What We Believe

What we believe

We believe that Jesus is the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. (Mat. 28:19; John 5:43, 10:30, 12:45, 14:8–9; Phil. 2:9-11) All the fullness of the godhead rests bodily in Jesus Christ. (Col. 2:9) We believe salvation is a free gift to all who repent of their sins, are baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and are filled with the Holy Ghost by the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. (Acts 2:38, 4:12, 10:44–48; Eph. 2:8, 4:5) We believe that we are chosen people, separated from the world; and that we should live a holy life both inwardly and outwardly. (1 Pet. 2:9; 2 Cor. 6:17-18)

the bible

The Bible is divinely inspired and God-breathed (pneuma). It is true in all that it teaches. As the infallible Word of God, it is our primary authority for what we believe and teach, and how we live our lives. (2 Tim 3:15-17)

the oneness of god

We adhere to the Scriptural teaching of the Oneness of God found in Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” The New Testament agrees with the Old Testament. The Apostle Paul wrote: “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Isa. 44:6-8, 45:5; Col. 2:9; Eph. 4:5–6)

sin and salvation

Everyone has sinned and is in need of salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Psa. 51:5; Rom. 3:23-25; 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9).

the gospel

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins on the cross, was buried in the tomb, and rose again on the third day. We express our belief in the gospel through our obedience. We obey the gospel and apply it to our lives by repenting of our sins (death to sin), being baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the removal of our sins (burial), and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost (resurrection). This threefold experience is the consistent pattern of conversion in the early church (1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Thes. 1:8; 1 Pet. 4:17; Mark 1:15; Acts 15:7; Rom. 6:3-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; 8:9-17; 10:1-48; 19:1-7).

Christian living

As Christians we are to love God and love others. We are to worship God joyfully and seek to live a life that is pleasing to Him both inwardly and outwardly—in our thoughts, words, lifestyle, and actions. The Scripture describes our bodies as the temples (or dwelling places) of the Holy Ghost. We are empowered to live a life pleasing to God through the Holy Ghost. We believe that the supernatural gifts of the Spirit are for the church today and are available to all Spirit-filled believers. (Mark 12:28-31; 1 Cor. 6:19, 12:8-10; 2 Cor. 7:1; Rom. 8:13-14; Gal. 5:19-26; Heb. 12:14)