What We BelieveThe following "Statement of Faith" is intended to establish a general consistency of biblical truths and principles.
No claim is made that this "Statement of Faith" contains all truth in the Bible; only that it covers the fundamental biblical precepts necessary for Scriptural unity.
- That the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. It is the authoritative source of Christian doctrine and precepts. We believe in the harmony of Scripture, the whole Bible rightly divided, not emphasizing one portion of biblical truth above another. (II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 2:21)
- In one God eternally existing in three persons. Namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:1; Luke 3:22)
- That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father.He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended into heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as our intercessor and soon coming King. (Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 7:26, 11:3; I Corinthians 15:52)
- In the salvation of man. That man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin is lost and powerless to save himself. That the only hope for man is to believe on Jesus Christ who died to take upon Himself the punishment for the sins of man and rose from the dead so that we can be redeemed by His blood and receive eternal life. (John 3:3)
- In sanctification. This is an act of separation from evil and dedication to God through a personal commitment to God’s plan for living. (Romans 6:1-11, 8:1-2; I Peter 1:5)
- In water baptism by immersion. All who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19)
- In the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This happens after salvation and is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives the utterance (Acts 2:4). We also believe that the Gifts of the Spirit are available to Believers today. (I Corinthians 12-13, 14)
- Divine healing is provided for all in the Atonement. Healing is the privilege of all Believers. (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14)
- In Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper). Communion consists of the elements of bread and fruit of the vine, a symbol and memorial of the purpose of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. (I Corinthians 11:23-26)
- In the pre-millennial Second Coming of Christ. First to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air (I Thessalonians 4:16-17) and second, the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years. (Revelation 19:11-14)
- In bodily resurrection. This is eternal life for the Christian (Matt. 25:46; John 10:28) and eternal punishment for the wicked. (Revelation 20:10-15)