We are here to lead people to experience a God-first life.
What We Believe
01 _ The Scriptures
The Bible is the inspired word of God. The product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit and we accept it as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
02 _ The Godhead
Our God is one but manifested in three - God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (2 Cor. 13:14; 1 John 5:7). In His infinite wisdom, God has chosen to reveal Himself in three separate persons, as Father, Son and Spirit to accomplish His Divine will. Each person of the Godhead having a separate purpose in man's creation and redemption.
03 _ The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The scriptures declare:
A. His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35)
B. His sinless life (Heb. 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22)
C. His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38)
D. His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21)
E. His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Cor. 15:4)
F. His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; Phil 2:9-11; Heb. 1:13)
04 _ Man, His Fall and Redemption
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." As it is written, "There is non righteous, no, not one." Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and give His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:14; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; 1 John 3:8). Salvation is a gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God.
05 _ Eternal Life and New Birth
Man's first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life(2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
06 _ Water Baptism
Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, is for believers only. The ordinance is the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:6; Col. 2:12).
07 _ The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of ministry(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth(Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes such experiences as overflowing, fullness of the Spirit(John 7:37-39, Acts 4:8), deepened reverence for God(Acts 2:43; Heb. 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42) and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost(Mark 16:20).
08 _ Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit in the Body as enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12-14 as manifested in the early Church.
09 _ Divine Healing
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the Church today(Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4-5).
10 _ The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (Rom. 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; Titus 2:13).
11 _ Church Discipline
We believe in Church discipline administered within the relation group in a spirit of meekness and confidentiality. The purpose of such discipline is the restoration of the one subject to the discipline and/or the purification of the Church. The steps of discipline are one on one private confrontation, private confrontation with witnesses and finally exposure to the Church for judgment leading to restoration or separation(Matt. 18:15-20; Gal. 6:1; Rom. 16:17; 2 John 9-11; 1 Cor. 5:11; 2 Cor. 6:2-8; 1 Tim. 5:20).
12 _ Leadership of the Holy Spirit
We believe in all matters concerning the Body of Christ, in its direction, discipline, ministry and functioning, that specific guidance and instruction, revelation and discernment of truth from falsehood, is available by the leading of the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:1-3; 1 Tim. 1:18; Rom. 8:14; 1 Tim. 5:22; John 16:13-15; 1 Cor. 5:3).
13 _ Laying on of Hands
Laying on of Hands is a biblical practice. Jesus practiced it in Mark 10:13-16 as a blessing. We believe in Laying on of Hands for healing (Mark 16:18; Acts 28:8; Acts 19:11-12), the Laying on of Hands to confer office (Acts 6:2-6), the Laying on of Hands to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17), the Laying on of Hands to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and to cultivate the anointing (1 Tim. 4:14) and the Laying on of Hands for appointment to Eldership(1 Tim. 4:14).
14 _ Mediation
We believe as members of the same Body of Christ, baptized by one spirit into on body, that we must endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We are precluded from bringing a lawsuit in civil court against another person who professes to be a Christian or against a Christian ministry. We believe that such disputes must be resolved within the Body of Christ without taking them before unbelievers for judgement (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:3-6).
15 _ Financial Support
We believe that Scripture requires all members of the congregation to support the programs and needs of the Church in proportion, as the Lord shall prosper them, through tithes and offerings; thereby, acknowledging that any institution can stand or be of full service only in proportion as all the members of the congregation accept their responsibility of maintaining it (Mal. 3:10; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:6-9; Heb. 7:1-8).
16 _ Ordinances
We believe in two primary New Testament ordinances: Baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper. We do not, however, believe that the administration of such ordinances is limited to ordained or licensed ministers. We believe in the priesthood of every believer.
Ordination and licensing in this Church is a separation and recognition of a specific gifting of God. Ordination or licensing is on the basis that recognition of God's gifting. Men and women, called to a specific office by God and ordained or licensed by this Church, will have the right to participate in the traditional sacramental and ordinal functions of the Church such as: marriage, baptisms, funerals and the like. They shall also be expected to function in the spiritual giftings of their office and to demonstrate the reality of their calling.
17 _ Marriage
Marriage is a biblical institution established by God as clearly described in the scriptures. This Church recognizes that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. Accordingly, this Church, its pastors, those credentialed by this Church, staff and members shall not participate in same sex unions or same sex marriages, nor shall its property or resources be used for such purposes.
Human Sexuality - The Bible teaches that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, this Church opposes all forms of sexual immorality including adultery, homosexuality and pornography.
We are committed to meeting the spiritual needs of the whole person through:
Development of New Ministries that meet needs