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We believe there is one God who is infinite, eternal, almighty, and invisible. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:20 Although He has revealed Himself to man in many ways, God does not try to prove or explain His existence. He simply requires that by faith we believe that He is (Hebrews 11:6). His attributes include omniscience (all-knowing), omnipotence (all-powerful), and omnipresence (all-present). God expresses his personhood through a triune Godhead consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13-14). Each of them is co-existent, co-eternal, and co-equal, yet each of them has a distinct personality. They each fulfill a distinct purpose in creation and redemption while still working in harmony together. The foundation for the Christian faith is One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and was the eternal Word made flesh. In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness and we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14 Jesus Christ was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and was perfect in all His ways, living a completely obedient and sinless life. Jesus is fully God and fully man; the perfect God-Man. He was always with God and is God. He was before all things, and through Him all things came into being and were created. He holds all things together by the Word of His power. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation, and in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 1:15; 2:9). He is the only Savior for the sins of mankind, having died a vicarious death at Calvary. He rose bodily from the grave, victorious over the powers of sin and death. He ascended into heaven and sits at God’s right hand where He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all. He is the Head of His Body, the Church, and is worthy of all praise, glory, and honor.
We believe God created man, male and female, in His image and likeness as the highest order and crown of His creation. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 But through salvation in Christ redeemed mankind becomes sons of God and joint heirs with Christ. Romans 8:15-17 Tempted by Satan, man sinned and rebelled against God, thereby separating himself from God’s grace and fellowship and marring the image in which he was created. Only through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the perfect God-man, can man be restored to relationship with God and recreated in His image and likeness. Apart from salvation that is in Christ, all men regardless of their character or accomplishments are fallen and sinful in nature and are subject to God’s divine wrath.
We believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired written Word of God. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 It is an essential and infallible self-disclosure of God to mankind. The Bible contains everything that man needs for life and godliness. It convicts man of his sin and separation from God. It leads unregenerate man to a relationship with Jesus Christ, and through its study and application is a transforming agent for every believer to become refashioned in the image of Christ. The Scriptures are complete in themselves and may not be changed or altered in any way, nor are they subject to private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20). Its authority cannot be nullified through tradition or extra-biblical revelation.
We believe water baptism is an act of faith that identifies each believer with Jesus Christ and His redemptive work. Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 Scripture commands that all believers repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Each facet of water baptism illustrates the believer’s identification with the redemptive work of Christ. Being submerged under the water portrays our identification with His death on the cross and His burial. Emerging from the water portrays the believer being raised in the newness of life in the likeness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A disciple of Jesus Christ should not consider water baptism optional. Those who are serious about serving God wholeheartedly will embrace the command to be baptized as well as the other statutes, ordinances, and teachings of Christ.
We believe Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and resurrected. For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. Romans 1:16 The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only means that God provided for man to have eternal life and be restored to a right relationship with Him.
HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM
We believe Jesus promised to baptize us with the Holy Spirit to empower us to be His witnesses and accomplish the supernatural ministry and mission of the church. “I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Matthew 3:11 The Holy Spirit desires to fill each believer and impart His supernatural gifts for the edification of the Body and the work of the ministry in the world (Acts 1:8). Speaking in tongues is evidence that one has received the gift of the Holy Spirit. We believe that all the gifts of the Spirit, as taught in 1 Corinthians 12:4-10, are in operation in the Church today.
All members of the universal church need to be active and committed members of a local church. Only in this setting can the reality of the New Covenant be experienced so richly and fully. The local church provides the believer the opportunity to be trained and equipped to serve (Ephesians 4:11). The local church also provides the proper setting for meaningful relationships to be cultivated and built through close relationships. Pastoral care and leadership are further indispensable benefits of local church membership. It is God’s loving intent to have His precious flock tended and protected by trained and caring men whom He has anointed and gifted for such vital service.
THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
The word church simply means “the called out ones.” Every person who has responded to the gospel of Jesus Christ, repented of their sins, and placed their faith and trust for salvation in the person of Jesus Christ becomes a member of the company of saints. They have been called out of darkness of the world and into the marvelous light of the kingdom of God. The Church is not a religious institution or an organization. It’s a living organism whose sole purpose is to worship and glorify God while faithfully serving the purpose of God on earth.
This church is led in its vision, ministries, and finances by the teaching and overseeing elder who is submitted to the full council of elders. Together, this council has the responsibility and authority to lead this body in all of its affairs. Additionally, a deaconate of responsible men and women serve in many practical areas. We, as a body, are committed to accountability and unity in all of our undertakings for the kingdom of God.
We believe the consummation of all things includes the visible, personal, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and those who are alive in Christ ascending to Heaven. The just and unjust will be judged and we will see the fulfillment of Christ’s Kingdom in the new heavens and new earth. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. 2 Peter 3:13 In the consummation, Satan, with his demonic hosts and all those outside of Christ, will be finally and eternally separated from the presence of God, enduring eternal punishment in the lake of fire. The righteous in glorious bodies shall live and reign with Him forever. Married to Christ as His Bride, the Church will be in the presence of God forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory.