What Do We Believe?
We believe what the Word of God clearly states. Here are our most foundational beliefs.
Our Standard - The Scriptures
We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God and the product of God-appointed men who spoke and wrote as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16,
God - The Godhead
We believe our God is One, but manifested in three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal. God the Father is greater than all.
The Son Jesus, is the Word made flesh, the only begotten son of the Father and He has existed with the Father from the beginning. John 16:28, John 1:14, John 1:1.
Our Need - Man's Fall and Redemption
We believe man is a created being; made in the likeness and image of God. Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and it is by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by Him. Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8, John 14:6)
Eternal Life - Being Born of the Spirit
We believe man's first step toward salvation and eternal life, is through Jesus, Jesus said every person
must be born again. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life. For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. 3:16)
Being Filled with the Spirit
We believe every believer should be "born of" the Spirit and subsequently "filled with" the Holy Spirit. This is also known as: the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, receiving the Spirit or being filled with the Spirit. This is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers and is received by faith, subsequent to the New Birth. Being filled with the Spirit gives a believer power to be a witness for Christ, and is the entry point for a victorious life. The Bible teaches that this experience is received by faith and is often evidenced by the accompanying
gifts of the Spirit, including speaking in tongues. (Matt. 3:11, John 14:16,17, Acts 1:8, 2:4,38, 19:1-7, Eph 5:18)
Going Public - Water Baptism
We believe Jesus commanded all believers to go public with their faith through water baptism, by immersion. Water baptism is a public declaration of the internal work of God in the heart and life of a believer. This is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-39)
The Return of Our Lord
We believe in the physical, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe His coming is imminent. When He comes, the dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds (what we refer to as the Rapture), to meet the Lord in the air. After this rapture event, we believe the Tribulation, a period of 7 years, will take place on earth. Following the Tribulation, Jesus shall return to the Earth as King of kings, the Lord of lords. Believers will return with Him and will reign with Christ on earth for a thousand years during what is known as the Millennial Reign of Christ. (Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17, Revelation 20:6)
Final Destination - Hell and Eternal Retribution
We believe that a person who physically dies without accepting and confessing Jesus Christ as Lord is hopelessly and eternally lost. This person will spend eternity in hell and the Lake of Fire, and therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel and repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. (Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 19:20)