About the Precious, Holy, Written Word of God
We believe… the Lord our God has given us His examples about how we are to live like Christ, love like Christ, and labor like Christ…as we pass through this world. The following are our tenants of faith.
We believe…The Scriptures:
The Bible is the inspired Word of God; it is the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16; 1Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21). The Bible is the only living book in existence. (Hebrews 4:12)
We believe…The Godhead:
Our God is one, but manifested in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being coequal (Deuteronomy 6:4; Philippians 2:6). God the Father is the Sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 14:16; John 15:26).
We believe…Man, His Fall & Redemption:
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “…There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10; 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:14; 1 John 3:8).
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8-10).
We believe…Eternal Life & the New Birth:
Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces Eternal Life (2 Corinthians 7:10; John 3:3-5; 1 John 5:12).
We believe…Water Baptism:
The Ordinance of Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39). Because infants are unable to identify with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, we do not believe it is Scriptural to baptize them in water. However, we do believe in dedicating babies and children to the Lord until they are old enough to experience the New Birth.
The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted; “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority; I baptize you in the Name of the Father; and the Son; and the Holy Ghost. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
We believe…The Lord’s Supper:
We believe the Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper / Holy Communion / the Lord’s Table is a memorial to Christ’s death and to His soon return. We also believe it to be a time of fellowship with Christ as well as a point of contact for releasing faith in any and all of the promises of God written in the Holy Scriptures (Luke 22:19, 20; 1Corinthians 11:23-26). Born Again believers have the privilege of Partaking in the Lord’s Supper; reserved for those in Covenant with the Almighty.
We believe…The gifts of the Spirit are active today:
Spiritual gifts are diverse and divided unto man as the Lord wills as demonstrated in the following passage: (1 Cor. 12:4-11, KJV) says, “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
We believe…Divine Healing:
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. We believe this gift is available to every member of the Church today (James 5:14, 15; Mark 16:18; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
We believe…Resurrection of the Just & the Return of Our Lord:
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “…The dead in Christ shall 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…” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Zechariah 14:4; Revelation 5:10; 20:6).
We believe…Hell & Eternal Retribution:
Hell is as literal as Heaven. One who physically dies in his sins is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire; therefore, he has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20).