What We Believe

What We Believe

WE  believe in one God, the Father the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and all things visible and invisible, (1 Timothy 2:5) and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who is of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. (Colossians 1:15, 18) and in the Holy Spirit, the comforter, who is sent from the Father and Son, and who together with the Father and son is worshipped and glorified.  (John 14:15-17; Acts 2:4).

We  believe that man was made in the image of God that he might know, love and obey God, and enjoy him forever; that our first parents by disobedience fell under the righteous condemnation of God; and that all men are so alienated from God that there is no salvation from the guilt and power of sin, except through God’s redeeming grace.  (Titus 2:11, 12)

We believe that God would have all men return to Him; that to this end He has made Himself known, not only through the works of nature, the course of His providence and the conscience of men, but also through supernatural revelation made especially to a chosen people, and above all when the fullness of time was come, through Jesus Christ, His Son.  (Galatians 4:4; Peter 3:9)

We believe that the scriptures of Old and New Testaments are the record of God’s revelation of Himself in the work of the redemption; that they were written by men under the special guidance of the Holy Spirit; that they are able to make wise unto salvation; and that they constitute the authoritative standard by which religious teaching and human conduct are to be regulated and judged.  (2 Timothy 3:15; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

We believe that the love of God to sinful men has found its highest expression in the redemptive work of His Son, who became man, uniting His divine nature with our human nature in one person; who was tempted like other men, yet without sin; who by His humiliation, His holy obedience, His sufferings, His death on the cross, and His resurrection, became a perfect redeemer, whose sacrifice of Himself for the sins of the world declares the righteousness of God and is the sole and sufficient ground of forgiveness and reconciliation with Him. (Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 2:16, 4:15; Philippians 28)

We believe that Jesus Christ, after He had risen from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, as the one mediator between God and man, He carries forward His work of saving men; that He sends the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin and to lead them to repentance and faith; and that those, who through renewing grace turn to righteousness and trust in Jesus Christ as their Redeemer, receive for His sake the forgiveness of their sins and are made the children of God. (1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 17; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:24)

We believe that justification is an act of God whereby all the sins of the past life are forgiven through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and come immediately in connection with true repentance and includes regeneration, or being born again. (Romans 5; Titus 3:5; Romans 3:24, 25)

We believe that justified persons, while they do not outwardly commit sin, are, nevertheless, conscious of sin still remaining in the heart.  They feel a natural tendency to evil, a proneness to depart from God, and cleave to the things of earth.  Those who are sanctified wholly are saved all inward sin from evil thoughts and evil tempers. No wrong temper or one contrary to love remains in the soul.  All their thoughts, words and actions are governed by pure love.  Entire sanctification takes place subsequently to justification, and is the work of God wrought instantaneously upon the consecrated, believing soul.  After a soul is cleaned from all sin, it is then fully prepared to grow in grace. (John 17:17; Romans 6:22; 12:1; 1:1; Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:4; 5:26-27; Thessalonians 4:3, 7, 4, 23; 2 Timothy 2:21; Hebrews 2:11; 12:14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:15; 16; Revelations 20:6)

We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Ghost as the gift of power on the sanctified life. (Luke 24:48; Matthew 3:11; John 7:38, 39; 14:16; 17:26; Acts 1:5-8)

We believe in Divine healing of the body, through the precious atonement of Jesus, by which sickness and disease are destroyed. (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17; Mark 16:18; James 5:14-16)

We  believe in the observance of the Lord’s day as a day of holy rest and worship; in the history of the word; and in the ordinances of the New Testament which Christ has appointed for His Church. (Acts 20:7; 13:44; Hebrews 10:24, 25)

We believe in the ultimate prevalence of the kingdom of Christ over all the earth; in the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ in the resurrection of the dead; and in a final judgment, the issues of which are everlasting life and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 1:11, 17, 31; Revelations 1:7; 11:14; Matthews 13:4-9)