“To be an End Time Glorious Church where the Power of Heaven Invades Earth”
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The following is a statement of our position of basic Christian doctrines. As once stated by a great missionary, "There are certain basic Christian truths about which there must be agreement. On all other doctrines there should be liberty. In all things there must be love." It is our resolution to take an uncompromising stand on the essential doctrines of the faith, and extend "the right hand of fellowship" to all who hold to them. It is also our resolution to protect the liberty of Christians to hold different perspectives on the "non-essential" doctrines.
There are doctrines we may consider non-essential, but which are important. We therefore make known our belief on these, while presenting them with tolerance toward those who may hold a different position. We are committed to truth and accuracy in doctrine, but also understand that one can hold right doctrines and still do damage to the body of Christ by causing divisions over the non-essentials. We are therefore just as committed to the essential Christian character, believing that "In all things there must be love." As the apostle stated, "The goal of our instruction is love, from a pure heart and a sincere faith" (I Timothy 1:5).
ON THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
We believe in the Divine inspiration and authority of the 66 books of the Holy Bible as the complete canon of God's testimony to mankind. We are committed to esteeming Scripture as the very Word of God, inerrant in its original form. We do not accept any doctrine which contradicts Scripture.
ON THE ONE TRUE GOD
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternal self-existent "I Am", the creator of the universe, heaven and earth, and the redeemer of mankind. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
ON THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST
There is only one true God, Who is revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Word (Logos) of God. The Word was with God in the beginning, which states His pre-existence as one with God. "By Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth" (Colossians 1:16), therefore making Jesus the Creator. Jesus Christ is the Purpose of God found in all of creation. He is the Father's delight and desire, and the Father is looking for the reflection of His Son in all created things. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. In the beginning, it was the ultimate purpose of God for all things to be summed up in Christ (Ephesians 1:10).
ON THE DIETY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35)
His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 2:22)
His miracles (Acts 2:2,10:38)
His substitutionary work on the cross (I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21)
His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Corinthians 15:4)
His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11:2, 33;Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3)
ON THE ATONEMENT
Because all have sinned and are therefore under the sentence of death, all must trust in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus for the remission of sins. There is no other way to reconcile with God or escape from eternal judgment, except through the propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus.
ON THE NEW BIRTH
Believing in our hearts that Jesus is the Son of God and in His propitiation made for our salvation results in a regeneration and renewal that constitutes our new birth into new creations. Being "born again" implies a new beginning, not an ending. Christian maturity in faith, truth and life is a process. Even so, this process must begin with spiritual regeneration or new birth. While it is possible to change our behavior without regeneration, changing our hearts requires the new birth, and it is our hearts upon which God looks. Scriptures on the evidence of Salvation. (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).
ON WATER BAPTISM
We believe that water baptism should be by immersion and accomplished immediately after commitment to the Lordship of Jesus and His atoning sacrifice for our sin. This ordinance is a personal and public statement of faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ on our behalf, and is a commitment to lay down our lives to be one with Him in His death, burial and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19; mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).
ON THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the "baptism in the Holy Spirit" is an additional impartation which may be subsequent to regeneration (see Acts 8:15-17 and 19:1-6). This baptism is usually accompanied (in God’s timing) by the gifts of the Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, etc.
The purpose of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is to impart spiritual power to the believer to be a witness (Acts 1:8, 5:32). We believe that when Christians truly have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, they should begin to take on His nature, bear the fruit of the Spirit, becoming "helpers" and "comforters", leading others into truth, and testifying of Jesus. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8: I Corinthians 12:1-31; Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46.11:14-16,15:7-9; John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8; Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28; Mark 16:20).
(Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 13:12; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:15-16).
ON THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST AND ITS MISSION
-To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Matthew 28:19-20; mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8)
-To be a corporate body in which people may worship God (I Corinthians 12:13)
-To be a channel of God's purpose, to build a body of saints being perfected in the image if His Son (I Corinthians 12:28, 14:12; Ephesians 4:11-16)
ON DIVINE HEALING
Divine Healing is an integral part of the Gospel.
Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17, James 5:14-16).
ON THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the literal, physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ to take authority and rule on earth. We also believe that those who are alive and remain at the return of our Lord and have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be changed and caught up to be with Him in the air. Those who have died in the faith will be resurrected and precede those who are alive. (Romans 8:23;I Corinthians 15:51-52;I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:13).
We believe in the resurrection of both the just and the unjust for the Day of Judgment. For those of us who have been justified by faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on our behalf, this resurrection is for eternal life in fellowship with God. Those who are not justified by faith in Jesus are resurrected for an eternal judgment.
ON THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST
(Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27-30; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6).
ON THE FINAL JUDGEMENT
(Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
ON THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH
(II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:and 22).