What We Believe
Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith
What We Believe
Statement of Faith
We believe that the Bible really is the Word of God. It is God’s accurate record of Himself and His dealings with man. It was given by inspiration of God through holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.(II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21) The Bible calls itself the Word of God and “Thus saith the Lord” is recorded over two thousand times in its pages. We are to believe it just as it is written and submit to its teachings. All that Jesus taught His disciples He commanded them to teach all nations even until the end of the world. (Matt. 28:18-20; Matt., 24:35; John 12:48-49) The Book of Acts is the record left us of what the early Christians were like and the first thirty three years of the Church as the Lord established it. The epistles are the letters written to the churches through the apostles, teaching the church divine facts and instructions on how to live in harmony with God and His Kingdom of righteousness. It also contains a record of the conditions, warnings, and blessings given to the body of Christ. Any doctrine taught should harmonize with EVERY statement made by Christ and His apostles. If anything contradicts anything that they taught it is error. Truth will never contradict itself.
We believe in God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost exactly as the scriptures reveal. (Matt. 28:18-20) There are plenty of scriptures that prove this revelation. These three are “one.” The Son of God and the Spirit of God proceed forth from the Father and are God of God. (Acts 10:38; John 1:1-2)
God’s Son came to the Earth about two thousand years ago, born of a virgin, to live a sinless human life and then die for our sins according to and as prophesied about in the scriptures. We believe in Christ’s death, burial, and bodily resurrection from the dead after the penalty for our sins was paid for. (I Cor. 15:3-4) And we believe that Jesus Christ and His redemptive work is the ONLY way to Heaven and the only way for a person to be reconciled with God. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
God (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) created all things visible and invisible and without God, nothing was made that was made. We believe that He is before all things, and that by Him and His Almighty power all things hold together. (Gen. 1:1; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:1-3)
Eternity and Judgement/Mercy
God is the moral governor and the eternal judge of all and will one day called the Day of Judgement render to all according to their deeds. But He is willing now to have mercy upon men and forgive their past evil deeds if they repent of their evil lives and past deeds, ask His forgiveness, and accept His Son Jesus as the Lord of their life before they physically die.
Salvation pt. 1
To be saved a person must do as Christ and the apostles taught and repent of living a life of sin and believe the Gospel. Jesus said that "repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name..." (Luke 24:47) They must become a real follower of Jesus Christ and not just profess to be so with their mouth. Those who say they know Him but don’t keep His commandments are revealed to be liars and the truth is not in them. (I John 2:3-6) Jesus is “the author of eternal salvation to everyone who OBEYS Him.” (Heb. 5:9, See also Rev. 14:12 & Rev. 22:14.) So obedience to the faith is necessary and not just saying you believe. (James 2:14-26; Luke 6:46)
Salvation pt. 2
Salvation is available to everyone for there is no respect of persons with God. (Rom. 2:11) Christ was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29; I John 2:2; II Peter 3:9; Mark 16:15; Matt. 28:18-20) People are saved by the power of God’s grace when they repent and believe. This saves them from a life of sin and frees them from Satan’s kingdom. (Col. 1:12-14) Grace then gives power to live right and to work for God. (Rom. 6:14; Heb. 12:28; I Cor. 15:10; II Cor. 9:8; II Cor. 12:9-10; Eph. 2:10) Grace is not a cover for a life of sin, but rather a power that frees men from a life of sin. Grace is from Christ while sin is of the Devil. (I John 3:4-10)
Heaven and Hell
Both Heaven and Hell are very real places and there are people living in both places right now. It is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgement. (Heb. 9:27) Once a person has died and left their physical body they face judgement. If they are a real Christian they go to be with the Lord in Heaven. (II Cor. 5:6-8), but if they lived for Satan and self only they go to Hell, a place of torment. (Luke 16:19-31) They are then locked into that judgement forever, and will eventually be thrown into the lake of fire which was originally made for the Devil and his angels. their un-forgiven sins tie them to this.
The true church consists only of those who have been spiritually "born again" as Jesus said. (John 3:3-8) We as born again believers are the body of Christ through whom Christ is now working in the Earth. He works through our prayers, our faith, our preaching, and our ministering to others etc. The supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are also still in the Church just as the scriptures teach and the Holy Spirit can still work through God's people. (I Cor. 12:1-11, 27-28) Signs follow true believers. (Mark 16:17-20) This includes casting out devils, speaking tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance and healing the Sick by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus. (Acts 2:4; I Cor. 14:2)
We believe in what is called the “rapture of the church” before the great tribulation period as God removes His ambassadors out of the war zone. (II Cor. 5:20; I Thess. 4:13-18) This is referred to in scripture as being caught up to meet the lord in the clouds, and we also believe in the return of Jesus Christ with His saints seven years later at His second coming down to the Earth in great power and glory to put down all rebellion in this part of God’s creation. We believe in the thousand year reign of Christ on this Earth, the final judgement of all men, angels, and devils at the end of that thousand years,and then the creation of a New Heavens and New Earth wherein dwells righteousness, just as the scriptures teach. (Rev. 21:1-7; II Peter 3:13)
The Lord's Supper/Water Baptism/Sanctity of Marriage/Praying for the Sick/Tithing
We believe in the Lord’s supper being done in remembrance of Him, and in water baptism by immersion as a picture of death, burial, and resurrection and our identification with Him. We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that God ordained marriage to be between one woman and one man. We believe in praying for the sick as is commanded in James 5:14-15, and we also believe people should tithe all they receive and bring it to their local church where they are ministered to weekly to support the Lord’s work. (Mal. 3:8-11) Jesus as His custom was went to the synagogue every week and was an example to us. (Luke 4:16) And He established local churches. (Rev. 2&3)
The Churches mission is to open people's eyes and win souls back to obedience to God, and to make disciples out of all nations. (Rom. 1:5; Acts 6:7) This is the task of every member of Christ’s body and all should look at it as their main life’s work. The church is also here to set believers free from a life of sin and bondage, to free them from the works of the Devil, and to strengthen the believer and their faith by the renewing of their minds with God's Word rightly divided.