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OUR BELIEFS

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. We accept the Scriptures as the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Matthew 5:17-18; 24:35; John 4:39; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

 

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. This eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 86:9-10; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28.19, Mark 12:29; John 1:1-3, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 John 5:7).

 

We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born by the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life. (Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:23; Luke 24:39; John 1:1-14, Acts 1:9; 2:22; 10:38; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 4:8-10; Titus 2:13, Hebrews 7:25-26; 9:12; 1 Peter 2:22).

 

We believe salvation is received through repentance and by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 5:1, John 5:43; Acts 2:38-39; 4:10-12).

 

We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Luke 24:49, Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-7).

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church. All believers are commanded to desire the presence 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; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10). We also believe in the ministry gifts of Christ, as recorded in Ephesians 4:11-13.

 

We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together for fellowship, prayer and the ‘breaking of bread’. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

 

We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and blessed lives in order to help others more effectively. (Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:3; Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:14-15).

 

We believe in Sanctification as 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. (John 17:15-19; Acts 15:8-9; Romans 8:29; 12:1-2; Colossians 3:2,13; Philippians 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23-24; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 6:14-18; Titus 2:11-12; Hebrews 2:11; 10:16-19).

 

We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 25:46; 13:49-50; Luke 12:47-48; Romans 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15).

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised. (Psalm 11; 96:10-13; Daniel 7.22; Zechariah 14:5; Revelation 5:9-10; 20:1-10).

 

 

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. Baptism by single immersion in Jesus name, the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,(Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4-5; Colossians 2:12)

 

The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements 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; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).

 

Marriage: We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God (Matthew 19:4-6).

 

Healing of the Sick: Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission 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)