THE BIBLE - We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and accept the same as the only infallible guide and rule of our faith and practice. "Solo scriptura" Scripture alone.
Scripture References: Matt. 24:35, Ps. 119:89, 2 Tim. 3:16 -17, 2 Tim. 2:15 , 1 Pet. 1:19 -21
THE GODHEAD - We believe in the eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, sovereign, and immutable triune God; and in the unity of the Godhead where three Persons, equal in every divine perfection and attribute, execute distinct, harmonious offices, in the great work of redemption. This does not mean that there are three "gods", but rather a way of saying God eternally exists in three personally distinct ways. The Scriptures declare there is only one God, Who is eternally Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Scripture References: I John 5:7, 2 Cor. 13:14, John 1:1,2, Rev. 4:2-5 & 5:1-7
THE FATHER - Co-existent, co-eternal, and co-equal with the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is the Creator and Giver of life. He is God revealed as Father in creation.
Scripture References: Isa. 43:10; 44:8, John 3:16, James 1:17, John 4:24
THE SON - Co-existent, co-eternal, and co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus was conceived by the Spirit and born of a virgin, to take upon Himself the form of man. By doing so, He never ceased to be God. In His incarnation He laid aside His “expression” of Deity, but not His “possession”. By His death, Jesus bore the curse of sin, sickness and sorrow redeeming us back to Himself. He arose the third day and ascended unto heaven, there He sits on the right hand of the Father, where He eternally make intercession for us. He is the only mediator between us and the Father (“Sola Christus” Christ alone is our mediator). He is God revealed as Son in redemption.
Scripture References: John 1:1-3, Matt. 1:23, 1 Tim. 2:5, Eph. 2:18, Phil. 2:6-11
THE HOLY SPIRIT - Co-existent, co-eternal and co-equal with the Father and the Son. Sent by the Father, through the Son, He reproves the world of sin, prepares the church for Christ's return, and empowers the believer to follow the Lord. He is God revealed as Holy Ghost in regeneration.
Scripture References: John 14:26 ; 15:26 ; 16:8
REDEMPTION - We believe Christ is the Lamb of God, foreordained from the foundation of the world. By the shedding of His blood on the cross, His death, burial, and resurrection, He provided salvation for all who receive Him by faith.
Scripture References: 1 Pet. 1:19-20; Isa. 53:5; Titus 2:14; Heb. 10:4-10
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
1. We believe the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a definite experience, not identical with conversion. When the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is received the initial, or first outward sign of a Christian being baptized in the Holy Spirit is the receiving of one's prayer language (tongues). The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is given to endue the believer with power from on high; to give and to equip him for a practical, efficient, spirit-filled, soul-winning ministry and service. Inasmuch as this is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit, every believer has a right to expect His incoming to be after the same manner as recorded by the Word of God in Bible days.
Scripture References: John 14:16; Acts 1:8; 2:4, 38-39; 10:44 -48, 19:6
2. Spirit - Filled Life -We believe that having received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, the believer should experience a continual renewing of the power from on high. The Holy Spirit is as a gentle dove, easily grieved, wounded by coldness, prayerlessness, idle conversation, worldliness, and a judging, critical spirit. It is the will of God that we walk and abide in the Spirit.
Scripture References: Eph. 4:30 -32; 5:18 ; Acts 4:31; I Cor. 3:I6-17; Gal. 5:16-25; I John 2:6
3. Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit - We believe that for the edification of the saints and the up building of the church of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has the following gifts to bestow upon the individual believer: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues, dividing to every man severally as He will. These gifts should be coveted earnestly by all spiritual believers and exercised in the spirit of love. We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long- suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law. These should be cultivated in the life of every believer.
Scripture References: I Cor. 12:7-11, 31; Gal. 5:22-23; John 15:4, 8