bibWHAT WE BELIEVE

ABOUT OUR GOD

We believe that there is One God who rules the universe, who is infinite in power
and holy in nature. He has been revealed to us in the Bible as Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are manifestations of one
eternal being.
 
Deut. 6:4; Isa. 37:16, 20; 43:10-13; 44:6, 8, 24; 45:5; I Cor. 8:6; II Cor. 5:19;
Eph. 4:6
 

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin and lived a
sinless human life. He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all
people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to
demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and
will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
We believe that Jesus is the Almighty God for in Him dwells all the fullness of the
Godhead bodily.
 
Isa. 9:6; Matt. 1:22-23; Jn. 1:1-5; Col. 1:9; I Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:14-15; Rev. 1:8

 ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRT

We believe God has manifested Himself as the Holy Spirit to the church–the
body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is God Himself. He is present in the world today to
convict people of their sins and their need for Jesus. He lives in the believer and
provides him with the power for holy living and understanding of spiritual truth.
He also equips the believer to become a witness for Christ and gives guidance
to do the right things. The Holy Spirit gives every Christian a spiritual gift when
they are saved. As Christians we should seek to live under His control daily.
 
Jn. 4:13-14; 7:37-39; 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 2:12; 3:16; Eph. 1:13;
Col. 1:27

 ABOUT THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God to us. Human
authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the
supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs, conduct, and lifestyle. Because the
Bible is inspired (God-breathed), it is truth without any mixture of error.
 
Deut. 8:3; Ps. 119:105; Prov. 30:5, Isa. 55:11; Matt. 4:4; II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20-
21

 ABOUT MAN’S FALL AND REDEMPTION

We believe people are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in
character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every
person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of
disobedience toward God called “sin.” God’s first created human being, Adam,
through transgression and disobedience, fell into sin. Through Adam’s fall, sin
entered into the world. No amount of good works or church attendance or
personal morality will change that. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was sent into
the world to give His life and shed His blood to redeem man and to restore him
back to God. The salvation of Jesus Christ makes us children of God and
redeems us from the curse of the law.
 
Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23, 5:12, 6:23; Gal. 3:13; Eph.1:4-14; eb. 9:14-15; I Pe. 1:
18-23

 ABOUT SALVATION

We believe salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can
never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting
in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s
penalty. Salvation, therefore, begins with faith in Christ and repentance from sin
and a self-ruled life. Every believer in Christ must be in obedience to the Word
of God concerning water baptism and receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. All
those who have truly repented and have received Jesus can be filled with the
Holy Spirit with the initial signs following as on the Day of Pentecost.
 
Jn. 3:3-7; Mk. 16:15-18; Acts 2:1-4, 36-38; 10:45-46; 19:6; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph.
2:8-9

 ABOUT REPENTANCE

We believe man’s first step toward salvation is repentance. Repentance from the
heart should accompany one’s faith in Jesus Christ as well as water baptism in
Jesus’ name and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist preached
repentance. Jesus proclaimed it and commanded that repentance and remission
of sins be preached in “His Name’ among all nations.
 
Mk. 16:16; Lk. 24:47; Acts 2:38, 4:12; II Cor. 7:10

 ABOUT WATER BAPTISM

We believe the correct formula for water baptism that was used by the early New
Testament Church, biblically and historically was “in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Furthermore, because water baptism was commanded and demonstrated by
Jesus, every person who calls himself or herself a believer in Jesus should be
baptized. Biblical baptism needs to be by immersion in the Name of the Lord
Jesus Christ, which is the literal fulfillment of His command to His disciples to
baptize converts in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit. According to the New Testament, baptism should be performed
immediately after one accepts Jesus Christ as His Savior or as soon as is
possible. All believers who have not been baptized in water in “the name of
Jesus Christ” should do so.
 
Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38, 4:12; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5; Rom. 6:1-7; Col. 3:17; I Pet. 3:20-
21

 ABOUT THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe every believer who has repented and received Christ can and
should be filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit and speak with other tongues as
the Spirit of God gives them the utterance or the ability to speak a new
language. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is received by faith. Tongues are the
initial physical sign of the indwelling presence of God in the believer. Every spirit-
filled believer should continue to pray in tongues regularly for their spiritual
edification.
 
Joel 2:28; Mk. 16:15-18; Lk. 11:13; Jn. 4:13-14; 7:37-39; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; Col. 1:
27; Jude 20
 

 ABOUT SANCTIFICATION

We believe sanctification is the second phase of salvation and is a life-long
process. The word “sanctify” means to be set apart for a particular use. The
Bible teaches us to live holy and separated lives, and without holiness no man
can see the Lord. Sanctification is a definite work, yet a progressive work of
grace beginning at the time of salvation and continuing until the consummation
of the believer’s life on earth.
 
I Cor. 1:30; II Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; I Thess. 5:23; II Pet. 3:18; Heb. 12:14

 ABOUT DIVINE HEALING

We believe divine healing is available to all believers and is a part of the
Atonement and the New Covenant. Healing can be applied to the physical and
mental sicknesses and diseases of the human body. Healing is wrought by the
power of God, through the prayer of faith, the Word of God, and the laying on of
hands. Healing is a divine privilege for every member in the Body of Christ. It is
God’s will that we walk and live in divine health. However, if sickness should
occur, healing is available.
 
Ps. 103:3; Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17; Mk. 16:18; I Pet. 2:24; Jm. 5:14-15

 ABOUT THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is one of the great sacraments of the Church.
Melchisedec, the High Priest of God, gave the first Communion to Abraham,
consisting of bread and wine. Christ, being a High Priest “after the order of
Melchisedec” evidently administered the same. In taking Communion (or the
Lord’s Supper) we show forth His death until His coming. It is our custom here to
have Communion at least once a year at the start of the New Year.
 
Gen. 4:18; Matt. 26:26-29; I Cor. 11:19-34; Heb. 6:20

 ABOUT THE RAPTURE & THE SECOND COMING

We believe in the Rapture (catching away) that the dead in Christ shall rise and
the saints who are alive on earth at the time of the Rapture will be “caught up to
meet the Lord in the air.” This event constitutes the resurrection of the Just and
the catching away of the Saints. The Second Coming of the Lord is when He will
make a change in the present order of things. Following the tribulation, Jesus
Christ shall return to the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords and together
with the Saints shall reign a thousand years.
 
Jn. 14:13; I Thess. 4:14-17; I Cor. 15:51-58; Tit. 2:13; Jude 14-15; Rev. 19:11-
21; 20:6

 ABOUT ETERNITY

We believe God created the human spirit, and it will exist forever. The human
spirit will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God
through the forgiveness of sin and the salvation of Jesus Christ. Heaven and
hell are realities of our eternal existence. Those who physically die in sin without
salvation, are hopelessly and eternally lost forever in the Lake of Fire. After
one’s life ends on earth, there is no further opportunity to hear the gospel,
repent, and receive salvation.
 
Jn 3:16; 14:17; Rom. 6:23; 8:17-28; I Cor. 2:7-9; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20; 20:15