Teaching that is faithful to the Word of God is at the heart of our ministry. The following is our statement of faith.
- We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s Agape love, which is greater than any differences we possess (Phil. 2:1-2) and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians (1 John 3:10-16).
- We believe worship of God should be spiritual (John 4:23-24). Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
- We believe worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, we rely on teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us on how He should be worshipped (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:1-2).
- We believe worship of God should be fruitful. Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshipping Him (Luke 6:43-44; John 13:35).
- We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture; that the Bible, Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, infallible Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
- We believe that God is eternally existent in three separate persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7).
- We believe that God is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things (Gen. 1:1-2:2).
- We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that He was born of a virgin (Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:23), lived a sinless life (Heb. 4:15), provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary and atoning death on the cross (1 John 2:2), was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 17:31; 1 Cor. 15:3-8), ascended back to the right hand of God the Father (Mark 16:19), and ever lives to make intercession for us (Rom.8:27; Heb. 7:24-25).
- After Jesus ascended to Heaven (Acts1:9), He poured out His Holy Spirit on believers in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-4), enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world; an obligation shared by all believers today (Matt 28:19-20).
- We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin (Rom. 3:23; Is. 59:2), but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23). When a person repents of sin (Acts 3:19) and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior (Rom. 10:9-11), trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14), all of his/her sins are forgiven (1 John 1:9), and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.
- We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures (1 Cor. 12:1-11), and that they are valid for today and are to be exercised within scriptural guidelines. We, as believers, are to covet the best gifts (1 Cor. 12:27-31), seeking to exercise them in love that the whole Body of Christ might be edified (1 Cor. 14:12). We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without love, all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless (1 Cor. 13).
- We believe that the ministry leadership should be simplistic, rather than a complex bureaucracy, and that we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead rather than on fleshly promotion (Acts 6:3; Eph. 1:22).
- We await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church (1 Thes. 4:13-18, 5:9; Matt. 24), and we believe that the Second Coming of Christ (Matt. 24:44; 25:31; Acts 1:10-11; 1 Cor. 15:51-52) with His saints to rule the earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship, participation in adult baptism by immersion and in communion.
- We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its message can be applied to the individual’s life leading that person to a greater maturity in Christ (Eph. 4:11-12; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
We reject the following beliefs or practices:
(1) Christians can be demon possessed (Matt. 12:24-30; 1 Cor. 6:19, 10:20; 2 Cor. 6:14-16)
(2) Five-point Calvinism (i.e. a fatalistic Calvinistic view that leaves no room for free will; specifically, we reject the belief that Christ’s atonement was limited; instead, we believe that He died for all people; and we reject the assertion that God’s wooing grace cannot be resisted or that He has elected some people to go to hell; instead, we believe that anyone who wills to come to Christ may do so) (John 3:16; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 John 2:1-2)
(3) Positive confession (the faith movement belief that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will) (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
(4) Prophecy that supersedes Scripture (Deut. 13:1-4; Gal.1:6-9)
(5) The incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology and philosophy into Biblical teaching (1 Cor 2; 1 Cor 3:19-20)
(6) The overemphasis of the spiritual gifts, experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of Biblical teaching (Deut. 13:1-4; Matt 12:38-42; 1 Cor. 13-14).