Our Beliefs

The Bible

The basis of our belief is the Bible. Both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God. The Bible is truth and truth makes people free.

2 Tm 3:15-17; Jn 8:32

God

As the Bible teaches there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Gn 1:1,26; Ex 3:14; Lk 3:22; Jn 1:1; Jn 14:16; Jn 20:28

Jesus

Jesus Christ is eternal God, the incarnate Son of God, and the promised Messiah of Israel, possessing all the attributes of Deity. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and provided a one time sacrifice for the sins of all mankind through His atoning death. Jesus was bodily resurrected and ascended into heaven to the right hand of the Father.

Jn 1:1-4; Mt 1:23; Hb 1:1-4; 1 Cr 15:3-4

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit sent by Jesus and God the Father, was given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers believers in Jesus Christ for service and witness, with spiritual (grace) gifts today just as He did at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit cleanses us from our old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ, evidenced by His fruit and gifts.

Lk 24:49; Jn 14:16- 17, 26; Ac 1:8; Ac 8:14-17; Ac 10:44-48; 1 Cr 12: 4-11; Ga 5:22-23

Sin

The only means of being cleansed from sin is through personal repentance and faith in the precious blood of Jesus Christ, which was shed for us when He died on the cross. Salvation is available for all who receive grace by trusting in Jesus Christ alone.

Ac 4:12; Ti 3:4-7; Eph 2:8-9; Jn 10:11; Jn 25-26; Jn 14:6; 1 Jn 5:11,12

Salvation

Salvation is by God's grace, through an individual's faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. The blood Jesus shed on the cross paid for the sin of all mankind, and salvation is obtained by receiving His free gift of eternal life. A person is "saved" when he has opened his heart to Jesus, recognized his own personal state of sinfulness, received the mercy and grace of God and calls Jesus his Lord and Savior.

Lk 11:13; Jn 14:16-21,26; Ro 8:9-11; Ga 5:16-18; 1 Jn 2:27

Water Baptism

The Word of God clearly conveys the ordinance of water baptism. It is an outward sign and testimony of the new life God has begun in the individual’s life through salvation in Jesus. Water baptism is identified with Jesus and is affected in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Ro 6:3-7; Ac 8:35-38; Col 2:12

The Church

The church is the body of Christ. The members are those who, by faith, trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross for their sins. The purpose of the church is to glorify God while making Him known to the world.

Ac 2:42-47; 1 Cor 12:14-27; Eph 1:22-23; Eph 4:11; Col 1:18; Hb 10:25

Evangelism

According to Matthew 28:19, Jesus clearly commands His followers to be engaged in making disciples. In order to make disciples, Christians should yield to the power of God through grace, reflecting Christ in their personal conduct and then share their faith to those who do not yet believe – proclaiming the truth with love.

Mt 9:36-38; Ac 1:8; Ro 10:9-15; 1 Pt 3:15

Israel

Israel is God’s firstborn; He keeps His covenant with them and has not rejected them. It is God’s desire that all Israel be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (same for Jews as for Gentiles).

1 Sm 7:24; Ro 11:29; Ro 10:1; Ro 11:26; Ac 15:11

Judgment

The Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth to rule in power and glory, and everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Those forgiven through Christ will enjoy eternal fellowship with God. Those without a relationship with Christ will experience eternal punishment.

Jn 11:25-26; 1 Cor 15:51-57; 1 Th 1:10; 1 Th 4:16-17; Rv 20:11-15