what we believe
The Bible is the inspired revelation of God to humanity. It prepares people to receive salvation and be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and guides their growth as believers in Him. It is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17 and 28:19).
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the true representative of God on earth. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross, and atoned for humanity 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, baptized His people with the Holy Spirit, and will reunite with them again in power and glory (John 1:1,14, 33, and 20:28; 1Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1Timothy 2:5).
Humans were created good and upright, but were separated from God by turning away from Him; our only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen.1:26-31 and 3:1-24; Romans 5:12-21).
We are reconciled to God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16 and 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit. Every person who is born of the 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 1:22-23 and 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the church for ministry and deliver the Kingdom to the whole earth (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).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; Romans 8:27-30 and 12:1-2; Hebrews 2:11 and 8:10-12).
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Kingdom. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, 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 parameters (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10).
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. 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; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
God's Will for Provision
It is God’s will for people to become whole, healthy, and successful in all areas of life. But because of a lack of knowledge, many may not receive the full benefits of His will while on earth. That fact, though, should not prevent people from seeking the full benefits of Christ's provision in order to better serve others.
Spiritual (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).
Mental and Emotional (2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).
A divinely called and ordained ministry has been provided by God for the purpose of building a body of believers perfected in the image of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:11,16), and meeting human needs with ministries of love and compassion (Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:10; James 1:27).