What We Believe

We believe in the one ever-living, eternal God:  infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity.

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is the manifestation of that one God.  We believe that in Jesus Christ dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9)  He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world, resurrected bodily for our justification, and now reigns in glory until all things be put under His feet. (I Timothy 3:16)

We believe in the absolute inspiration of the Holy Scriptures in their original autographs given by the Holy Spirit without error as He moved on the holy men of old.  Furthermore, we believe that the Church has no authority to establish doctrine or practice, contrary to these same scriptures, which were subsequently accepted as Canon by the early Christian Church. (II Timothy 3:16)

We believe that man was made in the image of God and is the crown of all His creation.  He is now by reason of “the fall” spiritually alienated from his creator.  Apart from God’s grace he has no ability to attain to this high calling. (Psalm 8; Eph. 2:8-9)

We believe that justification is by grace through faith in our Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary. (Romans 3:21-24)

We believe that all people are to repent and be buried with our Lord Jesus Christ in the waters of baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4; II Peter 3:9; Acts 2:1-4)

We believe  that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification and evangelism. It is our understanding that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are active within the body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. Furthermore, we believe that the development of these gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church authority. (Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-2; I Corinthians 12:4-7)

We believe that those who are called by the name of Jesus Christ should depart from iniquity, understanding that salvation from the penalty of sin only begins the process of redemption.  We acknowledge that one work of the Holy Ghost is to create in us the character of the Lord Jesus Christ that is developed through personal relationship with Him. (II Tim. 2:19)

We believe in the priesthood of the believer.  All people born of God have equal status before God and direct access to their Lord. (I Pet. 2:5)

We believe the identity of the Body of Christ on the earth is primarily perceived through the local Church.  We understand the local church to be the hope for the world and is autonomous in regards to authority. (Rev. 2, 3)

We believe in the literal second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the literal rule of Christ upon the earth, the resurrection of the regenerate to eternal life, and the unregenerate to the eternal damnation, and the ultimate victory of the eternal kingdom of God. (Acts 1:9, Daniel 12:2, Rev. 22:1-7)

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