We Believe

 

For the purpose of establishing and maintaining a place for the worship of Almighty God, through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ under the leadership of the Holy Ghost establishing our distinctive testimony and to do our part in carrying out our Lord’s great commission to evangelize the world by every available means, both at home and abroad, the members of this corporation are recognized as a church in fellowship of the body of Christ in general and with those who choose to adopt and be governed by these by-laws. This fellowship as a Church has the right to govern itself according to the standards of the the Holy Bible, King James Version. This Church has the privilege to voluntarily enter into full cooperative fellowship with assemblies of like precious faith and shall share in the privileges and assume the responsibilities enjoined by that affiliation

 

Cardinal Doctrines

 

 1. Scriptures

The Scriptures, both Old and the New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct; therefore, all that is necessary for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thes. 2:13 ; 2 Pet. 1:21).

 2. Salvation

Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.(a) Condition of Salvation. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8).(b) The evidences of Salvation. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24; Titus 3:5).

3. Baptism of the Holy Ghost

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father of the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe this to be the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9)). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Heb. 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost (Mark 16:20).(a) The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).(b) A Work of the Holy Ghost. Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thes. 5:23; Heb. 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12-14). By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command, "Be ye holy, for I am holy" (1 Pet. 1:15-16).Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:1-11; 13; 8:1-2; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12-13; 1 Pet. 1:5). It is a daily work in the life of the believer, a combination of washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:5).

 4. The Ministry

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) Evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2) Worship of God (John 4:23-24); and (3) Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16).

5. Church Ordinances

(a) Baptism in Water. The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matt. 28:10; Mark 16:16; Rom. 6:1-6).

(b) Holy Communion. The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements – bread and the fruit of the vine – is the symbol of expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death, and is open to all Born Again Believers "till He come!" )1 Cor. 11:26).

6. Divine Healing

Divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Is. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:14-16). We encourage prayer for the sick in every service for the whole of man, spirit, soul, and body. "He sent His Word and healed them and delivered them from destruction" (Ps. 107:20).

7. Rapture of the Church

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 (! Thes. 4:16-17; Rom. 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51-52).8. The Second ComingThe visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:15; Matt. 24:27, 30; Rev. 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6).