What We Believe
1. There is only One True God. He is revealed in three persons...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is loving, holy, and perfect beyond human comprehension. (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matt 5:18; John 16:12-13).
2. The Bible is inspired by God. It is infallible. They declare His design and plan for mankind. (Deut 6:4; 2 Cor 13:14).
3. Jesus Christ is 100% God and man and that He is the only way by which mankind is able to be forgiven of their sins and enter into a reconciled relationship with God. He lived a perfect sinless life and then took the penalty and punishment for sin on the cross. He paid for the penalty of sin, once and for all, and then rose from the dead three days later and ascended to heaven. (Rom 3:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 2:24, 3:18; Eph 1:7).
4. Mankind was originally created good, but fell into sin which resulted in death, both physical and spiritual, coming into the world. People are unable to save themselves through their good works or good religious practice. Therefore, people are hopelessly sinful and when they die, they will spend eternity separated from God in Hell unless they experience salvation and surrender their lives to God while they are alive. (Gen 1:26-27; Rom 3:22-23, 5:12; Eph 2:1-3,8-9, 12).
5. By believing in Jesus Christ, repenting of sin, and making Him the Lord of their life, any person can be forgiven of their sins and brought into right relationship with God. However, this "new birth" comes only through the grace of God. Man is unable to save himself and thus, salvation begins with God doing a supernatural work of illumination and regeneration in sinful man. Salvation comes entirely by grace through faith. (Eph 1:7, 2:8-10; John 1:12, 14:6; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
6. When Jesus died on the cross, He took the complete full penalty for sin upon Himself. Therefore, when someone is born again, they are now spiritually deemed righteous because of Christ's righteousness in them, and justified, because of the finished work of Christ on the cross. This does not mean that they are perfect now, but it does mean they are forgiven and entirely accepted by God based entirely on Christ's righteousness. (Rom. 3:26; Rom. 3:28-30; Gal. 2:16)
7.We believe that sanctification is a process that begins to take place right at the moment of salvation. God desires to make His people holy and to separate them from the sin, entrapments, and bondages of the world. The purpose of sanctification is to become more and more like Christ. It is a work of the Holy Spirit. It does not derive from our obedience to the "law" but rather our surrender to the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is a life long process. (Rom 6:14; Col 3:10; Phil. 3:10)
8. We believe in a full Gospel. This means that we preach Christ crucified, resurrected, and coming again. In accordance with this, we believe that the works and manifestations of the Holy Spirit seen in the New Testament are for today as Christ promised that those that would come after Him would do greater works. Thus, the gifts of the Spirit, (the charismata) are for today and should be sought after. Though salvation is the most important encounter with God that an individual could have, we believe that the Christian life is supposed to be filled with encountering God in many ways. God's Spirit is alive and active today. (1 Cor. 12; Acts 2; Hebrews 13:8)
9. In accordance with the above statement, we believe that it that Christians must be discerning as they seek the spiritual gifts because God does not want His people seeking the gifts more than they seek the giver of the gifts or seeking experiences to just get emotional highs. Because of the reality that there are false manifestations of the Holy Spirit, Christians must always walk in discernment and make righteous judgments based on the Word of God. The Holy Spirit always bears good fruit in the lives of Christians that encounter him (2 Cor 11:14; 1 Peter 5:8)
10. The Church, the body of Christ, is composed of Christians that adhere to sound biblical doctrine regardless of denomination. (Romans 12:4-5;1 Cor 12:12)
11. Healing of the sick and afflicted was, and is, provided for in Christ's atonement. However, healing is not something that comes from man's efforts or one's ability to generate their own faith. Healing comes directly from God through faith and by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Isa. 53:5; Jms 5:15)
12. Jesus is coming again as He promised. He will judge the world and all wickedness and then establish the Kingdom of God. (Acts 3:19-21; 1Thess. 2:1-2; Titus 2:12-14)
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