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STATEMENT OF FAITH


We adhere to the Holy Scriptures as our rule of faith and practice.

Therefore we believe:

1. THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED 
The Holy Scriptures are verbally inspired, literally God-breathed, and are the Divine revelation of God to man. They are the inerrant, immutable, source of government for the Christian. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

2. THE ONE TRUE GOD
The One True God exists eternally in three persons, namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:17-26)

3. THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and did many miracles that testify of His Divinity. He also died a substitutionary death on the cross, He was buried and has risen from the dead forevermore, and is exalted at the right hand of the Father. (Luke 1:31-35; 1 Peter 2:22; Acts 2:22, 10:38; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1-3)

4. THE FALL OF MAN
Man was created in the image of God; therefore at creation the human race was perfect. Through Adam's sin, death and the curse of disobedience were released into the earth realm. All those born after the fall of Adam are born into a sinful state and into the curse of disobedience. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 5:12-19)

5. THE SALVATION OF MAN
The only means of redemption from the curse, and eternal separation from God, is in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

A. Conditions of Salvation
  Salvation is received through repentance toward God the Father and faith toward Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:9-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7)

B. The Evidence of Salvation
  The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12)


6. SANCTIFICATION
Sanctification is the separation from that which is evil and of dedication to God. It originates in the life of the believer at the new birth, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Sanctification comes through faith in the blood of Christ, through the Word of God, and by the power of the Holy Ghost. Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Jesus, in His death and resurrection, and by faith, reckoning daily upon the fact of the union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:2, 6:1-11, Hebrews 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 12:1,2)

7. THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

A. Baptism in Water
The Scripture commands all who repent to be baptized by immersion, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This baptism is symbolic of the old nature dying with Christ, and of the newness of life in Him. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9,10; Romans 6:4)

B. Holy Communion
The Lord's Supper, with bread symbolic of Christ's body, and the fruit of the vine symbolic of Christ's blood, is a reminder of His sacrifice, as well as, an expression of our desire to unite ourselves with Him, continually. (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:26)

8. THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST
All who have named Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives should seek out this act of grace for their benefit. The promise of God is that He would send the Holy Spirit to indwell the child of God. This indwelling is deepened, and takes on greater meaning when the believer is baptized in the Holy Ghost and with fire. The Spirit baptized believer is one who is endued with power to witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as, one empowered to flow in the gifts of the Spirit to edify the body of Christ. (John 14:15-17; Luke 3:16; Acts 1:4-8; Joel 2:28-29) This baptism is distinct from water baptism, which is symbolic of repentance while the Spirit baptism is a literal immersion in the Holy Ghost. This experience is a unique one since only those who have been born again may be baptized in the Holy Ghost. (Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 19:1-6)

9. THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST
The evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost includes the supernatural enabling to speak in tongues that are unknown to the speaker. (Acts 2:4) This enabling is given as a sign, and is essentially the same as the gift of tongues, but it holds a distinguished purpose. (Corinthians 12:4-10,28) While speaking with unknown tongues is an initial outward sign of the Holy Spirit baptism, there are other manifestations of the evidence of the Holy Spirit baptism in the life of the believer. The Spirit-filled believer experiences a fullness of the Spirit that flows out of their heart, their inner-most being, and gives their faith in God a tremendous boost, as well as, activates God's supernatural power in their lives. (John 7:37-39; Acts 6:5-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:5) With this enduement of power comes a greater desire to serve God and to commune with Him. (Acts 11:22-24; Hebrews 12:28; Acts 2:42) The Spirit baptized believer will develop as a productive, fruitful witness, which is the purpose of the Holy Spirit baptism. (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:17-20)

10. THE CHURCH AND IT'S MISSION
The church is the body of Christ, the dwelling place of God, as the temple of the Holy Ghost. Every born-again believer is an heir to the kingdom of God with Christ as the head. As an heir the believer is compelled to disseminate the gospel to all people. (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:16-19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Matthew 28:19-20)

11. THE MINISTRY
The ministry is divinely called and scripturally ordained to edify and to build the body of Christ. Its greatest call is to serve. (1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11,12)

12. DIVINE HEALING
Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement, whether manifested through faith in the written Word of God (James 5:14-16) or by an instantaneous miracle, (1 Corinthians 12:9) healing proceeds as a direct result of the redemptive process. (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17)

13. THE PRE-MILLENNIAL SECOND COMING OF JESUS
Jesus Christ shall return, first to resurrect the righteous dead, and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second to reign and rule on the earth for one thousand years. (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Revelations 19:11-14, 20:1-6; Matthew 24:30,31)

14. THE JUDGMENT
The dead and the living shall face God; all whose names are not recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life shall stand in the Judgment Hall of God. The wicked shall enter into everlasting torment, from which there is no escape or annihilation. The righteous shall enter into eternal life. (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8)

15. THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH
According to the promise of God, we look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2) The believer has an eternal dwelling place with Christ in our Father's House. (John 14:1-3) Our faith is in His promise of a new heaven and a new earth. (2 Peter 3:13) The new heaven and the new earth will be a place of righteousness, as well as, God's dwelling place with His children. There shall be no tears, pain, sorrow, or suffering, neither shall there be anymore curse. (Revelation 21,22)