Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

WE BELIEVE 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 (II Timothy 3:16; l Thessalonians 2:13; l Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:21).
 

The Virgin Birth

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:35; 2:21).
 

The God Head

WE BELIEVE there is one true Godhead comprised of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are co-equal and co-eternal (John 1:1; 14,18; 15:26; 16:28; Matthew 28:19; l John 5:7).
 

Man, His Fall, and Redemption

WE BELIEVE man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came onto the world. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. As it 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 (Romans 5:12-21; 3:23-24; I 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                      (Ephesians 2:8).

The Blood of Jesus Christ

WE BELIEVE that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses all believers from sin and that it is through the blood that believers are redeemed (Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 9:14; l Peter 1:18-19; l John 1:7).
 

Communion

WE BELIEVE that Holy Communion, The Lord’s Supper, is the sacrament given by the Lord to commemorate the covenant relationship between God and man, made possible through the shed blood of Jesus Christ (l Corinthians 10:16; 11: 23-30).
 

The New Birth and Eternal Life

WE BELIEVE that man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. It is necessary that all men be born again, and when the new birth is fulfilled, eternal life is produced (John 3:3-5; l John 5:11-12; II Corinthians 7:10).
 

Water Baptism

WE BELIEVE that baptism in water is a direct commandment of our Lord and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the believer’s identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Scriptural mode, as found in the New Testament, is by complete immersion, calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:16; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Acts 8:36-39; Acts 10:47-48).
 

Baptism In The Holy Ghost

WE BELIEVE that all believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and receive, the promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to the command of Jesus Christ. With this comes the endowment of power for life and service and the bestowal of gifts and their uses in the work of the Ministry (Luke 24:49; Mark 16; 17; Acts 1:8). This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth, salvation (Acts 8:12, 14-16; 9:17; 19:1-6; l Corinthians 12: 1-31). The full consummation of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 10:44-47; 19:6; l Corinthians 14:1-4; 39-40).
 

Sanctification

WE BELIEVE that Scriptures teach a life of sanctification and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, Be ye holy, for I am holy. Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word (Hebrews 12:14; l Peter 1:15-16;                  l Thessalonians 5:23-24; l John 2:6).
 

Divine Healing

WE BELIEVE that healing for the physical body is provided for in the atonement of Jesus Christ and is the privilege of every member of the body of Christ today. Healing is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith and/or by the laying on of hands (Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5; l Peter 2:24; James 5:14-15; Psalms 103:2-3; Mark 16:18).
 

The Blessed Hope

WE BELIEVE Jesus is coming again to gather all His saints to Heaven (l Corinthians 15:51-52; l Thessalonians 4:16-17;          II Thessalonians 2:1).
 

Hell and Eternal Retribution

WE BELIEVE the one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the gospel and repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms eternal and everlasting used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damnedin the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God (Hebrews 9:27; Revelations 20:10-15, 21:8).