October 22, 2016

Statement of Faith

1. We believe the Bible to be divinely inspired, undivided, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
(Matthew 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12; Romans 15:4; 1 Peter 1:23;2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:14-17)

2. We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; Matthew 11:27; John 10:37-38; John 14:8-11;1 John 5:7)

3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and redemptive death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.
(John 1:1; John 20:28; Matthew 1:23; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:13; Acts 4:33; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:11; John 4:46-54; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; John 5:1-9; John 9: 1-7; John 20:30-31; John 21:25; Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-13: Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18)

4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man; acknowledging the Lordship of Jesus Christ through the born-again experience and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are very essential.
(John 3:3-8; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:18-23; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:1-3; 1 John 1:7-9; 1 John 5:1-4)

5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling and empowerment the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life and through whom the Spiritual enablement are operational in the Church today.
(John 7:39; John 14:15-18; John 16:7-15; Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:17-21; Romans 12:6-8)

6. We believe that God has provided to desiring believers an endowment of Spiritual power for the evangelization of the lost.
(Acts 1:4-5, 8; Acts 2:1-4, 38-39; Acts 10:44-46; Ephesians 4:11-12; Acts 19:1-6; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Romans 8:26-27)

7. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
(Matthew 25:31-33; Mark 9:43-47; John 5:25-29; Acts 17:30-31; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15)

8. We believe in the Spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Romans 15:5; Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 2:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:14-27; John 17:22-26; Colossians 3:12-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; Ephesians 4:11-13)

9. We believe in Water Baptism by immersion: People who embrace faith in Jesus Christ are commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit as an out-ward demonstration of their confession of faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Roman 6: 3-5; Acts 8:38;)

10. We believe in The Lord’s Supper; the practice of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Holy Communion is God’s act of grace towards all believers. As the Sacrament of Baptism signifies participation in Christ’s death and resurrection, the Sacrament of the Holy Communion continually signifies our oneness with Christ through the substance of His flesh and blood represented by the bread and wine. With redemption, the benefits of this participation are the oneness with Christ which brings healing, deliverance, forgiveness and cleansing from sins, and much more.
(Matt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Jn. 6:53-58)

11. We believe in Divine Healing of the Sick: Healing of the sick is demonstrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign that is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We encourage people who are sick in body, emotions, or mind to seek to heal through Jesus Christ. We are thankful for medical science and recognize that medical science and supernatural intervention of Jesus Christ that results in healing are not mutually exclusive.
(Psalm. 103:2,3; Isaiah. 53:5; Matthew. 8:16,17; Mark 16:17,18; Acts 8:6,7; Rom. 11:29; 1 Corinthians. 12:9,28; James. 5:14-16.)

12. We believe in the Second Coming of Christ: Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.
(Matthew 24:30; 26:63,64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians. 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians. 1:7,8; Revelation 1:7.)

Adiaphora:  We recognize that there are practices that the Bible neither commands nor prohibits, about which sincere Christian people will have differing convictions. We defend the right of individual Christians to maintain differing convictions in matters that are not essential to one’s salvation, and we echo the following sound advice, “In essentials unity; in nonessentials liberty, in all things charity.” See Romans 14.