STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:16-17). The Bible is the Divine inspired Word of God that should not be added to or subtracted from (Deut 4:2; Prov 30:6; Rev 22:18-19).
2. God is a three part being; God the Father who Jesus declared as the greater (John 14:28), God the Son who was with the Father at creation and came to earth in the flesh for the redemption of man (John 3:16), and God the Holy Spirit who is our teacher, comforter, source of power (John 14:16-17, 26; Acts 1:8) and interpreter of Scripture (2Peter 1:20-21).
3. God created heaven and earth. All that is was created by the power of His Word (Jesus) through the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-5; Genesis1:1-5). Man was created in the image of God and, therefore, is a three part being: spirit, soul (mind), and body (Gen 1:26; Matt 22:37; 1Thess 5:23).
4. The Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Jesus bore our sins and sin nature on the Cross that we may die to sin, become partakers of the Father's Divine Nature, and live to righteousness (1Peter 2:24; Heb 2:14; 2Pet 1:3-4). Through His death on the Cross, Jesus destroyed the works of Satan and delivered those who were subject to the power of death (Heb 2:14-15; 1John 3:8).
5. Jesus descended into hell, took captivity captive, rose from the dead (all four Gospels, Acts 2:22-32) and returned to the right hand of the Father with the keys of death and Hades (Rev 1:18; Eph 4:8-10; Col 2:13-15).
6. Jesus, through the New Covenant cut with the shedding of His blood, provides the gift of Salvation to man, separate from works and the law, to redeem man back to God the Father by grace through faith (Luke 22:20; Gal 3:13; Eph 2:8; Heb 11:6).
7. All mankind has sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). Man's first step to Salvation is Godly sorrow that worketh repentance (2Cor 7:10). Confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead produces the new birth which is necessary to restore man's relationship with the Father God and to produce eternal life (2Cor 5:17; 1John 5:12; John 3:3-5; Ro 10:9).
8. Water baptism is a commandment of the Lord and represents the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matt 28:19; Ro 6:4; Col 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).
9. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God, separate from water baptism. It was promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those born again believers who are asking, willing vessels (Matt 3:11; John 4:16-17; Acts 2:38-39; Act 19:1-7;Luke 11:13). The Holy Spirit is the power and understanding of the Father within the believer (Acts 1:8; John 14:26).
10. Born again believers in Christ are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise (Gal 3:29). His Divine power has given us, as children of God by faith in Jesus Christ, all things that pertain to life and godliness (2Pet 1:3-4) including healing and Divine Health (Exodus 15:26; Psalm 91; Isaiah 53:5; 2Pet 2:24).
11. Jesus shall return to earth again. When He comes, "The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air" (Acts 1:11; Mark 13:24-26). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth, as King of kings and Lord of lords; and together with His Saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (1Thess 4:16-17; Rev 20:6).
12. We shall all stand before God on the day of judgment to give account (Matt 12:36-37; Rev 20:11-13). Those whose names are not found in the Book of Life will be committed to the second death, the lake of fire, for eternal torment (Rev 20:15). Then comes the new heaven and new earth, God Himself dwelling among His people (Rev 21:1-3) as originally intended in the Garden of Eden (Gen 1:1; Gen 1:31; Gen 3:8).
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