What We Believe
To Summarize Our Beliefs: We believe that Jesus Loves you and He has a plan for your life! We believe Jesus is God’s only begotten Son and that Jesus died for the sins of the World, He rose from the dead on the Third day. We believe that Jesus is the only way for the World to be saved from the penalty of sin and to have Eternal Life (John: 3:16).
12 Keys of What We Believe
1. God, Our Father in Heaven
The Holy Scriptures teach there is one and only one true and living God Who is self-existent, the Eternal I AM, the Creator of heaven and earth, and the Redeemer of mankind. God has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – the same in essence, though distinct in personality (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 3:22).
These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection and are worthy of the same homage and obedience. (Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3,4; II Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 1:4-6)
The mode of His existence, however, is a subject far above the understanding of man. He is the fountain of all perfection and happiness. He is glorified by the whole of creation and is worthy to be loved and served by all intelligence. He, therefore, is the only proper object of worship (Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 3:14, Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19,20; Job 11:7; Psalms 19:1,2, 145:10, 150:6; Exodus 34:14).
7. Gifts & Fruit of the Holy Spirit
The nine gifts of the Spirit, set forth in 1 Corinthians 12, should be and must be operative in the church to enjoy the fullness of God. God expects His people to fully flow in the fruit of the Spirit (character) and the gifts of the Spirit (power). The Holy Spirit distributes these gifts to each and every believer, just as He determines (1 Corinthians 12:11) The privilege and duty of all Christians is to “follow after love and desire the gifts of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 14:1). The gifts of the Spirit are given to strengthen believers on an individual level and a corporate level. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit is important for Believers to experience the fullness of God’s Power and The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is important for Believers to experience the Abundant Life that Christ-like Character produces. In Galatians 5: 22-23 the Bible teaches us “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the Character that living a Life led by the Holy Spirit will produce”. The goal is for God to mold us and make us into the image of His Son Jesus, many desire the Gifts of the Holy Spirit but forget the importance of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Jesus operated in both and so must we as Believers. The Bible teaches is Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. The Gifts and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit are the Power and the Character Christ that God has provided the Church to Advance the Kingdom of God and Glorify His Name.
2. Jesus, The Son of God
Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the son of man, was born miraculously of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 2:22). He came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin (John 3:16), offering His blood as atonement (I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:22-28) and making it available to all who exercise faith in Him. Jesus was bodily resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Corinthians 15:4) exalted to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11: 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1-3). His Divinity is made clear through His titles, His attributes, and His works (John 1:14, 14:6-11; Luke 1:26-35; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:31).
He is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for His redeemed. We also acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord over all things in Heaven, and in Earth, and under the Earth (John 1:1,2,14; I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38; Ephesians 1:18-23; Philippians 2:9-10; Hebrews 7:25).
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8. Glorifying God
We believe that the whole purpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Therefore, we believe in the act of praising and worshipping God with one’s total being as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. We believe that true worship can occur in moments of silence or with shouts of praise. We also believe that worshipping and praising God can effectively release faith, prayer, the gifts of the Spirit, and in general aid us in our spiritual warfare against the powers of Satan (1 Chronicles 20:21-22; Psalms 149; 150; Habakkuk 3:17-19; Mark 12:29-31; 1 Corinthians 14:14,15; Ephesians 5:18-21; Revelation 5:8-14).
3. The Holy Spirit
The Scriptures ascribe to the Holy Spirit the acts and attributes of an intelligent being. He guides, knows, moves, gives information, commands, forbids, sends forth, and reproves, as the instrumental segment of the God Head in the liberal dispersion of spiritual gifts. Also, He can be sinned against (John 16:13; I Corinthians 9:11; Genesis 1:2; Acts 10:19; 13:2; 16:6; 13:4; John 16:8; Mark 3:29; Acts 7:51; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 12). The works of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit; creation, inspiration, the giving of life, and sanctification (Job 33:4; II Peter 1:21; I Peter 3:18; I Corinthians 6:11).
We believe that sanctification is a process by which, according to the will of God, we become partakers of His Holiness. Sanctification is begun at regeneration and is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the continual use of the appointed means – specifically, God’s Word, prayer, obedience, faithfulness to a local church, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, loving others (I Thessalonians 4:3; 1 John 2:29; Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12-13), and giving of one’s material goods into the work of the gospel.
9. Divine Healing
Though we believe God works through natural means (doctors, nurses, medical personnel, medicines, etc.), we also believe that deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. This blessing and privilege is something that Christians should be encouraged to appropriate by faith, and every means possible. We believe that every natural and Biblical means possible should be used to fight sickness, disease, and poverty — including the means of prayer. The laying on of hands accompanied with the anointing of oil for the healing of the sick shall be granted as request is made and the need may require (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; James 5:14-15).
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit and by being justified by Grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit; the outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness, true holiness, and love for all men (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Romans 8:16; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).
10. The Prosperity of God
We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is God’s absolute answer to mankind’s total need on every level. When you look at man’s blessed state before the Fall (Genesis 1 and 2), Jesus’ ministry of healing and deliverance while on the Earth (Matthew 9:31-38; Acts 10:38), and God’s intent once this Age is complete (Revelation 21 &22), God’s desire for mankind becomes obvious. God wants man to prosper, live in health, and experience His blessings on every level. God’s prosperity is holistic in nature. He desires our wellbeing:
(a) Spiritually (John 3:3,11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)
(b) Mentally (II Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3)
(c) Physically (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24)
5. Water Baptism
We believe water baptism is commanded of every believer and a necessary requisite for growing in spiritual maturity. When done in faith, it is the means whereby those who have been justified by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ identify with His death and resurrection, and are empowered to live free from the dominion and rule of sin. The ordinance of baptism is a burial with Christ, to be observed, whenever physically possible as commanded in the Scriptures by all that have repented and truly believed in their heart on Christ as Savior and Lord. The ideal method of water baptism is by immersion, thus testifying to Christ’s death and resurrection. The believer who participates in water baptism declares to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. To participate in water baptism is to take on a great responsibility, because in this ordinance a person makes an important commitment to God (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; Colossians 2:11-12).
11. The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the literal and personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ. When He returns, He will bring with Him the saints who have died in Christ and gather unto Himself all Christians who are on the earth. (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6). Jesus wants this important doctrine taught in the Churches and communicated to all people. God’s desire is that His Church be looking for the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus gives the Church these instructions in Mark 13: 33-37 “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
6. The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper has purpose and power, it is a covenant made with God through the blood of Christ. Those who have made covenant with God through the blood of Christ may participate (Exodus 11, 12; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-26). Jesus instructs the Church to do this in Remembrance of Him
12. The World to Come
We believe that the end of this age is rapidly approaching (I Peter 4:7). We believe in “that blessed hope” – the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18). We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost without Christ. We believe that God will make a new heaven and a new earth, free from sin, sickness, poverty and every other curse known to man. (Acts 24:15; Matthew 24:31-46; Revelation 21- 22).