Our Guiding Principles


The Bible

The Bible is the inspired and only infallible Word of God … and is the source for doctrine, instruction, correction and reproof.

One True God

There is one true God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

The Lord Jesus Christ

In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (the eternal Son of God who became man, without ceasing to be God), in His virgin birth, in His sinless life (to redeem sinful man), in His miracles, in His atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in the blessed hope, the literal, physical, imminent return of Christ to the earth for overcoming believers.

Man

Man was created in the image of God but by voluntary disobedience mankind fell from innocence and purity into sinfulness and spiritual death.

Salvation & the Atonement

Christ’s vicarious death / substitutionary sacrifice on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who trust (believe as to obey) in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the redeeming blood of Christ. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential to personal salvation. We are saved by grace through faith and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. This saving faith should produce an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus our Savior. Divine healing, redemption, freedom, deliverance, salvation and hope are available through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross. Our new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son.

Perseverance of the Saints

The Christian life if filled with trials, tests and warfare against God’s spiritual enemy. For those abiding in Christ until their deaths or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are sure. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence on the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit indwelling the Christian to deny self and personal desires and passions.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. According to Acts 2:4/Luke 11:13, He empowers believers who ask, for service and witness. He cleanses man from the old nature, and conforms us to the image of Christ. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced in a person’s life by the fruit (changes in his life, including a renewed love for God, and people, a commitment to the scriptures and holy living) and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Church

The Church of Jesus Christ is the universal, spiritual body of believers from every tribe, tongue, kindred and race of peoples, and is in dwelt by God through the Holy Spirit and divinely empowered to fulfill ministry and her Great Commission on earth. The goal of the Church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ. In the best interest of the life of the Church, Scriptural patterns of discipline are to be practiced and oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, is exercised by the leadership of the Church.

The Second Coming of Christ & the Final Judgment

The second coming of Christ is personal and imminent. In the resurrection and final judgment of both the saved and the lost (ALL will stand some day before their Creator and give an account), those born-again to everlasting life and those who reject Christ as Savior to everlasting damnation / torment.

Christian Growth

Christian growth can only be realized by faith in the promises of God.

Tithes & Offerings

God loves a cheerful giver. We believe that the method ordained of God for the support and spread of His kingdom on earth is by giving of tithes and free-will offerings.

Marriage

Marriage is God-ordained. “The creator made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh” (Matthew 19:4-5). Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship, a lifelong faithful union between a man and a woman. This relationship between a husband and wife should parallel the relationship between Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:23-30).

Water Baptism

We believe water baptism by immersion, after repenting of one’s sins and receiving the free gift of salvation, is an outward sign of an inward work.

Holy Communion

We believe holy communion (the Lord’s Supper) is a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. Communion is ordained by Jesus and gives believers a consistent opportunity to examine ourselves – to repent and be reconciled to the Lord and one another.