STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

This ministry shall accept the Holy Bible as the revealed will of God, the all sufficient rule of both faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining unity, adopts the following statement of Scriptural Truths as our guide:

   The Bible is the Inspired Word of God.  A revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of both Faith and Conduct and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12) 

   
The Holy Trinity.  The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternal self-existent "I Am" and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association; that is as Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 28:19-20)

   Man was Created in "The Image of God".  But, man, by transgression fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man.

   
Salvation by Grace.  The Grace of God, which bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward tech Lord Jesus Christ:  Man is saved by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and being justified by Grace through Faith, man becomes heir of God according to the hope of Eternal Life.  (Titus 2:11; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 24:27; Titus 2:5-7).  The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Ghost to his own heart and soul.  (Romans 8:16).  The outward evidence to all men is a life of "Holiness without which no man shall see the Lord."

   The Promise of the Father.  All believers are entitled to and should seek earnestly and accept ardently the Promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord.  This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church.  With this baptism comes the enduement of power, the bestowing of the Gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:13, 14.  This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the new birth.  (Luke 24:49; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 15:7-9).  The baptism with and in the Holy Ghost is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by a life of overcoming power.  (Acts 2:4; Acts 19:2-6; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:42-43)

    Sanctification.  The Scriptures teach of a life of "Holiness" without which no man shall see the Lord.  By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command.  "Be Ye Holy, for I am Holy".  Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God's Word.  Sanctification may be both instantaneous and most certainly progressive.  (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1 John 2:6; Romans 8:3-4)

    The Church.  The Church is the Body of Christ, the dwelling place of God through the Holy Ghost, entrance into which is the workmanship of God.  Christ alone is the recognized "Head of the Church".  Every born again believer is a member of the Church and should be loved and fellowshipped accordingly.  While it is true that some have erred in matters of Doctrine, and laboring together with them may work a hardship, we do recognize that fellowship is based on our "Walking in the light as He is in the light".  We believe that the Holy Ghost will never lead the Body of Christ to walk contrary one to another and it is enjoined upon all to "Strive to keep the unity of the Spirit until we all come to the Unity of the Faith". 

    The Ministry.  We believe that God has called unto the ministry men and women of diverse gifts and talents.  Some pastors, some teachers, some evangelists, etc.  (Ephesians 4:11-13).  All these are to work together for the edifying of the Body of Christ.

    Divine Healing.  We believe that God has made abundant provision for the healing of our natural bodies and that in the atonement of Christ and in His suffering wherein He bore our diseases, provision was made for our supernatural deliverance from the sickness of the body.  We do not, however, condemn those who use medicine and submit to the treatment of physicians.  "Happy is he that is not condemned in that which he alloweth".  (Romans 14:22)

 The Millennial Kingdom.  The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven, the re-establishment of the Throne of David in Jerusalem and the millennial reign of Christ on earth is the Biblical promise.  (2 Thessalonians 1:7; Revelations 19:11-16; Romans 11:25-27; Revelations 20:1-7)

    Eternal Punishment for the Wicked.  The Scriptures teach that the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with Fire and Brimstone, which is the second death.  (Revelations 19:20; Revelations 20:10-15)

 The New Heaven and Earth.  We, according to the promise, look for New Heavens and a New Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.  (2 Peter 3:13)

 Human Sexuality

   a.  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.  We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex.  We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one's gender by surgery or appearance.  (Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5, 13; Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8); Hebrews 13:4)

 

   b.  We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.  (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23)

   
Sanctity of Human Life.  We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being.  Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life.  We seek to uphold and preserve the sanctity of all human life.  (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

 The in-filling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of gifts.  (Acts 2:1-4, Acts 10:45, Acts 19:6)

 Jesus paid the price of our physical healing as well as our salvation in that He was available to every believer.  (1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:4-5 and Matthew 8:17)

 We believe in sharing Christ with others as commanded by our Lord. (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8) 

   
Tithing.  We believe in tithing (10% of our income and/or time) as support for the local church.  (Proverbs 3:9, Malachi 3:10)

 Keeping the ordinance of water baptism through submersion.  (Matthew 28:19-20)

 Keeping the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper.  (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)

 We believe in the operation of the gifts of spirit.  (1 Corinthians 12:4-10, Romans 12:5-8, Ephesians 4:11)

 The fruit of the spirit being evident in the life of every believer.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

   The Personal and Imminent Return of Jesus Christ.  The rapture and the second coming are two distinct acts.  (1 Corinthians 15:51-53, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:31-33 and Revelations 19:11-21)

 

The statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith.  The Bible is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible.