Statement of Faith

 

•    The Bible
The Bible both Old and New Testament, is the inspired, infallible word of God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21) 
•    Nature of God
There is one eternally self-existent God, who exists as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,2; 4:24; Acts 5:3,4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7)
•    Jesus
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin; He was fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death and then rose bodily from the dead to reconcile all people to God and to free them from the power of sin, death and the devil. He is now seated at the right hand of God and will return someday and consummate the building of His Kingdom. All who are His bride shall reign with Him. All who reject Him shall suffer eternal destruction (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)
•    Salvation
Salvation is the gift of God by Grace alone and is received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and genuine repentance from sin. All of us, apart from Christ are sinners. The Bible says we are "dead in our sins", "children of our father the devil" and that we have no hope in ourselves. We desperately need to have a Saving Relationship with God! That is when the Bible says we are made Children of God, made alive, given a new Heart that Loves God and longs for Him! That is when we are set free from our past, from our sin and free to Live a New Life in Jesus Christ! When we surrender our life to Him and place our trust in Jesus Christ and what He did on the Cross? When we accept God's offer of Salvation? He will come and dwell in our Hearts and we will never be the same!(Genesis 1:26,27; 3:1,24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; 1 John 1:8)
•    Water Baptism
Water baptism by immersion is the symbol of the believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. It is a direct commandment from the Lord for all believers.(Acts 2:38-41; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:26-40; 10:47; 18:8; Romans 6:3-4)
•    Baptism with the Holy Spirit
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit are available for all believers as enduements for life and service subsequent to conversion. The Holy Spirit actively and continually draws us closer to God, transforms into the image of Christ, empowers for ministry, and distributes spiritual gifts to the Church. We are to always seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit. (John 16:5-15; Romans 8:16, 23, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
•    Healing
Divine healing is the operation of the Power of God to heal the sick and afflicted. It is provided for by Christ’s atonement and is accomplished by the Power of God.(Psalms 103:1-4; Isaiah 53:5; Malachi 4:2; James 5:14-16; Acts 3:12; Matthew 10:8)
•    The Church
Though it has multitudes of diverse expressions, there is only one Universal Church with Christ as its head. This Church is comprised of all true believers, regardless of denominational affiliation. The primary purpose of the Church is to use every possible means to advance the Kingdom of God against the kingdom of Satan. (Romans 12:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:12-16; Hebrews 10:24-25)
•    The Local Church
In the local Church, believers from a particular geographic locality come together, submitting to the authority of the Scriptures and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They receive feeding, oversight, care and instruction from recognized leaders. They glorify God through corporate worship, prayer, evangelism, teaching, and fellowship as they care for and serve one another, receiving new converts into the Church and nurturing them in the faith.(Acts 20:28; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Philippians 1:1; Hebrews 10:25; Romans 16:16; 2 Corinthians 11:8)