Statement of Faith

The Scriptures: We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, 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. (II Tim. 3:16; I Thess. 2:13; II Pet. 1:21)

The Godhead:  We believe our God is one, but manifested in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal. (Phil. 2: 6)

God the Father is greater than all; 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 15: 26)

The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ : We believe Jesus is 100% God, and 100% man.  We see His Deity expressed through the virgin birth, His sinless life, miracles, death, burial, bodily resurrection from the dead, and His exaltation at God’s right hand. We believe He is the only way to the Father and through him we are sanctified, righteous, redeemed and are now also his beloved. (1 Cor 1:30, Eph 1:6; Matt. 3: 17; 17: 5; Luke 3: 22; Isaiah 9: 6; Jn 1: 33, 34; Is. 7: 14; Heb. 2: 17, 18; John 11: 47; 12: 37; I Cor. 15: 14; Eph. 2: 19-23)

Holy Spirit:  We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues according to the scriptures found in Acts 1:8, 2:4, 9:17, 10:44-46, 11:15, 16 and 19:6.

The Resurrection:  We believe this experience is a distinct separate experience from the new birth and it is received by faith. (Gal 3:2), We believe in the resurrection of the unjust and the just; the just to everlasting life and the unjust to everlasting damnation or eternal separation from God. (Mt 25-46, Rev 20:11-15, 21:1-8)

One Man:  We believe that through one man disobedience to God, (Adam), and sin came upon the earth and this sin brought death to all men. The penalty for sin is death or eternal separation from God. (Rom 5:12, Rom 6:23, 1 Cor 15:45-54)

Salvation: We believe that through one man’s complete obedience, (Jesus Christ) who was perfect, blameless and sinless was able to unite the gap that was formed between man and God. We believe he came to pay the penalty for man’s sin and he shed his blood so that all men, who in repentance and faith, receive Jesus as their Lord and savior are saved. Salvation is a gift from God that is received by God’s grace through faith. (1 Cor 15:3-4, Heb 9:11-12, Rom 10:9-10, Eph 2:8)

Divine Healing:  We believe 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.  It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the body of Christ today.  (Mark 16: 18; James 5: 14, 15; I Pet. 2: 24; Matt. 8:16-17; Isa. 53: 4, 5)

The Second Coming:  We believe in a physical second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. He will reign as King and Lord of Lords for one thousand years. (1 Thes 4:16-17, Rev 20:6)

Gifts of the Holy Spirit: We believe that spiritual gifts and manifestations of the power of the Holy Spirit are for all and for the encouragement and building up of the family of Christ. (Acts 2:38-39, 1 Cor 12:7)

Man, His Fall and Redemption (salvation of man):  We believe 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.  “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “…There is none righteous, no, not one.”  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5: 12-15; 3: 10; 3: 23; I 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 (Eph. 2: 8-10).

Hell and Eternal Retribution: We believe the one who physically dies in his     sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, 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 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.  (Heb. 9: 27; Rev. 19: 20)