OUR BELIEF

 
 
 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

1) The Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and contains every answer to man’s problems. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of  all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21

2) We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. – Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4 & 1:29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 7, 4:15.

3) There is one God, existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  ~ John 10:30; John 14:26; Philippians 2:5-7

4) God is Love and He loves all people. It is His desire to reach out to those who are poor, oppressed, widowed or orphaned, and to heal the brokenhearted. ~Psalm 68:5-6; 1 John 4:16

5) Man is created in the image of God but separated from God by sin. Without Jesus we cannot have a relationship with God. ~Genesis 1:26; 1 Timothy 2:5

6) We can have a personal relationship with God through salvation, God’s free gift to man. It is not a result of what we do, but it is only available through God’s unearned favor. By admitting we have sinned and believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, and accepting Him as Lord, we can spend eternity with God. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1; Romans 3:24

7) We believe in water baptism, as taught and demonstrated by Jesus, as the way for believers to identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. ~ Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Matthew 3:13

8) The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God. He helps empower the believer to develop the character of Christ and live every day in God’s will. ~Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:4

9) God gives all believers spiritual gifts. They are for the strengthening of God’s people (the Church) and proof of God’s existence and power to unbelievers. The gifts of the Spirit are active and relevant today. ~1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Peter 4:10

10) Sanctification is the ongoing process of allowing God’s character to be developed in us. ~ Romans 6:19; Galatians 5:22-25

11) Divine healing is active in the lives of people today through Jesus, who is the Healer. Healing includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual restoration. ~ Luke 9:11; Matthew 9:35; Acts 10:38; Matthew 10:1

12) The Bible describes hell as a real place. It is a place of suffering and a place of permanent separation from God for those who die without accepting Christ. God’s desire is that no one be separated from Him for eternity, which is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth. ~ Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:12-15;            John 3:16-18

13) Jesus will return and take all those who have accepted Him as Savior to heaven for eternity. ~Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:28

14) We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. – Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.

15) The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to disciple people from every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.    – Matthew 28:19-20