Basis of Beliefs

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, which we accept as the
infallible foundation for our beliefs.  The Word of God is a living
entity, full of revelation of Jesus and who we are in Him.  It
provides a safe and relevant guide for our daily lives.  

Psalm 119:89, 105; Matthew 24:35; John 5:39; 17:17;
Romans 15:4; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 3:15-17;
Hebrews 1-3; 4:12; I Peter 1:25; II Peter 1:21; 3:15-16


Our God is One, but manifested in three Persons – Father, Son
and Holy Spirit.  God the Father is greater than all – He is all
knowing, all powerful, ever present, loving, merciful and
faithful.  Jesus Christ, the Son, is the Word made flesh who
came to dwell among us and save us from our sins, having
risen from the dead and is faithfully making intercession for us
before the Father.  The Holy Spirit is Heaven’s Representative
presently in the earth – convicting the world of sin, bearing
witness of sonship in the believer, leading our footsteps and
empowering us for Christian service.

Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; 4:18; John 1:1-2, 14, 18;
5:21-23; 14:10, 16, 28; 15:26; 16:28; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:9-11;
I Corinthians 3:15-20; 8:6; II Corinthians 13:14;
Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19


Man is a created being, originally made in the likeness and
image of God.  He is the culmination of the creation, and the
object of God’s love and affection.  He is first and foremost a
spirit being.  He has a soul (mind, will and emotions), which
must be renewed with the Word of God. He is temporarily
housed in a physical body, which will one day be changed into
a glorified body.  

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7; 3:1-24; Psalm 8:3-8; John 3:16; Acts 17:26-
31; Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 4:16; 5:16-17;
I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12

The Need for Salvation

Man was originally created perfect and innocent.  He was to live
in unity and fellowship with God, but through Adam’s sin he
became separated from Him. Every person is born in need of
salvation, but cannot attain their own salvation through self-
effort.  Out of God’s unconditional love, He sent His only Son to
provide for us what we could not do for ourselves.  Jesus is the
only Savior, the only hope of the world and the only way to God.

John 3:16; John 8:44; Romans 1:16-18; 3:19-26; 5:12-21;
Ephesians 2:1-10

The Work of Salvation  

The plan of salvation was a work carried out and completed by
God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is a gift from
God to be received by faith – it cannot be earned through our
own works of self-effort.  It consists of two basic parts:  the
complete forgiveness of sins and the new birth.  Through the
shed Blood of Jesus, we have been forgiven and cleansed of
all sins.  Man contains the sin nature in his spirit and must be
changed at the core of his being.  The new birth is a work of
God completed by the Holy Spirit in the believer when they
exercise faith in Jesus – confessing Him as Lord and believing
that God has raised Him from the dead.  Every aspect and
benefit of God’s free gift of salvation is made available by
grace, and must be appropriated and received through the
individual’s faith.  

John 3:1-18; Acts 13:38-39; 26:18; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:
23-26; Romans 4:24-25; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 1:7; 2:
1-10; Colossians 1:14; 2:12-14; Titus 3:4-6;
Hebrews 1:3; 2:5-11; 9:12-14, 26-28; 10:12-22


God created man to live forever.  While the physical body may
die, the spirit of man will live forever.  Every person has the
right to decide their destiny and eternal address.  There is a
real and literal Heaven and a real and literal Hell.  Those who
reject God’s offer of salvation in Jesus in this life will be
separated from God and eternally incarcerated in Hell.  Those
who accept God’s plan of salvation through faith in Jesus will
live forever in the Father’s Presence as one of His own, and
receive a glorified body like that of Jesus.  

John 3:13-18, 36; Luke 16:19-31; Romans 6:23;
II Corinthians 4:16; 5:1-10; Revelation 21-22

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The baptism, or infilling, of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as
promised by the Lord Jesus to all believers in this
dispensation.  This gift is received by faith subsequent to
salvation.  A believer is empowered for service when they
receive the Person of the Holy Spirit in fullness.

Luke 11:13; 24:49; John 7:37-39; 14:16-17, 27; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-
4, 32-33, 37-39; 8:4-8, 12-19; 9:10-12, 17; 10:44-47; 11:15-18;
19:1-6; Galatians 3:2-5

Healing for the Body

Healing for the physical body is provided for in the completed
work of redemption in Christ.  It is a provision of salvation for
any and all who will receive it by faith.

Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:1-5; Isaiah 53:3-5; Matthew 4:23-24;
8:16-17; 12:14-15; 14:14, 35-36; 15:30; Mark 1:40-42; 5:25-34;
I Peter 2:24

The Return of Jesus

The return of the Lord Jesus is imminent.  He will come back
first for the “catching away” of the believers to end the
dispensation of the church age and begin the seven year
Tribulation period.  Following the Tribulation, He shall return to
the earth with the saints as King of kings and Lord of Lords.  We
will reign with Him on the earth for one thousand years.  

Acts 1:11; I Corinthians 15:51-55; I Thessalonians 4:16-17;
Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 20:6

The Church

The Church is generally referred to in the Word of God as the
Body of Christ – those who have accepted Jesus through faith
and been born again.    The Body of Christ includes all
believers (those born again) – both in Heaven and on earth –
regardless of local church affiliation.  As indicated in the New
Testament, there are established local bodies of believers also
called the “church.”  The purpose of the local Church is to
provide fellowship among those of like faith, while teaching and
training every believer in the Word of God.  The Mission of the
local Church is to take the Gospel to the world.  Every member
of the Body – both universally and locally – are called to a
specific purpose and contain a supply of the spirit necessary
for the edification of the Body as a whole.  

Matthew 16:18-19; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5, 20-
28; Romans 12:4-5; I Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:
11-16; Colossians 1:18; 2:19; I Timothy 4:14; I Peter 5:1-4;
Revelation 21:2-3

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