What We Believe

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What We Believe

Jesus Christ, God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh, born of a virgin, and is both divine and human. He is holy, sinless and was crucified as the vicarious substitute for man’s transgressions; He was resurrected from the dead, ascended on high, and is coming again personally, visibly and in great power and glory. (John 14:1-3; Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14; Acts 2:36)

Inspiration of the Scriptures

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, both the Old and New Testaments. (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)  

God

We believe in one God revealed in three persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:2; John 17)

Man

We believe that man in his natural state is a sinner, lost and undone, without hope, and without God. (Romans 3:19-23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 3:1-2, 12)

Blood Atonement

We believe in the saving power of the Blood of Jesus and His imputed righteousness. (Acts 4:12; Romans 4:1-9; Romans 5:1-11; Ephesians 1:3-15)

Salvation

We believe that the terms of salvation are: repentance toward God for sin, and a personal heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,  resulting in a regeneration of the person.  This salvation is entirely by the grace of our Lord and not of works.  Works are excluded except as FRUIT of salvation. (Acts 3:19-20; Romans 4:1-5; Ephesians 2:8-10)

Separated Life

We believe that believers should seek, as the early disciples did, to practice the separated life from the world and unto Christ and to set standards of conduct, which shall exalt our Lord and His Church. (Romans 12: 1-3;  2 Corinthians 6:17)  

Heaven and Hell

We believe that the Bible clearly sets forth the doctrine of Hell for the unsaved (Matthew 23:33, 25:34; Luke 16:19) and Heaven for the saved (John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15).

 Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Trinity whose purpose in the redemption of man is to convict men of sin, regenerate the repentant believer, guide the believer into ALL truth, indwell and give gifts to believers as He wills, that they may minister as Christ would to men.  We believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit as recorded in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 shall operate in present day churches which yield to the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39).  We believe the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 19:1-7), is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11), Jesus (Acts 1:4-5,8), and Peter (Acts 2:38-41). This was witnessed by the early disciples of Christ (Acts 2:4) and is evidenced by many present day disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Divine Healing

We believe God’s will is for His people to be free from sickness and disease.  We believe that divine healing is provided for in the Atonement (Isaiah 53:5) and may be appropriated by the Gift of Healing (1 Corinthians 19:12), laying on of hands (Mark 16:18), anointing with oil by the Elders (James 5:14-16), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23).  Since, healing and health are clearly God’s will for the believer, we also believe that God uses both NATURAL and SUPERNATURAL means, including doctors, medicine, surgery etc.

Water Baptism

We believe in immersion in water in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:15-16; Acts 8:38).  We believe that Baptism is a symbol of identification with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection, and that it is an act of obedience and does not produce salvation.

Second Coming of Jesus Christ

We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ Jesus to this earth to rapture His Church and judge the world (Acts 1:10-11;  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; James 5:8;  Revelation 1:7).

Bodily Resurrection

We believe that Jesus Christ was bodily resurrected (Luke 24:39-43) and that the day is coming when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and will be resurrected (John 5:25-29). The righteous will be resurrected to life with Christ and the wicked to eternal damnation.

Local Church

We believe the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a Body of believers who have been born of the Spirit of God, live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, are under recognized, delegated authorities (Acts 2:40-47) who assemble to worship, carry forth the Great Commission, and minister as the Holy Spirit leads.

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