WHAT WE BELIEVE

STATEMENT OF FAITH

HOLY BIBLE: 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 (2Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5;
Romans 16:25-26).

TRINITY: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew
3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).

JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On
earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a
sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on
the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His
blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (John 1:1,14, 20:28; 1Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1Timothy 2:5).

VIRGIN BIRTH: 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 (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke
1:27-35).

REDEMPTION: Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression
he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen.1:26-31,
3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

REGENERATION: For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is
absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65).

SALVATION: 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 (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

REPENTANCE: Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; 1 John 1:9).

SANCTIFICATION: Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God's Word
and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is
through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (1Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).

JESUS' BLOOD: The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was
sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and 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, 5:9;
Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).

JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS: 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 (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20).

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: Given at Pentecost, 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).

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the
resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are
not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All
believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their
lives. These gifts 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 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10).

THE CHURCH: The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the
Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).

MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY:
Matrimony is a holy monogamous marriage between one man and one woman
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 ...let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does
not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
1 Corinthians 7:2-4
Now to the married I [Paul] command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. 1 Corinthians 7:10
For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body... For this reason [Eve created out of Adam – bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh] a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Ephesians 5:23, 31

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled... Hebrews 13:4
Marriage is a covenant made between two people, one man and one woman, with God. The Christian marriage covenant requires the married parties to be faithful, loving and helpful to each other as long as they both shall live. (Malachi 2:15-16; Matthew 5:32; 19:5-6,9; Romans 7:2-3; I Corinthians 7:10-11, 15; II Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:22-25).
Marriage is a union ordained by God. It was first instituted by God in the early chapters of Genesis, codified in the Levitical law, the Old Testament prophets compared it to a relationship between God and his people, examples of it are in the historical narratives, and, the scripture discusses the unique unity of this relationship. Jesus explained the original intention and core elements of marriage, and several New Testament Epistles give explicit instructions on this
union. Marriage is a typology of Jesus Christ and the Church. As such, the Church views marriage as a profound spiritual institution established by God. We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning, and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man, and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.

SANCTITY OF LIFE: We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in
His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.

TWO SACRAMENTS:

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is
commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).
The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the
elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are
taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark
16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 1Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).

HEALING OF THE SICK: Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of
Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign
which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of
the gifts of the Spirit (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).

GOD'S WILL FOR PROVISION: 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.
1. Spiritual (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).
2. Mental and Emotional (2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2;
Isaiah 26:3).
3. Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
4. Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10;
Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).

RESURRECTION: Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a
glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved
and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and
they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).

HEAVEN: Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (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: After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels
(Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).

SECOND COMING: 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; Revelation 1:7).