Beliefs

TRINITY

We believe in the sovereignty of the One true God eternally existing in three persons – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Deuteronomy 6:4. Psalm 139. Matthew 3:16-17. Matthew 28:19. John 1:1. John 1:14. John 14:9. John 4:24. John 10:30. John 14:16-20. Acts 17:24-28. Ephesians 4:4-6. Colossians 1:16-17. Hebrews 1:1-3. Colossians 2:9.

THE HOLY BIBLE

We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible (both the Old and New Testaments in their original writing) are the infallible, inerrant, Holy Spirit inspired Word of God. Through these Scriptures, God has revealed Himself and disclosed to us His character and His will. It is therefore the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. The Church has no authority to establish doctrine or practice contrary to the Scriptures.

Isaiah 40:8. Matthew 5:18. John 17:17. I Corinthians 2:12-13. Romans 15:4. Romans 16:25-26. Hebrews 4:12. 2 Timothy 3:14-17. 2 Peter 1:20-21.

THE ORIGIN OF SIN AND THE FALL OF MAN

Mankind (Adam and his posterity) was created in the image and likeness of God, righteous and without sin, the crown of His creation. Through Adam’s sin humanity fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God. Mankind lives in total depravity as children of wrath and is incapable of redeeming themselves.

Genesis 1:26-27. Psalm 8. Acts 4:12. Romans 3:9-18. Romans 3:23. Romans 5:12-21. Ephesians 2:1-3. Ephesians 8-9

VIRGIN BIRTH

We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, in the Virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God.

Isaiah 7:14. Matthew 1:18, 23-25. Luke 1:27-35

JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ, the everlasting Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit and healed many who were oppressed by the devil. Jesus accomplished our redemption through His shed blood and death on the cross. He was bodily resurrected and has ascended into Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father where He continues serving believers as our High Priest, Intercessor, and Advocate with the Father. He is the only mediator between God and Man and will physically return to the earth in power and glory as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:18-25. Luke 1:26-38. John 1:1-18. Romans 5:15-17. Romans 8:34. 1 Corinthians 15:1-28. 2 Corinthians 5:21. Galatians 3:10-14. Ephesians 1:7. Colossians 1:15-23. Colossians 2:9. Hebrews 7:25. Hebrews 9:13-15. Hebrews 10:19. 1 Timothy 3:16. 1 Peter 2:21-25. 1 John 1:1. 1 John 2:1-2.

SALVATION

Man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin, is lost and powerless to save himself. The only hope for humanity is to repent of this state of sinfulness, believe on Jesus Christ and confess that He is Lord. God freely forgives those who are brought to repentance and faith in His Son. Salvation cannot be earned through good works or any other human effort. Mankind is reconciled to God through faith alone and by God’s grace alone. We believe that all who are justified by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ.

Luke 23:44-24:8. John 1:12-13. John 3:3-5. John 3:16. John 6:37-44. John 10:25-30. John 20:24-29. Acts 16:30-31. Romans 3-4. Romans 5:17. Romans 8:1-17. Romans 8:31-39. Romans 10:8-10. I Corinthians 15:3-8. II Corinthians 5:17. Galatians 3:13. Ephesians 2:8-10. Philippians 2:12-13. Colossians 2:14-15. 2 Timothy 2:19. 1 Peter 1:18-19. 1 John 1:7. 1 John 1:9. 1 John 3:8. 1 John 5:12-13.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is a person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and of judgment. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers enabling them to have a relationship with God an empowering them to live godly and righteous lives. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, an experience subsequent to conversion, is an endowment of power given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification, evangelism and ministry. The Holy Spirit is active within the body of Christ until the coming of the Lord, doing signs and wonders as well as bestowing gifts as described in the New Testament. The gifts of the Spirit are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom of God, to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its call and mission. These gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church authorities.

Matthew 3:11. John 1:12-13. John 3:1-15. John 15:26. John 16:5-15. Acts 1:7-8. AActs 4:29-31. Acts 8:14-17. Acts 19:1-6. Romans 8:9. Romans 12:3-8. 1 Corinthians 6:19. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22. Galatians 3:1-5. Ephesians 1:13-14. Ephesians 5:18.

SATAN

Satan (the Devil) was cast out of God’s presence and is at work in the earth to establish his own illegitimate kingdom. He is at enmity with God and His children. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ; therefore Christians have authority over him. At the end of the age, Satan and his demons will be cast forever into the lake of fire (Hell).

Isaiah 14:10-17. Ezekiel 28:11-19. Matthew 12:25-29. Matthew 25:41. John 12:31. John 16:11. Ephesians 6:10-20. Colossians 2:13-15. Hebrews 6:1-2. Hebrews 9:27. 2 Peter 2:4. Jude 1:6. Revelation 12:7-9. Revelation 20:10.

THE CHURCH

We believe the one true and universal Church consists of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, which is His glorious Body commissioned to extend His kingdom on the earth. To equip members for the work of ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth and it is vitally important that every Christian be joined with and actively involved in a local community of believers.

Matthew 16:17-19. Acts 2:17-18. Acts 2:42. Ephesians 3:14-21. Ephesians 4:11-16. Hebrews 10:23-25. Hebrews 12:18-23. 1 Peter 2:4-5. Revelation 2-3. Revelation 3.

THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVERS

Jesus’ blood has released believers from sin (Satan’s dominion) and made a Kingdom of Priests (a royal priesthood). All people born of God have equal status before, and direct access to their Lord. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. Therefore, all born-again believers have a priestly ministry and all are called to function in that capacity. As a Kingdom of Priests we must offer sacrifices acceptable to God.

Revelation 1: 5-6. I Peter 2: 4-5. Hebrews 13:15-16. 1 Peter 2:9. Hebrews 4:14-16. Hebrews 10: 19-22. Revelation 5:9-10.

TWO SACRAMENTS

The Church is commanded to observe two sacraments or sacred acts of worship: water baptism and Holy Communion. Neither of these sacraments is a means of salvation, but they are a demonstration of an obedient lifestyle and a pathway to receive the blessing of God.

Water baptism is an outward expression of the inward work of salvation in a believer’s life. Baptism is by emersion in water and is done in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It identifies that a believer has buried his old life and is now resurrected into the newness of life in Christ Jesus.

Holy Communion is the partaking of the elements that symbolize the broken body and shed blood of Christ in remembrance of His sacrifice on the cross.

Matthew 26:26-29. Matthew 28:19. Acts 2:38. Romans 6:3-11. 1 Corinthians 11:23-34. Colossians 2:12. 1 Peter 3:21-22.

SECOND COMING

We believe that Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father. From there He will bodily return in power and glory at the end of the age (a date undisclosed by the Scriptures) to fully establish His Kingdom upon the earth and to judge both the living and the dead. We believe in the resurrection of the just and the unjust – the eternal life of the redeemed and the eternal damnation of those who have rejected God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ.

Psalms 2:7-9. Matthew 24:36-42. Luke 22:69. John 14:1-3. John 14:12. John 17:20-28. Acts 1:9-11. Acts 3:18-21. Acts 10:39-42. Romans 11:25-32. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28. 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. Ephesians 4:11-16. Philippians 3:20-21. Colossians 3:1. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11. 1 Thessalonians 5. 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12. 1 Peter 4:5. Revelation 7:9-14. Revelation 22:17.