What We Believe
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious death and the atonement provided by His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, and His promised personal return in power and glory. We believe in the resurrection of the saved to eternal life, and the everlasting punishment of those who have rejected God’s forgiveness through His Son.
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and died on the cross for all mankind. He redeems us from the debt of our sins through His shed blood. He rose from the dead 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). (John 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-8; 10:7-13)
We Believe that Israel is the Holy land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We believe Jerusalem is the city of God and is the capitol of Israel. We believe that whoever blesses Israel, the seed of Abraham, will be blessed.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit manifests Himself through a variety of spiritual gifts to build & equip the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and to confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible’s list of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and they may occur in various combinations. 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; 2 Timothy 1:5-6; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10-11)
We Believe in the Rapture
We believe in the rapture, that the dead in Christ will rise first and that those that are alive and remain shall be caught up to meet Jesus in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The Baptism of the 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)
We believe in water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – we believe the name that represents the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the Name of Jesus. Baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We believe that water baptism is an ordinance to be followed upon belief and is not necessary for salvation. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; 8:12, 35-37; 10:47-48, Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 1:17)
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11; John 14:9-11; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Heaven and Hell
We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell. We believe that after death eternal life begins either in heaven or in hell; where one spends eternity is based on their decision to accept or reject Jesus and His Word. We believe Jesus died for all mankind, and that the gift of salvation is offered to all. Salvation is by faith through grace and not by works. (Romans 10:9; John 5:24; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5, 1 Timothy 2:4-6.)
We believe that the just shall live by faith and that faith is the victory over the world. We believe that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Romans 1:17, 1 John 5:4, Romans 10:17)
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)
Marriage and Sexuality
We believe that term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.
We believe that Jesus is the manifested Word of God. (John 1:1, 14, 1 John 5:7, Matthew 24:35) We believe that the born-again believer should live by hearing, meditating, confessing and acting on the Word of God. This is the process of faith that brings victory into the lives of God’s people. (Isaiah 34:16, John 15:7, Mark 16:20)