Statement of Beliefs
There is one God eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1, 26, Matt. 28:19, John 1:1-3,10; Mark 1:10,11)
The Bible is the Word of God inerrant in its original manuscripts. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in faith and life. (II Tim. 3:16, II Peter 1:16-21)
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man yet without sin. As God the Son, He came to earth as man, fulfilled all He was sent to accomplish, died on the cross for the sins of the world, rose from the dead and He rules today at the right hand of God the Father. (Matt 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Rom 9:5; Tit 2:13,14)
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity. He lives within each true Christian providing the power to obey God's word. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a special experience following salvation that provides additional power to believers for witnessing and effective service to God, just as it did in New Testament times. (Acts 1:8, 2:4, 8:18, 11:15, 19:1-6)
As a consequence of the sin of one man, Adam, all people are fallen in sin. Jesus (the new Adam) has paid the price for all sin so that all who receive His gift of righteousness can become a new creature in Christ. (Gen 1:26-30; 3: 1-24; Isa 53; Matt 20:28; John 3:16; Rom 3:23-25; 5: 12-19; I Cor 15: 3, 4; I John 1:8; Heb 7:26-28)
We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is central to all true healing and freedom. Apart from Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5)
In washing the feet of His disciples, Jesus calls us to serve one another in love as He did. Thus we acknowledge our frequent need of cleansing, renew our willingness to let go of pride and worldly power and offer our lives in humble service and sacrificial love. (John 13:1-17)
Ministry is a continuation of the work of Jesus Christ who gives gifts through the Holy Spirit to all believers and empowers them for service in the church and in the world. While God calls particular persons in the church to specific leadership ministries and offices, all believers are called to be ministers and servants to everyone with whom they come in contact. The distinction (mostly man-made) between “laymen” and “ministers” has caused many believers to not accept the responsibilities God intended for them to fulfill in the church. All who minister are accountable to God and to the community of faith.
The primary call of the church is to go forth and proclaim the good news of freedom in Christ to all the world, to destroy the works of the evil one, to bring truth to those held captive by the grip of the kingdom of darkness and prepare the way for His second coming by making ready His bride. (Matt. 28:19-20; I John 3:8; Luke 4: 18)
God intends human life to begin in families and to be blessed through families. Even more, God desires all people to become part of the church, God's family. As single and married members of the church family give and receive nurturing and healing, families can grow toward the wholeness that God intends. We are called to chastity and to loving faithfulness in marriage.
All people are born with a fallen nature separated from God, yet each one of them can have restored fellowship with God through “salvation” (accepting Christ's offer of forgiveness for sin). Those who do not respond in faith to God's gracious free gift through Christ live in a fallen state and will be eternally separated from God. Man is "beautifully and wonderfully made" as a trichotomy of body, soul and spirit. The spirit of those who are in Christ is fully redeemed and complete through the atoning work of the cross. The soul/mind of redeemed man is in the process of being renewed. The body is non-redeemable, but, will be replaced with a new glorified body at the Lord's soon coming. Our God is a sovereign God who is able to do "exceedingly abundantly, far beyond whatever we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us". The reason we may not know this reality is due to the absence of the "power" that is not being released through "us". When we seek to do ministry in our own power nothing divine happens. (I Thess. 5:23; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom 12:2, 8:23, Phil. 3:21; Eph. 3:20)