What do we believe as a church?
-In the Bible as the inspired and perfect Word of God.
(2 Timothy 3:15-16)
-In one God, eternally alive in three persons: Father , Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29)
-In the virgin birth of Christ: His death, being raised back to life, and being lifted up to sit at the Fathers right hand.
(Isaiah 7:14; Romans 8:34; Acts 1-9)
-In the saving power of the blood of Jesus and His gift of righteousness.
(Ephesians 1:3-15; Romans 5:1-11; Romans 4:1-4; Acts 4:12; I Peter 1:18-19)
-In the importance of Water Baptism and remembering the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism: Immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A symbol of identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
(Matthew 3:16; Matthew 18:19, 20; Romans 6:1-4; Acts 8:38)
Lord’s Supper: A memorial of the death, resurrection and second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-In divine healing because of the sufferings of Christ.
(Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:17; James 5:14-15; I Peter 2:24)
-We believe that doctors, through the application of known physical laws, aid the sick. However, we also believe that there are higher laws than physical laws, and that God can and does heal miraculously.
(James 5:15-16; Mark 16:18; I Corinthians 12:9; Isaiah 53:5)
-In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
(Isaiah 28:11-12; Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 15:8-9)
-In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit which enables a believer to live a set apart life.
(Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:15-16)
-We believe that followers should seek as the early disciples did, to practice a life set apart from the goals, desires and motives of the world and focus on the goals, desires and motives of Christ. Practicing life conduct which will lift up Jesus and His Church.
(Colossians 3:14; Romans 12:1-3; II Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 5:11; Galatians 2:30; II Corinthians 10:31)
-In the second coming of Jesus Christ.
(Acts 1:11; Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 19:7-9)
-We believe in the return of Jesus in the flesh to this earth to rapture His Church and judge the world.
(Acts 1:10,11; James 5:8; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 1:7)
-In heaven and hell. We believe the scriptures clearly set a scene of eternal death and darkness for the lost (an existence void of the goodness of God) and eternal life for the saved. Hell for the unsaved and heaven for the saved.
(John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 20:11-15)
-That the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is His body on earth today. It consists of His followers and has both a universal and a local expression. Locally this looks like followers who do life together. Regularly coming together to worship, being in relationship, and coaching and ministering to one another and those who don't know Jesus as the Holy Spirit leads. Its universal manifestation consists of every follower from every nation and every tongue.
(Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 20:28; Acts 2:40-47; I Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 5:22-32; Ephesians 4:11-16)
-In the importance of love. We believe that love is the first and greatest commandment, that it is the essence of the fruit of the Spirit, and that it should be the primary motive for worship toward God and fellowship with man. True love originates with God and becomes operative in man as he responds to God’s love.
(Matthew 22:36-40; Galatians 5:22; Romans 13:8-10; I Corinthians 13; Colossians 3:14; I John 4:7)
-That true faith is obediently hearing the Word of God. Any activity of man that does not issue from faith is sin and doesn't please God. The grace gifts which God has provided in Christ Jesus can only be received by faith.
(Romans 10: 17; Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 3:21-26)
-That Satan is real, and that he is the tempter, accuser, and seducer of mankind. He has under his command a spiritual host of darkness (demons) who attempt to carry out his perverted will on earth. He and all his hosts were defeated at the cross, and believing Christians can exercise authority over him and cast out demons today because of the power of Jesus.
(Matthew 4:1; Revelation 12:10; I Timothy 4:1; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:15; Luke 10:19; Mark 16:17)