We believe in every word of the Old and New Testaments, that God inspired humans to write without error. The Bible is the Word of God. It is the standard of faith as well as the absolute truth for every aspect in a believer’s life.
The Scriptures are the divine revelations given from God and received by Man, and as such, are the only such revelations that are inspired and infallible. The Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and morals. The Word of God is the direct revelation of the will of God for all men and for all time. The Scriptures were plenary-verbally inspired, that is the Holy Spirit breathed upon men the very words and thoughts He wanted in conjunction with the writers' personalities, traits, and emotions. The Holy Spirit guarded and preserved each thought, phrase, and word from any error, omission, or inaccuracy.
"16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
""12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
""4 Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said.
He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel."
""2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles."
Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was supernaturally conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. While on earth, He was both perfectly God and perfectly man at the same time and was without sin. He was crucified on the cross to save mankind from sin and physically rose from the dead on the third day to fulfill the will of the Father to provide salvation from sin to each person who believes in Him. He ascended physically to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. One day in the future, He will come again, a second time, to establish His kingdom.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the second member of the Godhead, who pre-existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Through the Incarnation and Virgin Birth, Jesus took upon Himself the form of Man, thus revealing Himself as the God-Man. Jesus Christ was sinless, perfect, crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended, glorified and He will come again to earth a second time.
He is the perfect Mediator between God and Man because in the person of Christ is the fully divine and the fully human. Of the same substance with the Father as to His divinity, yet of the same substance with us as to His humanity. Perfect in deity, perfect in humanity.
"15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,"
"5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!"
"5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time."
"1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
"15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."
Angels and Demons
We believe God created many angels. These angels were created without sin, but Lucifer intentionally sinned and was then called Satan. Some of the angels (1/3) followed him to become fallen angels.
Satan rules in this sinful world; however, he does not have power over God, or us. He endeavors to destroy God’s plan and man’s life by influencing and tempting us to make bad decisions or to sin against God.
"12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!"
"4He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants."
We believe that the first couple was created sinless, but they intentionally sinned, causing all humans to fall under the power of sin. For this reason, it is necessary for every person to receive salvation through the sacrifice made for us by Jesus Christ. Without salvation, a person will receive the penalty of eternal destruction in hell.
"23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
"26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them."
We believe in the worldwide (universal) Church, made up of all those who trust in Christ throughout every age, together as the Body of Christ. In the same way, we believe in local churches which are made up of believers who regularly meet together in different areas to worship, hear the Word of God, fellowship, witness, take communion and pray, amongst other activities. Every Christian should be a member of a local church.
""10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,"
Healing and Further Works of Redemption
The death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ not only secured the eternal redemption from sin, but also redemption from sickness and disease and redemption from poverty.
Divine Healing has been provided for us through Atonement by the blood of Jesus Christ. It is for the physical ills of the human body and is given to us by the power of God through various methods and means detailed within the Bible. We believe it is God’s normal intention to heal Christians who have sicknesses or diseases except at times when God allows them to leave this world to be with Him. The Church must follow the command of Christ to heal the sick through prayer and to minister to them through the miraculous power of God. We do not reject medicines or procedures from medical science, nor do we believe that God always heals the sick immediately. We acknowledge and understand that, at times, He has wisdom in gradually healing people, according to His plan and His purpose for them.
Divine Prosperity has also been provided by the Atonement. True prosperity not only has to do with financial provision but a prospering of the soul as well. Divine prosperity is given to us by the power of God through the principle of tithes and offerings, sowing and reaping and numerous stewardship truths found throughout His Word, the Bible.
"4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed."
"24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
"9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
The End of All Things
Jesus promised to return for His church. Scriptures tell us that when Jesus returns, the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then those of us who are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. Jesus shall visibly return to earth, accompanied by the saints, to set up His Kingdom upon the earth. He shall reign with His saints on the earth for a thousand years, during which time Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit. After this 1,000-year period, Satan will be loosed for a short time, and then be sent his eternal torment in the lake of fire. The great Judgment occurs for those who never received the Lord in their earthly lifetime. Then the new heavens and the new earth will be revealed and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
"16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."
"51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."
Hell and Eternal Retribution
Anyone who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.
We believe that every person will rise from dead on the final day. Believers will live with God in heaven and will be eternally blessed. Those who do not believe will be judged and receive eternal punishment in hell.
"27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,"
"31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
"43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.  45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.  47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where ‘the worms that eat them do not die,
and the fire is not quenched.'"
"15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."
One True God
We believe in the one true and eternal God, the Creator of everything. Our God is revealed in the Scriptures as the eternal Godhead, the Trinity, who has shown Himself as one God, existing in three persons – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. The Godhead is distinguishable but indivisible in essence; co-eternal, co-existent, co-equal in nature, attributes, power, and glory. God is one undivided and invisible essence, yet with three eternal distinctions: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equal, but has a different role, working together to bring man from sin to receive salvation, by teaching, preaching, and living a life as examples of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
"4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one."
"16 “Come near me and listen to this:
“From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;
at the time it happens, I am there.”
And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me,
endowed with his Spirit."
"19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"
"4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
The Holy Spirit and His Baptism
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, who convicts people of sin, leads them away from it, and draws them to become born again. He dwells within believers to enable them to lead holy lives. In addition, He helps believers live lives in obedience to God’s will and serve the Body of Christ using the gifts He has given them.
We believe that each gift of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Bible is still active in the Church today and should be developed to build up the Church Body (all believers). The baptism of the Holy Spirit, an experience separate from being born again, gives Christians the power to witness. Speaking in tongues, as the Holy Spirit enables, is the initial sign of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire is a gift from God, as promised by the Lord Jesus to all believers, and is received subsequent, and in addition to, the acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior (being reborn). The initial evidence of speaking with other tongues, as well as other manifestations described in Acts 2, accompanies this experience. There is one initial baptism in the Holy Spirit, however, there are many subsequent infillings of the Spirit (revival). The purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is so that we, the believers, may have the power to be witnesses.
In the Christian life, every believer must live in obedience to Christ and be under the covering of the Holy Spirit. A Christian should always be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is coequal, co-eternal, and coexistent with the Father and with the Son. His ministry upon the earth is to convict and convert man to do God’s will, as well as be the great Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby to every member of the Church.
"11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
"16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."
"8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
"19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"
Redemption of Man
Man is a created being and was made in the likeness and image of God (both male and female). But, through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world and passed upon all men. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God.
We believe that a person can only be saved when he or she trusts in Jesus Christ and His salvation from sin. Salvation is given by the grace of God and not because of one’s own works. True confession, faith and trust in Christ will lead to repentance from sin. At the point of salvation, an individual becomes a new creation in Christ and is gradually transformed to become more like Him.
Salvation is the free gift of God to man. It is not earned by just doing good deeds and obeying God’s Law. It is made operative by God’s grace and given to us through our faith in Jesus Christ. This salvation experience occurs when an individual confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in his heart that God has raised Him from the dead.
"12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
"9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."
"16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
"8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work."
Water Baptism and Communion
The Lord Jesus Christ, Head of the Church, established two ordinances for the Church to follow: Water Baptism and Communion.
We believe that baptism is the immersion of a person completely in water as a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Only those who are born again, by putting their faith in Jesus Christ and repenting of their sins are qualified to be baptized in water. Baptism in water, by full immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord. While it is not necessary for salvation, it is for all believers. This ordinance is an outward sign of an inward work. It symbolizes a believer’s identification with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection.
The ordinance of Communion is also a commandment of the Lord Jesus that must be received continually until His return. Only believers can share in this ceremony of love, commitment, and faith. It is demonstrated using a cracker or piece of bread and a cup of juice: The bread speaks of His body, which was torn and broken for us. The cup speaks of His blood that was shed for us. Both elements witness the death of Jesus and the New Covenant believers now enjoy while prophetically declaring His return. Communion is to be celebrated often when believers gather together.
"19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"
"21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,"
7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”
9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.
10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”
13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.
We believe that Christians must worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. Meaningful and serious Worship is acknowledging the worthiness of God and opening our hearts to Him. Worshipping according to Biblical patterns enables us to use outward expressions to come closer to God. Some of the patterns we find in Scriptures include worshipping with other Christians, using musical instruments, singing, praising Him, and using the gifts of the Holy Spirit during worship times.
"47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in trying to live our lives, in every way, to be more like Christ, as an ongoing process and commitment. However, the Doctrine of Sanctification is a definite, yet progressive work of God’s grace, that commences at the time of regeneration and continues until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return. Christians are sanctified by the blood of Jesus, His truth or His Word, and by the baptism with fire.
"17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth."
"4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love"