our beliefs

The Scriptures

We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God.

And that men of God “were moved by The Holy Spirit” to write the very words of

Scripture. The Bible is therefore without error (inerrant) in its original

manuscripts. God has supernaturally preserved the Bible, and it is the sole and

final authority for faith and life, providing encouragement, guidance, comfort and

instruction for training in righteousness.

The God-Head (Trinity)

We believe in one true God eternally existing in three

distinct persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) each of whom is fully and equally

God; possesses all of the Divine nature and attributes, and is totally worthy of our

worship and service.

God the Father

We believe that God The Father is the first person of the Trinity and is the eternal, unchanging all-powerful, all knowing, all wise, all-loving, completely just and perfectly holy, sovereign Ruler and Sustainer of the universe.

He is the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and The Father of all true believers.

God the son

We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of The Trinity and is the only eternal Son of God who whilst He has always been, through the

incarnation became flesh to reveal God to man, to fulfill prophecy, and to become The Savior of the lost world. In becoming man Jesus did not cease in any way to be God so that He is fully God and fully man inseparably united in one person forever. Jesus was miraculously conceived by The Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary; lived a sinless life; died on The Cross as the substitutionary, all sufficient atoning sacrifice for all the sins of all men of all time; was buried; bodily rose from the dead; physically ascended into heaven in His glorified, resurrected body; is

seated at the right hand of The Father performing His ministry of intercession; will return in the air to claim His bride the Church; and will come again to earth in

bodily form; personally and visibly, to conclude human history and consummate God’s eternal plan by executing judgment and ushering in His Millennial Kingdom reign to be followed by the eternal state.

God The Holy Spirit

We believe that The Holy Spirit is the third person of The

Trinity who specially came into the world on the day of Pentecost to glorify Christ

and to enable men to appropriate the Salvation wrought by Christ. He is the

primary agent for the conviction of sin and for regeneration. Simultaneously with

Salvation, The Holy Spirit imparts new life, baptizes the believer into the body of

Christ (His Church), permanently indwells the believer, and securely seals the

believer unto the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit fills (directs and controls)

those believers who are yielded to Him, enables believers to bear fruit, and

empowers believers to live a life free from sin’s dominion. We also believe that

The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer for the purpose of edifying

the Church in accordance with the teachings of Scripture.

MAn

We believe that man was created in the image of God by direct act of God and did not come into being as the result of evolution. Man was created to

glorify, God, worship and serve Him and have fellowship with Him. Knowing that man was lonely God gave him a helpmate in the form of a woman thus establishing marriage and the family unit. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct complimentary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. Man fell through sin by disobeying God, thus incurring both physical and spiritual death, which alienated him from God. Man’s nature was thus corrupted, and he is utterly lost “dead in trespasses and sins” and totally incapable of saving

himself and coming back into right relationship with God by his own merit or effort.

Satan

We believe that Satan is the instigator of evil and a real spirit being, not simply the personification of evil. He is a fallen angel who, under the sovereign

permission of God, has been given temporary rulership of the earth. He was utterly defeated at The Cross, but the execution of his judgment has been

postponed by God until after the Millennial Kingdom when he will be cast into the eternal lake of fire. In the meantime, he deceives the world and seeks to

establish his counterfeit kingdom on earth to discredit and blaspheme God and to tempt, accuse, attack and destroy believers. He can be resisted by the believer through faith and reliance on the power of The Holy Spirit.

Salvation

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on The Cross

provides the sole basis for forgiveness of sins and salvation, which is the free gift

of God’s grace. Salvation is effected by the regenerating work of The Holy Spirit

and cannot be secured by man’s works or personal merit. Salvation is only

appropriated by a person placing their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Repentance is a turning toward God and away from sin and is a part of but not

separated from believing faith. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to

everyone who believes and those who receive Jesus Christ by faith are born

again, have their sins forgiven, become children of God, are a new creation in

Christ, and are sealed by The Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption being kept

by the power of God

The Christian Walk

We believe that every Christian should live for Christ and not for himself and should, by the power of the indwelling Spirit, allow Christ to manifest His life through him to God’s glory. By ever increasing obedience to the Word of God, each believer should mature and progressively become more like Jesus. In the power of the Spirit, each believer should live a holy life; exercise their spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ; witness for Christ; be personally

involved in making disciples to fulfill the great commission; perform good works and bear fruit to the glory of God. All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of God supreme in our own lives and in human society. By the power of The Holy Spirit, we oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless and the sick. We should speak on behalf of then unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.

The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for the procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Children, from the moment of conception are a blessing and heritage from The Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

The Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ of which Jesus is the Head and whose members are those who have truly received Christ by faith. The local church is a tangible expression of the body of Christ in a particular location. Since all members of the body of Christ are united in Christ by the same Spirit, they should live in love, harmony, and unity, being intent on the same purpose and accepting those sectarian or denominational practices which are based on a sincere interpretation of the Bible, which do not relate to substantive doctrinal matters, and which do not in practice cause disunity or hinder the ministry. The purpose of the church is to make disciples, to help believers be

fulfilled and enjoy an abundant life and relationship with God, and to always glorify God on earth and in all places. The mission of the Church is through observance of the great commission to reach every nation, tribe, and tongue with the glorious, good news of Jesus Christ.