He is our Lord and Savior, the Head of the Church, the Chief Cornerstone, and THE foundation of our faith. (Eph. 2:19-22; Col 1:15-20)
God speaking to us. It is the truth! (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Thes. 2:13)
Provides intimate contact with our loving God, who will guide us and care for us. (Mark 11:24; 1 Tim. 2:1; James 4:13-16)
Our opportunity to tell God how much we love Him. Worship touches us spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. (Psa. 150:6; John 4:23-24; Rev. 4:11)
Vital to growth, instituted by God, the sanctity of marriage, sexuality, and human life com from God, not the world. (Psa. 139:13-16; Eph. 5:22-6:4; 1 Cor. 6:9-11)
Being part of a group of people that meets regularly for support, encouragement, and relationship. (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:24-25)
What we have with God is so good that we enjoy sharing it with others. (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15)
In God’s power we invest our talents and abilities in people and in our community. (2 Cor. 5:18-20; Eph. 4:12-13)
We invest what we have in time, talent, and treasure, in a way that pleases God. (Pr. 10:9; Luke 16:10)
Our Tenets of Faith
The Scriptures Inspired
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12
The One True Godhead
The triune Godhead is comprised of three separate and distinct persons (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit), who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ (God manifested in the flesh) is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
John 1:1, 14, 18, 15:26, 16:28
Jesus Christ was manifested to destroy the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem mankind back to God.
Romans 3:10, 23, 5:14; 1 John 3:8
On the cross, Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind. By grace we are saved through faith. Our inward witness of the Spirit and outward expression of true holiness, righteousness and love is evidence of this salvation. While our works don’t save us they will determine our eternal reward. Salvation has come through faith in Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone, for both Jew and Gentile alike.
Psalms 103:3; John 3:1-8; Romans 3:24, 8:16, 9:6-8, 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 3:5-16; Ephesians 1:7-10, 2:8, 2:14-22; 1 John 3:23
The Bible teaches a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” This process of separation from sin will change our motives, our thinking, our speaking, our behavior and our actions and is an ongoing work in the life of the Christian.
Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 12:14, 13:12
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, a memorial of His suffering and death, a reminder of the New Blood Covenant, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”
1 Corinthians 11:26; 2 Peter 1:4
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have truly been born again in Christ. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47; Romans 6:4
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
We believe the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers and is received subsequently to being “born again” in Christ. Evidence of this experience often includes speaking in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance.
Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, 2:4, 2:38-39, 10:44-46, 19:1-7
The Church and It’s Mission
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfilment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, whose names are written in Heaven.
Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23
Spiritual – John 3:3, 3:11; Romans 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Mental – Isaiah 26:3; Romans 12:2; 2 Timothy 1:7
Physical – Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24
Financial – Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; 3 John 1:2
Social – Proverbs 3:4
We believe healing is provided for in the atonement of Jesus Christ. Healing is God’s will for the mental, spiritual, and physical ills of mankind and is brought about by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands.
Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24
We believe that those who have physically died without accepting the redemptive work of Jesus Christ are eternally lost in the lake of fire and therefore have no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or for repentance.
Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20, 20:10-15
Return of the Lord
We believe in the eminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His saints from Heaven. At the time of the rapture, “…the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we (believers) which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the cloud, to meet the Lord in the air…”
Romans 11:25, 11:27; Acts 1:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 4:16-17; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-7