What We Believe
The Bible is the inspired Word of God
Written by men, inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is the answer to the question how do I find God. It tells us how to live a life that is pleasing to Him and fulfilling to man. (2 Timothy 3:15-16, John 10:10)
The One True God
There is one true God who has revealed Himself as the eternal self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” But He has revealed Himself in three persons: God the Father, invisible; God the Son, the Word made flesh; and God the Holy Spirit, moving and dealing with man. (Deuteronomy 6:4 Matthew 28:19, Mark 12:29, Luke 3:22, John 114-18, 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, 1 John 5:7)
The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let US make man in Our image, after Our likeness." But man was tempted by the devil in the Garden of Eden and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Man listened to the devil and rebelled against God losing his relationship with God. Man’s spirit died or ceased to function in the image of God, and spiritual and physical death began. (see Genesis 1-3, Romans 5:12-19).
The New Birth
God created man in His own image and moral likeness. But when man disobeyed God his spirit died and man lost his ability to connect with God. That’s why Jesus said we must be born again. When we turn from our sinful ways, ask God to forgive us and accept the sacrifice for our sins (Jesus) our spirit is reborn and our connection to God’s spirit is restored. (see Mark 1:15. Luke 13:3, John 3:3-7, Acts 2:21;10:43, Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:1)
Baptism in Water
Water baptism is the outward symbol of an inward experience—it is the believers identification with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Jesus personally commanded that of all believers. Jesus submitted to water baptism as an example for us to do likewise. (Matthew 3:19-17;28:19, Luke 3:21-22, Acts 10:47, 48, Romans 6:4, Hebrews 10:22).
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death, (I Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming. (I Corinthians 11:26) and is enjoined on all believers “until He comes.”
The Promise of the Father
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect, and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes a deeper spiritual life and service, the bestowing of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; 1:8, I Corinthians 12:1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Acts 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).
The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (Corinthians 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.
The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word, (Hebrews 12:14, I Peter 1:15, 16; I Thessalonians 5:23, 24; I John 2:6)
The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the Church of the First-born, which are written in heaven, (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
The Ministry and Evangelism
A divinely called and Scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose; (A) The evangelization of the world, and (B) The edifying of the Body of Christ, (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13).
Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers, (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17).
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church, (I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Titus 2:12; I Corinthians 15:51, 52; Romans 8:23).
The Millennial Reign of Jesus
The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven, the salvation of national Israel, and the Millennial reign of Christ on earth is the Scriptural promise and the world’s hope, (II Thessalonians 1:17; Revelation 19:11-14; Romans 11:26,27: Revelation 20:1-7).
The Lake of Fire
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10-15).
The New Heavens and New Earth
We, “according to His promise, look for new heavens, and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness” (II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21, 22).