Statement of faith
What We Believe
- In essential beliefs – we have unity.
- In non-essential beliefs – we have liberty.
- In all our beliefs – we show charity.
THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE:
…in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19;
…that our Lord Jesus Christ was begotten, not created, came to the earth 100% God and 100% man. He is God the Son, second person in the trinity. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world, resurrected bodily for our justification, and now reigns in glory until all things be put under His feet.
1 Timothy 3:16; John 1:1,14, 20:28; Isiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:5
…in the absolute inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, the Bible is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant. Furthermore, we believe that the church has no authority to establish doctrine or practice contrary to these same Scriptures, which were subsequently accepted as canon by the early Christian church.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Romans 16:25-26
…the man was made in the image of God and is the crown of creation. He is now, by reason of the fall, spiritually depraved and alienated from his Creator. Apart from God’s grace he has no ability to attain to his high calling.
Psalm 8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 5:12-21
…that justification is by grace through faith in our Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary.
Romans 3: 21-24
…that all God’s people are to be buried with Christ in the waters of baptism, subsequent to conversion. While we freely embrace those of contrary opinion, we feel that this rite is scripturally administered “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4
…in a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross.
Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
…that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers conforming them to the image of Jesus Christ. We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power subsequent to conversion, given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification and evangelism, and is evidenced by speaking in tongues.
Acts 2, 8, 10, 19
…it is our understanding that the supernatural charismas of the Holy Spirit are active within the body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. We further believe in the development of these charismatic gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of the local church authorities.
1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:16-17; Joel 2:28-29; Mark 16:17; Acts 10:44-47, 19:1-6
…in the Holy Christian Church, imperfectly represented on earth by the various Christian institutions. Her unity is spiritual, her culture diverse and transitional, and her mission eternal.
1 Corinthians 12:27; Romans 12; Ephesians 2:19
…that the callings of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher are functional within the Body of Christ until the Lord’s return. Furthermore, these ministries are gifts to the church for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of ministry, that the Body of Christ be edified.
…the identity of the Body of Christ on earth is primarily perceived through the local church. While encouraging the voluntary association of local churches, and recognizing the need of consensus on matters of fundamental doctrine and conduct, we strongly confess the local church to be sovereign and autonomous.
…in the right of local churches and ministries to form temporal institutions to assist them in carrying out the work of God. At the same time, we reject sectarianism and divisiveness as great evils.
…in the priesthood of the Believer. That is to say all people born of God have equal status before, and direct access to, their Lord.
1 Peter 2:5
…in the spiritual unity of all who are born of God. We confess even those with whom we disagree, those who do not confess us, and others who we exclude because of our unwillful ignorance.
1 Corinthians 12:12-14
…that God has designed marriage to be a covenant contract between one man and one woman, surrendering a life-long commitment to one another. Any sexual activity or behavior outside of this commitment of marriage is sin.
Ephesians 5:25-31; Genesis 2:21-24; Mark 10:5-9
…that those who are called by the name of Christ should depart from iniquity. Understanding that salvation from the penalty of sin only begins the process of redemption, we acknowledge that the work of the Holy Spirit is to create in us the character of Christ.
2 Timothy 2:19
…in the literal second coming of our Lord, the literal rule of Christ upon the earth, the resurrection of the regenerate to eternal life and the unregenerate to eternal damnation, and the ultimate victory of the eternal Kingdom of God.
Acts 1:9-11; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 22:1-7