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What We Believe and Teach
We Believe In Human Worth
We believe that man was made in the image of God and is the crown of creation. He is now, by reason of the fall, spiritually depraved and alienated from his Creator. Apart from God’s grace, he has no ability to attain to his high calling.
(Psalm 8; Ephesians 2:8-10)
We Believe in Justification by Grace through Faith
We believe that justification is by grace through faith in our Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary. (Ephesians 2:8,8)
We Believe in Baptism
We believe it is necessary for every believer to be baptized by total immersion in water in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit according to Christ’s command. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4)
We believe in One God Who exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
We believe there is only one God, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We Believe in Jesus Christ
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ was begotten, not created, truly God, truly man. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world, resurrected bodily for our justification, and reigns in glory.
(1 Timothy 3:16)
We Believe in the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in all believers, conforming them to the image of Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:12; John 15:26)
We Believe that the Baptism In the Holy Spirit is an Endowment of Power
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power, subsequent to conversion, given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification and evangelism. It is our understanding that the supernatural charisma of the Holy Spirit is active within the Body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. Furthermore, we believe the development of the charismatic gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of of local church authorities. (Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
We Believe in One Holy Christian and Apostolic Church
We believe in the Holy Christian Church, imperfectly represented on earth, by the various Christian institutions. Her unity is spiritual, her culture diverse and transitional, and her mission eternal. (Hebrews 12:18-24)
We Believe in the Holy Scriptures
We believe in the absolute inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, given by the Holy Spirit without error, as He moved upon holy men of old. Furthermore, we believe that the church has no authority to establish doctrine or practice anything contrary to these same Scriptures, which were subsequently accepted as canon by the early Christian Church. (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
We Believe in the Equipping of the Saints for the Work of the Ministry
We believe that the calling of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher are functional within the Body of Christ until the Lord’s return. Furthermore, these ministries are gifts to the Church for the purpose of equipping saints for the work of the ministry, that the Body of Christ be edified. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
We Believe in the Local Church
We believe the identity of the Body of Christ on the earth is primarily perceived through the local church. While encouraging the voluntary association of local churches and recognizing the need of consensus on matters of fundamental doctrine and conduct, we strongly confess the local church to be sovereign and autonomous. (Revelation 2-3)
We Believe the Local Church needs Friends
We believe in the right of local churches and ministries to form temporal institutions to assist them in carrying out the work of God. At the same time, we reject sectarianism and divisiveness as great evils.
We Believe in the Priesthood of the Believer
We believe in the priesthood of the believer. That is to say, all people born of God have equal status before, and direct access to, their Lord.
(1 Peter 2:5)
We Believe in the Unity of the Church
We believe in the spiritual unity of all who are born of God. We confess even those with whom we disagree, those who do not confess, and others we exclude because of willful ignorance. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)
We Believe in Sanctification
We believe that those who are called by the Name of Christ should depart from sin, transgression, and iniquity. Understanding that salvation from the penalty of sin only begins the process of redemption, we acknowledge that one work of the Holy Spirit is to create in us the character of God.
(2 Timothy 2:19)
We Believe in the Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the literal second coming of our Lord, the literal rule of Christ upon the earth, the resurrection of the regenerate to eternal life and the unregenerate to eternal damnation, and the ultimate victory of the eternal Kingdom of God. (Daniel 12:2; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 22:1-7)