Statement of Faith
SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATIONS – OUR THEOLOGY
THE SCRIPTURES—The Bible is the infallible, inerrant, inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New and old Covenant, recorded as Testaments, are exclusively substantiated through antiquity, unbiased science, archeology, historicity, mathematics and philosophy. It retains it’s cultural relevance as the apex of societal advancement in government, policy, law, justice for all conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
THE GODHEAD—Our God is One, but manifested in three distinct sentient persons in “Tri-unity”—Jehovah the Father, Jehovah the Son, and Jehovah the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being coequal (Deut. 6:4; Phil. 2:6). God the Father is the Sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is an eternal person, not a force (John 14:16; John 15:26).
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION—Mankind was created from one being, Adam, being made in the exact image and likeness of God, but through Adam’s sin and subsequent fall, thereby, the sin strain infected the entire world. The Bible says “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “…There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10; 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:14; 1 John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8–10).
ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH—Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. Salvation is the free gift of God to man, saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, for His glory alone. (2 Cor. 7:10; John 3:3–5; 1 John 5:12).
WATER BAPTISM—Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36–39).
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT—The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a free gift subsequent to salvation, biblically seen as the inceptive aspect of empowerment, with the initial evidence of a spoken, supernatural Language- unlearned and inspired of the Holy Spirit. It was promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this grace dispensation, activates gifts of the Holy Spirit and has not ceased into apostolic cessation (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1–7; Acts 2:1–4).
SANCTIFICATION—We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as an immediate and progressive work of grace, which is exemplified in the separateness and solidarity of every believer in all forms of purity prescribed in scripture, physical, chemical, sexual, and social in obedience unto the Lord, in holy fear and reverence in conduct and living. (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12–14; 1 Cor. 1:30).
DIVINE HEALING—We believe Healing is a new creation reality and thus the redemptive right of every believing member of the universal church regardless of denomination, received solely by faith in the provisional act of Jesus’ death on the Cross, and faith in the power of His physical resurrection. not merely spiritual, it is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. (James 5:14,15; Mark 16:18; Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD—The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…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.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “…The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16,17).Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 5:10; 20:6).
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION—We believe according to scripture, one who physically dies in his sins without authentically accepting Christ as savior yielding to His lordship is eternally lost, and the “gehenna” of Hell is an actual, physical location of the eternal incarceration of those who reject the Christ and His gospel. We believe the lake of fire is theologically “literal” as greek terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” are indicative of duration and punishment, and equally carry the thought of “eternal awareness” existentially just as scripture denotes the duration of heaven, and the joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19-20).