Statement of Beliefs (Our Creed)
We believe …
- The God we worship is the Great I AM. The God of Israel. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God is the true God consisting in spirit as three distinct Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father and is God incarnate, being the fullness of the godhead bodily and the Savior of the world. In the first century Jesus entered time and space, lived out the perfect lifestyle and died for the sins of all mankind by being crucified on a cross.
- The Holy Spirit operates as the unlimited and invisible presence of Jesus Christ on earth as Comforter and Advocate, indwelling every born-again believer and making the believer’ s body His temple.
- The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, draws the sinner to Christ, and inspires faith in him to repent of sin and believe within bis heart that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and to confess with his mouth that Jesus Christ is his personal Savior and Lord.
- The Holy Spirit operates in all believers in the power of the gifts of the Spirit, manifesting them as He wills for Christian service and ministry. We believe in miracles as a witness to this generation that God is God and is present in the NOW to deliver lost and suffering humanity – and to prepare them to be the Bride of Christ at His personal bodily return.
- The Word of God teaches the importance of obedience to water baptism by immersion only. When the believer steps into the waters of baptism he experiences a burial. His old life is laid down, and God will raise him up with the same supernatural resurrection power He used to resurrect Jesus from the dead. The old self has been put to death as he has been crucified with Christ, and Christ now lives His life out through the believer.
- There is a heaven as the reward of the believer beyond death, including a bodily resurrection from the dead. Likewise, there is a hell as the reward of the unbeliever beyond death, including a bodily resurrection to live in everlasting torment and separation from God.
- There is a judgment day beyond this life when God will sit in judgment on all nations, separating the righteous and unrighteous forever.
- There is a new heaven and a new earth that will take the place of this physical plane at the return of Christ to renovate and restore all things to their original created form.
- The Holy Scriptures, the Bible, are the infallible word of God and are therefore without error and are eternally reliable in all matters of Christian faith and practice. The Scriptures shall not be added to; superseded, or changed by later tradition or revelation. Every doctrinal formation, whether of creed, confession, or theology, must be put to the test of the full counsel of God as revealed in the Scriptures consisting of 66 books, from Genesis to Malachi in the Old Testament and from Matthew to Revelation in the New Testament.
- The New Testament does not destroy the Old Testament or covenant but fulfills it through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- All of the Scriptures are to be interpreted in their context and purpose.
- Original man in Adam was made perfect in the image and likeness of God, was placed in Eden, and there in his holy estate exercised his free moral agency. Tempted by Satan, Adam and his wife Eve chose to rebel against God their Creator and suffered the Fall into sin and death from which only personal faith in Jesus can bring redemption to any or all of Adam’s descendants: mankind.
- The Savior of fallen man is the eternal Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, made fully God and fully man in the incarnation, whose death and resurrection for our sins is our only hope of salvation of spirit, mind, and body in this life and the world to come.
- The Great Commission was given by Jesus Christ of Nazareth and is binding on every believer to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” with the good news of the gospel.
- The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Everything that appears and has substance in the universe comes from things invisible, creating a merging of the natural and supernatural. God is God of heaven and earth and made all things for our good. When put in their divinely created order, the natural and supernatural are to work together for the meeting of man’s needs spiritually, mentally, physically, financially, and in the family, and for the evangelization of the world for Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.