Statement of Faith

Bible: We believe the Bible has 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 26 in the New Testament. We believe that, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Trinity: We believe in the doctrine of the Trinity. There is one God, who consists of three distinct persons. The Father is God, Jesus is God and The Holy Spirit is God. Each one is an individual and at the same time each one of them shares the essence of God. 2 Cor. 3:14, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

Jesus: We believe that Jesus is the eternal only begotten Son Of God. He always existed as the Word. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God.” He was born of the virgin Mary.  He became flesh and dwelt among us. He is God in the flesh. Only God can forgive sin and be worshiped. Jesus forgave sin and accepted worship, which only God can do. Jesus died on a cross, for our sin and then physically rose from the dead on the third day. We believe in his physical return, and that no man knows the day of his return.

Creation: We believe that God created all things. When he created man, he created him good and in fellowship with God. It was not until the fall of Adam, did we begin to sin and fellowship with God was broken.

Sin: We believe that we all were born with original sin, which was passed down to us from the fall of Adam and Eve. Because of our sinful nature, we do things that are wrong, and violate God’s law. The penalty for breaking God’s law is death. Jesus paid the penalty for us, by dying on the cross. 1 Cor. 15:21 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Salvation: We believe that we can only be forgiven through faith in the work of the cross. Good works can never save us. After all, no matter how many times we try to do what is right, we still do things that are wrong.  Ephesians 2: 8 and 9 “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: It is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”:

Sanctification is basically being set apart by God, and made holy to accomplish the purposes of God. It is an act of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the positional, experiential and final sanctification. The positional sanctification is that we are made holy, when we come to Jesus by faith. It does not matter what we have done, God sees us holy because of the blood that Jesus shed. Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

However, experimentally we are still working on living holy lives. We are not perfect, we stumble, but we are working on the areas in our lives that need change. This type of sanctification is progressive. Every day, every year we are working at making changes in our lives. Phil. 2:12, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence.  Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

This process continues until we go to heaven. At that point we will experience the final sanctification, which is to be totally sanctified, and transformed into the likeness of Jesus.

Marriage: God instituted marriage, as set forth in Gen. 1 and 2.  God created them male and female (Gen. 1:26 and 27).  Woman was taken out of the man, from his rib as a help mate.  Man was not to Lord over her, but to love her.  They were to work side by side.  The husband and wife were to leave their parents and form a new family together (Gen. 2:24).

Sexual intimacy is to be only enjoyed between a man and woman, who are married to each other.  All other forms of sexual activity are wrong and perverted.  God’s word informs us to abstain from all forms of sexual immorality (Acts 15:29).  Sexual immorality includes: sex before marriage (1 Cor. 7:9), adultery (Ex. 20:14, Heb. 13:4), prostitution (Lev. 21:9), rape (Deut. 22:25-29), bestiality (Ex. 22:19), incest (Lev. 18:6-18), homosexuality (Lev. 18:22, 20:13, Rom. 1:26-28, Jude 1:5-8, 1 Tim. 1:8-11, I Cor. 7:2, Lev. 18:22).  This ministry does not recognize, encourage or perform same sex marriages or transgender relationships.

Divorce and remarriage: When God instituted marriage, it was until death did us part.  God hates divorce (Mal. 2:15).  The passage was written to individuals, who at the time were divorcing their wives for any reason. There were many times, they would divorce their wives for no reason.  Jesus mentioned that the law allowed divorce because of the hardness of the heart, but that was not God’s intention from the start (Matt. 19:9).  This verse teaches us that God never intended divorce, but because of sinful choices of either one partner or both, it does happen.

God forgives divorce the same as he does other sins (1 John 1:9).  There needs to be sincere repentance and remarriage is allowed only in the following situations.  Remarriage is allowed when a person repented for their divorce and there is no hope of reconciliation.  The other partner may have remarried or may refuse to take back the person who hurt them in the past (1 Cor. 7:27-28).  Remarriage is also permitted in cases of adultery (Matt. 19:9), abandonment (1 Cor. 7: 13-16), death of their spouse (Rom 7:2-3, 1 Cor. 7:39).  God does not mention abuse as a ground for divorce.

However, he does mention that he hates violence and we as the church should too (Gen. 6:11-13).  Therefore, we too should show compassion for those who divorce on grounds of physical abuse (after all God has called us to peace 1 Cor. 7:15).

Abortion: The Bible informs us that murder is wrong (Ex.20:13) and that anyone who commits murder will not go to heaven (Gal. 5:21, Rev. 21:8).  In America, we all admit that murder is wrong.  We talk about the mass shootings, gang shootings, drug related shootings.  However, we overlook the 5000 babies that are murdered everyday through abortion.

Abortion has killed more human beings than any other form of murder.  God forms and sees our substance while we are unformed (Ps. 139:13-16), God has created us from the womb (Isaiah 44:24), God knew us before we were even born (Jer. 1:5), God called the unborn a baby (Luke 1:41-44), God ordered the death penalty for anyone who kills an unborn child (Ex. 21-25).  When a person repents and has the attitude of not doing it again, there is forgiveness (Eph. 1:7).

Baptism Of The Holy Spirit: We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be something that every believer should seek. It is not a requirement for salvation, but will empower us to be a witness and for ministry. We believe that the evidence of receiving the Baptism Of The Holy Spirit, is speaking in tongues. Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with The Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

The Gifts Of The Spirit: We believe that healing and the gifts of The Holy Spirit are still for today. We encourage every Christian to seek the gifts. The gifts of the Spirit are: The gift of wisdom, the gift of knowledge, the gift of faith, the gift of healing, the gift of miracles, the gift of prophecy, the gift of discerning of spirits, the gift of tongues, the gift of the interpretation of tongues, the gift of administration and the gift of helps. 1 Cor. 12:8-10, Eph. 4:7-13 and Rom. 12:3-8