What We Believe
1. THE SCRIPTURES ARE GOD-INSPIRED. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God equally in all parts and without error in its original manuscript and it is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17).
2. THE ONE TRUE GODHEAD. We believe in one God and one Godhead. We believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit make up the Godhead and that the Father is the head of the Son (I Corinthians 11:3) and that the Son is head of the church (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18), and the Holy Spirit is in us and with us (John 14:17).
3. THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST. We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:23). We believe in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, miracles, death, bodily resurrection and His ascension into Heaven, and acknowledge His Lordship (Philippians 2:9-10).
4. MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION. We believe that man was created by a direct and immediate act of God (Genesis 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4) but by transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins (Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). On the cross Jesus Christ became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God through Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). So, we are saved by grace through faith and not as a result of our own works or efforts but salvation is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
5. BAPTISM IN WATER. We believe that water baptism is an essential and necessary part of the “doctrine of baptisms” (Hebrews 6:2), performed only upon repentant believers in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (which we believe to be the fulfillment of the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and for the remission of sin. (Acts 2:38) This act is to be done by immersion.
6. THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:5, 2:4, 10:46, 19:61; that it is the seal of the New Covenant relationship (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30; II Corinthians 1:22) and speaking in other tongues is the accompanying sign of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:17). The real evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is one’s response to the Word of God (John 16:13), a Christ-like life, manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit (John 15:26, 16:14; Galatians 5:22-23).
7. THE LAYING ON OF HANDS. We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for: a) the confirming of believers in the faith. (Acts 14:22); b)the confirmation of one’s call by the laying on of hands with prophecy (Acts 13:1,3); c) the impartation of the spiritual gifts when accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands (I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6); d) the ordination and official recognition and setting apart of ministry; e) the impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17-18); f) the ministry of healing the sick (Mark 16:16); g) the blessing and dedication (setting apart) of children (Mark 10:16).
8. WORSHIP. We believe in the practice of worship with one’s total being as set forth in the Word of God (Acts 24:14; Ephesians 5:18-19; Psalm 150).
9. THE EQUIPPING OF THE SAINTS. We believe in the five-fold ministries given to the church at the ascension of Jesus Christ and that they continue to be needed today. These are the ministries of the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Working with these ministries will be appointed leadership consisting of elders, deacons, deaconesses, missionaries and other gifted persons of the church (Ephesians 4:11-12; Titus 1:5-9; 1Timothy 3:1-7, 8-13; Philippians 1:1).
10. DIVINE HEALING. We believe in divine healing for the whole man. Healing was obtained through the atonement in Christ’s sacrificial death (I Peter 2:24-25; Isaiah 53:4-5). We believe in healing as practiced by the early church (Acts 4:30, 19:11; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14).