Statement of Faith

 

    Statement of Faith

 

We Believe….

 

The Bible: The Bible is the inspired Word of God, revealed to man through the Holy Spirit, without error in its original manuscript, absolutely infallible, and our source of supreme revelation from God. II Timothy 3:16-17, Heb 4:12

God: There is one living and eternal God who has revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are indivisible, co-eternal, all stand equally superior to time, yesterday, today and forever. – The Eternal GODHEAD – Romans 1:20

Jesus Christ: In the pre-existence, incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son. We believe in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death on the cross, bodily resurrection and His ascension into Heaven, and His personal return in power and great glory, and in His everlasting Kingdom and dominion. We believe He was fully man and fully God. – John 3:16

Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father, as promised by the Son, to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit will regenerate, sanctify, teach, guide and empowers us for ministry. We believe the Holy Spirit lives in Christians, providing them daily with the gifts as promised in the Scriptures to do His will and live the abundant life God desires for those who love him. – John 14:15-17; 16:7-12; 1Cor 12:7-11; 27-31; Eph 4:11

Mankind: Man was created in God’s image, and is a trinity of spirit, soul and body. – Genesis 1:26-27; 2:4

The fall of Man: Man, by sin, fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created. This state of death in trespasses and sin causes a separation from God, with man unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts. – Rom 3:23, 5:12-21

Spiritual World: There is a Heaven and Hell, with the existence of angels, good (belong to Heaven) and bad (belong to Hell) with Lucifer, that God cast out of heaven for his pride and rebellion (Satan), who is the authority in Hell. Isa 14:12-15; Eze 28:13-19. These are the two eternal destinations, that each man has a choice of, by his own free will. Rev 21:6-8

Justification by Faith: The free gift of salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each person, with repentance of sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, will be immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit. All of their sins are forgiven and they become a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven. This repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. – I Cor 15:1-4; Acts 16:31; Rom 10:9

Jesus Christ Return: We await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and we believe in the literal Second Coming of Christ with His saints to rule the earth, which will be personal and visible. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship, participation in adult baptism by immersion and Holy Communion. – Acts 1:10-12; I Thes 4:14-17

Ordinances: The Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: 1) baptism, and 2) the Lord’s Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and communion, both of which are open to all believers in Jesus Christ. – 1 Pet 3:21-22; Acts 8:36-38; Luke 22:19-20

Baptism: It is to be a public testimony of our faith and obedience to Jesus Christ. To be administered to those who have reached an age where they understand the choice and decision they are making, which is representative of a pledge of good conscience toward God. We believe this baptism in water should be by full body immersion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. – 1 Pet 3:21-22; Acts 8:36-38

Communion: The Lord’s Supper is an act commemorating the sacrifice Jesus Christ made by dying on the Cross for our sins and provides a spiritual communion with our Lord and Savior to remember what He did for us. – Luke 22:19-20

Baptism of the Holy Spirit: The baptism of the Holy Spirit is subsequent to the seal of the New Covenant relationship (or infilling of the Holy Spirit) that occurs at the point of salvation. The baptism of the Holy Spirit empowers the believer for service, with the imparting of these gifts and their uses in the work of ministry (Acts 1:4; 1:8; 1 Cor 12:1-31, Eph 5:18-21). Each believer should recognize, seek, expect, ask and pray for this promise from God, it’s where the power comes from to live an abundant life, overcome sin and enjoy the blessings God has for those who love Him. – John 14:15-17, Acts 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is being manifested in the Church through the fruits, (Galatians 5:22-23 — graces, ministries and gifts) and we hold that the nine gifts of the Spirit, (I Corinthians 12:8-11) should be and must be operative in the Church today in order for the Church to enjoy the fullness of God. Also, we hold that these gifts are imparted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and only work or operate by this one and self-same Spirit. – I Cor 12:11

The Gifts of Ministry: The ministries of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers were given to the Church at the ascension of Jesus Christ and that they continue to be needed and should be expected today. We believe the local church has the right to Ordain the Ministers/Pastors, and Commission Local Church Elders, as a recognition and separation of a specific gifting of God. – Eph 4:11

The Gifts of Administration and Service: Each person has a gift and talent as provided by God. God calls, man can only recognize the call and acknowledge it. We believe in the servant ministry of the Deacons (Acts 6:1-7; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:8-13), as those recognized, able and appointed by the elders, as a ministry of Helps; Servants; and Administrators.

Laying on of hands: We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for:

a. The confirming of believers in the faith – Acts 6:1-6

b. The confirmation of one’s call by the laying on of hands with prophecy – Acts 13:1, 3

c. The impartation of the spiritual gifts when accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands – I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6

d. The recognition, ordination, and setting apart of ministry – Acts 6:6

e. The impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit – Acts 8:17-18

f. The ministry of healing the sick – Mark 16:16-18

g. The blessing and dedication (setting apart) of children – Mark 10:16

The body of Christ: We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ expressed as the universal church, made up of all believers and that the basis of our fellowship is in Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. – Eph 2:13-22; 4:3-6; I John 1:6-7

The autonomy of the Church: This church is intentionally structured as an ‘Autonomous’ and ‘Indigenous’ entity, with no other church or organization having authority or control over it. We purposely avoid the use of the term ‘Independent,’ as we believe the Lord Jesus Christ desires every believer and leader to be relational, and accountable to other believers. – Isaiah 55:3-5

Worship: Worship must be in spirit and truth, born in the intimacy of our heart to express our love and submission to our Heavenly Father. It should be spiritual, inspirational and holy, welcoming God’s presence, therefore we will remain flexible to allow believers to express themselves in ways pleasing to the Lord in accordance with His Word. – John 4:23; Eph 5:18-19; Rev 1:17; Psalm 150; Acts 24:14

Tithing, Offerings, and Giving of Alms: Both Old and New Testament scriptures teach tithing as an opportunity to partner with God in ministry. These are to be practiced continually by all believers and are outward expressions of the unity of the church, the Body of Christ, as it joins together in support of the work of the Lord. – Gen 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Prov. 11:24, 25, Mal 3:8-10; Matt 23:23; Luke 11:42; 1 Cor 16:22; 2 Cor 8:7-8; 9:6 – 9

Benevolence to the Needy: The Scriptures are clear concerning helping those in need. We are commanded to do good to all people as we have opportunity, with a special emphasis upon caring for those who profess to be fellow Christians, especially those of our own fellowship of believers. We are commanded to be generous and willing to share, laying up treasure for ourselves in the coming age by our kindness and generosity in this life. This is true for the church as an organization as well as for the individuals that are part of the church. Therefore, in accordance with the biblical commands, as a fundamental aspect of the practice of our faith, we will share of our material goods with those in need and will minister to them to the best of our abilities, whatever the need. – Prov 25:21; Isa 58:10; Gal 6:10; I Tim 6:18-19; Heb 13:16; James 1:27

Biblical definition of Family and Marriage: We believe in the creation, and God as the Creator. We believe that God created man and that He created them male and female. As such He created them different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family, the basic structure of human society. It is in families that choose to love and honor God, and pattern their lives according to His Holy Bible, that He would enable healthy relationships of purity, and protection to be developed. Therefore, this church will conduct wedding ceremonies only between a man and a woman having been naturally born with that gender, and who attend regularly at this church or another like church approved of by the Sr. Pastor. – Gen. 2:24; 12:3; 28:14

Deliverance: We believe there is the occasional need for deliverance. Deliverance is manifested by an inability to be free from bondage: e.g., mental (emotional), physical or spiritual normally associated with demon activity, it is God’s desire to bring deliverance to His people (Job 5:19, Psa. 91:3; Heb 2:15; 2 Pet 2:9). We have been granted the authority in the name of Jesus to bring deliverance to others (Mark 16:17; John 14:12; I Cor 12:8-11). We must understand that our warfare is with the forces of evil (Eph. 6:12), our weapon is the Word of God, our authority and power is from Jesus himself (Mark 16:17, Acts 1:8) and that the battlefield is first of all in the spiritual realms. – Eph 6:10-18; 2 Cor 10:3-5; Gal 5:22-23

Discipline: Church discipline is administered within the church, administered in a spirit of meekness and confidentiality. The purpose of such discipline is the restoration of the one subject to the discipline and/or the purification of the church. The steps of discipline are one on one private confrontation, private confrontation with witnesses, meeting with the Board of Elders for judgment leading to restoration or separation, and finally, if necessary, exposure to the congregation. – (Matt. 18:15-20; Gal. 6:1; Romans 16:17; II John 9-11; I Corinthians 5; II Corinthians 2:6-8; I Timothy 5:20)