Click through the following topics to learn more about what we believe and the Scriptural basis for these beliefs.
We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament in their original writings to be inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). (See also II Peter 1:21 and John 1:1).
We believe there is one God existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “Hear O Isreal: The Lord out God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4). “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).
The Deity of Christ
We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His supreme and complete sacrifice, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (See John 10:30; Hebrews 1:6; John 1:1, 14; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:20-23; Hebrews 4:15).
We believe all men are born with a sin nature, ie., rebellion against God. “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). (See also I John 1:8, 10).
We believe the result of sin is spiritual and physical death (Romans 6:23), but after this the judgment to eternal life or eternal damnation. (See also Hebrews 9:27 and Romans 14:10).
We believe man can be redeemed from sin only through the precious blood Jesus Christ shed on Calvary. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). “…Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…but with the precious blood of Christ” (I Peter 1:18-19). (See also Colossians 1:20, Hebrews 9:22; 10:12-14).
We believe the only way to remedy God’s penalty of death for the sinful nature of man is through the salvation freely offered by God, not through the efforts of man (i.e. church membership, baptism, communion, philosophy, good works, etc.) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8)
We believe that salvation comes to a man as an active, personal response is made to God’s gift of love through Christ. This response would include the following elements:
We believe God created all things as recorded in Genesis 1 and 2, through Christ (Colossians 1:15-17), and all things exist and consist by His power. He is far above His creation, yet is at the same time very intimate with His creation. The supreme example of love for His creation was the sending of His son to redeem man back to Himself from our fallen and rebellious state (Romans 5:12-19). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God send not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe Christ is coming again personally to receive His own unto Himself where we will be forever with the Lord (John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:17-18). “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). The time of Christ’s return is unknown as stated in Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Also, we believe the time of Christ’s return is near at hand as stated in James 5:8, “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” The emphasis of this Fellowship concerning the second coming of Christ is one of personal readiness rather than trying to determine orders of events, times, and places that have or will be taking place.
We believe the Holy Spirit empowers those who have trusted their lives to Jesus Christ to live a life separated from the world. Growing in Christ is drawing on the Holy Spirit for power over sin and freedom from the bondage of sin. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). (See also I Peter 1:15-16 and II Timothy 2:21-26).
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit gives gifts to believers for the purposes of edification of the Body of Christ and the proclamation of the Gospel to the world. The gifts listed in I Corinthians 12,Romans 12:6-8, and Ephesians 4:11-12 are primary gifts with diversities unlimited. The gifts shall be used only under guidelines of Scripture and the prompting of the Holy Sprit. No gift is greater than the gift of love (I Corinthians 13). No gift shall be used to make one distinct or unique in the Body of Christ. There are three sources of gifts: Holy Spirit – true gifts, the flesh – counterfeit gifts, and Satan – false gifts. True gifts will bring forth good fruit as found in Galatians 5:22, “…Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” (See also I John 4:1-3).
We believe in water baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is for believers, which are individuals who have personally trusted their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and is a testimony of a consecrated life to God. It symbolizes the death of the old man (sinful nature), and the raising of our new man in Christ. (See Colossians 2:11-12, Matthew 13:15, Romans 6:3-6, and I Peter 3:21.)*
*Baptism will not save
We believe in the Lord’s Supper and that it shall be shared with all believers. It shall be done in remembrance of the body and blood our Lord Jesus Christ gave as full payment for our sins. (See I Corinthians 11:23-32 and Luke 22:17-20). *
*Communion will not save
We believe marriage to be a calling by God between a man and a woman. Not all will marry. God seals and solemnizes marriage (Genesis 2:20-24). We believe the structure of the home as stated in Ephesians 5:21-25 is the foundation of the Body of Christ and society.