What We Believe and Teach
We believe in one God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14: John 1:1)
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all spiritual truth. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. On earth, Jesus was fully God and fully human. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. Jesus Christ was conceived as the Holy Spirit overshadowed a virgin named Mary. Therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 23- 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35).
He lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for humanity, and thus atoned for our sins through dying on the cross. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, went up into heaven, and will return again in power and glory (John 1:1, 14, 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5).
People were created good and in the image of God, but because original sin and voluntary transgression are spiritually alienated from God. The only hope of bridging the gap between us and God is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
We are saved by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ through His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
For anyone to know God, being born again by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65; John 3:1-5; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).
Repentance is the turn of our mind and heart toward God resulting in a commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
About the Cross
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death. The finished work of Jesus on the cross forgave even those who before the cross lived by faith in the future hope of the messiah who would come. (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29; Hebrews 10:9-10).
About Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
About The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
About the Church
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
We believe in the priesthood of every believer. That means that all people are equal before God and can speak to Him for themselves. This also means that every Christian has a ministry. (1 Peter 2:5) We believe that the body of Christ on the earth is primarily seen through the local church. We believe that the callings of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teachers will function within the church until the Lord’s return. Furthermore, these ministries are gifts to the church so that the church can be prepared to serve God’s kingdom and that the body of Christ can be complete. (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, believers are commanded by the Word of God to be baptized by immersion in water. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48).
The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
About Healing of the Sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
About the Resurrection
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).
About the Second Coming
We believe in the second coming of our Lord. We do not argue over the various views of the second coming that exist within the Christian church. We say with the church through the ages, “Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ is coming again!” We believe in the resurrection of the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to eternal damnation, and the ultimate victory of the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:9-11; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 22:1-7).