What We Believe

 

The Scripture

We believe the Bible to be the inspired  Word of God (written by 40 men).  We believe that all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, both the Old and New Testament, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16).  We believe that through the study of God’s Word and prayer, every student may be complete and thoroughly equipped for good work. (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:17)

 

God

We believe in “one” God, and that HE is the only God. He is a Triune being revealed as God, the Father – the First Person of the Trinity; God, the Son – the Second Person of the Trinity; and God, the Holy Spirit – the Third Person of the Trinity. The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).

 

God the Son
We believe Jesus, the eternal Son of God, took upon Himself the form of a man by means of the virgin birth (Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:34-35; Philippians 2:6-7).  We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven, and His intercession for all saints. (John 3:13, Mark 16:19, Acts 2:33, Romans 8:34, Matthew 28:1-8).  We believe in the visible, personal, and glorious Second Coming of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

 

God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells the saints, places the saints in the Body of Christ, and bestows spiritual gifts individually to each of the saints for the edifying of the Body of Christ. (John 3:3-8; 14:16-17; 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 13; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).  We believe in being baptized “with the Holy Spirit” (the initial empowering as demonstrated in Acts 2:4) and being baptized “in the Holy Spirit” (the constant and continuing indwelling and empowering of the Holy Spirit.).  We believe that the Holy Spirit gives us power and boldness and we believe in all “nine” gifts of the Spirit; wisdom. Knowledge, discernment, prophesy, healing, miracles, faith, diverse tongues (speaking in tongues), and the interpretation of tongues

(1 Corinthians 12:1). 

 

Salvation
We believe salvation is the gift of God by grace alone and received through a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and this faith is manifested in works pleasing to God. (John 1:12; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9)

We believe in the eternal salvation of the saints and in the eternal damnation and punishment of the non-believers.(John 3:16, Matthew 25:31-46)

 

Justification

We believe that, when we accept Jesus Christ , God imputes His righteousness to us and we are declared righteous before God.  That is, we were guilty of our sins, but are “acquited” of our sins (Romans 3:26; 4:2, 5; 5:1)

 

Reconciliation
We believe we are reconciled (change of attitude) towards God and are no longer are in enmity with God but have a friendship or relationship with God.  That God declares a person who was formerly His enemy to be righteous before Him  (John 1:1-3, 14; 3:1-7; 1 John 2:2; Rom 5:11; 11:15; 2 Cor 1:18-19)

 

Sacraments
We believe that the sacraments of the church, by the command of Christ, are Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; both of which are administered to those who have professed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. (Matthew 28:18-20).  We believe water baptism is an outward sign of an inward faith and that Believers are baptized in view of God’s work of forgiveness.