The human phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired nor contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full Gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all the truth in the Bible, only that it covers orthodox fundamental matters.
- THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Bible, containing Old and New Testaments is God’s written revelation to man. The sixty six (66) books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) (1 Corinthians 2:7 14; 2 Peter 1:20- 21; 2 Timothy 3:16). Word of God It cannot be added to, subtracted from or superseded in any regard.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.
It is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations. Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it (1 Corinthians 2:7-15; John 16:12-15; 1 John 2:20)
- THE ONE TRUE GOD – TRINITY.
We believe there is but one living and true God, everlasting; of infinite holiness, love, grace, mercy, goodness, wisdom and power (Isaiah 40:28; 1 Samuel 2:2; 1 John 4:8). Thus He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent (Jeremiah 23:24; 1 John 3:20; Revelation 19:6). Maker and Preserver of all things, both visible and invisible (Mark 12:29; Isaiah 45:22, John 15:26; Matthew 28:19; Revelation 4:11; John 1:3; Hebrew 1:1-3; Deuteronomy 32:4). The biblical revelation testifies that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- God the Father God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
- The Son Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures—God and man—in one person.
- The Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ.
C. THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice. Our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate (Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2,14; Acts 1:9,10; Romans 3:24,25; 8:34; Ephesians 1:17; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; 1 John 2:1-2).
D. THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of the Virgin Mary. Christ is both the Son of God and God the Son (Matthew 1:18-25).
E. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who empowers, guides, teaches, bears witness to, and helps the believer. It is the privilege and duty of all believers to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14).
F. ANGELS AND DEMONS
We believe in the personal existence of unseen spirits in the world who contend for the souls of men, some furthering and others, under Satan, opposing the purposes of God (Colossians 1:16, I Peter 5:8, Hebrews 1:7, II Corinthians 11:14, Revelations 12:9-12).
G. THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man. His powers are supernaturally great, but strictly limited by the permissive will of God, who overrules all his wicked devices for good. Satan was defeated and judged at the cross and therefore his final doom is certain and shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. We as believers are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God, the power of the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus Christ (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Ephesians 6:12-18; Revelation 12:11; 20:10).
We believe in the Genesis account of Creation and believe that man came directly by the Creation of God, and not by evolution. We believe that God through Moses sought to convey the idea of the 24-hour day period in Creation (Genesis 1 and 2; Exodus 20:8-11; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3, 10).
- MAN: HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
We believe, man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 3:17; Romans 5:12-21).
J. THE SALVATION OF MAN
- Conditions of Salvation
We believe, that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and is offered to all who believe it. Salvation is brought about by personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus (justification) and personal acceptance of Him into one’s life as Lord and Savior (regeneration). The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. It is secure in the eternal, unchanging commitment of God who does not lie and is forever the same. Salvation should produce an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Savior (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:36, 11:25-26).
- Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Ro. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Savior (1 Thessalonians 4:7, 2 Timothy 1:9).
K. THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe Christ’s death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as personal Savior. Healing—body, soul and spirit—and all of God’s provisions for His saints, are provided for in the atonement (1 Peter 2:24, 3:18; 1 John 2:2).
L. BAPTISM IN WATER
We believe the ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed in Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4).
Water baptism also gives the believer the opportunity to openly testify to others of his born-again experience. It serves as an outward sign and testimony of an inward grace. The believer has been crucified with Christ, buried with Him and raised together with Him to walk in newness of life (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4).
M. THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION)
We believe the Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined to all believers “until He comes” (John 6:48,51,53-57; Luke 22:19,20; 2 Peter. 1:4; 1 Corinthians 11:25).
N. THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
We believe all believers should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, which is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. With it comes the infilling of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience may be distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).
O. SANCTIFICATION PROCESS
We believe by the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, “Be holy, for I am holy.” Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word (Hebrew 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1 John 2:6).
P. THE CHURCH
We believe the church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. The purpose of the church is to Reach Out, Reach Up, and Reach In. Reach Out: to minister to others in the community and in the world, that they may come to know the Love of Jesus through the love expressed by us. Reach Up: In corporate worship, we worship our God, and present an environment where believers can come together and experience the communion with God that is brought about through worship. Reach In: The church is responsible for the care of the members of the church. This includes things such as education and discipline as well as praying for healing, and ministering to their needs where possible. It is essential to the life of the Church that scriptural patterns of discipline are practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, is exercised by the leadership of the Church. Each believer is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (I Thessalonians 2:4).
Q. CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is available to us as Christians and what we can accept according to our faith and maturity. Hence, God’s provision for His children is total, and the promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are because of the still progressing recreation in Christ — we believe that the Christian life is a journey and a process. Salvation is immediate, but sanctification takes time. The Christian life is filled with trials, tests and warfare against a spiritual enemy. For those abiding in Christ until their deaths or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a willingness to die to personal desires (Romans 12:2; James 1:19-20; Colossians 3:5-10; Romans 12:1; Galatians 4:1-6).
R. The Ministry of Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts and that the New Testament gifts are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today (John 15:7; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; 1 John 5:14-15).
S. DIVINE HEALING
We believe deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of all believers according to God’s will (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:18; John 5:14).
T. THE BLESSED HOPE
We believe the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Romans 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
U. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS
We believe the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the salvation of national Israel, gentiles adopted into God’s Kingdom and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth are Scriptural promises and our hope (2 Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:1-16, 20:1-7; Romans 11:25).
V. Judgment: Heaven and Hell
We affirm the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We firmly believe that the judgment resides in the authority of God alone, and will never permit any of our members to condemn or judge those we meet (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 20:1-15)
W. The Souls of Unbelievers
We believe that the souls of unbelievers – whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15).
X. THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH
We believe that following the Great White Throne Judgment the heavens and earth will be renovated by fire and a new heaven and new earth brought into existence where all believers shall abide and reign forever (2 Peter 3:10-12; Revelation 21:1-22).