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What We Believe

We believe that we Christians grow continually and God changes our hearts and our understanding as we grow. We do not always agree because we see "through a glass darkly". It's ok. God is the One who does the revealing; it's up to us to be accountable for what He has shown us.

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:8)

That said, a statement of belief of sorts is in order.

Therefore... this is what we believe:

  1. That the Bible in it's original form in both the Old and New Testaments is inspired of God and is the revelation of God to man. It is the infallible, authoritative and final rule of faith and conduct.
  2. That there is one true God who has revealed Himself as eternal, omnipotent, and omniscient. He is the Creator of all things and the Redeemer of mankind. He has revealed himself in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, known to us as the trinity, which together make up the complete and only Godhead.
  3. That the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, existed from the foundation of the world, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified to death and rose to life again on the third day. He now sits on the right hand of God the Father.
  4. Man was created good and upright, but is now born into a fallen state caused by a voluntary transgression, bringing about physical as well as spiritual death.
  5. The only hope of redemption is through accepting the sacrifice of the death of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God. Salvation is received only through repentance toward God and faith in the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Regeneration and renewal come about by the Holy Ghost, and we are justified only by grace through faith.
  6. Jesus Christ specifically gave two ordinances for us to follow: baptism in water and the taking of communion. Baptism is an outward statement of inward cleansing and the Lord's supper symbolizes the sharing of the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. While neither are absolutely required for salvation, both are spiritually significant and important for growth in Christ.
  7. Sanctification is an act of the Holy Spirit inasmuch as we are willing to submit to the teaching of truth and separation of ourselves from everything sinful.
  8. Believers are united in the Spirit and are one body, the head of which is Christ. As members of one body we are responsible for and expected to care for and serve each other.
  9. Some are called to specific ministry within the body but all are called to serve with whatever talents are given them by God. The gifts of the Spirit are freely distributed as seen fit by God for the use and edification of the body and to the glory of God.
  10. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was a normal and expected experience in the early church and should be sought today by all believers. The baptism provides power for effective service and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses. It is evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the initial sign and continues with personal growth and commitment. Both of these signs are evident in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
  11. Absolute and total healing and deliverance is available to all today, as it was in the early church. God does not change; His spirit walks among us and communicates intimately with us individually and collectively.
  12. We believe in the resurrection of every person who has ever lived; some to eternal life and victory with God and some to eternal damnation without Him. We believe that Jesus Christ shall return at an appointed time which we cannot know, and that He shall reign forever.
  13. Moreover, we believe that each of us has a choice to make, and the power to make that choice, as to whether we will become a part of the body of Christ and whether we will continue in that body. We believe that God's will is that all should come to repentence but that we must come willingly.