OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH-old

HOLY BIBLE:

We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Peter 1:20-21), and is the only basis for our beliefs (2 Timothy 3:16). We believe that the 66 books of the Bible are inspired by God, and therefore His inerrant Word. It is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live (John 17:17, Matthew 5:18).

TRINITY:

We believe that the One True God (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that these, being One God, are equal in deity, power and glory (John 14:11, 26).

JESUS CHRIST:

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25). He lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By the blood He shed on the cross, He bought us eternal redemption and eternal life (Colossians 1:15-20). He died, was physically raised back to life on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to intercede for the saints (Romans 8:34).

SALVATION:

We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved (Ephesians 2:8-10). Any person can enter into a saving relationship with God by confessing the Lordship of Jesus Christ and believing in His complete victory over death (Romans 10:9). This same grace from God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to repent from our sins and be forgiven and cleansed (Acts 3:19). The Holy Spirit sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).

THE HOLY SPIRIT:

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). At or subsequent to conversion the Spirit fills, empowers and anoints believers, sealing them until the day of redemption of those who are in Christ (Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13-14). We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 12:4-11), are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom of God and to empower and edify individuals to fulfill their unique callings (Romans 8:26), and the church to fulfill the Great Commission (Acts 1:8; Gal 3:1-5).

HEAVEN & HELL:

We believe that all will be judged for their decisions and actions (2 Corinthians 5:10). When the Christian dies he/she will forever dwell in blissful fellowship with God (Psalm 16:11). We also believe that when the unbeliever dies he/she will experience punishment in the lake of fire with eternal, conscious, and tormented eternal separation from God (Luke 16:22-23, Revelation 20:11-15).

SECOND COMING:

We believe in, and eagerly await, the literal Second Coming of Jesus Christ at the end of the age to consummate His Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). We believe in a great end-time harvest of souls and the emergence of a victorious Church of unprecedented unity, purity and power in the Holy Spirit (Rev 7:9-10, 2 Thessalonians 2:8).

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