Acts 2:42 – “They joined with other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching.”
1 Timothy 4:16 – “Keep a close watch on yourself and on your teaching.”
1. “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, diversity; in all things, love."
2. Essentials = non-negotiable beliefs
a) Biblical issues like salvation only through Jesus, and the Bible being the authoritative Word of God.
b) Current issues like abortion and homosexuality.
We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments by the Holy Spirit as originally given; they are the final authority for our faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
We believe in one God revealed in three, distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Ephesians 2:18), operating under the headship of the Father (1 Cor. 11:3).
We believe that man in his natural state is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope and without God. (Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 3:23)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who by His incarnation and virgin birth took upon Himself the form of man and became the God-Man. In the one person of Christ, there are two natures, human and divine, each in its completeness and integrity. They are distinguishable but indivisible, so that He is fully man and fully God. He lived a sinless life and became the only sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 5:1-11; Acts 12:4; I Peter 1:18-19)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Luke 24:38-43; John 20:24-29)
We believe that terms of salvation are repentance towards God for sin and a personal heart-felt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration. This salvation is entirely by grace and not by works. (Ephesians 2:6-10; Romans 5:1; Acts 3:19-20)
We believe that the Kingdom of God will be established on the earth by God through His Church prior to the return of Jesus. (Psalm 110:1; Daniel 2:34-35; Isaiah 9:6- 7; Daniel 7:13-4)
We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ to this earth to judge the world and to claim His Bride. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Acts 1:10-11)
We believe that the church is Christ’s spiritual body on earth today. It consists of born-again believers and has both universal and local expressions. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28)
We believe in the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and service for the saved; hell for the unsaved and heaven for the saved. (John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe that Satan is a fallen, created being who is the “god of this world”. He and his well-organized company of demons are opposed to the Kingdom of God and work to defeat and destroy the believer. While his activity is real, Satan and his demon spirits were defeated and overthrown by Christ’s victory at the cross, and Christians can and should exercise authority over them. (Luke 10:17-20; Colossians 2:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-18)
We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third Person of the Godhead who is active in the world today. The Spirit indwells and seals the believer at new birth. We believe the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a subsequent experience and is available to all Christians to empower us to be witnesses. We believe in, and encourage, the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the continuing in-filling of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:44-46; Ephesians 5:18)
We believe that believer’s Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of the church and should be practiced regularly. (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-10; I Corinthians 10:16-21) (see “Baptisms” page)