What We Believe

Our statement of fundamental truths

The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the foundation of our faith and practice. For this reason, you will find Scripture references following each of our fundamental truths so that further explanation can be pursued.

The Scripture Inspired

The Bible is the inspired Word of God to mankind and is the authoritative rule for our faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:1-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

About the One True God

We believe there is one true God who revealed Himself as the eternal Creator of Heaven and Earth and the Redeemer of mankind. God is revealed to us as a Trinity in the persons of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22

The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, died on a cross to pay the penalty for man’s sins, arose from the grave, and ascended into heaven where He is exalted at God’s side. Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 7:26; Acts 2:22; I Corinthians 15:3; Matthew 28:6; Acts 1:9- 11; Hebrews 1-3

The Fall of Man

Man was created by God, indeed after the very image of God. However, by his own voluntary actions man fell out of God’s grace and favor. This resulted in not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19

About the Salvation of Man

Man’s only means of regaining a relationship with God is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Salvation is received when man turns from his sin (repentance) and turns toward faith in God and Jesus Christ. Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7

The Ordinances of the Church

- (Baptism in Water)

Following the command of New Testament teaching, those who have experienced salvation should be baptized in water. This act is an outward symbol of new spiritual life in Christ. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4)

- (Holy Communion)

Holy Communion, also referred to as "The Lord's Supper," consists of bread or wafers and the fruit of the vine. Believers in Jesus Christ share communion to remember His death and look forward to His return. It is also an expression of the believers' shared divine nature of the Christ. (1 Cor. 11:26; 2 Peter 1:4)

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Believers are encouraged to experience the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, which was the typical experience in the early Christian church. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit brings power for life and service, a deeper love for God, a greater dedication to Christ and His work and Word. Luke 24:49; Acts 2:42; Mark 16:20

About the Evidence of Baptism in the Holy Spirit

The initial physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking with other tongues as enabled by the Spirit of God. Acts 2:4

About Santification

Sanctification is an active effort on the part of the believer to separate from evil and dedicate oneself to God. The believer identifies with Christ’s death and resurrection and daily seeks to surrender himself to the directions of Christ’s teaching and the Holy Spirit. Romans 12:1, 2; I Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 6:1-13; Galatians 2:20

About the Church

The Church is considered the Body of Christ. It is where God lives through the Spirit. Each believer is an important part of the Church. Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23

About the Ministry

The Bible establishes that ministries will exist within the Church so that those who do not believe in Christianity can be reached and so that believers in Jesus Christ can be established in the teachings of the Church. Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13

About Divine Healing

Healing from sickness has been provided through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16

About the Blessed Hope

Believers anticipate the return of the Lord to Earth at which time believers who have previously died will be transformed and translated with believers who are alive into the eternal presence of God. I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15:51, 52

About the Millennial Reign of Christ

The Second Coming of Christ includes the rapture of believers, followed by the visible return of Christ with His believers to rule on the earth for one thousand years. The Millennial Reign of Christ will bring salvation to Israel and establish universal peace. Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 19:11-14; 20:1-6; Ezekiel 37:21, 22; Isaiah 11:6-9

About the Final Judgement

There will be a final judgment when those who have not believed in Christ will be raised and judged according to their works. Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8

About the New Heavens and the New Earth

Based on New Testament teachings, believers look forward to a New Heaven and a New Earth being established. II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:22