STATEMENT OF BELIEF
We believe that the Bible is the inspired
Word of God without error in the original writing and is the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and
the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. God is the one and only true and living God, and is the creator
of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Christology: What we believe about Christ
We believe that
Jesus Christ is the preexistent, eternal Son of God. He existed before the creation of time (John 1:1-3, Colossians
1:16, Hebrews 1:2).
was truly God (Philippians 2:6, John 10:30, 17:5, Colossians 2:9).
We believe in the incarnation of Christ. According to John 1:14, the Word
became flesh (1 John 4:2, 2 John 7, Romans 8:3).
We believe that Christ was fully God and fully man.
We believe in the virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23).
We believe in the sinless life, death, burial, and bodily resurrection
of Christ for the salvation of humanity (Matthew 27:45-56, 1 Corinthians 15:1-19).
We believe in the priesthood of Christ. He intercedes for the
church (Hebrews 5).
We believe that healing is available in Christ for the body (Isaiah 53:3-5).
Bibliology: What we believe about the Bible
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, revelation of God given to man by the work of the Holy
Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe that the Bible contains the Word
of God in its entirety – it is the “logos” of God (general revelation) and the “rhema”
of God (specific revelation) is a “right now” Word for the believer
Soteriology: What we
believe about Salvation
that all men are born sinners under the judgment of death (Romans 6:23). God has made a way of escape from the judgment
of sin through His Son, Jesus Christ.
We believe that one is saved by faith through grace and not according to his meritorious acts. Man can only
be saved through sola fide (faith alone), sola gratia (grace alone), sola
scriptura (scripture alone), and solus Christus (Christ alone).
We believe that each person, in order to be
saved, must undergo the following: regeneration, justification, and glorification
- We believe people must have a
spiritual rebirth (John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17). This conversion experience is predicated upon the acquittal of wrongdoings,
a concept known as justification (Romans 5:2, 2 Corinthians 5:21).
- Though we are declared positionally cleansed, conditionally we are the same.
For this reason, we must undergo a process of cleansing that conforms us to the image of Christ by the Holy Spirit. This
process is known as sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3). The act of cleansing takes place when we are restored into
a right relationship with God.
- The final state of humanity is to disrobe from mortality and
to be robed with immortality (1 Corinthians 15:54). This is our ultimate state, when we are changed with a twinkling
of the eye!
Ecclesiology: What we
believe about the Church
We believe in the local church as the vehicle of
expression of the Kingdom, or government, of God. Jesus is the founder and the head of the Church (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians
1:22, Colossians 1:18).
We believe that every believer should be a part of a local church,
which is governed by the structure God provides in Scripture (Hebrews 10:25).
We believe that the Church is comprised of believers (Colossians
We believe that God takes care
of the Church (Ephesians 5:29).
believe that Christ is coming back for His Church (Ephesians 5:27).
We believe that the local church has a hierarchical structure: Apostles, Prophets,
Pastors, Evangelists, and Teachers. These five offices govern the church with the assistance of the ministry of
Deacons (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 6, Hebrews 13:17).
We believe that the local church should demonstrate and participate in the justice of God in
its community (Luke 4:18, Isaiah 58:6-14).
We believe that the local church is the storehouse for the tithes and offerings of God (Malachi 3:6-8).
We believe that the local church should be
involved in evangelism and world missions (Acts 1:8).
We believe in the rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelations 4, 1 Corinthians
We believe in the tribulation
period based upon the book of Daniel (Daniel’s 70th week) and the book of Revelation.
We believe in the judgment of believers, not for eternity but
for rewards, called the Bema (1 Corinthians 3:5-17, 1 Corinthians 5:10).
We believe in the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 19).
We believe in the Great White Throne of Judgment
for unbelievers (Revelation 20).
believe in heaven as the eternal destination of the believer and hell and the Lake of Fire for the unbeliever (Matthew
5:3, Revelation 21:1, Luke 16:19-31, Revelation 20:14-15).
Pneumatology: What we
believe about the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity (Acts 16:7, 1 Corinthians 6:11, John
We believe in the pre-existence
of the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26).
believe that the Holy Spirit worked in the Old Testament as mentioned in Scripture.
We believe that the Holy Spirit plays a part in the salvation
of humanity (1 Corinthians 12:3).
believe that the Holy Spirit is ultimately responsible for the writing of Scripture (2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
as a subsequent act after salvation for personal empowerment and a devotional gift (Acts 2:38, 8:14-17, 10:44-48).
We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers the
church with gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Romans 12:6-8).
We believe that we are to have communion with the Spirit (2 Corinthians
Trinitology: What we
believe about the Trinity
we believe about Man
We believe that God has a purpose for all of humanity (Romans 8:32-37).
We believe that God has uniquely gifted everyone for ministry
that prayer is a key component to spiritual perpetuation.
We believe that man was created to praise God with singing, dancing, and on instruments
that man is created with the abilities to choose for himself, a concept that is demonstrated throughout Scripture. This is
called free moral agency.
believe Adam was the first man and from him all others have come. He was created pure without sin, but chose to sin, hence
sin entered all of humanity (Genesis 3, Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:23). He represented humanity as the federal and seminal
We believe in marriage as an
institution planned by God for human fulfillment, reproduction, and to serve as a type of the church and Christ
(Genesis 1:28, Genesis 3, Hebrews 13:4).
that marriage is intended to be a lifetime commitment honored by all (Matthew 19:1-7). Divorce is not to be sought after,
however, God does grant forgiveness for divorcees.
Demonology: What we believe about Satan
We believe in a real devil and demons, sometimes referred to as fallen angels. The
chief of demons or fallen angels is Satan (Job 1, Isaiah 14:12-14, 2 Corinthians 11:3).
We believe that ultimately the believer will
triumph over the devil and his forces (Revelation 12:11, Romans 8:35-37, Luke 10:17).
We believe that every believer is in a personal combat, consciously
or not, with the forces of evil – Satan, demons, and fallen angels.
We believe that Christ defeated the forces of evil on the cross
of Calvary, hence, the believer must stand against Satan in light of this victory (Colossians 2:15).