What We Believe

What We Believe

 

· We believe in the plenary verbal inspiration of the following accepted canon of the scriptures as originally given: Official canonization of the New Testament Books of the Bible – Council of Carthage, 397 A.D. (II Timothy 3:16; I Corinthians 2:13).

· We believe in the eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as One God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible (Matt 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).

· We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness (Romans 5:12,18).

· We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very man (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).

· We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:25).

· We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, his exaltation, and personal, literal and bodily coming again the second time for the church. (John 14:21,23: I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

· We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins (Ephesians 2:8,9; Hebrew 9:12; Romans 5:11).

· We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Godhead, in order to fulfill the command of Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:34-39; 10:47,48; 19:1-6).

· We believe in the infilling work of the Holy Spirit as an experience available for every believer. We also embrace the phenomena of speaking in tongues (languages) as an acceptable manifestation but not the only manifestation of that experience. We accept the teaching of Jesus, John the Baptist and Paul as it relates to fulfilling indwelling and baptism of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer (Matt 3:11, Romans 8:14, Gal 5:22-23, Mark 16:17 Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 10:44-46; Galatians 3:14,15).

· We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in I Corinthians 12:1-14, and as manifested in the Early Church.

· We believe in the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world, that we are to be in the world but not of the world and the perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of the Christian Faith (Ephesians 5:8; II Corinthians 6:14; 7:11).

· We believe in the healing of the body by divine power, or divine healing in its varied aspects as practiced in the Early Church (Acts 4:30; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14,15).

· We believe in the Lord’s Table, commonly called Communion or the Lord’s Supper for believers (I Corinthians 11:28-32).

· We believe in eternal life for believers (John 3:16; 5:24) and eternal punishment for unbelievers (Mark 9:43-48; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:10-15).

· We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, and the eternal judgment of Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10-15 We believe that the biblical form of church government is theocratic, consisting of a senior minister under apostolic authority, who qualifies on the basis of the call of God, spiritual life, domestic life, character, and ability to lead, along with plurality of eldership (I Timothy 3).