We believe the Bible is the true infallible Word of God, and it is the only authority for which we base our faith, conduct, and our Christian doctrine. We believe all who submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, having truly repented and turned from sin, receive salvation, and become a united member of the body of Christ.
This church is prohibited from engaging in activities that violate our written doctrines. This church is also prohibited from promoting, condoning, or permitting activities to take place in our facilities that violate our written doctrines.
The Statement of Faith presented herewith is abbreviated and does not include the doctrine of this church in its entirety. What it does provide, in part, are the basic portions of our theology of faith to unify the members of this church in purpose and in practice.
We believe in one God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creator of all things, sovereign and absolute in His authority. (I John 5:7-8)
We believe in the Father who is God Himself, Creator of the universe. (Gen 1:1; John 1:1)
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. (Col 2:9) He suffered, died, was buried, and rose from the dead for our total salvation (Luke 3:21-22; Philippians 2:5-11).
We believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 3:36; John 3:31-32; and John 14:6).
We believe in the Holy Spirit who is God indwelling, empowering, and regenerating the believer. This Holy Spirit is called the Comforter and the Spirit of Truth. (John 14:17, 14:26)
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ atones for our sins and iniquity. It is through His shed blood that we are saved in every area of our being, healed from sickness and disease, and set free from all bondage and the forces of darkness. (Romans 5:9-11; Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 12:11)
We believe that the Bible is the true infallible Word of God, and its gospel according to the eternal life and work of Jesus Christ is the enabling power of God that leads to salvation and the transformation of the soul through its principles and standards for living for good and righteous living in all circumstances of humanity. (John 1: 14; 2 Timothy 3: 16-17; Romans 1: 16; and 1 John 2: 5-6)
We believe in justification (salvation) by faith and that all who truly repent and turn from sin are united in the body of Christ as a member of His Universal Church.
We believe that believers should be water baptized by immersion for the circumcision of our hearts. It is through baptism that we publicly identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:11-14; Acts 2:38, 10:44 and 9:1-4). Jesus was baptized in water (Matthew 3:16) and in other instances spoke of water baptism (John 3:35; Mark 16:16; and Matthew 28:19).
We baptize always "in Jesus Name" as did the early church in the book of Acts, and we also acknowledge that Christ is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). We do not refute in any way what Jesus declared in Matthew 28: 19 stating that all authority is given unto Him and that we are to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Rather, we understand what the Apostles understood. That is, that Christ is the head of the body, the Church, according to Colossians 1:18 and 2:9. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus required prayer, acts of authority, to include receiving all be done in His name. (Mark 16:17; Luke 9:48; John 14:13-14; and John 14:26)
We believe in the communion of the true Christian believer using symbolic elements that represent the Lord Jesus' body and blood. It is by participating in this sacred event also known as the Lord's Supper that we proclaim His death until His return (John 6:48, 51, 53-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30).
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit that is subsequent to salvation and is evident in the life of the believer when there are testimony and evidence presented on behalf of Jesus Christ, and when the wonderful works of God are declared and demonstrated! (Joel 2:28, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:11; Acts 2:36-47; 1 Cor 2:11-12; and 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe in the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We believe God has provided several gifts that are diverse, different in administrations and operations designed to bless and benefit the entire church. (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 5:16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
We believe that it is God's will to heal and deliver His people today just as He did in the days of the first Apostles. See Isaiah 53:4-5; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 4:23-24, 9:35, 18:16-17; Mark 1:34; Luke 4:18-19, 6:19, 9:6,11; John 5:1-9, 14; James 5:14-16; and Hebrews 4:15.
We believe we have authority over all sickness and disease, including demons and every manner of wickedness in this life. By Jesus stripes we are healed, delivered, and made whole. (Luke 10:19; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; 1 Peter 2:24).
We believe there shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust. We believe in the personal, visible, and imminent return of Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke of it (Luke 17:20-37; 19:11-27: Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21). The angels spoke of it (Acts 1:10-11). The Apostles were united in their speech concerning Christ's return: Peter (Acts 2:30-36, 3:19-26; 1 Peter 1:5,7, 11, 13; 4:7,13; 2 Peter 3:3, 4, 7-10,14); Paul (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:14-18; 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2:1-11; Romans 2:16, 8:18, 19-23; 11:25-26, 13:11-12, 1 Corinthians 1:7; 5:5, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, Philippians 1:6; 3:21; 2 Timothy 4:1, 8; and Titus 2:13); John (John 14:1-3; 21:22; 1 John 2:28; 3:32; Revelation 1:7, 11:15-17; 22:7, 12, 20); James (James 5:7-9); and Jude (Jude 14, 21, 24).