Statement of Faith
“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them:
for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
1 Timothy 4:16
The Bible (Genesis to Malachi and Matthew to Revelation) is the inspired and only infallible Word of God. It is confirmed as such by its prophetic accuracy and it’s archeological, scientific, historical, and ancient manuscript evidences (II Timothy 3:16).
According to His Word and examples in creation, that there is one true God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 9:6, John 1, 8, 14, I John 5:7 KJV).
Our Lord Jesus Christ was and is God manifested in the flesh. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection from the dead, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to the earth in power and glory to rule for a thousand years then all eternity (Isaiah 7:14. 9:6, 53; Ps.16; Acts 1; II Corinthians 5:21: Rev. 19-22).
In the blessed hope or rapture (catching away) of those in Christ, which takes place just prior to the second coming of Christ Jesus to assume His throne in Jerusalem (I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 24).
That man was created in the image of God and is also a three-in-one being consisting of a spirit, a soul, and a body. We believe in the fall and sinfulness of man and that there is only one way to be cleansed from sin and inherit eternal life in heaven. That way is through genuine repentance from habitual sin and faith in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ (the Messiah promised by the Hebrew scriptures) and His resurrection from the dead (Genesis 1-3; Isaiah 9:6; Psalm 2; John 14:6; Romans 5, 10:9-10; Luke 24; Acts 2; & 4:10-12; I Peter 1:18-19).
Regeneration by the Holy Spirit or the born again experience is absolutely essential to personal salvation. This is the supernatural witness of the Holy Spirit to a person’s spirit that their repentance and faith toward Jesus Christ the Messiah was genuine (John 3:3-8; Romans 8:16).
Divine healing is available through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. We believe that God uses doctors, medicines, and other material means for healing, but that divine healing is also provided in the atonement (Isaiah 53:5) and may be appropriated by laying on of hands by elders (James 5:14-16) or by believers (Mark 16:18), by the prayers of any believer gifted for healing the sick (I Corinthians 12:9), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23). It can also be accomplished by casting out a demon or evil spirit (Luke 11:14: John 14:12).
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask and exercise their faith to receive this experience. The initial sign is the gift of tongues, but also 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 (Mark 16:15-20, I Corinthians 12-14).
The Church of Jesus Christ is the universal, spiritual body of believers from every tribe, tongue, kindred and race of peoples, and is indwelt by God through the Holy Spirit and divinely empowered to fulfill ministry and her Great Commission on earth. This is done by all believers doing their part, but as they are led and equipped by a Divinely called leadership consisting of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11-16, I Corinthians 12).
In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by who’s indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life (Galatians 5:16-26). We do not believe in sinless perfection or that a true born again Christian will never sin, but that sin should be the exception and not the rule (see I John 1:8 & Romans 6:12-18). For instance, a Christian might fall into the sin of adultery and then come back to God, confessing and turning away from that sin like King David did. As bad as that is, God is merciful and will forgive, but there is a serious problem with a born again Christian who lives in a habitual lifestyle of adultery. According to the Scriptures, they are in danger of eternal judgment in hell (see Hebrews 10:26-32; Galatians 5; Ephesians 5; Luke 12:41-46; Revelation 21:7-8). Thus, we do not believe in unconditional eternal security otherwise known as "once saved, always saved."
In the resurrection and final judgment of both the saved and the lost. The lost and those who fall away from their relationship with Lord Jesus will spend eternity in a literal hell of unquenchable fire and eternal torment (Matthew 7:21-23; Mark 9:42-48; Luke 12:4-5, 41-48; Luke 16; II Peter 2:20-22; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:7-8). The saved and faithful in Christ will spend eternity with God in heaven and earth, ruling and reigning with Him (Revelation 7, 10-11, 19-22).
In the new heavens and the new earth and the holy Jerusalem, the city of God, descending out of heaven and filled with the glory of God (Revelation 22 and Isaiah 66).
Christian growth can only be realized by faith, which comes by hearing and studying God’s Word; obeying both it and the leadings of the Holy Spirit; and being planted in a true church with Divinely called leadership (Romans 10:17; I Peter 2:1-2; Hebrews 11; Ephesians 4:11-15).
Marriage is God-ordained. “The creator made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh” (Matthew 19:4-5). Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship, a lifelong faithful union between a man and a woman. This relationship between a husband and wife should parallel the relationship between Christ and the Church. Divorce is only permissible if there are sexual encounters with anyone outside the marriage or there is physical abuse or other behavior that puts a spouse in danger and fear for their lives (Ephesians 5:23-30; I Peter 3:1-10).