What we believe about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church.
The Bible is the infallible, inspired Word of God – produced through men who spoke and wrote as they were moved on by the Holy Spirit. His holy Word is what we accept as our final authority and indisputable guide in all matters of life and doctrine. (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit being coequal. God the Father is the sender of the Word. The Son is the Word made flesh, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. The Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son, and is eternal. (1 John 5:6-8; Philippians 2:6, John 16:28; John 1:14, John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14, John 15:26)
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God by God Himself. Sin came into the world through Adam’s disobedience, sin and rebellion. When Adam sinned, mankind fell from God's grace and became separated from God. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Jesus Christ came in the form of man, being born of Mary who was a virgin. Jesus gave His life through the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection to restore us back to God, thereby undoing the work of the devil. Salvation is the gift of God to man, which we receive only by faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:14; Romans 3:10 & 23; 1 John 3:8, Ephesians 2:8)
Man’s first step toward receiving the salvation that God provides is godly sorrow through repentance. The New Birth is necessary for all men to be reconciled to God. When a person chooses to repent from sin and accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord, they experience the new birth which produces eternal life. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts .(2 Corinthians 7:10, 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5; Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5, Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)
The one who dies in their sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in a literal Lake of Fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity to hear the Gospel or repent. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” which are used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same meaning of endless existence as used in describing the endless time of joy and ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God. (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:15)
Baptism in water by full immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord and is an ordinance of the Church. It is to be experienced by believers only and is the symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
The promise of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience that follows salvation and is available to all believers. It is received by faith (in the same manner as salvation) and is evident by the demonstration of spiritual power in daily life and with the scriptural sign of speaking in other tongues. (Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:6; Acts 1:8; Mathew 3:11)
We believe that the word of God teaches that, without holiness, no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, beginning at the time of salvation, and continuing until the return of Christ. It is not the total elimination of sin but a consistent conformity to the character of Christ. (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
God’s plan is for us to live in holiness in every area of our lives, especially in what we do with our bodies. God’s Word affirms heterosexual union for married persons and committed celibate behavior for unmarried persons as the only Biblical options for human sexual conduct. Any and all alternative sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage, such as homosexuality/bisexual practices, adultery, fornication, bestiality, incest, polygamy, pedophilia, and pornography are sin, displeasing to God and are forbidden by scripture. (Genesis 1:27; 2:24, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Hebrews 13:4; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
Healing is for the all of the physical, mental and emotional ills of mankind. It is available to us by the power of God through the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands as we pray for the sick as well as through faith in His word. Jesus Christ has made healing available to all believers at Calvary. (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5)
Jesus will return to the earth as the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Those who have died in Christ will rise first and those of us living on the earth will rise to meet Him in the air also. Then God will make all things new – a new heaven and a new earth. His coming is imminent and we must live as such! (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 21:1-8)
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
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