THE DOCTRINES WE HOLD TRUE
THE GOD OF THE BIBLE
The Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- The God of the Bible is the One True God. He is portrayed in the Scriptures as Father God, the Almighty, Ruler of all that is;
- The Son, the Incarnate One, God in the flesh, the Savior, Messiah;
- The Holy Spirit, the very Spirit of the Living God sent to earth as our Comforter/Helper.
Jesus, the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Savior, the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One. Almighty God who took on human flesh to restore man to his rightful position. He was truly born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, ministered three years (mostly around the Sea of Galilee), was executed by the Romans at the demand of religious men, took the sins of the world in His body, died on the cross, was buried in a borrowed grave, rose on the morning of the third day, ascended into heaven, where He now reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. When the allotment of time for this earth has been spent, He will return for His bride (the Church) and all Christians will meet Him in the air and rule with Him forever.
- The one True source of revelation. These are the writings that "God breathed" into existence.
- This Book is the one true source of faith and doctrine. It is infallible and without error.
Created in perfection for relationship with God, man was given full authority over all the earth. Through Adam’s sin man took on a nature of sin and lost both the authority and relationship.
In and of himself, man is helpless to remedy this situation, no matter how hard he may try. He has fallen short of the glory God intended.
Salvation is provided through the grace of God. In His great love for us, He paid the penalty for our sin and gives infinite life to us. It is by faith in Jesus Christ that we have access into this grace.
Salvation is by grace/faith alone. Good works are the fruit of salvation, not the means of salvation.
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate and distinct act from salvation itself. It is God’s will that every believer receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the accompanying gifts, since this empowers them to truly live the life in the spirit.
The very word baptize means to immerse or plunge in. We believe in baptism by immersion in water after salvation. Baptism is a spiritual act where the "old man" is buried and the new life is released.
According to the Scriptures, Jesus bore our sicknesses and pains on the cross as surely as He bore our sins. Jesus was the perfect expression of the perfect will of God – He healed every person who came to Him for healing. We appropriate our healing by faith in His completed work.
GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
When a believer in Christ receives the Holy Spirit, all the gifts of the Spirit become available to that person for the carrying out of the gospel mission. Every spirit filled believer is equipped with an arsenal of spiritual gifts for the work of the ministry. God has no desire to withhold any good gift from His children. Every gift is given for the building up of the Body of Christ.