is living in an age of great deception and various religious
cults and philosophies abound, it is vitally important that the sincere
seeker after Truth prove that which is of "the Spirit of Truth" and "the
spirit of error."
This can only
be done by an appeal to the only fallible revelation God has given to mankind
- the Word of God, the Holy Bible. The Scriptures alone are the final authority
for all matters of faith and practice.
While we realize
that we cannot confine God to mere articles of faith, we also recognize
the importance of doctrine in these days of no absolutes. We often
hear the statement that "it doesn't matter what you believe as long as
you are sincere." This assertion is totally contrary to what the
Bible teaches. Doctrine must be sound, pure, scriptural, and obeyed.
Sincerity alone has led many down the path of deception.
To avoid being
blown about by "every wind of doctrine" in these "last days" it is
imperative that every believer have a firm grounding in the basic
fundamental doctrines of the Scriptures. The following being a offered
as a brief summary:
Statement of Faith:
We believe the Bible is the
inspired Word of God.
(2Ti 3:16; 1Co 2:13)
We believe in the Eternal
Godhead Who has revealed Himself as one God existing in three persons,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible.
(Mat 28:19; Luk 3:22; 2Co 13:14)
We believe in the creation,
test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity
and inability to attain to Divine righteousness.
(Rom 3:23; 5:12,18)
We believe in the Lord Jesus
Christ, the Savior of mankind, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born
of the Virgin Mary, very God and very Man.
(Luk 1:26-35; Joh 1:18; Isa 7:14; 9:6)
We believe Christ died for
our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared
to His disciples.
(1Co 15:1-4; Rom 4:25; 1Pe 3:18)
We believe in the bodily
ascension of Jesus to Heaven, His exaltation, and personal, literal and
bodily coming again the second time for the Church.
(Joh 14:2-3; 1Th 4:13-18)
We believe in the salvation
of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient
work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins.
(Eph 2:8-9; Heb 9:12,22; Rom 5:11)
We believe in the ordinance
of water baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, The Son &
The Holy Spirit in order to fulfill the command of Christ.
(Mat 28:19; Act 2:37-41; 19:1-6)
We believe in the baptism
of the Holy Spirit as an experience subsequent to salvation, with the scriptural
and initial evidence; namely, speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives
(Act 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 10:44-46; Gal 3:14-15)
We believe in the operation
of the gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12-14, as manifested
in the Early Church.
We believe in the Spirit
filled life, a life of separation from the world and perfecting of holiness
in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith.
(Eph 5:18; 2Co 6:14; 7:1)
We believe in the healing
of the body by Divine power, or Divine healing in it's varied aspects as
practiced in the Early Church.
(Act 4:30; 1Co 12:9; Jam 5:14)
We believe in the Table
of the Lord, commonly called communion, or the Lord's Supper, for all believers.
We believe in eternal life
for believers and eternal punishment for unbelievers.
(Joh 5:24; 3:16) (Mar 9:43-50; 2Th 1:9; Rev 20:10-15)
We believe in the reality
and personality of Satan and the eternal judgment of Satan and his angels.
(Mat 25:41; Rev 20:10-15)
We believe that there is
one true universal Church, made of genuine believers. However, this
one universal Church is also composed of many local "churches" in given