WHAT WE BELIEVE


We Believe in Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and sacrificed Himself to be punished in substitution for sinners. By the blood of His cross and His resurrection from the dead, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. He was raised bodily and ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom.

We Believe in The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates and forever indwells all Christians. Either subsequently or at the same moment, Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit to empower believers for ministry and witness. We believe the sign gifts were for a time and place that has already occurred before the Cannon of Scripture was completed.  We believe the Holy Spirit endwells every believer at the moment of conversion and gives various gifts of ministry and service to believers.  These gifts empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission. The Bible is the final authority for faith and practice for Christians.

We Believe in Salvation

We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ritual, work, or any other activity is required in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Jesus. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Jesus forever. Salvation has three parts:  Justification is being saved from the Penalty of sin at conversion by putting ones faith in Jesus.  Sanctification is being saved from the Power of Sin through the indwelling Holy Spirit and the obedient actions of the believer.  And, Glorification, is the third part of Salvation.  It is when we enter Heaven, and are changed into our heavenly, imperishable bodies, and are then saved from the Presence of siin forever in heaven!

We Believe in Baptism, Communion, & The Church

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation. Baptism in water is by immersion and a direct commandment of our Lord for believers only. Water baptism is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in death, burial and resurrection.

Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Col 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21.

 

We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching gifts to the church. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. God has called the church to preach the gospel to all nations, making disciples who make more disciples who will wini the lost and train believers for a lifetime of effective Christian ministry.  We believe every person is a ministering person for Jesus!  The church is also the Bride of Christ, and will be raptured from the earth, brough together with Jesus in Heaven, and will then return with Jesus at His Second Coming and reign with Him during the Millinium and on into eternity.

Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10.