IN ESSENTIALS, UNITY; IN NON-ESSENTIALS, LIBERTY; IN ALL THINGS, CHARITY
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ, both universal and local, and is composed of individuals who through faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Christ Jesus is the Head and Lord of the Church. The mission of the Church is worship, evangelism, discipleship and the nurturing and care of one another. (Matthew 28:1-20, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 2:19-22)
We believe in the calling and gifting of various ministries in the Church, including but not limited to apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers and deacons. We believe that the Church has responsibility for recognizing, equipping, and commissioning these various ministries for the edification of the Body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Corinthians 12:12-30, Romans 12:3-8)
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers, and through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, a distinct experience from salvation, believers are empowered for Christian service, and gifted for this service. An evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. The Holy Spirit also enables believers to live a Christ-like life exhibiting Godly character. (Luke 11:13, Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 8:17, 10:44-46, 19:6, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 12)
We believe that eternal life in heaven is the reward of all who believe and receive Christ as their Lord. (John 3:16-17, Luke 23:43, John 14:2-3)
We believe that those who do not accept Christ, are condemned to an eternity apart from God’s presence, which the Bible declares to be the second death (John 14.6, John 3:18, Revelation 21:8)
We believe that the only hope for man is to believe on Jesus Christ, the virgin born Son of God, fully God and fully man. Through faith in Christ’s life, death
We believe the Holy Bible is the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative source of Christian faith and practice. The Bible is the supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason. (2 Tim 3:16, 17).
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin is lost and powerless to save himself. (Genesis 1:26, 2:16-17, Romans 6:23)
We believe that salvation is by faith and through grace alone. No amount of good works will produce justification before God. We further believe that the manifestation of faith and grace is a holy life expressed through righteous works. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
We believe that divine healing, physical, emotional and spiritual, is included in the atonement of Christ. (Isaiah 53.4, Matthew 8:17, 1 Peter 2:24-25
We believe in two sacraments of the Church: a) The Sacrament of Water Baptism, b) The Sacrament of Holy Communion. (Acts 2:38; Matthew 26:26-30.) Water Baptism by immersion, following salvation, is the outward sign of the inward work of regeneration by the Holy Spirit and should be done by all believers in obedience to Jesus.
We believe that there is one God, eternally present in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26, Matt 3:16-17, John 1:1-4);