cor. 12:13). We believe that the Church is distinct from Israel (Eph. 3:3-6, 9, 10; Romans 11:1, 11, 25-29). We believe that the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality (Romans 16:1-5, 23; I Tim. 3:5) for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, and to be equipped for Christian service.

(Acts 2:42, Eph. 4:11-13)

Second Coming

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.

(Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)

Water Baptism

Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48)

The Lord’s Supper

A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (representing the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.

(Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25)