WHAT WE BELIEVE
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God’s inspired and infallible Word to all humanity. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth and the authority on which we base our faith, conduct and doctrine. Through the Bible we are instructed, equipped to do every good work.
(Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8;John 5:39; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
ABOUT THE TRINITY
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19)
ABOUT THE FATHER
God is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. It is His desire to reach out to those who are poor, oppressed, widowed or orphaned, and to heal the brokenhearted. We can have a personal relationship with God through the work of Christ his son on the cross and through the conviction of the Holy Spirit to bring us to salvation, God's free gift to man.
(Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4)
Jesus Christ is the express image of the invisible God and the brightness of His Glory (completely human but, at the same time, completely God). All things where created through Him and He upholds all creation by the Word of his power. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life.
(Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16)
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and of judgment because the ruler of this world is judged. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ. The fruit of the Spirit are the by-product of a Spirit filled life.
(Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17)
Jesus Christ died on the cross, shed His blood for our sins and is the only way to Salvation. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God which cannot be earned through our own efforts but is obtained through faith in God.
(Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20)
ABOUT THE CHURCH
The Church is a spiritual unity of believers unified through faith in Christ who is the divine head. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
(Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)
THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
When we speak of ordinances we are referring to those ceremonies and timeless Traditions instituted by Christ.
A. ABOUT THE LORD’S SUPPER (HOLY COMMUNION)
Communion symbolizes the Christ’s death and suffering for the benefit and in place of His people on the cross. Not only does it represent Christ’s death as an object of faith but also the believer’s participation in the crucified Christ to the effect of life, strength and joy to the soul. Two element the bread and the cup are symbolic of the body and bloody of Christ.
(1st Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 26:26-30)
B. ABOUT WATER BAPTISM
Water Baptism alone is not a means of salvation but is a public and outward profession that one has already had a conversion experience and has accepted Christ as His personal Savior.
(Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Galatians 3:27-28).
ABOUT CHRIST'S RETURN
We believe in the physical second coming of Christ (the time for this cannot be known or predicted) in which he will restore all things. We believe in the resurrection of the dead for judgment and in the resurrection of the dead in Christ and transformation of every living believer for life everlasting
(Matt. 24, Rev. 19- 21, 1 Cor. 15, 1 Thess. 4:13-18).