"And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
- Acts 4:12
FOUR ESSENTIAL TRUTHS
THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD
- All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for
every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Holy Bible, God’s word to humanity, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority and supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. We value both the New and Old Testament, as they show us how we relate to His story, and help us understand His heart and love for all mankind. (2 Samuel 7:28; Psalm 12:6, 19:7-11, 119:11,105; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Revelations 19:13).
JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD
- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. - John 14:6
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day victorious over sin and death. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (Matthew 1:22-23, 3:16-17, 20:28; John 1:1-5, 14, 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 2:5, 3:16; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15).
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN
- Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. - John 3:3
- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
God created humans to fellowship with Him, but we defied God by sinfully going our own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace, not human effort - and we receive new life by trusting Christ’s
redemptive work on the cross. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and judgment. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God in heaven. (John 3:1-10; Ephesians 2:5-6; Colossians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2-4, 22-23)
THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS BELIEVERS
- But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. - Acts 1:8
- However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. - John 16:13
We believe that the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. Every believer can be filled with the Holy Spirit by simply asking. We seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right. (John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13-14).
- We believe the Holy Spirit is a person
- We believe that when a person receives Christ, they also receive the Holy Spirit
- We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We also believe we need to be continually
filled with the Holy Spirit
- We believe in and practice the gifts of the Holy Spirit
- We believe the main purpose for being filled with the Spirit is to be a bold witness for Jesus
COMPLETE STATEMENT OF FAITH
God is the creator and ruler of the of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and one God. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 11:3; 1 Peter 1:2 ).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day victorious over sin and death. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (Matthew 1:22-23, 3:16-17, 20:28; John 1:1-5, 14, 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4;1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 2:5, 3:16; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15).
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Holy Bible, God’s word to humanity, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority and supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. We value both the New and Old Testament, as they show us how we relate to His story, and help us understand His heart and love for all mankind. (2 Samuel 7:28; Psalm 12:6, 19:7-11, 119:11,105; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Revelations 19:13).
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Our only hope of forgiveness and
redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God. (Romans 3:21-26; 5:12-21, 6:23; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 2:13-15; Hebrews 9:22).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection.
Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts. (John 1:12; 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 5:6-8, 10:9-10; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6).
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, baptism in the Spirit is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His ascension, to empower the Church to be His witnesses throughout the whole earth. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12 -14; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10).
The Bible tells us that the church is the body of Christ in the world today. The New Testament tells us the church is a local body of baptized believers. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. The Biblical purposes of the church are worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry to others. Support of the ministry and church is to be accomplished through tithing and through giving offerings. (Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 16:15-19, 23:23; Acts 2:41-42, 47; 5:11-14; Ephesians 1:22,23; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
- Sharing in his death by our baptism means that we were co-buried and entombed with him, so that when the Father’s glory raised Christ from the dead, we were also raised with him. We have been co-resurrected with him so that we could be empowered to walk in the freshness of new life. For since we are permanently grafted into him to experience a death like his, then we are permanently grafted into him to experience a resurrection like his and the new life that it imparts. - Romans 6:4-5 (TPT) (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:12, 36-38, 10:44-48, 18:8, 22:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21).
THE LORD’S SUPPER / COMMUNION
A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. Communion gives us the image of a table and fellowship. As believers, we spiritually eat and drink of Christ. (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation. (Luke 24:39; John 2:19-21, 11:25, 20:26-28; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:20-22, 44; Philippians 3:20-21).
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20; John 3:16; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15)
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures. (Matthew 24:29-31, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 1:7).