Beliefs

What We Believe:

Bible:

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments (2 Tim 3:16; Heb 4:12; I Pet 1:23-25; 2 Pet 1:19-21).

God:

We believe in the one triune God co-existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Mat 3:16, 17; 28:29; John 17).

Man:

We believe that man, in his natural state, is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope in the world, and without God (Rom 3:19-23; Gal 3:22, Eph 2:1,12).

Jesus:

We believe that Jesus is God, come in the flesh and that He is both fully divine and fully human, the Son of God (Luke 1:26-38; John 14:1-3; Acts 2:36, 3:14, 15; Phil 2:5-12).  He is the Savior of the world and the Messiah of Israel.

The Blood Of Jesus:

We believe the only way to be saved is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and was raised for our justification (Acts 4:12; Rom 4:1-9, 25; 5:1-11; Eph 1:3-15).

Resurrection:

We believe that the same Christ Jesus who walked the earth in His fleshly body has been raised from the dead and has ascended to the Father and is presently serving as head of the church on earth, bringing it to purity and maturity, and interceding for the saints (Luke 24:39-43; John 20:24-29; 14:1-6; Romans 8:34; Eph 4:11-13; Col 1:18; Phil 1:6; Rev 19:7-8).

Return of Jesus:

We believe in the visible, bodily, premillennial return of Christ Jesus to this earth, to gather His Church (Bride), and to judge the world (Acts 1:10, 11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; James 5:8; Revelation 1:7).

Israel:

We believe that in conjunction with the return of Jesus, the people of Israel will turn to God and be saved (Mat 23:39; Rom 11:15). The church is not spiritual Israel; it will enjoy the promises given to Abraham along with natural Israel, not in place of it. The church and Israel remain distinct, but believing Jews and believing Gentiles are united as one people of God through the redemption that is in Messiah Jesus, the Son of God. With this in mind, the church should love Israel as it loves itself, should pray for Israel, should minister with the understanding that their Savior is Israel’s Messiah, and should pursue the salvation of Israel.

Salvation and Works:

We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration of the person. This salvation is entirely by the grace of our Lord and not of works. Works are excluded except as fruit of salvation (Acts 3:19, 20; Romans 4:1-5; 5:1; 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10).

Body of Christ:

We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is a body of believers who have Jesus as their head; who assemble to worship, who carry forth the great commission, and who minister as the Holy Spirit leads (Mat 16:18, 28:19, 20; Acts 2:20-28; Eph 4:15; 5:22-32; I Tim 3:15).

Ordinances:

We believe that the two ordinances of the Church which are commanded by Christ are Baptism, by immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Mat 28:19-20; Acts 8:38; Rom 6:1-4; 1 Pet 3:21); and the Lord’s Supper, a memorial of the death, resurrection and second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:13-20: 1 Cor 11:23-26).

Holiness:

We believe that believers should live, as the early disciples did, a life separated from the world and unto Christ and to set standards of conduct that exalt our Lord and His Church. A life of holiness and obedience to God is not optional, but is commanded by Jesus and the apostles as a requirement for those who will enter the kingdom of God (Mat 7:21; 16:27; Rom 12:1-3; 2 Cor 6:17; Gal 6:14; Eph 5:11; Col 3:17; Rev 20:12). Holiness is not prerequisite to, but evidence of, salvation, and as such it is always present among those who are saved (Heb 12:14).

Afterlife:

We believe that the Scriptures clearly set forth the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal life for the saved (Mat 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 19:19-31; John 14:1-3; Rev 20:11-15).

Holy Spirit:

We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Trinity whose purpose in the redemption of man is to convict men of sin, regenerate, indwell, and guide the believer into all truth, and give gifts to believers as He wills, that they may minister as Christ would, to men. We believe that any local congregation that yields to the Holy Spirit should experience the manifestations of all the Spiritual gifts mentioned in 1 Cor 12:8-10 (Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39, 14:16, 17, 16:7-14; Acts 2:39-48).

Baptism in the Holy Spirit:

We believe that Baptism in the Holy Spirit, primarily evidenced by speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist (Mat 3:11), Jesus (Acts 1:4, 5, 8), and Peter (Acts 2:38-41) and as witnessed by the early disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:1-4; 10:44-46; 19:6). The purpose of tongues is for corporate edification-when accompanied by interpretation, personal devotional edification, praise to God, the speaking out of mysteries, as well as intercessions to God which cannot be fully expressed in one’s mother tongue.  These are worthy and necessary Spiritual tools for the missionary or any believer for that matter.  Rejection of the gifts is an affront the One who gave them.

Divine Healing:

We believe that God uses doctors, medicines, and other material means for healing, but that divine healing is also provided in the atonement (Isa 53:5) and may be appropriated by laying on of hands by elders (James 5:14-16) or by believers (Mark 16:18), by the prayers of any believer gifted for healing the sick (I Cor 12:9), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23).

apostles and prophets

We believe that the foundation of the New Testament Church is the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the cornerstone. There is no church unless Jesus Christ holds it together, and neither is the church properly founded unless genuine, God-given apostles and prophets are in their rightful place according to the will of Jesus, the head (Eph 2:20-22; 4:11).

Leadership

We believe that leadership in the church should emerge as the gifts of God become evident, that these leadership gifts include, but are not limited to elders and overseers, and that all leaders in the body of Christ are given to serve the body, not to be served, and to facilitate the will of God, not their own will, being realized among the saints under their care. (Matthew 20:25-26, Eph 4:11-13, Col 1:15-20)

Mission of God:

We believe that ALL of Scripture testifies to the fact that God Himself is on a mission (Missio Dei) and he invites all who have received His Son, Jesus Christ, to be on mission with him.  Every believer must be engaged in their part of the mission.  Part of this mission is to bring the message of reconciliation to all of the nations (“ethne”- or ethnic people groups) in the power and authority of the name of Jesus Christ; to baptize those who believe, and gather them into communities that are obedient to the Word of God (2 Cor 5:17-20, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:46-47).

Missionaries:

Some believers are specially set apart to cross cultures for the sake of the name of Jesus (3 John 1:7-8) and bring this message to people who have little to no access to it or who have not been fully engaged by its truth and implications (Gal 1:15-16, Romans 15:20). We call these people “missionaries”, although their function is one of the five gifts mentioned in Eph 4:11.

Missionary Support:

A missionary’s calling is confirmed and backed by bodies of believers and leaders who see the grace of God on their lives for this work.  They are supported by these believers and leaders who pray and give financially to help them accomplish their mission (Phil 4:15-18, I Cor 9:12-14).  Some are called to go with them and support their cross cultural work in a wide variety of ways. This calling will continue TO all nations, is FOR all nations, and will be carried out BY all nations as we approach the end of this epoch of history (or HIS-Story) (Matthew 24:14, Romans 10:13-15,Rev 5:9).

Religions:

Religion is man’s attempt to reach God (or gods) or to solve the problems of common human existence such as suffering or the malicious nature of deities of spirits (sometimes referred to as “gods”).  Religion provides a framework of reference for lifestyle and conduct through the giving of laws and principles.

The Gospel of Grace:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is unique and is not a religion, although it has been co-opted by religious people who have sought to turn it into one.

It is primarily the reality that God, the Creator of all good things, has come down to us in the Body of Jesus Christ in order to rescue his fallen creation from the suffering caused by humanity’s sin and disobedience.  It is God doing for us what we could not, don’t even have the potential to do, for ourselves.  Through His powerful grace, not laws; he draws mankind back to himself, rescues through explicit faith, and then empowers his new creation through His Holy Spirit living inside of them.  The life of a believer is not a life of laws, but a life of grace, faith, and relationship with God who we call “Abba”(which is translated “Daddy.”)

Gospel of the Kingdom:

The Gospel is primarily about God’s Kingdom (rule) coming to Earth as it is in Heaven.  This is God’s ultimate goal and will be the final consummation of the ages after these “last days.”  God will dwell forever with man on a renewed/recreated Earth, He will be their only God and they (those who have put their faith and trust in Him) will be his people.  Jesus, also called the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, will rule this world and all of creation for eternity.  He said, “Whoever is not for me, is against me.”(Matt 12:30, Luke 11:23)

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