What We Believe
We believe in the concept of the Trinity. This concept balances the unity of one God with the distinctness and equality of three persons. We believe that God co-exists in three equal parts: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:1-2)
- God the Father
We believe that God is the creator or the Supreme Being that is spiritual, free and independent from all of his creatures and creation. (Exodus 3:14; Exodus 33:18-23)
- God the Son
We believe that Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and is both fully man and fully God. Through him and by his grace we believe in and have eternal life. Our entire faith centers around him as this age will be consummated by him. (Romans 10:9; Revelations 19:11; Philip 2:6-7)
- God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a spiritual being. He, like Christ claims the deity of God (is God); he sets up residency within us at the moment of acceptance in Christ. Some of his attributes are: He convicts, empowers, teaches, prays, gives gifts, illuminates, fills and seals us. (John 15:26; Ephesians 1:13)
We believe in the verbal, plenary (full, complete, not limited in any respect) inspiration of the Old and New Testament.We believe the very words of the original scriptures are infallible, in-errant, and are our final and absolute authority in every areas of life and knowledge. (2 Peter 1:20, 21)
Redemption and Justification
We believe that Christ died as the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, we trust in him as Savior and Lord and have been redeemed to him by grace and justified by faith in his precious, soul-saving blood. We also believe that this "regeneration" is once and for all and we are eternally secure (Romans 3:24-26; Acts 13: 39; Romans 5:9).
We believe that "sanctification" is the process of "holiness" in that it emphasizes the following:
- Separation from the "sin" and not the sinner, set apart to God to work his will through us.
- A process or a progressive work that takes place at the onset of the believers regenerated life, used for development of the Christian life.
- Empowerment by the Holy Spirit, a continuous filling, a he helps us exercise our gifts to edify the church.
RETURN OF THE LORD
We believe that the climax of the Church Age will be the Second Coming of the Lord. Our Savior will end this age with the rapture, when all believers will be "caught up" to meet Christ in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17)