What We Believe

We Believe....THE SCRIPTURES - The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament,we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess.2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

We Believe....THE GODHEAD - Our God is one, but manifested in three Persons -the Father,the Son, and the Holy Spirit,being coequal (Phil. 2:6).God the Father is greater than all; the Sender of the Word (Logos)and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 15:26).

We Believe....THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS - His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious atoning death, bodily resurrection from the dead, ascension, and exaltation to the right hand of the Father.  (Matt. 1:23; Heb. 1:3, 7:26; Acts 2:22; Matt. 28:6; 1 Cor. 15:3).

We Believe....MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION - Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall,sin came into the world. "...all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God..." "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:12; Rom. 3:23; 1 John 3:8).Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ,producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8).

We Believe....ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH - Man's first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life (2 Cor. 7:10;John 3:3-5; 1 John 5:12).

We Believe....WATER BAPTISM - Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death,burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39). The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted; to wit: "On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen."

We Believe....BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance(Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).

We Believe....SANCTIFICATION - The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord.  The power of the Holy Spirit enables a believer to live a holy life.  We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of the new birth and continuing until Jesus' return (Heb.12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor.3:18;Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Cor.1:30).

We Believe....DIVINE HEALING - Healing is provided for all believers because of the work that Jesus Christ did on the cross on our behalf, and it is the privilege of every member of the Church today (James 5:14,15; Mark 16:18;Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).

We Believe....SECOND COMING OF JESUS - The angels said to Jesus' disciples,"...this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." His coming is imminent. When He comes, "...the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air...." (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess.4:16,17).