Purpose and Beliefs
Communicating the relevance of God’s great love, through a powerful message, for an incredible life change.
► The Bible
We believe the Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, is verbally and plenary (fully & wholly) inspired of God and is infallible in the original writings, and is the Christian’s complete and final authority in faith and conduct.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally Existing in three “persona” – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
► The Person and Work of Christ
We believe by miracle of the virgin birth that the Lord, Jesus Christ, eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God in order to reveal God and redeem man; that He died for our sins (and the sins of all men) as a substitutionary sacrifice, and arose bodily from the dead for our justification, and that He is now exalted at the right-hand of God, Head of the church, and Lord of the Individual believer, fulfilling his ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate.
► The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin, regenerates the believing sinner, and at conversion, baptizes him into the Church, which is the Body of Christ. We believe that He in-dwells, guides, instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service, and that He seals and keeps him until the Lord comes. We believe that He bestows spiritual gifts upon each one. We believe that the believer has received one or more spiritual gifts so that he might exercise them for the strengthening and outreach of the Body of Christ. The practice of any gift in any gathered body shall be in keeping with the Scriptures.
► The Means of Salvation
We believe that salvation from the guilt and penalty of sin is possible only through accepting the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained by good resolutions, sincere efforts, or submission to the rules, regulations, or ordinances of any church, but is freely bestowed on all that put their faith in Christ and trust in the work, which Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary. All who so trust the Savior pass from death unto life, are forgiven of their sins, accepted by the Father, and born into His family by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God (James 5:24; Ephesians 1:6-7; 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:23).
► Assurance, and Responsibility
We believe that all the saved, those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace, are kept by His power and are thus secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation. However, that assurance must not be the occasion for sin, for God in holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love, He corrects them. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life. (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:19-39; 1 John 5:13; Hebrews 12:6; Matthew 7:20; James 2:20).
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned, incurring not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and which is inherited by Adams sin or falleness, thereby bringing all people the curse of sin. We believe that man is born into sin and has within himself no possible means of recovery or salvation.
► The Church
We believe that the true church is composed of all who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, that those who are thus members of the true church will be eligible for membership in the local church. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper will be on an individual basis, but this participation is not to be regarded in any sense as a means of salvation.
► The Blessed Hope
We believe in the personal, imminent second coming of our Lord; first to receive His own to Himself, and later; to set up His earthly kingdom and to reign over redeemed Israel and all nations of the world, bringing peace and blessing to the whole world. We believe that His blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
► The Christian Walk
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. We are to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit of God, we must be kept by the Spirit of Christ, (through our walk of faith), and constantly in subjection, or the natural man in us will surely manifest its presence in our lives, to the dishonor of our Lord.
► The Eternal State
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do, at death, immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the Church when soul and glorified body reunited, will be associated with Him forever, in glory. We believe that unbelievers will be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His power.