Statement of Faith
We hold these tenets of faith as the fundamental truths of the revealed, inspired, and written Word of God. These articles of faith do not encompass the entirety of Biblical doctrines, but serve as the foundational beliefs and teachings upheld by the universal Body of Christ.
The Bible is the living and inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. The Bible is the final authority on matters of salvation, life, and godliness for the believer. It is the Word of God alone that is able to make one wise for Salvation through faith in Christ. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).
The One True God
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt. 28:19).
Man’s Fall and Redemption
Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21).
The Salvation of Man
The Jesus of Salvation
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, sent into the world to save sinners. He is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, calling all men everywhere to repent and believe in Him. He, stepping into time from eternity, was born of a virgin women, thus protecting his sinlessness, lived, preached, healed, was crucified, buried, and resurrected, and He ascended to heaven to take His seat at the right hand of the Father, as ruler of the heavens and the earth. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. All things were created by Him, through Him, and for Him. He is the firstborn from the dead, the Alpha and the Omega, the Lord of lords, and King of kings, and one day every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of the Father. (1 Tim. 1:15; John 1:29; Mark 1:15; Heb. 4:15; Gal. 4:4; 1 Cor. 15:3-7; Eph. 1:20; Heb. 1:3; Col. 1:15-20, Rev. 17:14; Rev. 22:13; Phil. 2:10-11)
Conditions of Salvation
The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. It is by grace we are saved, through faith. (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Rom. 10:13-15; Luke 24:47).
Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of holiness (1 Thess. 4:7, 2 Tim.1:9).
The Holy Spirit - The Promise of the Father
We believe that both the Father and the Son have the authority to send the promised Holy Spirit in and upon the individual with the purpose of empowering the believer to live a new, transformed, and powerful life of godliness, faith, and obedience to God, therefore bearing witness to and glorifying the Son of God, Jesus Christ. (John 14:26; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:7-8)
The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person (Rom 8:16), with whom we may experience real relationship. He is referred to as a helper, comforter, counselor (Jn 14-16). As with any relationship, we must engage in order to experience the benefits of that relationship. The Holy Spirit is not an it, a strange force, or power in which we seek to acquire more of. Upon the receiving of the Holy Spirit, the believer has all of the Holy Spirit, and therefore it is not necessary to ask, “How can I get more of the Holy Spirit?” Rather, “How can the Holy Spirit get more of me?” Though we cannot “get” more of the Spirit, we do believe it is possible to experience more of the Spirit’s power, and to be filled to overflowing (Eph. 5:18-20)
Upon confession/salvation/new birth, the Holy Spirit comes to reside/take up residence within the believer (Jn 14:16-17). At that time, the entirety of the Holy Spirit of God “moves” into the human spirit as the new “homeowner.” To use a human example. When a new homeowner moves into a home, the whole person moves in. It is impossible for part of the person to reside in the home. So it is with the Holy Spirit. Over time, the new home begins to bear the marks and character of the owner. This is the transforming quality of the Holy Spirit. Over the course of the Christian life, the believer is being transformed to take on more and more of the character of Jesus. In other words, the work the Holy Spirit is to make us look more and more like Jesus. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
The work of the Holy Spirit includes:
Convicting/Convincing the world sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11)
Regenerating and cleansing the human spirit to salvation and new life in Christ (John 3:3-8; Titus 3:5-7)
Baptizing (placing/submerging) the believer into the Body of Christ, thus forever joining/uniting them with the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus (Acts 1:5; Rom 6; 1 Cor 12:13)
Providing the believer with the fruit of the Holy Spirit - Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5:22-23)
Guiding the believer into all truth (John 16:13)
Counseling and helping the believer to remember and do all that Jesus said (John 14:25-26)
Anointing for powerful and effective service. More specifically, to consecrate and furnish with power necessary for a God given, God appointed assignment. (Ex 40:14-16; Luke 4:18-19; Acts 1:7-8)
Testifying to our own spirit that we are children of God (Rom 8:16)
Revealing to the believer, the mind, thoughts, and mysteries of God (1 Cor. 2:10-13)
Impartation of gifts for the building up of the body of Christ (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12:1-11)
Sealing and securing the believer in the promise of everlasting life with God (2 Cor 1:22; 2 Cor 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 4:30)
Glorifying Jesus Christ (John 16:14)
Sanctification is the transformation process of the believer. It is the process by which we become more and more like Jesus. Sanctification is an important aspect of the Christian life. The longer we walk with Christ in a relationship of intimacy and obedience, the more our lives will reflect the character and nature of Jesus, expressed in love, power, and holiness. By the power of the Holy Spirit we live a distinguished and set apart life for God, different from the world. The process of sanctification pertains to maintaining a pure life in the midst of an impure world. Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in faith and obedience to God’s Word (2 Cor. 3:18; 2 Tim. 2:19-20; Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15, 16; 1 Thess. 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6).
The church is the holy and called out Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit. The church is compiled of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation who have been born again and saved by the power of God. Christ is the head of the Church, His body, and is Himself it’s savior. The church, as the body, is one, yet has many members, with different functions, and each member is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The church is the flock of God, which was purchased and obtained with the blood of Jesus, and out of love, the church submits to Christ. (I Thess. 2:4; 1 Cor. 12; Eph 2:22; Acts 20:28; Eph 5:23-24; Rev. 7:9)
Divinely called and Scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two- fold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world, and (2) The edification of the Body of Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15, 20; Eph. 4:11-13)
God created marriage. It is a lifelong covenant made between a man and a woman that makes them one. The supreme purpose of marriage is to be a reflection of the relationship between Christ and the church, and thus glorify God. (Gen 2:18-25; Matt 19: 5-6; Eph 5:22-33)
Deliverance from sickness and disease is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of all believers by means of miracles, or through time and ordinary processes (Isa. 53:4; Matt. 8:16, 17; Mark 16:15-18; 1 Cor. 12).
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church (1 Thess. 4:15-16; Rom. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51,52).
The Millennial Reign of Jesus
The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the salvation of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth are Scriptural promises and our hope (2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; Rom. 11:25-27; Rev. 20:l-7).
The Lake of Fire
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).
The New Heavens and New Earth
We, as promised in the Scriptures, look for a new heavens and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21: l).
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by water should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:37-38).
The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined to all believers “until He comes” (John 6:48,51,53-57; Luke 22:19,20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25).