Statement of Faith
We believe in one God, manifesting Himself in three Persons as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; 1 Kg. 8:60; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 14:26; 15:26; Acts 2:33; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:3-14; 4:4-6; Jas. 2:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; 3:18; 1 John 5:7; Rev. 1:4-5).
We believe there is one true and living God: that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three. Equal in attributes, but executing distinct harmonious offices.
a. God the Father - the creator of heaven and earth and all that is therein, sent His only Son to redeem and reconcile the world to Himself
b. God the Son - Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Ghost, became flesh and dwelt among us, the only Mediator between God and man.
c. God the Holy Spirit - the third Person of the Trinity, omnipresent, omnipotent, fulfilling on earth the office of reprover of sin, righteousness and judgement, the comforter, leader and guide to all who yield themselves to His ministration.
We believe the Bible to be verbally inspired, the inerrant Word of God, and, when rightly interpreted by the Holy Spirit, to be the infallible rule of faith and practice (Psa. 45:1; Ezek. 1:3; Matt. 24:35; Luke 24:27; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21).
We believe in the creation and subsequent fall of man, with the result that he, without God, is in a state of total spiritual depravity, unable to attain to divine righteousness by means of his own wisdom and strength. Unregenerate man, with a beast nature, needs a Savior (Gen. 1-3; Rom. 3:23; 5:12-19; 6:23; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 2:1-3).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only Savior of all men, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very (fully) God and very (fully) man. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures. He personally appeared in His new body to His disciples before ascending to His seat at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens. Jesus' finished work (His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension) reversed the curse concerning the spirit, soul, and body of the first man Adam. He is the only Way to the Father, the only valid Door and entry into the realm of Spirit (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; John 10:1; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; Gal. 3:13-14; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:14-16; 8:1-6; 10:12-13).
We believe in personal regeneration, that one must be born again to see and enter the Kingdom of God. This initial salvation of sinners is by grace through faith in the perfect and all-sufficient finished work of Jesus Christ. The ground of this justification by faith is the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God (John 1:29; 3:1-8; 17:4; 19:30; Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 5:1-2; Eph. 2:8-9; Rev. 13:8).
We believe that this conversion experience should be followed with water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and the circumcision of the heart. The old man is put to death and the new creation man arises to walk in newness of life. Blood, water (baptism), and Spirit constitute the three witnesses that initiate the New Covenant (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Rom. 2:28; 6:1-14; Col. 2:11-12; 1 John 5:8).
We believe in observing often the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. This Eucharist, the Table of the Lord, is the ongoing celebration of the New Covenant (Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-30).
We believe that sanctification is once and for all as well as progressive in nature: first, from the time of conversion, God Himself sets the believer apart by the blood of Jesus; then the believer separates himself unto a holy God by washing himself daily with the Word. The Spirit-directed life is one of detachment from this present world system, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (Matt. 5:48; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 6:11-7:1; Eph. 5:25-27; Col. 3:8-13; Heb. 9:12; 12:14; Jas. 1:27; 1 Pet. 1:15; 1 John 2:15-17).
We believe that healing for man's spirit, mind, and body was provided for in the New Covenant when our Lord Jesus was striped in His death on the cross and rose again in the power of His resurrection. Divine health is a reality for the believer. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law: sin, sickness, poverty, and death (Ex. 15:26; Isa. 53:5; Mark 7:26; 16:18; John 10:10; Acts 4:30; 10:38; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 12:9; Gal. 3:13-14; Jas. 5:13-16; 1 Pet. 2:24).
We believe that the Pentecostal experience of the Holy Ghost Baptism is separate from and subsequent to conversion. God sends forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts; this is Christ in and among all of us, the hope of glory. We believe that the initial evidence of this Baptism to be the historical and experiential distinctive of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. However, speaking with other tongues is not necessarily the evidence of a Spirit-filled life. The fruit of a genuine Pentecost is the writing of the law of God upon one's heart (Mark 16:17; Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4; 10:44-46; 19:6; Gal. 3:14-15; 4:6; Eph. 5:17-18; Col. 1:27; and Ex. 19:1 with Lev. 23:15-22).
We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is the divine nature and character of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Pattern Son for every believer. We are called to be like the One who is the firstborn among many brethren (Rom. 8:28-29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 5:22-23; 2 Pet. 1:3-4; 1 John 3:1-3).
We believe that the gifts or manifestations of the Holy Spirit are the supernatural ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that every member of the Body of Christ should flow in several of them. New Testament ministry is the out flowing of the indwelling Christ. The Church is called to a spiritual ministry of speaking, knowing, and doing. These nine manifestations enable us to talk like God, think like God, and do the works of God (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 1:8; 4:7-10, 29-31; 5:12; 8:5-13; 10:38; Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 4:20; 12:8-10; 14:1-40; Heb. 2:3-4; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).
We believe in Spirit-filled prayer and intercession, and that fasting (abstaining from not only food but thoughts, words, etc., anything that consumes you) intensifies prayer. Spiritual warfare is waged and won on the basis of Jesus' finished work. We are to cast out demons in the Name of the King. Satan, our adversary, is a reality, and was completely defeated by our Lord's death and resurrection. We are called to enforce Jesus' victory, to occupy until He comes, to call those things which be not as though they were, to prophetically decree a thing so that it will be established unto us (Job 1:7; 22:28; Matt. 4:2; 12:25-29; Mark 16:17; Luke 4:2; 10:17-20; 19:13; Acts 8:18-24; 13:6-12; 19:13-20; Rom. 4:17; 2 Cor. 2:11; 11:14, 27; Eph. 6:10-18; Heb. 2:14; Jas. 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:8-9; 1 John 3:8).
We believe in the full restoration of the five-fold ascension-gift ministries that Jesus Christ sent to equip and mature the Church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Their mission is to produce a perfect, full-grown, many-membered new creation Man in the earth, the manifestation or unveiling of the nature and ministry of Jesus Christ in His brethren (Rom. 8:19-23; 1 Cor. 13:8-13; Eph. 2:20; 3:1-5; 4:11-16; Col.1:25-29).
We believe that the Kingdom of God is a present reality and will expand until the knowledge of His Lordship covers the earth, The Government of God is the purpose of God; it is the extension of His rule and dominion in the earth and the universe. The Church, universal and local, mystical and tangible, invisible and visible, is the instrument through which that purpose is to be realized (Gen. 1:26-28; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:27; Hab. 2:14; Mark 1:14-15; Rom 14:17; Eph. 3:21; Heb. 12:25-29; Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 11:15; 19:1-6).
We believe Jesus is coming back to the earth. No man knows the day nor the hour, thus our blessed hope is not that He is coming, THAT IS A BLESSED FACT, our hope is we will be like Him when He appears. no man knows that day or hour (Gen. 28:10-17; Psa. 24:1; 37:3, 9, 11, 22, 29, 34; 110:1-6; 115:16; Matt. 5:5; 6:10; 24:36; John 1:51; 3:13; Acts 3:18-24; Eph. 4:13; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 1:6-10; Heb. 10:12-13; Jas. 5:7; Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 21:1-11).
We believe the Church to be the seed of Abraham, God's Holy Nation and Chosen Generation, the true Circumcision, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the spiritual Israel of God. The Jew is you! Like Jesus, we are the Seed of the Woman, the Seed of Abraham, and the Seed of David; as such, we are heirs together of the grace of life, sharing His pain, His promise, and His power (Rom. 2:28-29; 9:6; 15:8 with Acts 3:13; then Gal. 3:7, 16, 29; 4:21-31; 6:16; Matt. 21:42-43 with 1 Pet. 2:9-10; Phil. 3:3; Heb. 12:22-24; then Gen. 3:15; Matt. 1:1; Rom. 8:16-17; 1 Pet. 3:7; 1 John 4:17).
We believe that there are some things that the Lord has yet to reveal to His Church. We have but crossed the threshold of the Most Holy Place. This is uncharted territory: we have not passed this way heretofore. Apostles and prophets will eventually make these things known to the Church in the seasons of the Lord. We remain open to be taught, corrected or adjusted in our vision (Josh. 3:1-5; Isa. 55:9; 1 Cor. 2:9-16; Eph. 3:1-5, 16-21).
To that end, we declare it more important in WHOM we believe than in WHAT we believe!