What We Believe

 

Holy Scripture: We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, and accept the same as the only infallible guide and rule of our faith and practice. Scripture References: Matt. 24:35, Ps. 119:89, II Tim. 3:16-17, II Tim. 2:15, II Pet. 1:19-21.

 

The Godhead: We believe in the eternal omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and immutable triune God; maker of heaven and earth, and all that in them is; and in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons (God the Father, God the Son, & God the Holy Spirit) who are equal in every divine perfection and attribute, executing distinct, but harmonious offices, in the great work of redemption  

 

The Fall of Man: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God, and that man is totally depraved and, of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Scripture References: Gen. 1:26-27, Rom. 5:19, Is. 53:6, Rom. 3:10, Rom. 3:22-23, Eph. 2:1-3, Titus 2:14, Heb. 7:25.

 

The Plan Of Redemption: We believe that Christ was the Lamb of God, foreordained from the foundation of the world, and by the shedding of His blood, on the cross, provided cleansing from all of our sin and made provision for salvation for ALL men. Scripture References: I Pet. 1:19-20, Is. 53:5, Titus 2:14, Heb. 7:25. 

 

The New Birth: We believe that because of Man’s total inability to save himself, salvation is by God’s grace alone; is received through sincere godly repentance, and whole-hearted acceptance of Jesus Christ as his personal Savior; through being born again, he becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. Scripture References: John 3:3, II Cor. 5:17, Gal. 2:20, I Pet. 2:24.

 

Daily Christian Life: We believe that having been cleansed by the blood, and quickened by the Spirit, it is God’s will that we should be sanctified daily, and be made partakers of His holiness walking not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Scripture References: Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:5, Rom. 12:1-2, II Cor. 7:1, I Pet. 1:15, I Thess. 5:22

 

 Divine Healing: We believe that divine healing is the power of God to heal the sick and afflicted in answer to believing prayer, and is provided for in the atonement. We believe that God is willing to, and does, heal the sick today. Scripture References: Is. 53:4-5, Matt. 8:16-17, James 5:14-16.

 

Baptism Of The Holy Spirit: We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a definite experience, not identical with conversion. The initial evidence of this experience is the speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is given to endue the believer into holiness and sobriety; to equip him for practical, efficient, spirit-filled soul winning ministry and service; that inasmuch as this is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, every believer has the right to expect his incoming to be after the same manner as recorded by the Word of God. Scripture References: John 14:16, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 19:6, I Cor. 3:16.

 

Gifts & Fruits of the Spirit: We believe that for the edification of the saints of the church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has the following gifts to bestow upon the individual believer – the word of wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. God dividing to every man severally as he will; that they should be coveted earnestly by all believers and exercised in the spirit of love. We believe that the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law. These should be cultivated in the life of every believer. Scripture references: I Cor. 12:7-11, I Cor. 12:31, Gal. 5:22-23, John 15:4, John 15:8.

 

Divine Healing: We believe that divine healing is the power of God to heal the sick and afflicted in answer to believing prayer, and is provided for in the atonement. We believe that God is willing to, and does, heal the sick today. Scripture References: Is. 53:4-5, Matt. 8:16-17, James 5:14-16, Acts 3:16.

 

The Rapture: We believe that the rapture of the church is imminent, and pre-millennial; that the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then the redeemed which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall they ever be with the Lord, that we should, therefore, be ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh. Scripture References: I Thess. 4:16-17, Titus 2:12-13, Matt. 24:36, Matt. 24:44, Acts 1:11.

 

Final Judgment: We believe in the final judgment of the wicked at the great white throne, when the dead, both small and great, shall be resurrected to stand before God to receive the reward of their deeds done in the flesh. Scripture References: Matt. 13:41-43, Rev. 20:11-15.

 

Hell: We believe hell is a literal place of outer darkness, bitter sorrow, remorse, and woe, prepared by God for the devil and his angels and that there, into a lake that burns with fire and brimstone, shall cast the unbelieving, the abominable, the murderers, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, and those who have rejected the love of Jesus Christ, whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. Scripture References: Rev. 20:10, 14-15, Rev. 21:7-8, And Rev. 14:10-11, Matt. 25:41, Mark 9:43-44.

 

Heaven: We believe that heaven is the habitation of the living God, where Christ has gone to prepare a place for all His children, where they shall dwell eternally in happiness and security with Him. Scripture References: I Cor. 2:9, John 14:2, Rev. 21:4, Rev. 22:5, Rev. 7:15-17.