Beliefs

What We Believe

 Holy Bible

We believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God. It is both inspired and inerrant. It declared God’s design and plan for mankind.

(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)

 Trinity

We believe that there is only One True God – revealed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience.

(Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20)

 Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin and took upon Himself a human nature yet lived a sinless life. In His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God.

(John 1:1, 14, 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Php.2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5)

 Redemption

Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

(Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)

 Salvation

We are saved by grace (which is undeserved and unearned) 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.

(Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)

Holy Spirit Indwells in All Believers

A Christian is a person who has invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside him by the Holy Spirit. He is putting his trust in what Christ accomplished for him when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.

(John 1:12, 14:17, 23, 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20)

 Water Baptism

After receiving the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Lord.

(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38)

 The Church

The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Christ’s great commission. Every person who is born of the spirit is an integral part of the church as member of the body of believers.

(Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23)

 The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and wine (or grape juice), are taken by believers in remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

(1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 8:36-38, 10:47-48; Matthew 26:26-28)

 Baptism/Infilling of the Holy Spirit

Initiated at Pentecost, this ongoing baptism (or infilling) is the promise of the Father, given by Jesus after His ascension, to empower believers to be a living testimony of Christ and effective service throughout the whole earth (Acts 1:8; 8:15-16; 19:2; Mark16:20). The baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it. The initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues, as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and throughout Acts and the Epistles.

(Acts 10:46; 19:6; 8:18; 2:4-6; 7-18)

Sanctification

Sanctification initially occurs at salvation and is the ongoing process of being set apart for God, characterized by our yielding to God to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. A lifestyle of developing righteousness and holiness is the evidence to all men that Christ’s Spirit lives within us.

(1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 21:11)

 Healing of the Sick

Divine healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and is included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. Divine healing is a provision of Christ’s atonement on the cross and is given as a sign which is to follow believers.

(Matthew 8:16-17; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 3 John 2; Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Mark 16:17-18)

 Second Coming

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a time undisclosed by the Scriptures.

(Revelation 1:7; Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; 1 Thessalonians 4:15,17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8)

 Resurrection

We believe that Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. One day all believers in Christ will also be physically resurrected in glorified bodies to their reward in heaven with God.

(Luke 24:16, 36, 39; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15)

 Heaven

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place of all who believe in Jesus Christ. We look forward to the perfect new heavens and a new earth that Christ is preparing for the redeemed of the ages. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on earth. “An so shall we forever be with the Lord.”

(2 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Peter 1:4; Hebrews 11:16; John 17:24; Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34)

 Hell

After living one life on earth, those who have rejected Christ will be judged justly by God and sent to Hell, where they will be eternally tormented together with the devil and the fallen angels.

(Hebrews 9:27; Matthew 25:41-46; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8; Mark 9:43-48)

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