We believe that both the Old Testament (39 books) and the New Testament (27 books) are inspired by God the Holy Spirit, and that He so superintended the human authors, that the very words written were the ones God personally wanted. These writings were without error in the original manuscripts and they are our only basis for belief and practice. 2 Timothy 3:16 17; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:19 21
The Only God
We believe in one and only one God, the God of the Bible. God is manifested in three eternal Persons, equal in Their essence and executing distinct but harmonious offices in God's eternal work of Grace.
God the Father
We believe God the Father is a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchanging in His being. He is the totality of life, wisdom, power, holiness, truth, justice, goodness, etc.
God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ, called the Only Begotten Son by God the Father, is totally God and totally Man, coequal and one in essence with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. As God in the flesh, He lived an absolute sinless life, and His death made a full atonement for the sins of the world. He rose from the dead on the third day and later ascended bodily into Heaven and will return again. Colossians 2.8-10
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, coequal and one in essence with the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment to come. He was active in the inspiration of the Scriptures. He is the restraining force against evil in this present. For the Believer, He is the agent of the New Birth, baptizing each into the Body of Christ. Following Salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells, seals, enables, teaches, guides, prays for and fulfills many other ministries for the Believer. To the extent that a Believer yields to His leadership, that Believer will be filled with the Spirit.
We believe that man was created by a direct act of God and was not fashioned from any existing life form. The uniqueness of man is the result of "God breathing into his (Adam's) nostrils the breath of life", and man became an eternal soul. We believe that all humans have descended from Adam and Eve, the first parents of the human race. By a deliberate and voluntary act of disobedience against God's will, Adam lost his sinless state and as a result all who have been born as descendants of Adam are sinners by nature and by choice. As a result of this nature, all humans are devoid of any "spark" of divinity and are hopelessly condemned to an eternity separated from God to a place of eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. The only eternal hope for any human is to accept the redemption provided by Jesus Christ through His life, shed blood and resurrection.
We believe that Satan, in his original state, was an angel created by God and was "the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty," and his name was Lucifer. By a deliberate act of rebellion against God, he lost that high and holy position and chose to oppose God and all that is His. He is now the "god of this world" and the author of all the powers of sin, and his final judgment will be eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.
We believe that the Church (the Bride of Christ) began on the Day of Pentecost, according to Acts chapter two. The Church Universal is composed of all who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior since the Day of Pentecost. Race, gender, nationality, life, death, or denominational affiliation do not enhance or hinder a person's position in the Church Universal.
The Local Church is an organized group of Believers who meet regularly.
Salvation (The New Birth)
We believe that Christ died for the sins of the whole world, and through His Death and Resurrection He paid the penalty for all the sins of mankind and to all who receive Him, He gives His gift of Divine Life (Eternal Life). This Divine Salvation from sin and its penalty and the impartation of Divine Life is accomplished only through the Grace of God, apart from any merit derived from human effort. At the moment we receive this Divine Salvation, we are Baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ (the Universal Church or the Bride of Christ) and are at that moment a Child of God through the New Birth (the gift of Eternal Life). Once we have become a Child of God through the Grace of God, we are eternally secure in this relationship and nothing can separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus.