Below is a summary of our beliefs, but all of our beliefs are summed up in these two:
(1) Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and
(2) Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-40
“In the essentials we need unity, in the non-essentials we need freedom; but in all things we need love.” – Rupertus Meldenius
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While it is a great mystery, these three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. It is a great mystery of the faith but on earth, Jesus was in fact 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a perfectly righteous life before God the Father, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. He alone is King. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35).
Mankind was created with an eternal soul and originally was good and upright. But by voluntary transgression the first humans fell from a right standing with God because of disobedience and thus brought “sin” into the world. Each person is born with a nature to be disobedient to God and into a world that is in disharmony with God. Our only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God which is initiated by the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result or mix with our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
Repentance is an act of the free will in response to the love of God and drawing of the Holy Spirit which follows a recognition of the goodness and holiness of God up against ones own sin and disobedience. It involves a commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).
JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).
FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth and to be empowered for daily living (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible’s lists and demonstrates through the lives of people these gifts and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical procedures or parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Holy Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
HEALING OF THE SICK
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers, when healing occurs it is done by God with the intent of advancing the Gospel. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
GOD’S WILL FOR PROVISION
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and fruitful in all areas of their life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others. In our time period, all benefits and blessings from God are intended to be leveraged for the advancement of the Gospel.
- Spiritual – (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10)
- Mental and Emotional – (II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
- Physical – (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24).
- Financial – (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God for their sins and separated from God by being sent to Hell where they will not have the presence or protection of God and thus be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels. Hell may be escaped by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures, but His return will be during a general season or time that believers will be able to identify given signs provided in Scripture which will come to pass on earth. (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)
PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
Philosophy generally means a particular system or method of thinking. And it is our thinking that then drives how and what we do. With that understanding note that these beliefs are all derived from the Holy Bible and are intended to be general conveyances of our understanding of the Scriptures. The messages are intended to be a relevant, expounding of the Bible for our lives and for our understandings. To gain a full understanding of our beliefs and what the Bible actually teaches we encourage you to attend or listen to one of our messages. And to attend a small group.
Our church operates under a “life-giving” philosophy of ministry. Meaning that we believe and filter all of our messages, teachings and activities through a lens of God’s goodness, love and life-giving nature as revealed in Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:45). We believe God’s love leads His people to minister in a positive, life-giving way. In fact the only real times that Jesus displayed negativity or criticism was in response to religion and territorial religious leaders or in response to an unwillingness to acknowledge unhealthy spiritual lifestyles.
So if you visit our church you will see that we are committed to seeing people become mature, fully devoted followers of Christ who experience and display the love and life-giving nature of Jesus. You will not find a religious or churchy culture of people. And we are not desirous of quarrels or strife over matters that even highly competent, life-long scholars agree to disagree about. (James 4:1)
The Bible is our ultimate authority and the Holy Spirit is our Guide and Comforter. We welcome you to visit our church. Experience our life-giving community. And see the Gospel of Jesus Christ transform and continue to transform your life.
In order to obtain a contextual and more accurate understanding, please visit us for a service, listen to one of our messages or feel welcome to contact our church directly. We welcome any questions.