The Scriptures join with God’s revelation of Himself in His Messiah and in His Creation, to show us the goodness and glory of the Eternal Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Creator and Sustainer of all things visible and invisible, as revealed in the Scriptures; the everywhere present, almighty, all knowing—all loving One, whose benevolent laws have framed humankind’s promise and potential, and whose redeeming grace alone provides for humankind’s salvation and restoration.
(John 1:3, 14:16, 21, 26; 16:12-15; 20:30-31; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16-17; 1 Tim. 1:17, 2:3-6; Titus 2:11; Heb. 1:1-3; 1 John 4:15-16; Rev. 1:8)
Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Son of God; He was eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity; He became incarnate as the virgin born Savior of the world; that by His sinless life, atoning death on the Cross and through His bodily resurrection He completed God’s sole plan for the redemption of fallen humanity; Jesus is the King of Glory, who is now ascended to the right hand of God as His Majesty on high, where He ever lives to make intercession for us, and from where He will yet return to earth again to reign in righteousness.
(Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 10:36-38; Acts 1:9-11, 2:33-36; 1 Cor. 15:3-5; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:24-26, 9:26)
The fullness of the Holy Spirit is the fountainhead of the Church’s capacity for witness and ministry; that as the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Jesus Himself directs each of His own to receive His power from on high, that each being filled today in the same way as the earliest believers we may work the same works today, in Jesus’ Name; that the gifts, fruit, and power of the Spirit are essential for the Gospel of the Kingdom to be preached to all the world for a witness, and then the end shall come.
(Matt. 3:11, 24:14; Luke 3:16, 24:48-49; John 14:12, 20:21-23; Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4; Rom. 12:5-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Gal 5:22-23; Heb. 13:8)
These truths are revealed in the Holy Bible, which is the Holy Spirit inspired and infallible Word of God contained in the books of the Old and New Testament, inerrant as given in their original form; that the Word is the conclusive and final authority provided to humankind, revealing the ultimate Way, the Truth, and the Life – Who alone can satisfy our need and hunger.
(Matt. 5:8; John 5:39, 14:6; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 3:16-18)
The gospel is the full message of his salvation and restoration; announcing that forgiveness of sin, restoration unto the Father’s will and the promise of eternal life are available through repentance and faith in Jesus, the Savior; that this faith brings new birth into the Kingdom of God whereby the Creator’s loving purpose for each individual may be realized by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(John 3:3-7; Acts 16:31, 26:17-20; Rom. 1:16, 10:8-10, 13; Titus 3:4-7; Heb. 6:1-2)
The Church is constituted of all those who have believed and received the Gospel; that the global Church’s essential unity is to be rooted in our mutual acknowledgement of the Saviorhood and Lordship of Jesus, the Messiah; that each community and ethnicity within the global Church should receive the respect and acceptance of the other, allowing one another the liberty of doctrinal distinctive, cultural uniqueness or ministry emphasis in the spirit of love and brotherhood.
(John 13:34-35; 15:12-13; Acts 2:36; Rom. 15:7; I Cor. 12:3; Gal. 3:26-29; Eph. 2:19-22, 4:1-6; I Thess. 4:9-12; 1 John 4:7-21)
The whole Church is commissioned by Her Lord to take the whole Gospel to the whole world, declaring the message that all may be reconciled to God in Jesus’ Name; that even as Jesus, the Son, was sent as our Redeemer from heaven, the Holy Spirit has been sent to enable the living Church to spread this good news, to minister the love of God in every way consistent with His will and truth.
(Matt. 5:13-16, 24:14, 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18-21)
The Marriage Covenant
The institution of marriage is the foundation of family life as well as the basic structure of human society and was intended by God to be a permanent, lifelong relationship between a man and a woman in covenant relationship as delineated in the Holy Scriptures. Marriage is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman and that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the church, and is incompatible with a true biblical witness. God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance.
Accordingly, this church will only recognize, condone or perform marriage ceremonies between individuals of the opposite biological sex. Same-sex marriages, civil unions, common law, significant other, domestic partnerships, etc are not in keeping with God’s design and plan for marriage and relationships or the church’s beliefs, despite what the laws of the state may establish.
(Gen. 1:26-27; 2:24; 19:1-8; 26:8-9; Lev 18:1-30; Lev 20:13; Jud 19:16-30; Matt 19:5-6; Rom 1: 26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9-10; Eph 5:22-33; Col 3:18-21; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; 1 Tim 1:8-11; Heb. 13:4; 1 Peter 3:7; 2 Pet 2:6-7; Jude 1:7)
The Return of Jesus
According to the Scriptures, the end of all things is at hand; that vital believers will always balance their care and service of life’s most practical daily issues with their warm expectation of the imminent return of their Savior from heaven; that at His return He will judge the living and the dead according to the righteousness of God, each one receiving their just reward of either eternal gain or eternal loss.
(John 5:28-29; Rom. 14:10-12; 2 Tim. 4:1-2; 1 Pet. 4:7; 2 Pet. 3:11-14; 1 John 3:2-3; Rev. 20:11-15)
The above affirmations of faith are founded on the revelation of God’s Word and are reaffirmed in the following statements:
- We believe in the Trinity of the Eternal Godhead — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, perfect in unity as Creator, Redeemer, and Restorer of Humankind.
- We believe in the plenary verbal inspiration of the Bible — the completed canon of the Old and New Testaments, inerrant in the original manuscripts and infallible in its truth for faith and life.
- We believe in the creation of the universe, the fashioning of earth for human habitation, and the historicity of primeval history as presented in the Scriptures.
- We believe in the literal existence of the devil and in the reality of the invisible war against demonic hosts who seek to tempt and separate humankind from the Father.
- We believe in the gospel of salvation through the Cross — that humankind is lost without Jesus the Savior, whose atoning blood and substitutionary death alone provide forgiveness for and justification from sin and provide eternal life.
- We believe in the literal reality of each — the virgin birth, reconciling death, bodily resurrection, personal ascension, and promised Second Coming of Jesus, the Messiah.
- We believe in the essential unity of the Church under the Saviorhood and Lordship of Christ, with a commitment to respond to His prayer “that they may be one” in the Spirit of humility and love.
- We believe in the Savior’s great commission to go into all the world preaching the Gospel, baptizing, and making disciples.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit’s gifts and works of power in and through the Church, beginning with the believer’s receiving the Baptism with the Holy Spirit as they did at the beginning.
- We believe in showing love and good works toward all humanity in serving human need, that the Gospel not be reproached, and that God’s love be seen in practice as well as proclamation.
- We believe in the final judgment of all humankind into eternal union or eternal separation from God; ministering in this light with the passion of those who believe: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
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