WHAT WE BELIEVE

“The statement of Faith” does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Holy Scriptures are the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the following “Statement of Faith” accurately represents the teachings of the Holy Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members.

  1. Baptism of the Holy Spirit – We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to endue the believer with power; and that his incoming is after the same manner as in Bible days. (Acts 1:4, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4)
  2. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – We believe that baptism by immersion is an outward sign of an inward work. We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper by the symbolical use of the bread and the juice of the vine. (Matt. 28:19, Acts 19:5, 1 Cor. 11:28, Col. 3:17)
  3. Church Relationship – We believe it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with the visible church of Christ. (Acts 16:5)
  4. Civil Government – We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions; the home, the church, and the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17)
  5. Daily Christian Life – We believe that it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily, growing constantly in the faith. (Hebrews 6:1)
  6. Divine Healing – We believe that divine healing is the power of Christ to heal the sick in answer to the prayer of faith. (James 5:14-16, Psalm 103:3)
  7. Evangelism – We believe that God has commissioned his church to evangelize the world and make disciples and that this is the first priority of God’s people in the earth.
    (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8)
  8. Heaven – We believe that heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers. (John 14:1-3)
  9. Hell – We believe that hell is a place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as their Savior. (Mark 16:16, Rev. 20:10, 15)
  10. Human Life – We believe that since mankind is created in God’s image, human life is of inestimable worth and significant in all its dimensions, from conception to the grave. (Genesis 1:27; Psalms 139:13-16)
  11. Human Sexuality – We believe that sexual purity is a necessary expression for all of God’s children and requires abstinence from adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, or other sexual practices forbidden by Scripture. (Leviticus 18:1-30 Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 6:18; Hebrews 13:4)
  12. Lawsuits Between Believers – We believe that Christians are scripturally prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other believers or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between believers. We believe the Holy Scriptures outline specific steps for resolving disputes between believers. (I Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32; Matt. 18:15-17)
  13. Marriage – We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime and is a sacred institution established by God. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6)
  14. Moderation – We believe that the experience and daily walk of the believer should never lead him into extremes of fanaticisms. (Phil. 4:5)
  15. Repentance and Acceptance – We believe that upon sincere repentance, and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God. (Luke 13:3, Rom. 5:1, 1 John 1:9)
  16. Salvation through Grace – We believe that we have no righteousness and must come to God pleading the righteousness of Christ. (Eph. 2:8)
  17. The Eternal Godhead – We believe there is one God. God is Triune; Father, Son and Holy Ghost. (Deut. 6:4, Mt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14, 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
  18. The Fall of Man – We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from perfection. (Rom 5:12)
  19. The Final Judgment – We believe that all shall stand some day before the judgment seat of God; and there receive eternal life or death. (2 Cor. 5:10)
  20. The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit has gifts to bestow upon the Christian; and that we should show spiritual fruit as evidence of a Spirit-filled life. (1 Cor. 12:1-11, Gal. 5:22)
  21. The Holy Scriptures – We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative word of God. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
  22. The New Birth – We believe that the change which takes place in the heart and life at conversion is absolutely essential. (Jn. 3:3, 1 Cor. 5:17)
  23. The Plan of Redemption – We believe that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, signing the pardon for all who believe on Him. (Jn. 3:16, Acts 4:12)
  24. The Second Coming of Christ – We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent. (Jn. 14:3, Acts 1:11, 1 Thes. 4:16-17)
  25. The Spirit Filled Life – We believe that it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit daily. (Gal. 5:16, 25, Col. 2:6)
  26. The Virgin Birth – We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father. (Isaiah. 7:14, Luke 24:39, Heb. 4:15)
  27. Tithes & Offerings – We believe that the method ordained of God for the support and spread of His cause is by giving of tithes and free-will offerings. (Mal. 3:10, 2 Cor. 9:7)
  28. Unity of Believers – We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:21)

WATER BAPTISM

  • “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit . . .” (Matthew 28:19)
  • “And Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sins . . .” (Acts 2:38)
  • “And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.” (Acts 8:34)

 

COMMUNION (THE LORD’S SUPPER)

  • The Lord’s Supper Instituted – Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19
  • New Testament Teaching – “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also he took the cup, after supper saying, This is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He come.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-36)
  • “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
  • When served – Communion is served to the corporate body during Sunday Morning Worship on a bi-monthly basis and the first Wednesday Night of every month.

God saves us from the penalty of sin to be made righteous before God

1) MAN’S CONDITION:

    • Man is sinful:
    • Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin. (Romans 3:10; 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:2-3; Psalm 51:5)
    • God is Holy, without sin: 1 Peter 1:15-16; Leviticus 19:2

2) GOD’S PENALTY FOR SIN:

    • Eternal Separation from God
    • “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

3) GOD’S PROVISION IS THE CROSS:

    • Redemption: The act of buying back that which has been lost, sold, stolen, or forfeited. To redeem means to be delivered, to be loosed, or to be set free. To be bought back and brought back from bondage with a purchase price; the payment of a debt or obligation.
    • The Cross: Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” and Colossians 2:14 says “…having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
    • The Blood: “…how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14) Also, see Ephesians 1:7; 2:13. (See Appendix C in Tab 4: “The Blood of Jesus”)

4) MAN’S RESPONSE TO GOD’S PROVISION: Knowledge without Response is just that. Without response, there is no birth

    • Repentance – we must turn away from our sin and follow God (Romans 10:9-10, 1 John 2:15-16)
    • Receiving the provision by faith. (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Rev. 3:20)

5) GOD’S PROMISE:

    • Acceptance: “…to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6)
    • Forgiveness: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
    • Made righteous: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
    • Eternal life secured: “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:11)
    • Justified: “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:10)
God saves us from the power of sin to be set apart before God as holy and sacred
1) Sanctification is built on the finished work of Christ Jesus–“By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10)
2) Sanctification is brought by the Holy Spirit

  • “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
  • “…that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15.16)

3) Sanctification involves a daily walk in the Spirit– “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)

4) Sanctification involves a life devoted to the Scripture–“Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

5) Sanctification involves a life of obedience

  • A life of obedience by conduct “…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1.15)
  • A life of obedience by commands “…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:20
  • Christians should be devoted to gathering of the people of God (the Church) (Hebrews 10:25)
God saves us from the presence of sin, this is our future hope with God
1) Our future hope is to impact our life now–“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13)
2) Our future hope is in the return of Christ Jesus, our future bodily resurrection with Him, and eternal life with Him. (John 14:3, Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thes. 4:16-17, Revelation 21:1)