What We Believe

THE SCRIPTURES

 

 

The Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are the divine revelations given from God and received by Man, and as such, are the only such revelations that are inspired and infallible. The Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and morals. The Word of God is the direct revelation of the will of God for all men and for all time. The Scriptures were plenary-verbally inspired, that is the Holy Spirit breathed upon men the very words and thoughts He wanted in conjunction with the writers' personalities, traits, and emotions. The Holy Spirit guarded and preserved each thought, phrase, and word from any error, omission, or inaccuracy.

II Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, Exodus 24:4, II Peter 3:2

THE GODHEAD

Our God is one, but manifested in three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal. God the Father is greater than all; the Source of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter. Jesus, the Son, is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. Through the Incarnation and Virgin Birth, Jesus took upon Himself the form of Man, thus revealing Himself as the God-Man. Jesus Christ was sinless, perfect, crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended, glorified and He will come again to earth a second time. The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal.  He is

co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent with the Father and with the Son.  His ministry upon the earth is to convict and convert man as well as be the great paraclete (comforter, counselor, helper, intercessor, advocate, strengthened, and standby) to the Church. 

 

Deuteronomy 6:4, Philippians 2:6, John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:1,14, 18, John 15:26,
Matthew 3:11, John 14:16-17

Man,

His Fall,

Redemption

 

Man is a created being made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam’s Man is a created being and was made in the likeness and image of God (both male and female). But, through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world and passed upon all men. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. Salvation is the free gift of God to Man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. This salvation experience occurs when an individual confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in his heart that God has raised Him from the dead. When this happens, man’s spirit is reborn and receives eternal life.  

 

Romans 5:12-21, Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16-17, I John 3:8, John 3:3-5, I John 5:12

WATER BAPTISM

 

 

 

 

Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord.  While it is not necessary for salvation, it is for all believers. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection

 

Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-39.

 

COMMUNION

 

 

 

The ordinance of Communion is also a commandment of the Lord Jesus that must be received consistently until His return. Only believers can come to the Table of the Lord, which consists of the bread and the cup. The bread speaks of His body, which was broken for us. The cup speaks of His blood that was shed for us. Both elements are witnesses of the New Covenant believers now enjoy while prophetically declaring His soon return.

 

Luke 22:7-20, I Corinthians 11:17-30

BAPTISM IN THE Holy Spirit

 

 

 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to and in addition to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of the speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance.  Whereas there is one initial baptism, there are many subsequent infillings of the Spirit. The purpose of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is so that we, the believers, may have power to be witnesses.

 

Matthew 3:11, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, Act 19:1-7, Acts 2:4.

FURTHER WORKS OF REDEMPTION

 

 

The death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ not only secured the eternal redemption from sin, but also redemption from sickness and disease and redemption from poverty and lack. Divine Healing has been provided for by the Atonement. It is for the physical illnesses of the human body and is brought forth by the power of God through various methods and means detailed within the Word, including the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. Divine Prosperity has also been provided by the Atonement. True prosperity not only has to do with financial provision but a prospering of the soul as well. It is wrought by the power of God through the principle of tithes and offerings, sowing and reaping and numerous stewardship truths found throughout the Word.

 

Isaiah 53:4-5, I Peter 2:24 , I John 2 , II Corinthians 8:9, James 5:14-16

 

SANCTIFICATION

 

 

 

 

The Bible teaches that without holiness, no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation.

 

Hebrews 12:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 2 Peter 3:18, 2 Corinthians 3:1, Philippians 3:12-14,
1 Corinthians 1:30.

Resurrection of the Just and the Return of Jesus Christ

 

 

The angels said, “…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1Thess. 4:16,17). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years.

 

Acts 1:11, Revelations 20:6

 

Hell is a Real Place

 

 

 

The one who physically dies without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.

 

Hebrews 9:27, Revelations 19:20.