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Our Beliefs.

The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant. It is the final authority in determining how we live our lives.


II Timothy 3:16;   II Peter 1:20-21;   Proverbs 30:5;   Romans 16:25-26

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal.

I John 5:5-9;  Matthew 3:16-17Luke 1:35Hebrews 3:7-11

God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, is the creator and sustainer of the Universe and all it contains.  He created the earth, sky, waters, land and every living thing that dwells here.  He created all people, both male and female, in His image to have fellowship with Him, but we became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience.  As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts. But God, the covenant-keeping Father, has made a way for us to be reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:1-25;  Genesis 1:26-31;  Genesis 3:1-7;  Romans 5:12-21;  Philippians 1:6

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man.  He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for all people and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.

John 1:1,14, I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5

Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God.

Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18, Matthew 1:25, Luke 1:27-35

The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse us of all sin.  Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death.

1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, Revelation 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, Romans 5:9; John 1:29

Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead. We believe all Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.

John 1:12; John 14:23; John 15:4; Revelations 3:20

The Holy Spirit (described by Jesus as Our Helper) is the third person of the Trinity, equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make all aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance, and wisdom in every area of life. He desires to make us supernatural creatures, equipped to do the works of God on Earth. The Holy Spirit, working through humans, is the restraining force of evil on Earth.

2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18, Romans 8:11

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (His death, burial, and resurrection). Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts. It is through repentance, and acknowledging Jesus as our Lord and Savior that we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation.

Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8)

Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ.

Acts 2:21, 3:19, I John 1:9

Sanctification is the ongoing process of obeying God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that a Christian can live a godly life.

I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11

We believe that baptism in the Holy Spirit is a sign given at Pentecost and is still in operation today. 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

We believe God has given spiritual gifts to His body in order to equip us for His work on Earth.  The Holy Spirit is in the Earth to manifest these gifts in God’s people, from generation to generation.  Through a variety of spiritual gifts the Body of Christ is able to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible’s lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. We believe that all gifts listed in the Bible are still fully operational and vital for God’s work on Earth.  All believers possess one or more spiritual gifts and are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. Spiritual gifts must 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 4:4,11-16;  1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10

We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the Church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the body of believers.

Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23

Water Baptism:

While on Earth, Jesus modeled water baptism in His own life.  Before ascending into Heaven, He commanded His people to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We, therefore, believe that water baptism is a valid and necessary expression of faith, and should occur once an individual is fully able to understand what baptism means.

Matthew 3:13-17Matthew 28:19Mark 16:16;   Acts 2:38;   Acts 8:12;   Acts 8:36-38;   Acts 10:47-48

The Lord’s Supper:

Also known as communion, it is a unique and holy time in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (representing 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

Marriage:

We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God.

Matthew 19:4-5; 1 Corinthians 7:2-3, Hebrews 13:4

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus. He commanded His disciples to heal the sick in His Name. It is given as a sign which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and is one of the gifts of the Spirit which is still in operation today.

Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Matthew 10:7-8; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28

It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.

Spiritual Provision: John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10

Mental and Emotional Provision:  2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3

Physical Provision:  Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24

Financial Provision: Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 8:18;  Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19

Human beings are created to exist forever.  After physical death, the human spirit is sent to one of two places to live out their eternal existence:  

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Because of God’s forgiveness and salvation, believers will enjoy eternal union with God in Heaven.

Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4

Hell was not originally created for human beings, but for Satan and his fallen angels.  God is not willing that any should perish but that all should enjoy eternal life with Him. But God gave free will to humanity, who then altered their eternity by choosing to sin.  After humanity sinned and eternally separated themselves from God, hell became established as an eternal dwelling place for unbelievers.  After living one life on earth, unbelievers will be judged by God, eternally separated from Him, and sent to hell where they will be forever tormented along with the devil and the fallen angels.

Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27; 1 John 2:25; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to Earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.

Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Revelation 1:7

Every human is created in God’s image.  Therefore, regardless of age, race, background, socioeconomic status, or abilities – both born and unborn – every person adds immeasurable value to humanity, and is loved by God who is unwilling that anyone perish, but brought into everlasting life with Him.

Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 9:6, Matthew 18:14, 2 Peter 3:9