More of What We Believe

What We Believe continued

1. We believe in one God, perfect in all His attributes, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each equally deserving reverence and obedience. (Gen. 1:26; Mark 12:29; 1 Pet. 1:2; 1 John 5:7)

2. We believe the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 24:35; 1 Cor. 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:21)

3. We believe in the creation and subsequent fall of man with the result that fallen man is hopelessly lost and in need of a Savior. (Gen. 1-3; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3)

4. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only Savior of all men, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, fully God and fully man. Jesus voluntarily died for our sins, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures. He appeared to His disciples in His resurrected body before ascending to His seat at the right hand of God. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. (Matt. 1:18-25; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 15:3-8)

5. We believe that one must be born again to see and enter the Kingdom of God and that personal regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. We teach salvation is wholly of God by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ and not on the basis of human merit or works. (John 3:1-8, 17:4, 19:30; Eph. 2:8; Titus 3:5)

6. We believe that two directives have been given to the local church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We teach that conversion should be followed with baptism by immersion. We believe in observing often the Lord’s Supper, the ongoing meal celebrating the New Covenant. (Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:36-39; 1 Cor. 11:23-30; Col. 2:11-12)

7. We believe that sanctification is once and for all as well as progressive in nature. (John 17:17-19; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Thess. 4:3-4, 5:23; 1 Pet. 1:15)

8. We believe that justification and righteousness before God is only through the atoning blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God. (John 5:24; Rom. 3:25, 8:1; 1 Cor. 1:30; Gal. 3:13; Heb. 8:12)

9. We believe that the healing of man’s spirit, soul, and body was provided for in the New Covenant through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:30, 10:38; Rom. 8:11; James 5:13-16; 1 Pet. 2:24)

10. We believe the Pentecostal experience of Acts 2 is a present reality for the Church. We teach that every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of regeneration and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be controlled by the Spirit. (Mark 16:17; Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4; Col. 1:27)

11. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are the supernatural ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and that every born-again believer possesses these gifts in seed form at the time of regeneration. (Acts 5:12, 8:5-13; Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-8; 1 Pet. 4:10-11)

12. We believe that all the redeemed once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-50; Eph. 4:30; Heb. 13:5)

13. We believe that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are placed by the Holy Spirit into one spiritual body, the Church (1 Cor. 12:12-13), the Bride of Christ (Eph. 5:23-32), of which Christ is the head (Col. 1:18).

14. We believe that resurrection is in three dimensions: past, present, and future. Our spirit was resurrected from a state of spiritual death when we were born again, our soul is being transformed, our minds are being renewed, and our mortal bodies are being made alive by the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. Ultimately, our earthly bodies will be changed like unto His glorious body. (Job 14:14; John 11:25; Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 15; Phil. 3:11, 21)

15. We believe in the literal, bodily coming of the Lord “with” the saints once His enemies have been made His footstool, once we have come to the unity disclosed in John 17 and Ephesians 4, and once He has restored all things spoken by the prophets. We believe that Jesus will not return secretly, but openly and visibly—no one knows the day or the hour. (Matt. 6:10, 24:26-36; John 3:13; Acts 3:18-24; Eph. 4:13; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Heb. 10:12-13; James 5:7; Rev. 1:7)

More important than what we believe is in whom we believe.