We believe and teach The Bible to be the inspired and infallible Word of God in its original writings; a revelation from God to man. The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore, all doctrine, faith, hope, and instruction for the church must be based upon and harmonize with The Bible. (II Tim.3:16 , II Peter 1:20-21 , Psalms 119:89)
We believe and teach in the One Eternal God who is infinite in power, holy in His nature, attributes, and purpose. God is the Supreme, Exclusive, Self-Existent One, who has revealed Himself as Father in creation – Son in redemption – and as The Holy Ghost in regeneration. Almighty God’s monotheism is the central doctrine of the Old Testament, and His incarnation as Jesus Christ is the central doctrine of the New Testament. In His humanity, Jesus Christ was man – In His Deity, He was and is God. Jesus Christ is the One True God in His totality, for All the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwells in Him. (Deut.6:4, Matt.1: 21, II Cor.5:19 , Eph.4:6 , I Tim.3:16 , Psalms 139:7-10, Col. 1:15-19 , I Peter 1:20 , John 1:1-18 , Matt.28:18 , Rev.1:8 , Col.2:9 , I Cor.8:6 , Is.9:6 , Jn.14:6-10)
We believe and teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was begotten, not created. He was born of the virgin Mary – He lived a sinless life – He died a vicarious and atoning death on the cross for the sins of the world – He was resurrected bodily for our justification – and He ascended back to heaven where He now reigns, until all things are put under His feet.
(Matt.28:1-10 , Luke 1:26-35 , Jn.3:16 , I Peter 2:22 , Heb.10:10 , Romans 5:16-18 , Acts 1:1-11)
We believe and teach the Biblical account of creation, and not the theory of evolution.
(Genesis 1 , Exodus 20:11 , Col.1:16,17 , Heb.1:10)
Fallibility of Man
We believe and teach that man was made in the image of God in an innocent and pure state and is the crown of creation. However; through voluntary transgression, Adam and Eve fell and were banished by God from the garden of Eden. Hence; sin entered into the world. (Gen.1:27 , Gen.3 , Rom.3:23 , Rom.5:12-21)
We believe and teach that upon the death & resurrection of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, the Time of Reformation had come; thus, initiating the fulfillment to the “old” Covenant, and the establishment of the “new” Covenant. We now have A New & Living Way which He hath consecrated for us; therefore, all of the ceremonial ritualism and the carnal ordinances contained in the Mosaic Law are no longer valid. Eternal Salvation is now available to all humanity because of Calvary’s Supreme Sacrifice.
(Matt.5:17 , Luke 16:16 , Rom.7:6 , 10:4 , Heb.8:6-10 , 9:10-17 , 10:9,10,20)
Redemption / The New Birth
We believe and teach that one must be born again (experience the new birth) in order to obtain membership in The Body of Christ (His Church). Regeneration by the Holy Ghost for the salvation of lost and sinful man is absolutely essential, and is only obtainable by:
(1) Hearing: We understand and believe that in order to believe the gospel one must first hear the gospel. Acts 4:4, Eph 1:13-14, James 1:25
(2) Believe: Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Romans 10:13-17
Obeying the scriptures is found to be the vital component of salvation. If you have heard the word, and believed the word then you will act upon or obey what you have believed. Upon believing the gospel you will repent, be baptized and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
(3) Repentance: godly sorrow and sincere prayer which is evidenced by confessing and forsaking of sins. Justification only comes by grace through faith in our Lord’s shed blood on Calvary. (Luke 24:47 , Mark 1:15 , 6:12 , Acts 2:38 , 3:19 , Romans 3:21-24)
(4) Water Baptism: by immersion only, and administered in the Name of The Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38,41 , 8:12,16,38 , 10:48 , 16:33 , 19:3-5 , 22:16 , Gal.3:27 , Col.3:17)
(5) Spirit Baptism: The Holy Ghost is called the Promise of The Father, The Comforter, and The Spirit of Truth; and was given to bring conviction to lost souls – to empower believers and lead them unto all truth – and to administer spiritual gifts to the Church. (Acts 1:8 , 2:4, 10:46 , 19:6 , John 14:16-17 , 15:26 , 16:7-16 , I Cor.12)
(6) Living the Spiritual Life: As born again believers we believe that we must endeavor to walk in the spirit and conduct ourselves as spirit filled believers being led by the Spirit of God. Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:25,
We believe and teach that The Church is the figurative Body of Christ on the earth. The many members of this “One” Body comprise the “One” Church of Jesus Christ, which is the sum total of all Spirit-Filled believers everywhere.
(Matt.16:18 , I Cor.10:16-17 , 12:12-14, 27, Eph.5:27,30,32 , I Peter 2:5-10, Rom.8:9 , Heb.12:23)
Article Nine – Brotherly Love
We believe and teach that “By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one to another.” (John 13:34-35 , Col.3:12-14 , Matt.5:38-48 , I Cor.13 , I John 4:7-21)
We believe and teach in a life of holiness, without which no man shall see The Lord, through sanctification; as a definite, yet progressive work of grace. Christians should cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God; for God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. We should abstain from any activity or practice which is not conducive to a godly lifestyle; for we are to live and walk in The Spirit. (I John 2:15-16 , I Thess.4:7 , Heb.12:14 , I Peter 1:15-16 , Titus 2:11-12, I Tim.2:8-9 , Gal.5:16-26 , Eph.4:23-32 , I Cor.6:19-20 , II Cor.7:1 , Col.3:1-10)
We believe and teach in the operation of the gifts of The Spirit for the Empowerment, the Edification, and the Equipping of the Church today. (I Cor.12 and 14)
We believe and teach that healing / deliverance for the spirit, mind, and body is provided in the Atonement, and is available to all believers in Christ. (Heb.13:8 , Matt.8:16-17 , Mark 16:17-18 , James 5:14-16 , I Peter 2:24 , III John 2 , Is.53:5)
We believe and teach in the highest possible standard of moral living, and that all forms of unnatural sexuality is condemned by The Holy Scriptures. Therefore; those who are involved in any immoral or deviant behavior; such as homosexuality, fornication, adultery, or such like – will be disqualified from holding any office in the Church – unless or until they have “truly” repented and experienced complete deliverance. (I Cor.6:9-11, Rom.1:18-32, II Tim.3:1-5 , Lev.20:13 , Matt.19:3-9 , Mark 10:11-12 , Luke 16:18 , Gal.5:19-21)
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe and teach in the literal, imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth to receive His Church unto Himself.
(I Thess.4:13-18 , Heb.9:28 , Matt.24:29-31 , Mark 13:24-27 , Luke 21:27-28 , John 14:3 , Acts 1:11 , Rom.14:10 , II Cor.5:10 , Rev.16:16 , Rev.17:14 , Rev.19:11 thru 21:8)