We believe that the Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42). The phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full-gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all Biblical truth; only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are inspired by God, that they are the revelation of God to man and are the supreme and final authority in both faith and practice.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21
We believe in one God, eternally self-existing in three Persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; that He is fully God and fully man. Romans 1:4, Matthew 1:23, John 1:14, Colossians 2:9.
We believe man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word and deed. Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:12-19
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and has become our representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that He was bodily raised from the dead for our justification; that He is ascended into heaven as our High Priest and Advocate; that we are redeemed and born again as sons and daughters of God on the grounds of our faith in the atonement provided by His shed blood; that the inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit and the outward evidence is a life of righteousness and true holiness before God and mankind. Luke 24:46-47, Romans 10:9-13; Romans 8:16, Titus 2:11-14
We believe in the ordinance of baptism by immersion for all who repent and believe on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; that we are declaring to the world our identification with Christ's death and our being raised to newness of life in Him. Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:36-38, Romans 6:4
We believe in the ordinance of the Lord's Supper consisting of the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine. It is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ; a memorial of His suffering and death; a prophecy of His second coming; and is enjoined on all believers "till He comes!" 2 Peter 1:1,3,4, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 17, 21, 1 Corinthians 10:26
We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian witness and service. Being indwelt by the Holy Spirit and being baptized in the Holy Spirit are theologically distinct experiences, though the latter may occur in close proximity to the former. The promise of the Father is freely available to all who believe in Jesus Christ, thereby enabling them to exercise the powers of the age to come in ministry and mission. As portrayed in the Book of Acts, speaking in tongues is a common and immediate evidence, but not a necessary evidence, that the gift of the Holy Spirit has been received. The Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer with power to witness, and imparts his supernatural gifts for the edification of the Body and the work of ministry in the world. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first-century are available today and are to be earnestly desired and practiced. They are essential in the mission of the Church in the world today. Acts 2:4, 38-39, Luke 11:11-13, Ephesians 5:18
STATEMENT OF FAITH
- The Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
- That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- In His virgin birth
- In His sinless life
- In His miracles
- In His atoning death, which has paid the full price for our sins.
- In His bodily resurrection.
- In His ascension to the right hand of God the Father.
- In His personal return in power and glory.
- That justification by faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.
- In the local church as the primary agency for the work of the Kingdom of God.
- In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit which includes: regeneration, power to live a godly life, spiritual gifts for the edifying of the church, and the fruits of the Spirit, which represent the character of Jesus Christ's work in us.
- In spiritual unity among believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.