What We Believe
We believe in one God (Elohim), Deuteronomy 6:4, who is creator of all things infinitely perfect, holy and eternally co-existing in 3 persons- Father-Son and Holy Spirit. God is all knowing, always present, all powerful and has always been and forever will be!
We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. God is infinite in love, perfect in judgments, and unchanging in righteousness and mercy. We believe that God not only created the world, but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists, and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus, to the glory of His name. (Ps. 104:1–35; 139; Mt. 10:29–31; 28:19; Acts 17:24–28; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:9–12; 4:4–6; Col. 1:16–17; Heb. 1:1–3; Rev. 1:4–6)
The Word of God
We believe that the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments which is the complete Word of God in 66 books. We believe that the original manuscripts are the inspired, inerrant, and trustworthy Word of God, the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of human beings, and the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. We completely believe that God still does everything today that He did in scripture. (Mt. 5:18; Jn. 10:35; Jn. 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
God the Father
We believe in God the Father who is infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in Holiness, wisdom, power, and love; that He mercifully concerns Himself in the affairs of mankind; that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Ps. 68:5; Isa 64:8; Mt. 5:45; Mt. 7:11; Jn. 3:17; Rom. 8:15; 1 Pet. 1:17)
God the Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth
We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ (Messiah), Jesus Christ is God and that He is God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the seed of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles and was infallibly taught, lived and is the Word of God from the beginning. He pre-existed with God in the form of God. He freely gave up His position, humbled Himself, and became incarnated as a man. We believe Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and mankind. He will return to earth again to reign in righteousness. (Mt. 1:18-25; Jn. 1:1-18; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:1-28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10-14; Eph. 1:7; Phil 2:6-11; Col. 1:15-23; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 9:13-15; Heb.10:19; 1 Pet. 2:21-25; 1 Jn. 2:1-2)
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service. Subsequent to conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfil its calling and mission. (Mt. 3:11; Jn. 1:12–13; 3:1–15; Acts 4:29–30; Rom. 8:9; 12:3–8; 1 Cor. 12:12–13; 2 Cor. 1:21–22; Gal. 3:1–5; Eph. 1:13–14; 5:18)
Humanity and the Fall of Man
We believe that human nature derives from two historic persons, male and female, who were created in God’s image from the dust of the earth, without the knowledge of good and evil. They were created perfect, but they disobeyed God, thus plunging themselves and all humanity into sin, guilt, suffering, and death. Therefore, all human beings are sinners by nature and by choice. We believe that God, through Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit, regenerates those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. (Gen. 1:1–3:22; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 53:5; Rom. 3:9–18; 5:12–21; Eph. 2:1–3)
We believe that Satan, originally a great and good angel, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness, evil, and unrest on earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels. (Isa. 14:10–17; Ezek. 28:11–19; Mt. 12:25–29; 25:41; Jn. 12:31; 16:11; Eph. 6:10–20; Col. 2:15; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 12:7–9; 20:10)
We believe that salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone. We believe that accepting and confessing Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God and asking Him to forgive our sins result in a re-conception and regeneration of our lives, as the seed of God’s light enters our spirit (Galatians 3:19, 1 John 3:9). This results in the new birth as we become new creations in Him. This new birth or being, “born again,” does not make our decisions and actions immediately perfect; it is the beginning of a new day of life that allows God, in His faithfulness, to conform us to His nature, (Jn. 1:12–13; 6:37–44; 10:25–30; Acts 16:30–31; Rom. 3:1–4:23; 8:1–17, 31–39; 10:8–10; Eph. 2:8–10; Phil. 2:12–13; Titus 3:3–7; 1 Jn. 1:7, 9)
We believe that God’s answer to man’s sinful state is in the substitutionary death of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross, whose sufferings and shed blood have made full atonement for the sins of the entire world, both original and actual, and that there is no other ground for forgiveness, justification and salvation for all who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:25-26; 1 Peter 1:19-20).
Resurrection of Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father, forever making intercession for His people. Just as He resurrected from the dead, His resurrection is the first fruits promise of the resurrection into eternity, for all who believe in Him. We believe that when Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, He gave true ministry gifts to mankind: The Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher (Ephesians 4:11-12). These ministry gifts are to mature and unify His people, help His people grow in intimacy with the Father, and advance His kingdom. (Matt. 28:1-10; Mk. 16:1-8; Lk. 24:39; Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:20, 44-45; Col. 1:18; Rev. 1:5)
Two Sacraments or Ordinances of the Church
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the Church, to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation, but are channels of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus. (Mt. 26:26–29; 28:19; Rom. 6:3–11; 1 Cor. 11:23–34; 1 Pet. 3:21
Baptism of Holy Spirit
We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an additional impartation that empowers, strengthens, comforts and is usually accompanied by the manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the believers’ life. These gifts are available to all who believe. Baptism in the Holy Spirit endues and transforms the believer to increasingly take on more of the nature of Christ. We accept, acknowledge, encourage, and seek all gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit. They are present, active, and vital in aiding the church and the advancement of the glorious kingdom of God. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7).
We believe that the Church is God’s primary instrument, through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. We believe that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to proclaim the gospel and do all the works of the kingdom. (Mt. 16:17–19; Acts 2:17–18, 42; Eph. 3:14–21; 4:11–16; 1 Tim. 2:11–15; Heb. 10:23–25; 1 Pet. 2:4–5, 9–10.
Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the literal, physical, personal, and visible return of Jesus Christ to the earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe that the Church will go through the Great Tribulation with great power and victory and will only be raptured at the end of the Great Tribulation. No one can know with certainty the timing of the Lord’s return. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgement, and the eternal blessing of the righteous, as well, as endless suffering of the wicked. Only those who have made Jesus Christ their Lord and Saviour and are born of the Holy Spirit are members of the Body of Christ and will spend eternity with Christ. (Dan. 12:2; Mt. 25:46; Lk. 16:19–31; Jn. 5:25–29; 1 Cor. 15:35–58; 2 Cor. 5:1–10; Phil. 1:19–26, 3:20–21; 2 Thes. 1:5–10; Rev. 20:11–15; 21:1–22:15)