WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is God’s holy revealed word given to man through inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is absolute truth and contains no mistakes. The Bible is to be used for teaching, correction, and for training to do what is right in the eyes of God (2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe in one true and living God (Deuteronomy 6:4) who consists of three separate, distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22). The persons of God are co-equal, co-eternal, and are one in unity, nature, will, and purpose. The unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost equals the one true and living God.
EVERY PERSON NEEDS SALVATION
Due to the sin of Adam, every person is born into this world as a sinner who is separated from God (Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3). In order to regain fellowship with God and enter into the Kingdom of God, one must be spiritually born again (John 3:3-6). God is a spirit (John 4:24) and in order to have a relationship with God, one must have a spirit that has been made alive or been quickened by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:4-6; Romans 8:16).
JESUS IS GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION
Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23). He is the Son of God and the son of man…being all God and all man at the same time. He laid down his Godly attributes (Philippians 2:5-8) living as a man on this earth to establish the perfect obedience to the Father which Adam failed to establish (Romans 5:19). He came to save every person from God’s wrath toward sin by offering His sinless blood as a cure for sin…making God’s cure for sin available to all who exercise their Faith in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3:16).
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST
After salvation there is a second blessing that God has for us all “The Baptism in the Holy Ghost” (Acts 1:5; Acts 8: 14-17). This is witnessed by the physical sign of speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46) which is available to anyone who asks and is willing to receive (Luke 11:11-13). The purpose of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is so that the believer will receive power to live a more effective Christian Life and so that we who believe will have the power to be the witnesses God has called us to be (Acts 1:8).
Water baptism is an outward “Symbolic Expression” of an inward experience. This testifies to the congregation that one has placed their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This also declares their decision to crucify and bury their sinful nature, and to live after their spirit-man that has been resurrected with Christ (1 Peter 3:21; Romans 3:3-6).
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through their revelation that Jesus is the Christ (Matt. 16: 16-18). It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world (Matt. 28: 19-20). The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ (Acts 2: 41-47).
THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER
The believer has the authority to cast out devils, to speak with new tongues, and to lay hands on the sick (Mark 16:16-18).
The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body in answer to a believing prayer (Isaiah 53:4-5; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24).
Every person is subject to the death of the physical body as a result of Adam’s sin (Genesis 3:19). The soul and spirit being immortal do not die. At death, the spirit and the soul of a believer enter immediately into the presence of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8; Ecclesiastes 12:7). The soul of a non-believer enters immediately into a conscious state of misery (Luke 16:19-31).
THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH
The “Rapture of the Church”, where Jesus will receive the church unto Himself (Ephesians 4:25-27). This event will first include the resurrection of the bodies of the believers who have already died (1Thessalonians 4:16). Their bodies will be raised from the grave and then changed from mortality to immortality to be reunited with their soul and spirit (1 Corinthians 15:51-54). Second, the believers who are alive will be changed from mortality to immortality to be caught up with them to meet the Lord in the air (1Thessalonians 4:17).
THE RETURN OF CHRIST
Jesus will return to the earth at the conclusion of the Seven Year Tribulation (Matthew 24:29-30). He will come back to the earth with the saints of God to overthrow the kingdoms of the earth and establish His Kingdom on the earth (Revelation 19:11-15; Luke 11:2). Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit and we will reign with Christ on the earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-4). After the 1,000 years, Satan will be released for a season but then thrown into the Lake of Fire to be tormented for eternity (Revelation 20:7-10).