The Fall of Man
We believe that Adam and Eve, the precursors of the entire human race, were
created in the image of God; however, they disobeyed God and became sinners.
Through Adam, all people inherited sin’s nature and consequences, and all are
in need of a Redeemer (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12, 19).
The Plan of Redemption
We believe that Christ died for all of us while we were still sinners; He took
the punishment for our sin. With His own blood, He purchased salvation and
redemption for all who believe in Him (John 3:16; Isaiah 53:5; Titus 2:14).
Salvation Through Grace
We believe that salvation is totally an act of God’s grace that is accessed
through faith in Jesus Christ. No person can be good enough to earn salvation,
and “being good” does not contribute to receiving God’s love and favor
(Ephesians 2:8, 13).
Repentance and Acceptance
We believe that, when people repent for their sins and accept Christ, they are
justified through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. To repent means to be
sorry for sins, but it also means to turn away from a sinful lifestyle.
Accepting Christ means believing in Him as the only Savior. To be justified
means being declared “not guilty” in regard to sin (Romans 10:9-10; 1 John
The New Birth
We believe that the change that takes place in people when they are “born
again” is very real. They receive righteousness through Jesus Christ, and they
are empowered by the Holy Spirit; therefore, they should have new desires,
interests and pursuits (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Daily Christian Life
We believe that people who have been born again grow in sanctification—which
means that they separate themselves from the value system of the world and
embrace and live according to the values of the kingdom that Jesus proclaimed.
As they do so, they increase in holiness, faith, power, prayer, love and
service (2 Corinthians 7:1).
We believe that evangelizing and making disciples is the primary “business” of
the church; every hindrance to worldwide evangelism should be removed (James
5:20; Mark 16:15).
Tithing and Offerings
We believe that tithing (giving 10 percent of earnings) and offerings (amounts
determined by the individuals) are God’s instruments to carry on His ministry,
spread the gospel, and release personal blessing (Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians
16: 1, 2).
We believe that Christians should avoid excess and that their moderation should
be obvious to others. Their commitment to Christ should be deep and sincere,
but they should not indulge in or lead other people into extremes of
fanaticism. Christians should be well thought of, balanced, humble and
self-sacrificing, reflecting Christ’s grace and character in all areas of their
lives (Colossians 3:12, 13; Philippians 4:5).
We believe that it is essential for all believers to join with and become part
of a congregation of other believers. It is important to worship together,
observe the ordinances of the church, encourage and support one another, and
work together to advance the Lord’s kingdom (Hebrews 10:24, 25).
We believe that civil government is established by divine appointment; civil
laws should be upheld at all times except when they are in opposition to the
Word of God (Romans 13:1-7).
THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God; it is absolutely true,
enduring, and unchangeable (2 Timothy 3:16, 17. Matthew 24:35).
The Eternal Godhead
We believe in the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy
Spirit. The three parts of the Trinity are coexistent and coeternal, which
means that they always have existed and always will exist together; they are
coequal in divine perfection, which means that no person of the Trinity is more
powerful or more perfect than any other person in the Trinity (1 John 5:7).
Water Baptism and the Lord's
We believe that people who have been born again should be baptized in the name
of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself was baptized and instructed
His followers to be baptized. Baptism also confirms that Christ is the Lord and
King in each believer’s life (Romans 6:4). We believe in observing the Lord’s
supper, or communion, just as Jesus instructed. This means that born-again
believers take the broken bread and the fruit of the vine as a remembrance and
celebration of the new life that is theirs because of Jesus’ death on the cross
and His resurrection. It is also looking forward to His return as triumphant
King (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
We believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is an experience that follows
salvation. All believers have a portion of God’s Spirit within them. However,
being “baptized” means that the Holy Spirit is present in a new dimension. Holy
Spirit baptism empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of holiness,
and to be witnesses of God’s saving grace. We believe that those who experience
Holy Spirit baptism today will experience it in the same manner that believers
experienced it in the early church; in other words, we believe that they will
speak in tongues—languages that are not known to them (Acts 1: 5, 8; 2:4).
We believe that Jesus Christ heals people who are sick. God does not change; He
is still willing and able to heal the body, as well as the soul and spirit, in
response to faith (Mark 16: 17, 18; James 5:14-16).
The Spirit-Filled Life
We believe that born-again believers should be people who pray and who allow
the Holy Spirit to shape their values and behaviors every day; their lives
should exemplify love, honesty and sincerity (Ephesians 4:30-32).
The Gifts and Fruit of the
We believe that the Holy Spirit gives ministry gifts to believers; in other
words, the Holy Spirit gives people special abilities for ministry. These gifts
will build up groups of believers and help them mature in Christian faith (1
Corinthians 12:1-11). Further, Spirit-filled believers should show the
spiritual “fruit” that has been given to them: love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control (Romans 12:6-8; Galatians
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; we are as
certain that His second coming will occur as we are that His first coming is a
historical fact. No one knows the exact time of His coming, but believers will
continue to spread the gospel around the world until He does come again. At
that time the Lord Himself will descend from heaven, the dead Christians will
be resurrected, and believers will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air
(Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
We believe that everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Born-again believers will be sent to a place of everlasting life, and
nonbelievers will be sent to a place of everlasting punishment (Revelation
20:11, 12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
We believe that everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Born-again believers will be sent to a place of everlasting life, and nonbelievers
will be sent to a place of everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:11, 12; 2
We believe that heaven is the habitation of the living God and the eternal home
of born-again believers (John 14:2; Revelation 7:15-17).
We believe that hell is a place of darkness, deep sorrow and unquenchable fire,
which was not prepared for man but for the devil and his angels; it will become
the place of eternal separation from God for all who reject Christ as Savior
(Matthew 13: 41, 42; Revelation 20:10, 15).