What we really believe in our hearts will be reflected in our words and actions. In keeping with our mission to equip and release God’s people into their unique Kingdom purpose, the following is a concise summary of our basic beliefs on the ‘big picture’ issues of Christian life.
That the Bible is the inspired written Word of God, inerrant and timeless in its standards and message. While translations may have errors, the precepts of the Bible are consistent, its wisdom eternal, and its message is one of God’s love for mankind and his plan of redemption and restoration.
That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, that He is the eternal Word that was with God and was God in the beginning (John 1:1). We believe that, as John 1:14 declares, the Word was made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, born of a virgin named Mary. That he lived a sinless life, declared the gospel of God’s kingdom, and died by crucifixion as the atonement for the sins of mankind. He rose from the dead on the third day, was seen by numerous people thereafter, and ascended to heaven, where he sits at the right hand of God the Father. He will return, as promised, to retrieve his bride, the church, and soon.
That all have sinned, and have fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Salvation from sin can come only through a verbal confession of one’s sin and through the belief and confession that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the Dead. If this belief and confession are genuine, the individual is forgiven of their sins and enters into the process of sanctification, and the walk toward maturity.
That salvation is by God’s grace and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9), and this grace is evidenced in the believers life through their works, which are the result and not the cause of their salvation.
That the Holy Spirit is given to those who believe and obey the call to repentance, for the purpose of sanctifcation, restoration, and equipping for the work of the ministry, including the various supernatural gifts detailed in Scripture. It is the Holy Spirit who brings sinners to repentance, assures them of their forgiveness, and works in them to become like Christ.
That at the end of this age, Christ will return not only for his people, but also to judge the world, that there will be two resurrections of the dead: one of the righteous to eternal life, and another of the wicked to everlasting condemnation.