What We Believe:
THE CHURCH - We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ. We believe the church to be more than just a building or a gathering of people. It is a body living in relationship and harmony under the direction of the head, Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 6:15; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Romans 16:5; 1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16.)
GOD – We believe there is one God, manifested in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of all things and the Ruler of the Universe (Philippians 2:6; Matthew 3:16-17; John 10:30).
JESUS CHRIST – We believe Jesus Christ is alive. He is Son of God and Lord of the Church. He existed from the beginning, came to earth through a virgin birth, fully God and fully man. He was crucified and He rose again three days later, providing salvation for all mankind. (John 1:1; Isaiah 9:6, Acts 1:9-11).
The HOLY SPIRIT - We believe the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of all believers. He gives us the power to live the Christian lifestyle, guides us into what is right, and is the revealer of all truth (John 15:26; 2 Corinthians 3:17, Ephesians 1:13).
THE SCRIPTURES – We believe the Bible is the inspired infallible Word of God. It is our final authority in determining what we believe and how we live (2 Tim. 3:16; I Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
SALVATION – We believe that because of sin, all men are separated from God and in need of salvation. The free gift of salvation is made possible through Jesus Christ, His death on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead. Salvation is available to all, received by grace through faith, and no other way. (2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5)
WATER BAPTISM – Jesus commanded that His followers be baptized in water to symbolize their identification with His death, burial and resurrection. We believe that when a person is water baptized, it symbolizes the passing away of their old life and the beginning of their new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8: 36-39; Colossians 2: 9-13).
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT - The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by Jesus and is available to all believers. A spiritual prayer language, or “speaking in tongues”, is released through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The baptism in the Holy Spirit empowers believers to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ. (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38, 39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).
COMMUNION – We believe communion was established to represent the new covenant between God and His people. Jesus died and his body was broken and blood shed in order that we may enter into covenant with God. The body being broken is represented by the bread at the communion table and the blood shed is represented by the wine (juice). We regularly receive communion in order to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins. (Luke 22: 19-20; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-30).
DIVINE HEALING – We believe God desires people to be whole. Salvation provides healing to the whole man- spirit, soul and body. We believe in the power of prayer and faith in God to bring about healing in every area of a person’s life (Mark 16:18; James 5:25; I Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4, 5).
THE GREAT COMMISSION – We believe it is the mission of the church to advance the kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations. It is the responsibility of every believer to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 16-20; Acts 1:8).
THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD - We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to everlasting life and the lost without Christ to everlasting damnation (Matthew 24:31-46; Acts 24:15; Revelation 22:11).
THE RETURN OF JESUS: We believe in the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).