Along with our agreement with the "Apostles
Creed", the following Statement of Faith is given as what we believe to be
that which defines our basic Christian beliefs. Though we consider these beliefs to be
extremely important and clearly Biblical, we believe that two people who are
truly "born again" can hold differing positions. The Scripture verses
given are definitely not all inclusive of those that would apply, but are given
as a starting point for study and discussion.
#1 THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and
authoritative written Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21
#2 THE GODHEAD
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three
Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.; each one
distinguishable from the other, yet indivisible as God.
Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter
#3 THE NATURE AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe in the full deity and full humanity of our Lord
Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth and sinless life; in His complete and
finished work on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead.
1:26-35; Hebrews 2:14-15; Hebrews 10:11-12; John 1:12
#4 SALVATION BY FAITH AND THE INDWELLING SPIRIT
We believe that the only means by which we can be forgiven
of our sin is to personally accept the death of Jesus Christ as the only
payment for our own penalty, and to receive Him as Savior and Lord. Further, we
believe that anyone who believes and accepts Christ as Savior becomes the
God's Holy Spirit, by which he/she is born again.
John 3:3-9; John
20:22; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9
#5 WATER BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe our Lord gave to us the two ordinances of Water
Baptism by immersion and a regular observance of the Lord's Supper (not for
salvation but because of salvation) to fulfill the command of Christ.
28:19; Acts 2:34-36; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30
#6 THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe there is a work of the Holy Spirit, separate from
and in addition to the regenerative work. This Baptism enables the believer to
enter into a new and powerful realm of service, praise, worship,
edification and witnessing.
Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:2-6
#7 CURRENT OPERATION OF THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as
manifested in the early Church and recorded in the book of Acts and various
letters of the New Testament. All things are to be done decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 12:13-14
#8 CHRIST IS OUR SOURCE AND PROVIDER
We believe that in Christ there is found healing for the
broken physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Psalm 103:3; Psalm 147:3;
Isaiah 53:4-12; Luke 9:42; James 5:14-15
#9 RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH, SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST AND
We believe the Church is the Bride of Christ, and will be
translated (raptured) to meet the Lord in the air. This includes believers who
have died in Christ as well as those living on the earth at that time. We
believe the Church will be hidden with Christ during the Great Tribulation
which will come upon the whole earth and then return with Him after that time
in what the Bible refers to as the "Second Coming". We believe in the
thousand year reign of Christ upon the earth, the final resurrection and
eternal life for believers and eternal punishment for unbelievers.
Thessalonians 4:13-5:9; Revelation 20:1-6
#10 OUR ROLE IN THE CHURCH UNIVERSAL
We believe the Church is the Body of Christ on the earth and
God's chosen instrument to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, and be a restraint to
sin. By this statement, we proclaim our alliance with and prayerful support of
every Bible-believing, Christ-honoring fellowship worldwide. Matthew 5:13-14; Matthew 16:18; John 13:35