What We Believe

1. The Inspired Scriptures – The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21).

2. The One True God – The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator and the Redeemer of mankind. We believe God eternally exists as three persons called the Trinity, which is comprised of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4;Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).

3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ – The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father (Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 7:26; Acts 2:22; Revelations 1:8).

4. The Fall of Man – Man was created good and upright; However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans5:12-19).

5. The Salvation of Man – Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.  Salvation is by faith through grace and demonstrated in repentance leading to a relationship with Jesus Christ (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).

6. The Ordinances of the Church

(a) Baptism in Water – The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4).

(b) Holy Communion – The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”

7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit – Given at Pentecost, we believe the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father available to all Christians.  It was sent by Jesus after His ascension to empower the church.  In scripture the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by speaking in tongues (unknown prayer language) (Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4; John 14:15-17).

8. Sanctification – Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God and that which is good, upright, and morally pure (Romans 12:1-2; I Peter 1:16; Hebrews 12:14).

9. Divine Healing – Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement for our sins (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).

10. The Blessed Hope – The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52).

11. The Millennial Reign of Christ – The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints and the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27(or 17),30; Revelation 1:7).

12. The Final Judgment – There will be a final judgment at which all men will be judged (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20).

13. The New Heavens and the New Earth “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21,22).