What We Believe

What We Believe

We believe in all the basic doctrines of historic Christianity.

We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, and that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, only infallible, and authoritative Word of God [tooltip tip=”And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”](2 Peter 1:19-21[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”]2 Timothy 3:16)[/tooltip].

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit [tooltip tip=”Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”](Deuteronomy 6:4)[/tooltip].

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human [tooltip tip=”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”](John 1:1)[/tooltip],
– that He was born of a virgin [tooltip tip=”But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.’ ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?'”](Luke 1:30-31, 34)[/tooltip],
– that He lived a sinless life [tooltip tip=”For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin.”](Hebrews 4:15)[/tooltip],
– that He provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary death on the cross [tooltip tip=”For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…”](1 Corinthians 15:3)[/tooltip],
– that He was bodily raised from the dead [tooltip tip=”…that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”](1 Corinthians 15:4)[/tooltip],
– that He ascended back to the right hand of the Father [tooltip tip=”After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.”](Mark 16:19)[/tooltip],
– that He ever lives to make intercession for us [tooltip tip=”My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”](1 John 2:1-2)[/tooltip].

We believe that the lost and sinful man must be saved, and that man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God [tooltip tip=”But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”](1 John 1:7-10[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”]Ephesians 2:8-10)[/tooltip].

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life [tooltip tip=”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”](Acts 1:8[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”]Ephesians 5:18)[/tooltip].

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are unsaved unto the resurrection of the damnation [tooltip tip=”If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.”](Romans 6:5[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable.”]1 Corinthians 15:42)[/tooltip].

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ [tooltip tip=”Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”](Ephesians 4:3)[/tooltip].

We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures, and that they are valid for today if they are exercised within the scriptural guidelines. We as believers are to covet the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in love that the whole Body of Christ might be edified. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without this love all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless [tooltip tip=”Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.”](1 Corinthians 12:7-11[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”]1 Corinthians 12:31-13:3[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”]Romans 12:6-8)[/tooltip].