STATEMENT OF FAITH

  1. The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
  2. That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
  3. In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in the blessed hope of His personal visible future return to this earth to receive to Himself His blood-bought Church that it may be with Him forever.
  4. In the precious blood of Christ and that regeneration is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
  5. That the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the body in answer to the believing prayer.
  6. That the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.
  7. In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by who's indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
  8. In the resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH (extended) 

HOLY BIBLE

The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God.  It alone is the final authority in determining all the doctrinal truths.  In its original writing, is inspired infallible and inerrant (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26.)

 


 

TRINITY

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  These three are coequal and co-eternal (1 John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).



 
JESUS CHRIST 

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity.  On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man.  He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life.  He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood.  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. (John 1:1, 14; John 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5.)

 



VIRGIN BIRTH

Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through 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; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35.)




REDEMPTION
 

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

 



REGENERATION

For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65).

 



SALVATION

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial and resurrection.  Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

 



REPENTANCE

Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; 1 John 1:9).

  



SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us.  It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 2:11.)

 



JESUS' BLOOD

The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse man of all sin.  Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9: John 1:29.)

 

 



JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS
 

Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit.  They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior.  They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12, 14:17, 23, John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20.)

 



BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth.  Its purpose is to bring edification to the believers and to enhance their prayer life.  It is also a sign to the unbeliever (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 8, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6.)

 



THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
 

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel.  The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive and the gifts may occur in various combinations.  All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives.  These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10).

  



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).

  



TWO SACRAMENTS: 
 

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 (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38.)

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; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).

 



HEALING OF THE SICK
 

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples.  It is given as a sign, which is to fellow believers.  It is also a part of Jesus’ atonement on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).

 


GOD'S WILL FOR PROVISION 

It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life.  But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on earth.  That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others:

 

1.     Spiritual (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)

2.     Mental and Emotional (2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3)

3.     Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24)

4.     Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19.)

 



RESURRECTION

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross.  One day, all believers in Christ will also be physically resurrected in their glorified bodies to their eternal reward in Heaven with God (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15: 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23; 3:21.)

 



HEAVEN
 

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4.)

 



HELL

After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8.)

 



SECOND COMING

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom.  This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7.)


 


 

 

 

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