Statement of Faith
STATEMENT OF FAITH:
1.1 HOLY SCRIPTURES –The Infallible Word of God
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. For the Holy Word of God through the spirit of prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The Word of God is forever settled in heaven.
1.2 THE GODHEAD - The TRI-UNE God
There is only one True and Living God made up of three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. All are co-equal and co-eternal. These three are one God, having the same nature and attributes and are worthy of the same homage, confidence, and obedience. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1.2.1 THE FATHER
The Father exists eternally as the Creator of heaven and earth, the Giver of the Law, to whom all things will be subjected, so that He may be all in all.
1.2.2 THE SON
The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father, is the Son of God and the son of man. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and by His sinless life, miracles and teaching, gave full revelation of the Father. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitution sacrifice. He rose from the dead. He is now seated at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom in righteousness and peace.
1.2.3 THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is also God, performing actions and possessing the attributes of the Deity. His personality is shown by the fact that He has personal characteristics and that individuals may relate to Him as a person.
1.3 Man, His Fall, and Redemption.
God created man in His image, perfect and without sin. God created man for fellowship with Him, but man rebelled against God and took on the nature of sin. The only way for man to be restored back to fellowship with the Father is through Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1-5, 10-14; Matthew 28:18-20)
1.4 The Salvation of Man.
The sin nature separates man from God, and man′s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those who desire to be saved must believe that Jesus died for their sin and rose again; accept the washing away of their sin by the blood of Jesus; and invite Jesus into their heart and confess Him as their Lord and Savior. (Romans 3:24, 10-18; 10:8-10)
Salvation is an act of grace by which one receives not only forgiveness for sin, but also a new nature—the nature of Christ. Salvation cannot be earned or merited through works; it is a free gift from God to everyone of every race, color, or creed who receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. (Psalm 103:3; Ephesians 2:8)
1.5 Divine Healing.
Jesus took all of our sickness, disease, and infirmities into His own body on the cross so that we would not have to bear them. A believer can access the grace of God through faith for healing, receive divine health for his or her own body, and believe for the healing of others as well. (I Peter 2:24; Mark 16:17-18) Divine healing provided in the atonement of Christ is the privilege of all believers. Prayer for the sick and gifts of healing are encouraged and practiced.
Once a person is born again, he or she should endeavor to live a life that is pleasing to God according to His Word and walk after righteousness, earnestly seeking after God and endeavoring to walk in their new nature, putting away the things of the old, sin nature. (Romans 5:17, 12:2; II Corinthians 7:1)
1.7 Water Baptism.
Baptism in water is a physical action symbolizing a believer′s putting off of the old, sin nature and being identified with Jesus′ death; and then the putting on of the new nature and being identified with Jesus′ resurrection to the newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Acts 10:47-48)
1.8 Communion – The Lord′s Supper.
Communion is an act of remembrance of Jesus' body being broken and His blood being shed for the sins of the world. (I Corinthians 11:24-25, 28)
1.9 The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
There is a second work of grace, after a person is born again, in which the Holy Spirit pours Himself into the born-again person′s spirit. It is the infilling of the Holy Spirit that brings the power of God to a believer. (Acts 2:38, 10:44-46, 19:2; Galatians 5:16-26)
The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues is a gift of God that should be earnestly sought after as evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. This supernatural prayer language is what propels a believer into a greater walk of fellowship with God and a greater walk of victory. (Acts 1:8, 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2, 6; Galatians 5:16-26)
1.10 THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
The gifts of the Spirit are supernatural abilities given by God through the exercising of which believers are enabled to minister effectively and directly in particular situations. They serve the dual function of building up the church and of demonstrating the presence of God within His church.
1.11 The Church.
The Church is the Body of Christ made up of people redeemed by Christ. Every member of the Church plays a vital role in the fulfillment of God′s will on the earth. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23)
1.12 Jesus′ Return.
Jesus is coming back to earth to gather those who have been born again to live with Him forever. (I Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
1.13 Eternal Judgment. (The Lake of FIRE!!!)
Anyone who has not received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God and will receive eternal punishment with the devil and all his followers. (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15)