Core Christian beliefs that we understand to be the essence of Christianity.
We believe that there is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and Triune in His manifestation, being Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is Sovereign and absolute in his authority (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 45:5-7).
We believe that in Jesus Christ dwells the Godhead bodily. Jesus Christ is the One true God. He Is both fully God and fully man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate (Matt 26:64; John 8:58; 10:30; Col. 2:9).
We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings—historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical—as appeared in the original manuscripts. We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is therefore without error (Mark 12:26, 36; 13:11; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:2–3; 18:28; 26:22–23; 28:23; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:13; 10:11; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. (Gen. 1:2; Ps. 51:11; 139:7; Isa. 61:1-3; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; Rev. 22:17).
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts (John 3:16; Rom. 10:13-14).
We believe that men and women were originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin, and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race, the Man Christ Jesus alone being the exception. (Gen. 1:26; 2:17; 6:5; Pss. 14:1–3; 51:5; Jer. 17:9; John 3:6; 5:40; 6:35; Rom. 3:10–19; 8:6–7; Eph. 2:1–3; 1 Tim. 5:6; 1 John 3:8).
We believe that the church began at Pentecost with the baptism of the Holy Spirit just as Jesus promised. The church is made up of those who have been baptized into the life and death of Jesus Christ by means of the Holy Spirit who prompts the once unregenerate person to place their faith and trust in Jesus and His work on the cross for the redemption of sins. The church is made up of believers all around the world who God has called to gather in local churches (Jn. 15:26; Acts 1:5; Acts 2; Rom. 6:3-4).
God created men and women in his image; that he made us to live forever. We will either exist eternally in community with God in Heaven through Jesus, or exist eternally separated from God in Hell by rejecting Jesus (Dan. 12:1-2; Jn. 3:16, 36; 1 Jn. 2:25).
Beliefs about which we have persuasions, though recognizing many biblical Christians have drawn different conclusions.
We believe all the spiritual gifts are valid for today (1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4; Romans 12). All gifts should be exercised within Biblical guidelines, with order, and under the leadership of the church and ministry involved. All spiritual gifts are given by God, and therefore all gifts are good. God gives gifts as He desires. No singular gift is necessary for or evidence of salvation.
Baptism is a public confession of our faith by immersion, post-conversion. Jesus was baptized, he commanded his followers to be baptized, and told us to baptize others who follow him. The Greek word “baptizo” is the word used for baptism and means “immersion.” Baptism by immersion is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. We baptize in the name of Jesus Christ because the Apostles baptized in His name (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5).
We believe the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament to be observed by the Church today, a means by which we experience God’s grace tangibly, though not a requisite to salvation or church membership. We believe that Communion is an outward sign or symbol of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. While we do not believe that the bread and juice turn into the actual flesh and blood of Christ, we do believe that in Communion we experience the very real presence and grace of Jesus Christ with us.
Discipleship is the process of following and growing in our devotion and love of Jesus. Discipleship is the process of salvation that begins immediately after we trust in and receive Christ, and continues until we see Christ personally. Specifically, the beginning of our salvation is justification, the process of discipleship is sanctification, and the moment we see Jesus and remain with Him forever is glorification. Jesus made disciples. His main mandate to his followers was to go and make disciples. Discipleship is people leading people to know and love and follow Jesus.
Every follower of Christ is an ambassador on behalf of Christ. Christ reveals himself to the world through his followers. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, believers will be witnesses of Jesus to the entire world. Evangelism is the role of all, not just a gift for some.
Satan and demons exist. They were defeated through the cross but will not be destroyed until the Second Coming. Believers have authority in Jesus’ name over demonic powers. Believers may be oppressed by demons but not possessed. Prayer is essential for the Church.