WHAT WE BELIEVE

Statement of Faith

A.  THE SCRIPTURES.  The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of Holy Men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  We accept them as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (II Timothy 3:16;  I Thess. 2:13;  II Peter 1:21)

B.  THE GODHEAD.  Our God is One, but manifested in three persons — the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.  (Philippians 2:6;  Matthew 3:16-17).
God the Father is greater than all; the Source of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28;   John 16:28;  John 1:14).
Jesus is the Son of God, One with the Father, the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1;  John 1:14,18; John 10:30) The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal  (John 15:26)

C.  MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION.  Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world.  “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.  “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one”.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God.  (Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23;  Romans 3:9-10;  I John 3:8; Galatians 3:13,14).
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God.  (Ephesians 2:8).

D.  ETERNAL LIFE AND NEW BIRTH.  Man’s first step toward salvation is Godly sorrow that worketh repentance.  The new birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life.  (II Cor. 7:10;  I John 5:12;  John 3:3-5).

E.  WATER BAPTISM.  Baptism in water is by immersion and is a direct commandment ou our Lord, and is for believers only.  The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.  (Matt 28:19;  Romans 6:24;  Col 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).

F.  BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST.   The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth.  This exprience is accomplanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues.  (John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8;  Acts 2:4; Acts 2:38,39)

G.  SANCTIFICATION.  The Bible teaches that without Holiness no man ca nsee the Lord.  We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation.  (Heb 12:14; 2 Pet 3:18; 2 Cor 3:18)

H.  DIVINE HEALING.  Healing is forthe physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God thru the prayer of faith, and by laying on of hands.  (Mark 16:18; Jas 5:14-20; 2Pet 2:24)

I.  RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD.  The Angels said, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner.”  His coming is imminent.  “When He comes, “The dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.”  (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess 4:16,17)

J.  HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION.  The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in noting the duration of joy and ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God. (Heb 6:1-21; Heb 9:27; Rev 19:20)

K.  COMMUNION — THE LORD’S SUPPER. We partake of the Lord’s Supper to show the Lord’s death till He comes. (1 Cor 11:23-30)  The bread symbolizes the Lord’s broken body. (Is 53:5)  The cup represents the new convenant in His blood which provides us forgiveness.

L.  LAYING ON OF HANDS.  A simple belief that power or anointing or any other necessary quality can be transmitted from one person touching another.  Laying on of hands practiced in the Bible; for a blessing; baby dedication; for healing; to confer office; to receive the anointing;, and for ordination to consecrate for ministry.  (1 Tim 4:14; Mark 10:13-16; Acts 19:11,12)