We believe that the acquisition of truth can only come from the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus said, would guide us into all truth. The Bible teaches us in John 7:16,17 that we must “will to do His will” before we will know whether doctrine is Heaven inspired or man’s tradition. Revelation that brings genuine faith cannot be passed around or handed down, it must be imparted by the Holy Spirit into the heart of an individual. We must never become prideful or unteachable in our pursuit of truth knowing that according to 1 Cor. 13, at our best we still “know in part” and are “seeing into a mirror darkly”. Jesus also said that He would hide revelation from “the wise and prudent” but He would reveal Himself unto babes.
John 8:31,32; John 16:13; Matthew 16:17; Galatians 1:11,12
God the Father
We believe that God is the creator, ruler, and sustainer of the universe. He is One God existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is all powerful and all knowing. He is infinitely wise, and altogether worthy to be trusted. He is worthy of all honor and reverence. He is above reproach and faultless. He is good, beyond all comprehension, and is never the author or initiator of anything evil. God is love, and as such, has created man as a free moral agent with the choice to choose Him or not. The evil that befalls the world is a result of man’s choice to live separate from his Creator. In the fullness of time God will judge all unrighteousness and vanquish all evil and it’s source. He is holy and commands all men everywhere to repent. His Word is a record of His fatherly pursuit to have a love relationship with all of His creation.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Psalm 100; 2 Timothy 2:11-13
Jesus Christ the Son
We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all mankind. He was crucified, buried, and resurrected from the dead, overcoming the power of sin and death, thereby making a way of reconciliation with the Father. Only through Jesus Christ do we have access to the Father. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He lives to make intercession for us. He is returning again to receive His bride (the church) unto Himself. He will establish His Kingdom on this earth where He will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 John 5:11-13
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. He is convicting and convincing mankind of their need for a Savior. He guides believers into God’s truth and righteousness. He then empowers the believer to walk in the truth and live a righteous life. As believers we are to seek to be led by the Holy Spirit daily. The Holy Spirit indwells the life of every believer, but also desires to empower every believer to become a witness for Jesus Christ through what the Bible calls, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe that all the gifts of the Spirit are to be in operation today and should be desired and sought after as taught in scripture.
1 John 5:7; John 16:7-11, 13; 1 Cor. 14:1
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God written by men who were divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit and is the sole source of authority on planet earth. It is infallible and eternal. It communicates to us the way of salvation and reconciliation with God. It reveals the Godly standards and principles whereby all men should seek to live and conduct themselves toward God and toward each other. It alone is the source and standard for all moral behavior.
II Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:60; 1 Peter 1:23-25
We believe in the universality of the church. It is the representative of Jesus Christ on the earth, hence the church is called the Body of Christ. It is made up of those, from every tongue, tribe, and nation, who have called upon the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, accepting Him as Lord and Savior of their life. Every believer has been baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches us that all the members of the Body have a function and are necessary. As every member does it’s part, it causes growth and edification of the Body.
1 Cor. 12:12-31; Eph. 4; Romans 12:3-7
We believe that salvation is the miraculous process whereby one is made right with God and reconciled to God by repenting of their sin, confessing with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believing in their heart the fact of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It cannot be earned through any self-effort, but it is a gift to be received by faith. When salvation is received, one is transformed into a new creation and there will be evidence demonstrating that the new birth has occurred. Many of these evidences are found in the Book of 1 John. Paul says in 2 Cor. 13:5 that we should examine ourselves in the light of scripture as to whether we are in the faith. Salvation must be received individually and cannot be attained by association with any group, denomination, or adhering to any creed or moral code. We all must be born again.
John 1:12,13; Acts 2:36-39; Romans 10:9,10; James 2:14-26
We believe in baptism by immersion. It is the indication of a broken and contrite heart that is repentant before God. It is a Biblical command and is an initial act of obedience demonstrating our submission and allegiance to Jesus Christ and His commands for our lives. It is a contradiction to refuse baptism while claiming Jesus Christ as the Lord of our lives. It is an outward picture of an inward reality. It is a picture of our identification with the death, burial, and resurrection with Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:38, Romans 6:3,4; Gal. 2:20