WHAT DO WE BELIEVE
Principles and Doctrines of What We Believe & Why
“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me,
in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.”
(2Ti 1:13 NKJV)
The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God that reveals the will of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine.
2 Tim 3:15,16;1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21
There is one true Godhead comprised of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All are co-equal and co-eternal. (Matt. 28:19; 1 John 5:7) Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead. (Is. 9:6; John 1:1,14)
Man, His Fall
Man was created in God's image. By voluntary transgression, he fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7;
Salvation of Man
Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross, Jesus Christ became sin and sickness, providing both salvation and healing for all mankind. (Ps. 103:3) This salvation comes by believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confession with your mouth, Jesus as Lord. (Rom. 3:24, 10:8-10; Eph. 2:8). The inward evidence to the believer is the direct witness of the spirit. (Rom. 8:16) The outward evidence is a life of true holiness and love.
(1 John 3:23; John 13:35) Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however our works are evidence of our faith and will determine our rewards in eternity. (Acts 3:16; Rom. 10:9-10, 14:10-12; 2 Cor. 5:20; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5-7; James 2:18)
Baptism in water by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12;
The church is the Body of Christ. Each believer is an integral part.
(Eph. 2:19-22, Heb. 13:2,3)
The celebration of the Lord's Supper by eating of the bread and drinking of the cup, is a remembrance of Jesus' death until He returns. It is to be observed and practiced with reverence and full understanding of His complete redemptive work.
(1 Cor. 11:23-30)