WHAT WE BELIEVE 2017-02-07T21:21:42+00:00

 

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to mankind, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Timothy 3:15-16; 1 Peter 2:2).

The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM” and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, i.e., Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19).

That man was created good and upright, for God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” But man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31: 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

The grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, and, being justified by grace through faith, he becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 23:47; Titus 3:5-7).

The “inward” evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The “outward” evidence of his salvation to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures, by all who have repented and in their hearts have truly believed in Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they have the body washed in pure water as an outward symbol of cleansing, while their heart has already been sprinkled with the blood of Christ as an inner cleansing.

Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4; Acts 20:21; Hebrews 10:22).

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26). It is enjoined on all believers “until He comes.”

That all believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect, and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church.

With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:29; Acts 1:4; 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

In the baptism of believers as a unique work of the Holy Ghost—an evidence of which is the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The manifestation of speaking in other tongues, in this instance, is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28) but different in purpose and use.

The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1 John 2:6).

The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:33).

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: The evangelization of the world, and the edifying of the Body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13).

Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17).

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:12; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Romans 8:23).

The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the salvation of national Israel, and the Millennial reign of Christ on earth is the Scriptural promise and the world’s hope (2 Thessalonians 1:17; Revelation 19:11-14; Romans 11:26-27; Revelation 20:1-7).

The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10-15).

“According to His promise, look for new heavens, and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1).

Biblical Sexuality and Marriage

Section 1 – Each human being is created in the image of God as either male or female, a gender that is encoded genetically and manifested physiologically prior to birth. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. The family units this formed on these principles provide the foundation of civil society.

 

Section 2 – Any effort to violate the creative order of God by attempting to modify or transform human gender is sin. Since marriage is biblically defined as between one man and one woman, all homosexual or polygamous unions are sinful. Beyond marital standards, sexual sin includes, but is not limited to, premarital sexual relations, extramarital sexual relations, incestuous relations, pornography, bestiality, and pedophilia. Persons engaged in such violations of God’s Law, like all sinners, should be called to turn from their sin and seek forgiveness through repentance and faith in Christ.

 

Section 3 – Participation in any program or activity of this church is limited to individuals of one sex is exclusively limited to individuals who are persons of that sex. Access to facilities are designated for use by only one sex is exclusively limited  to individuals who are persons of that sex. In complying with these guidelines, individuals should not violate the sovereign act of God in their birth gender by intentionally presenting their physical features or dress to be that of the opposite sex.

 

Section 4 – We believe God is a loving and forgiving God. We welcome all of God’s children to worship and fellowship with is. However, persons who are actively and unrepentantly engaged in any sinful practice that contradicts or undermines the doctrinal standards of this church are not eligible for membership. Similarly, active and unrepentant engagement in any sinful practice or practice that contradicts or undermines the doctrine of this church is grounds for church discipline. A practice is sinful when it is contrary to the teachings of the Holy Bible.

 

Section 5 – Except as a vendor or independent contractor, in order to be eligible for employment at the church, the applicant or employee must be a member of the church. Since a purpose of the church is to teach and instill biblical values, and because every employee of the church is a representative of the church, in order to be eligible for employment at the church the applicant shall not be actively engaged in unrepentant sin and shall not be perceived to undermine or contradict, through his or her actions, behaviors, or speech, the tenets of the Bible and the doctrines of this church.

 

Section 6 – Church ministers, members, and staff shall not use their title, position, or ordination in a way that contradicts or undermines the teachings of this church and the Holy Bible by, including but not limited to, officiating over or solemnizing weddings or ceremonies joining more than two people or two people of the same sex.

 

Section 7 – Neither property nor facilities owned or controlled by this church (or used with permission obtained by the church) shall be used or permitted to be used for any activity or speech that is contrary to any stated or implied doctrine or religious belief or practice of this church.

 

Section 8 – Weddings, Funerals and other services: The church actively seeks to minister to the surrounding community by making its facilities available for Biblical weddings, funerals and other services, such as ordinations, christenings, etc. A service of non-members is permitted only insofar as the ceremony comports with the teachings of the Holy Bible and the doctrinal standards of this church. If it becomes evident that a wedding, funeral or other service does not or will not comply with the teachings of the Holy Bible and the doctrinal standards of this church, the church may, within its sole discretion, cancel or modify the event, so as to comport with the teachings of the Holy Bible and church doctrinal standards. In no event shall an unbiblical ceremony be permitted to proceed.

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