This is our statement of faith in Jesus Christ, and these are the foundational truths that we hold near and dear to our hearts and teach to all new believers, those we disciple and raise up within this ministry, and throughout the Body of Christ.
Authority of the Bible
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
(Matthew 24:35; John 10:34; Psalm 19:7; 119:142; 138:2; Hebrews 4:12; Peter 1:20–21; 2 Timothy 3:15–16)
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind.
(I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; 3:22; Isaiah 9:6; 43:10-11; Hebrews 3:7-11, Deuteronomy 6:4)
God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
(Genesis 1:1, 2:7; Exodus 3:14, 6:2-3; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; Isaiah 43:3,15, 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 John 5:7)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory
(John 1:1,14, 20:28; 1Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1Timothy 2:5)
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God.
(Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35)
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a divine person and co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. We as believers are called into intimate fellowship and union with him through Jesus Christ. He inspired the writers of Scripture and through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He draws unbelievers to Christ. He assures our salvation by inner witness and seals believers unto the day of final redemption. He guides, teaches, comforts, and empowers believers. He molds and shapes every believer into the image of Jesus Christ and He is the one who will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 3:7-18; 13:14; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; 6:17; John 14:15–18; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8)
The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God and an eternity in Hell with the Devil and His Angels.
(Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8)
Salvation of Man
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Repentance is an acknowledgment that as sinners we all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God and that Jesus is Savior and Lord. Through repentance we receive faith for salvation. Repentance after salvation is an ongoing commitment to the Word of God to live righteously set apart from sin in the freedom of God’s grace (empowerment).
Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of all sin through His judgement of righteousness through Jesus of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.
Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration (new birth), by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes. Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15,16). Sanctification is two-fold in its application to the believer. We are sanctified and made holy at the time of regeneration by the Holy Spirit through the blood of Jesus and are freed and forgiven of all sin. This sets us apart as God's children and a holy priesthood, free to access His presence. The second application of sanctification is the ongoing process of transformation by the Spirit which consists of the formation of Christ's character in our lives and bringing wholeness to our bodies. This is done by yielding to God's Word and Spirit and continually aligning our hearts in truth to who God is, what He accomplished, and who He has created us to be.
Glorification has two applications as well. Firstly, it describes the believers formation in the character of Christ by the Spirit as going from "glory to glory" (2 Corinthians 3:18). The second application is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed with God in heaven.
(Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should passionately expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry to testify of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. We believe God is a God of diversity and can give this empowerment in a multitude of ways, whether that be at conversion or years later after a season of seeking or by sovereign will, etc. With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an increased awareness of the Spirit's presence in your life, a greater release of power, signs, wonders, and miracles, a deepened reverence for God, an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work, and a more active and intimate love for Christ, for His Word, for His Church, and for the lost.
(Mark 16:20; Luke 24:49; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Acts 1:4,8; 2:42-43; 4:8; 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; John 7:37-39; Hebrews 12:28)
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build up and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. Along the way of pursuing to know God and represent Him well, all believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.
We also practice the laying on of hands as laid out in scripture for the empowerment of the Spirit, healing, for impartation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and for recognition and empowerment of those whom God has called and ordained to lead and serve the church. We do not believe however that the laying on of hands is the only way to receive the gifts of the Spirit. We believe you can receive empowerment just as much through prayer and waiting on God in both private and corporate settings as through laying on of hands. We believe God is multi-faceted and delights in creativity and reveals himself in a personal way to the seeker whether it's from Him directly or through a believer.
(Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10, Acts 4:31; 8:14-20; 9:10-19; 10:44)
Divine healing is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit.
(Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
The Church consists of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ regardless of denominational affiliation, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. The Church exists in a spiritual unity with each other through Christ. We as individual believers under the lordship of Jesus Christ have been commissioned by Him to preach the gospel of the kingdom and the finished work of the cross to all creation with signs and wonders following. We believe as a body of believers we (the local church and every ministry) are commissioned to disciple nations (people groups) in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to extend and establish the Kingdom of God across the earth through the hearts of people with the purpose of freeing the oppressed and filling the earth in the knowledge of the Glory of God.
(Ephesians 1:22–23; Matthew 28:16–20; Acts 1:1-8; 2:41–47; 10:38; Mark 16:14-20, Numbers 14:21; Habakkuk 2:14; Isaiah 61:1-7, John 20:21)
Every believer has been called to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their everyday life through love, purity, and power. Divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry leaders and ministries are provided by Christ to his Church as outlined in scripture for purposes such as but not limited to, building up the Body of Christ, evangelism, compassion and care for human needs, etc.
(Mark 16:15-20; John 4:23,24; Ephesians 4:11,16; Psalms 112:9; Galatians 2:10; 6:10; James 1:27; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
Jesus Christ gave us as gifts the governmental delegated authority of the five-fold ministry of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers not to rule but to serve for the purpose of equipping and empowering the saints to carry out the ministry of reconciliation in the love, purity, and power of Jesus Christ. We believe that man does not choose them and that they are called, confirmed, trained, and commissioned by God in accordance with scripture. We believe that these offices have and will continue until we have all been united in the faith and are built up together into a perfect man into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
(Ephesians 4:1-16, Romans 1:5, 1 Corinthians 4:1-13, Galatians 4:19)
Marriage & Sexuality
God has ordained covenant marriage as the foundation of the family unit and is between one biological male and one biological female only. We believe pure sexuality is to be within covenant marriage as an expression of union in love as well as the vehicle for the birth of children who are a wonderful gift from God. We also believe that divorce is not in the heart of God for marriage but that His desire is for us to live united as one for our entire life on earth and to co-labor together to fulfill His will. We also believe abortion is not in the heart of God and that life begins at conception when the seed of a man fertilizes and joins with the egg of a woman. We believe every life has value even if it was conceived in sin because our God is a God of redemption. He can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around for His glory.
(Genesis 1:27-28; 2:24; 8:22; 18:14; 50:20; Matthew 13: 31-32; 19;3-9; Leviticus 18:21; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Mark 10:2-12; Ephesians 5:22-33; Psalm 127:3-5; Malachi 2:15)
Resurrection and Second Coming
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross and will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures . In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; those who are saved to the resurrection of life and those that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation.
(Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 1:9-11; 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21; Matthew 24:30; 26:63-64; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7; 21,22; 2 Peter 3:13)
A Victorious Church
We believe that in the last of the last days which began at Pentecost in Acts 2:4, the Bride of Christ (all believers) will arise and shine without spot or wrinkle by making herself ready for the coming of her Lord. We also believe before His return the Church will be victorious and we will fulfill our mandate to disciple nations and the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord will fill the earth as the waters cover the seas. We believe these events will beckon the second coming of Christ to consummate the marriage between the Church and Himself, where we will then co-reign with Christ over the new heavens and the new earth.
(Matthew 24:14, Ephesians 5:22-27, Habakkuk 2:14, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 22:17, Revelation 21:1-27, 2 Timothy 2:12, Ephesians 2:4-6, 1 Corinthians 6:3, Daniel 7:18)
New Covenant Ordinances/Sacraments
Water baptism: We baptize new believers by fully immersing them in water after placing their faith in Jesus Christ as a testament to genuine repentance and identifying with Jesus as He was immersed into death and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Water baptism carries not only the symbolism of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus but it also carries grace or empowerment as we come into obedience and agreement with it. That grace empowers us to put to death the old way of living as we are immersed in the water and come up out of it empowered to live as a new creation in Christ through His resurrection life.
Communion, Eucharist, or “the Lord’s Supper”: We take communion both privately and corporately in remembrance of the Lord Jesus and His blood shed for our redemption and His body broken for our restoration on the cross as laid out in the supper that Jesus shared with His disciples at the Passover meal before His crucifixion. This was to establish the new covenant in His blood.
(1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Luke 22:14-20; Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-29; Romans 6:2-11; Luke 3:3; Acts 8:36-39)
We also hold to the doctrine stated in the Apostles and the Nicene creeds of the early church fathers.
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
(Note* The term "catholic" Church in these creeds refers to the whole body of Christ and not to a single denomination. The word "catholic" in this context means "universal" or "general".)
I believe in one God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man,
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried,
and the third day he rose again
according to the scriptures,
and ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father.
And he shall come again with glory
to judge both the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together
is worshiped and glorified,
who spake by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.
And I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.