What We Believe . . .

The Scriptures Inspired

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. -- 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21

God

There is only One True God revealed in three personsFather, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity). -- Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22

Jesus

We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As Gods son, Jesus was both human and divine. -- Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:9; Acts 1:11; Acts 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3

Sin

Though originally good, man willingly fell to sin, ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world. -- Genesis 1:26,27; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12-19

Salvation

Every person can have restored fellowship with God through salvation (accepting Christs offer of forgiveness for sin). -- Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 8:16; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12

Baptism & Communion

We practice two ordinances: (1) Water baptism by immersion after repenting of ones sins and receiving Christs gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lords Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christs suffering and death for our salvation. -- Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4

The Holy Spirit

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a special experience following salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. -- Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Acts 8:12-17; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9;  John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8; Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28; Acts 2:42; Mark 16:20

Speaking in Tongues

The initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues, as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles. -- Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-10; 1 Corinthians 12:28 

Sanctification

Sanctification initially occurs at salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike. -- Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15,16; Romans 6:1-11, 13; 8:1,2, 13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5

The Body of Christ

The Church has a mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe the Church is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted Gods offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ. -- Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12; Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:10; James 1:27; Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3,4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14; Galatians 5:22-26; Matthew 25:37-40; Galatians 6:10; 1 Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:11,12; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Colossians 1:29

Leadership

A divinely called and scripturally ordained leadership ministry serves the church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers the Church. -- Mark 16:15-20; John 4:23,24; Ephesians 4:11-16; Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:10; James 1:27 

Healing

Divine healing of the sick is a privilege for Christians today and is provided for in Christs atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). -- Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16

The Rapture

We believe in The Blessed Hope when Jesus raptures His church prior to His return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. -- 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52

The Return of Christ

We believe in the millennial reign of Christ, when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace. -- Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6; Ezekiel 37:21,22; Zephaniah 3:19,20; Romans 11:26,27; Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalms 72:3-8; Micah 4:3,4

Judgment

A final judgment will take place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire. -- Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8

Heaven

We look forward to the perfect new heavens and a new earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. And so shall we forever be with the Lord! -- 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21, 22