What We Believe
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Scriptures were given to men by God to reveal to us His character and to give us guidelines to live by. (Timothy 3:16; Peter 1:21)
- Our God is One, but the Godhead is manifested in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost). (Philippians 2:6; John 14:21-26; 1 John 5:7)
- God the Father is greater than all. He is the Father of the Son (Jesus Christ) and all that have the Spirit of His Son dwelling in them. (John 14:28; John 16:28; Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15; Galatians 5:6,7)
- God the Son is the flesh-covered Word, sent from heaven, born of the virgin Mary, crucified on the cross, died and was buried, raised from the dead, ascended to heaven and is the only Begotten Son of the Father. (John 1:14; John 1:18; John 1:1; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Acts 1:9)
- God the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son. (John 15:26)
- Man is a created being, made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). Through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world (Genesis Chapter 3; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world to save (redeem) the world (sinners) by giving His life and shedding His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:12,19; 1 Timothy 1:15; 1 John 3:8).
- Salvation (Eternal Life) is the gift of God to man (Romans 6:23) and is accompanied by justification and regeneration. This gift is received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8). Confession and repentance of sin leads a person to salvation by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and that person receives the forgiveness of their sin (Romans 10:9,10; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 5:12; Ephesians 1:7). At this point, a person becomes a new creature which is also known as the new birth experience, or being born again (2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:3,5).
- Water baptism is an ordinance of the church, a commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ for Believers only, and is accomplished by complete immersion in water. Water baptism should follow repentance of the Believer and should be done in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. This ordinance is symbolic for the Believer to identify himself with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39; Acts 16:33; Galatians 3:27)
- The doctrine of sanctification commences after the new birth (salvation). It is a progressive work of grace, through faith which helps us to live a life of holiness before God and men (Hebrews 12:14). The Word of God teaches us how to live holy lives and how to keep our bodies and minds in sanctification. (1 Thessalonians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
- The baptism in the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) is subsequent to the new birth (salvation) and is another gift from God (Acts 2:38, 39). The baptism in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) gives the utterance. (Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4)
- The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) (1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 14) are given to men by the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) to build up the body of Christ (The Church). The nine fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) are evidences of the Spirit working in the believers’ lives to produce Godly character. (Hebrews 2:4; Jude 20)
- The resurrection of both the dead in Christ and the living in Christ is a great hope for the Body of Christ (The Church). As Jesus left this Earth, in like manner He shall come again (Acts 1:9-11). When He comes, "the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). This is commonly referred to as the Rapture. The word rapture is not found in the Word of God, but is a word that describes what will happen in the Scripture above. (1 Corinthians 15:51-54)
- The return of the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of the seven year Tribulation and at the beginning of the thousand year reign (Millennium as some refer to it), known as the Second Coming. He shall return to earth, as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16), together with His Saints, which includes the Believers that were washed in the blood of Jesus (Revelation 19:7, 8, 14), who are kings and priests (Revelation 1:5,6), and shall reign a thousand years (Revelation 20:6) with Him.
- Heaven and Hell are real places and both are eternal. Heaven is God’s dwelling place (1 Kings 8:30), His throne is located there (Psalm 11:4), Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven (John 20:17) and is preparing a place for born again Believers to live forever with Him (John 14:1-3). Hell is a place where the wicked go (Psalm 9:17) and is a place of everlasting punishment for the unbeliever, disobedient, and those who reject the Gospel (Revelation 21:8; Matthew 25:46; Hebrews 2:4). If a person dies in his sin he will suffer the eternal punishment of hell and the lake of fire (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:15; Jude 7).
- The doctrine of angels was taught by Christ (Matthew 8:10; 24:31; 26:53; etc.). Angels were created by God (Psalm 148:2, 5; Colossians 1:16), and were created before the world and man (Job 38:6,7). They were created holy (Ezekiel 28:15; Jude 6), and they have intellect (Matthew 28:5; 1 Peter 1:12), emotions (Job 38:7; Luke 2:13; 15:10), and will (Jude 6). Angels are organized and ranked. There are archangels and one is named Michael in Jude 9. There are also "chief princes" (Daniel 10:13), "seraphim" (Isaiah 6:1-3) and "cherubim" (Genesis 3:22-24). They protect God’s people and are sent to serve believers (Hebrews 1:14). They protect the godly (Psalm 34:7; Daniel 6:20, 23), oppose our enemies (Psalm 35:4,5) and are specifically assigned as guardians of individuals (Matthew 18:10). They are God’s agents in answering prayer (Acts 12:7) even bringing physical provisions (Genesis 21:17-20; 1 Kings 19:5-7). There are so many references in the Bible concerning angels and their activity in the heavens and on earth.
- The doctrine of Satan and devils (demons) is widely taught in scripture. Many of Satan's names are the Devil (slanderer), Lucifer (son of the morning), Beelzebub (Lord of the flies, Matthew 12:24), and Belial (lawless, 2 Corinthians 6:15), the evil one (1 John 5:19), the tempter (1 Thessalonians 3:5), the prince of this world (John 12:31), the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4), the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2), the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10), and angel of light (false light, 2 Corinthians 11:14), a serpent (Revelation 12:9), and a dragon (Revelation 12:3). He is a created angelic being. He was created as part of the angelic realm (Ephesians 6:11, 12; Ezekiel 24:18) and was the highest in rank of them all (Ezekiel 28:12-14). He is an enemy of righteousness. He is a murderer (John 8:44), a liar (John 8:44), and accuser (Revelation 12:10) and our adversary (1 Peter 5:8). He is a limited creature. He is limited by God (Job 1:12). He is not God’s equal (1 John 4:4). He is not omniscient, omnipotent or infinite in any way. Believers with God’s help can resist him (James 4:7). It is clear that Satan has a following of like beings (Prince of the demons, Matthew 12:24; the Devil and his angels, Matthew 25:41). Demons are described throughout the Scriptures (Daniel 10:10-20; Matthew 10:1; Ephesians 6:12). Demons are by nature the same kind of spirit beings as angels. They are personal, intelligent beings. Demons are morally wicked (unclean spirits, Matthew 10:1; evil, Luke 7:21; wickedness and darkness, Ephesians 6:12). They are deceitful (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15). They are immoral (Genesis 6:4; Jude 6, 7). Demons are invisible but also able to appear (Satan, Zechariah 3:1; Matthew 4:9.10; Demons, Revelation 9:7-10; 16:13-16). Demons are active in hindering the spiritual progress of believers every way they can along with their leader, Satan. They are deliberate and organized in these attempts (Ephesians 6:10-12). Demons are as real as angels and are very active in fulfilling their plans with no hesitation, except when a believer stands against them using the authority they have through Christ. Satan and his regiments of demons know they have but a short time and will use every tool of deception and trickery to steal from the people of God.
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