What We Believe
What we believe is essential to who we are as a church family. The following statement explains the guiding beliefs of our faith. The following articles are not intended to encompass all that we believe. It would be impractical, if not impossible, to place in creed form all biblical precepts and doctrines. However, since we believe it is important that we set forth certain fundamental doctrines which are vital to our unity and purpose, we have briefly outlined them below:
- We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
- We believe in one God revealed in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17 & 28:29; John 17).
- We believe man, in his natural state, is a sinner, lost, without hope, and without God (Romans 3:19-23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-2, 12).
- We believe in the saving power of the Blood of Jesus and His imputed righteousness (Acts 4:12; Romans 4:1-9, 5:1-11; Ephesians 1:3-15).
- We believe Jesus IS God come in the flesh and that He is both divine and human (Luke 1:26-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 2:36, 3:14,15; Philippians 2:5-12).
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:39-43; John 20:24-29).
- We believe Christ Jesus ascended to the Father and is presently engaged in building Heaven and interceding for people (John 14:1-6; Romans 8:34).
- We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ Jesus to this earth to rapture His Church (Bride) and judge the world (Acts 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; James 5:8; Revelation 1:7). (It is not necessary that we all believe alike concerning whether He is coming before, during, or after the Great Tribulation.)
- We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in 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, 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-10).
- Water Baptism: Immersion in water according to scripture (Matthew 3:15,16; 28:19,20; Acts 8:38; Romans 6:1-4). A symbol of identification with Jesus Christ in His death, His burial, and His resurrection.
- Lord’s Supper (Communion): done in remembrance of the death, resurrection, and second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:13-20).
- 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; Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11; Colossians 3:17).
- We believe the scriptures clearly set forth the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and service for the saved – Hell for the unsaved and Heaven for the saved (Matthew 25:34,41,46; Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15).
- 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 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, 14:16,17 & 16:7-14; Acts 2:39-48). We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, accompanied by speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11) and Jesus (Acts 1:4,5,8) and Peter (Acts 2:38-41). This baptism was witnessed by the early disciples of Christ (Acts 2:4, 10:44-47, 19:1-6), and is evidenced by many present-day disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe that God uses doctors, medicines, and other material means of healing; but divine healing was also provided for in the Atonement (Isaiah 53:5) and may be appropriated by the laying on of hands by elders (James 5:14-16), by the believers (Mark 16:18), by the prayer of an anointed person gifted for healing the sick (2 Corinthians 12:9), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23).
- We believe that each believer is a priest of the Lord (Revelation 1:6) and has direct access to the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person must believe for himself, be baptized for himself and answer to his Creator for himself.