This Statement of Faith is intended to communicate our beliefs and standards for living. We do not claim that is contains all biblical truth, but it includes our need for these basic doctrines.
The Scriptures We believe that the Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man. The Bible is the only inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God (John 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Thess. 2:13).
The Eternal Godhead We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; John 14:16).
God the Father We believe in God the Father, the first person of the triune Godhead, who exists eternally as the Creator of heaven and earth, the Giver of the Law, to whom all things will be subjected, so that He may be all in all (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 15:28).
The Lord Jesus Christ We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the triune Godhead, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and in glory. (John 1:1, 14; 20:28-28; Philippians 2:6-11; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34-35; Isaiah 7:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26-27; 1 John 3:5; 1 Peter 2:22; Matthew 4:23; Luke 6:17-19; Colossians 1:14, 20; Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Luke 24:4-7; Revelation 1:17-18; Acts 2:33; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 1:11; John 14:1-3) The Holy Spirit We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune Godhead, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is ever present and active in the work of convicting and regenerating the sinner, and sanctifying the believer into all truth (John 14:26; 16:8-11; 1 Peter 1:2; Romans 8:14-16). The Fall of Man We believe that humankind was created good and upright. However, voluntary transgression resulted in their alienation from God, thereby incurring not only physical death but spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:16-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19). The Salvation of Man We believe in salvation through faith in Christ, who died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead on the third day. By His atoning blood, salvation has been provided for all humanity through the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross. That justification by faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man. (Romans 3:24-25; John 3:3-7; 1 John 5:11-13; Ephesians 2:1-16; Revelation 5:9; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 6:11).
Divine Healing We believe that deliverance from sickness is provided in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers. We believe we have the power and authority to pray for the sick to be healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Luke 9:1, James 5:14-16).
The Church and its Mission In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:11, 21-23; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16). We believe that the mission of the church is to (1) proclaim the good news of salvation to all humankind, (2) build up and train believers for spiritual ministry, (3) praise the Lord through worship, and (4) demonstrate Christian compassion to all who suffer (Matthew 28:19-20; 10:42; Ephesians 4:11-13).
The Ordinances of the Church We believe that baptism in water by immersion is expected of all who have repented and believed. In so doing they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4). We believe that the Lord's Supper is a proclamation of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, to be shared by all believers until the Lord returns (Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:20-34).
Sanctification We believe that sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. In experience, it is both instantaneous and progressive. It is produced in the life of the believer by his appropriation of the power of Christ's blood and risen life through the person of the Holy Spirit. He draws the believer's attention to Christ, teaches him through the Word and produces the character of Christ within him (Romans 6:1-11; 8:1-2,13; 12:1-2; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 10:10, 14).
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost In the present ministry of the Holy Ghost which includes: the Baptism in the Holy Ghost as an experience distinct from regeneration; His indwelling, by which the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; His supernatural gifting and empowering of the Church for its work, life and worship; accompanied by the manifestation of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance as the initial evidence (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7).
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit We believe in the present day operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) and the ministry gifts of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13) for the edification and expansion of the church.
The End of Time In the return of Jesus Christ, to consummate His Kingdom, in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29; Mark 14:62; 2 Thessalonians 1:2-10; Revelation 1:5-7; 20:4-5; 11-12).