We believe in every word of the Old and New Testaments, and that God inspired humans to write without error. The Bible is the Word of God. It is the standard of faith as well as the absolute truth for every aspect in a believer’s life.
The Scriptures are the divine revelations given from God and received by Man, and as such, are the only such revelations that are inspired and infallible. The Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and morals. The Word of God is the direct revelation of the will of God for all men and for all time. We believe the Holy Spirit breathed upon men the very words and thoughts He wanted in the scriptures, in conjunction with the writer’s personalities, traits and emotions. The Holy Spirit guarded and preserved each thought, phrase and word from any error, omission or inaccuracy.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, Exodus 24:4, 2 Peter 3:2
One True God
We believe in the one true and eternal God, the Creator of everything. Our God is revealed in Scriptures as the eternal Godhead, the Trinity, who has shown Himself as one God, existing in three persons – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. The Godhead is distinguishable but indivisible in essence; co-eternal, co-existent, co-equal in nature, attributes, power and glory. God is one undivided and invisible essence, yet with three eternal distinctions: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equal, but has a different role, working together to bring man from sin to receive salvation, by teaching, preaching and living a life as examples of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 48:16, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 4:4-6
Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was supernaturally conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. While on earth, He was both perfectly God and perfectly man at the same time, and was without sin. He was crucified on the cross to save mankind from sin and physically rose from the dead on the third day to fulfill the will of the Father to provide salvation from sin to each person who believes in Him. He ascended physically to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. One day in the future, He will come again, a second time, to establish His kingdom.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the second member of the Godhead, who pre-existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Through the Incarnation and Virgin Birth, Jesus took upon Himself the form of Man, thus revealing Himself as the God-Man. Jesus Christ was sinless, perfect, crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended, glorified and He will come again to earth a second time.
He is the perfect Mediator between God and Man because in the person of Christ is the fully divine and the fully human. Of the same substance with the Father as to His divinity, yet of the same substance with us as to His humanity. Perfect in deity, perfect in humanity.
Colossians 1:15-19, Philippians 2:5-8, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, John 1:1-3, 14-18
The Holy Spirit and His Baptism
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, who convicts people of sin, leads them away from it, and draws them to become born again. He dwells within believers to enable them to lead holy lives. In addition, He helps believers live lives in obedience to God’s will and to serve the Body of Christ using the gifts He has given them.
We believe that each gift of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Bible is still active in the Church today and should be developed to build up the Church Body (all believers). The baptism of the Holy Spirit, an experience separate from being born again, gives Christians power to witness. Speaking in tongues, as the Holy Spirit enables, is the initial sign of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire is a gift from God, as promised by the Lord Jesus to all believers, and is received subsequent, and in addition to, the acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior (being reborn). The initial evidence of speaking with other tongues, as well as other manifestations described in Acts 2, accompanies this experience. There is one initial baptism in the Holy Spirit, however, there are many subsequent infillings of the Spirit (revival). The purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is so that we, the believers, may have power to be witnesses.
In the Christian life, every believer must live in obedience to Christ and be under the covering of the Holy Spirit. A Christian should always be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is coequal, co-eternal and coexistent with the Father and with the Son. His ministry upon the earth is to convict and covert man to do God’s will, as well as be the great Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby to every member of the Church.
Matthew 3:11, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, Acts 2
Angels and Demons
We believe God created many angels. These angels were created without sin, but Lucifer intentionally sinned and was then called Satan. Some of the angels (1/3) followed him to become fallen angels.
Satan rules in this sinful world; however, he does not have power over God, or us. He endeavors to destroy God’s plan and man’s life by influencing and tempting us to make bad decisions or to sin against God.
Isaiah 14:12, Psalm 104:4
We believe that the first couple was created sinless, but they intentionally sinned, causing all humans to fall under the power of sin. For this reason, it is necessary for every person to receive salvation through the sacrifice made for us by Jesus Christ. Without salvation, a person will receive the penalty of eternal destruction in hell.
Romans 3:23, Genesis 1:26-27
Redemption of Man
Man is a created being and was made in the likeness and image of God (both male and female). But, through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world and passed upon all men. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God.
We believe that a person can only be saved when he or she trusts in Jesus Christ and His salvation from sin. Salvation is given by the grace of God and not because of one’s own works. True confession, faith and trust in Christ will lead to repentance from sin. At the point of salvation, an individual becomes a new creation in Christ and is gradually transformed to become more like Him.
Salvation is the free gift of God to man. It is not earned by just doing good deeds and obeying God’s Law. It is made operative by God’s grace and given to us through our faith in Jesus Christ. This salvation experience occurs when an individual confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in his heart that God has raised Him from the dead.
Romans 5:12-21, Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16-17, 1 John 3:8
We believe in the worldwide (universal) Church, made up of all those who trust in Christ throughout every age, together as the Body of Christ. In the same way, we believe in local churches which are made up of believers who regularly meet together in different areas to worship, hear the Word of God, fellowship, witness, take communion and pray, amongst other activities. Every Christian should be a member of a local church.
Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 3:10
Water Baptism and Communion
The Lord Jesus Christ, Head of the Church, established two ordinances for the Church to follow: Water Baptism and Communion.
We believe that baptism is the immersion of a person completely in water as a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Only those who are born again, by putting their faith in Jesus Christ and repenting of their sins are qualified to be baptized in water. Baptism in water, by full immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord. While it is not necessary for salvation, it is for all believers. This ordinance is an outward sign of an inward work. It symbolizes a believer’s identification with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection.
The ordinance of Communion is also a commandment of the Lord Jesus that must be received continually until His return. Only believers can share in this ceremony of love, commitment and faith. It is demonstrated using a cracker or piece of bread and a cup of juice: The bread speaks of His body, which was torn and broken for us. The cup speaks of His blood that was shed for us. Both elements witness the death of Jesus and the New Covenant believers now enjoy while prophetically declaring His return. Communion is to be celebrated often when believers gather together.
Matthew 28:19, 1 Peter 3:21, Luke 22:7-20, 1 Corinthians 11:17-30
Healing and Further Works of Redemption
The death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ not only secured the eternal redemption from sin, but also redemption from sickness and disease and redemption from poverty. Divine Healing has been provided for us through Atonement by the blood of Jesus Christ. It is for the physical ills of the human body and is given to us by the power of God through various methods and means detailed within the Bible. We believe it is God’s normal intention to heal Christians who have sicknesses or diseases except at times when God allows them to leave this world to be with Him. The Church must follow the command of Christ to heal the sick through prayer and to minister to them through the miraculous power of God. We do not reject medicines or procedures from medical science, nor do we believe that God always heals the sick immediately. We acknowledge and understand that, at times, He has wisdom in gradually healing people, according to His plan and His purpose for them.
Divine Prosperity has also been provided by the Atonement. True prosperity not only has to do with financial provision but a prospering of the soul as well. Divine prosperity is given to us by the power of God through the principle of tithes and offerings, sowing and reaping and numerous stewardship truths found throughout His Word, the Bible.
Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 2, 2 Corinthians 8:9
We believe that Christians must worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. Meaningful and serious Worship is acknowledging the worthiness of God and opening our hearts to Him. Worshipping according to Biblical patterns enables us to use outward expressions to come closer to God. Some of the patterns we find in Scriptures include worshipping with other Christians, using musical instruments, singing, praising Him, and using the gifts of the Holy Spirit during worship times.
The End of All Things
Jesus promised to return for His church. Scriptures tell us that when Jesus returns, the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then those of us who are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. Jesus shall visibly return to earth, accompanied by the saints, to set up His Kingdom upon the earth. He shall reign with His saints on the earth for a thousand years, during which time Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit. After this 1,000-year period, Satan will be loosed for a short time, and then be sent his eternal torment in the lake of fire. The great Judgment occurs for those who never received the Lord in their earthly lifetime. Then the new heavens and the new earth will be revealed and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Revelation 20, Revelation 21
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in trying to live our lives, in every way, to be more like Christ, as an ongoing process and commitment. However, the Doctrine of Sanctification is a definite, yet progressive work of God’s grace, that commences at the time of regeneration and continues until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return.
1 Thessalonians 5:23, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14, 1 Corinthians 1:30
Hell and Eternal Retribution
Anyone who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.
We believe that every person will rise from dead the on the final day. Believers will live with God in heaven and will be eternally blessed. Those who do not believe will be judged and receive eternal punishment in hell.
Hebrews 9:27, Matthew 25:31-46, Mark 9:43-48, Mark 16:15-16