Statement Of Faith

Statement of Faith

HOLY BIBLE
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It
alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its
original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy
3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).

TRINITY
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and
Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis
1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).

JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth,
Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a
sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed
miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins
through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day
according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and
will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16;
Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).

VIRGIN BIRTH
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the
third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is
the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18,
23-25; Luke 1:27-35).

REDEMPTION
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell;
his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen.
1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

REGENERATION
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely
essential (John 6:44, 65).

SALVATION
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial,
and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good
works or of any human efforts (Ephe sians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8;
Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

REPENTANCE
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our
lives and to fol low Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and
to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive
forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John
1:9).

SANCTIFICATION
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His
Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us.
It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God
that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3,
5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29,
12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).

JESUS’ BLOOD
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and
is 100% suf ficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself
to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those
who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John
1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John
1:29).

JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and
live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of
their lives over to him thus making Je sus the Lord of their life as well
as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when
He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17,
23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20).

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after
His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the
whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17,
38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to
build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the
resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of
these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in
various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the
manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in
harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of
biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11,12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; II
Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).

THE CHURCH
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the
Spirit, with divine ap pointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great
commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of
the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual
unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22;
Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).

TWO SACRAMENTS
Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert
is 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 (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).

The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when
the ele ments of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord
Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross
(Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians
10:16, 11:23-25).

HEALING OF THE SICK
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and
included in the com mission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a
sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on
the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5;
Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians
12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).

GOD’S WILL FOR PROVISION
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and
successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not
receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though,
should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of
Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.

Spiritual
(John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).

Mental and Emotional
(II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).

Physical
(Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24).

Financial
(Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10;
Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).

RESURRECTION
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body
three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and
the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of
life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke
24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians
15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).

HEAVEN
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of
Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II
Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).

HELL
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and
sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the
Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation
14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).

SECOND COMING
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; I Thessalonians
4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).