STATEMENT OF FAITH
THE SCRIPTURES – The Old and New Testaments together represent the inspired Word of God. In these Testaments we find the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of humans, and the Divine, final, and absolute authority for all Christian faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
THE GODHEAD – In One Godhead, Creator of all things, who is infinitely perfect and eternally existent in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1-3, 14; Philippians 2:6; Acts 5:3-4).
JESUS CHRIST – Jesus Christ is true God and true man (John 1:1-3,14; 1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:35). He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Further, He arose from the dead bodily, ascended into heaven and now is at the right hand of the Father, as our High Priest and Advocate (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 8:1; 1 John 2:1).
THE FALL OF MAN AND REDEMPTION – God created humankind in his own image, but humanity but fell into sin and is therefore lost (Romans 5:12; 3:23). Salvation and spiritual life obtain only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds for justification and salvation (1 Peter 1:18-19; Romans 4:25).
WATER BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER – The Church is to observe the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper during the present age. However, these ordinances comprise means of expressing, not obtaining, salvation (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
THE HOLY SPIRIT – The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He indwells, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer for godly living and service. Every believer can receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, of which speaking in tongues signifies the initial physical evidence (John 16:13-14; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Acts 1:8; 2:4).
PRAYER – Every born again, Spirit-filled believer should maintain a consistent prayer life, praying with the understanding and praying in the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 6:18).
FAITH, HEALING AND PROSPERITY – Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). The redemptive work of Christ provides not only forgiveness for the believer, but healing and prosperity as well (Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 8:16-17). Christ redeemed believers from the curse of the law which includes poverty, sickness, and spiritual death (Galatians 3:13).
MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY – God created only two genders – male and female (Genesis 1:27). The Bible recognizes marriage as exclusively the legal union of one man and one woman (Titus 1:6). Therefore, the Church will not recognize, perform, or condone any marriage between individuals of the same gender or between more than one man and one woman. The Bible teaches that legitimate sexual relations exercise solely within marriage. Sexual activities, such as, but not limited to, adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, pedophilia, and bestiality violate the teachings of the Bible and the Church and as such, are sinful and incompatible with Christian behavior (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26-27).
THE CHURCH – The true Church is composed of all those who are born again. Through this new birth we are united together in the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23). Every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs (1 Corinthians 12:28).
THE RETURN OF THE LORD – In the personal, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18). This “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (Titus 2:11-14).
THE RESURRECTION AND ETERNAL STATE – In the bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment (Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15).