THE BIBLE

The Holy Bible is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is divinely inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26 ESV).

GOD

There is one true God who exists eternally in unity as three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal. Therefore since God is living in community, we recognize the need to live in God-Centered community ourselves. (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11 ESV).

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. He was the perfect representation for the Father in human form. In other words he was both 100% God, and 100% man while on earth.  Although he was eternally co-existent and equal with God the Father, he humbled himself by willingly being obedient to die on the cross as the substitutionary payment for the sin debt of mankind.  He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless and perfect life and the shedding of His blood for mankind results in the forgiveness and remission of sins for all who receive Him.   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. He lives in all believers, by the Holy Spirit, as the living, ever-present Lord. (John 1:1,12,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5 ESV)

VIRGIN BIRTH

Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the work of 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; Luke 1:27-35 ESV)

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; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21 ESV)

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Through the proclamation of the gospel, He persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit, a person is led to trust in divine mercy. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth and dwells within the regenerate. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son who, in turn, came to glorify the Father. He will lead the Church into a right understanding and rich application of the truth of God’s Word. He is to be respected, honored and worshipped as God, the Third Person of the Trinity while recognizing His desire to bring glory and Honor to the Father and Son.

EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian witness and service. The promise of the Father is freely available to all who believe in Jesus Christ, thereby enabling them to exercise the powers of the age to come in ministry and mission. The Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer with power to witness and imparts His supernatural gifts for the edification and sanctification of the body, to demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, confirm the truth and power of the Gospel and the work of ministry in the world. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are available today and are to be earnestly desired and practiced in an orderly manner. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters. The gifts are essential to the mission of the Church in the world today. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:48; Ephesians 4:16;  I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10 ESV)

SALVATION

A person is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is an unmerited gift from God, and not a result of any good works or human effort, nor requiring the performance of any sacrament or religious ritual. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22 ESV).

REPENTANCE

Genuine biblical repentance is a change of mind, will and heart that results in a change of action by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the commitment to turn away from every sin in every area of our lives to follow Jesus, which allows us to receive His redemption and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. When one accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior, they are forgiven of their all their sins as well as regenerated (born again) by the Holy Spirit. Simply put, biblical repentance results in a radical change in one’s behavior. This divine act is solely initiated and carried out by God alone.  (John 6:44, Acts 2:38, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 3:8, II Cor. 5:17, Galatians 5:19-23, James 2:14-26, 1John 1:9 ESV)

REDEMPTION

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

REGENERATION

Another word for regeneration is rebirth, from which comes the phrase “born again.”  According to the scriptures, man in his fallen state is “dead in his trespasses and sins.” This is until he is “made alive” through the finished work of Christ on the Cross as a result of placing his faith in Him. In other words, regeneration is God alone both cleansing a new believer from all the sin they’ve have ever committed and creating a new nature in us by the Holy Spirit. (John 3:3-7, Ephesians 2:1, Titus 3:3-5 ESV)

JUSTIFICATION

The term justification means “to be declared righteous, i.e. God’s Righteousness credited to the believer’s account.” It specifically refers to the Christian’s legal status – God’s declaration of acquittal by which he announces the believer ‘not guilty’ because of the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross.  (Romans 4:3,Romans 5:9, 1 Cor 1:30; 2 Cor 5:21, Galatians 2:16 ESV)

SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is primarily a work of God and was earned for every believer through Christ. It is the ongoing process of actively yielding to both God’s Word and The Holy Spirit in order for Him (God) to make the believer more like Christ. It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that the Christian is empowered to live a Spiritually maturing and Godly life. (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23, I Corinthians 1:30, II Corinthians 6:11, Romans 6:11-14, 8:29. 12:1,2, Philippians 2:13, Hebrews 12:2, Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV)

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 ESV)

THE CONSUMMATION

The consummation of all things includes the future, physical, visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In the consummation, Satan, with his hosts and all those outside Christ, is finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment, but the righteous, in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with Him forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled, and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God, who makes all things new.


ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

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. Water baptism is only intended for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and become His disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the church, oneself, and the world, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that his former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts a person’s release from the mastery of sin. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48 ESV)

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; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25). As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf, and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls, and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body.

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 19:4-6).