Doctrinal Statement or Statement of Faith

Section 1. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God equally in all parts and without error in its original manuscript, absolutely infallible,  and our source of supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason; and it is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12)

Section 2. We believe in one God who has revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all co-eternal, all stand equally superior to time, free from the temporal distinctions of past and future.

The Eternal FATHER —Genesis 12:33; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; I Timothy 1:17.  The Eternal SON —John 1:1-2; John 8:58; Hebrews 1:8; I John 1:2; Micah 5:2; Revelation 1:8 The Eternal SPIRIT —Hebrews 9:14 The Eternal GODHEAD —Romans 1:20

Section 3. We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation, and virgin birth of Jesus Christ who came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person; that Jesus Christ was the creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and that He was fully God and very man. (John 1:1-2 & 14, I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38)

Section 4. We believe in Jesus Christ’s sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and His ascension into Heaven, and acknowledge His Lordship—that Jesus Christ is Lord over all things in heaven and in earth, and under the earth. (Philippians 2:9-10)

Section 5. We believe that man was created by a direct and immediate act of God. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:4)

Section 6. We believe that man by transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, being unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts, but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of the gospel. (Romans 5:12-21; I Corinthians 15:1-4)

Section 7. We believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his life. These “foundation stones” are: repentance from dead works, faith toward God, doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment and perfection. (Hebrews 6:1-3)

Section 8. We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Christ, he is justified and made a partaker in the death of Christ. This is the initial step of salvation. (Romans 5:1, 9; Luke 22:20)

Section 9. We believe that water baptism is an essential and necessary part of the “doctrine of baptisms” (Hebrews 6:2), performed only upon repentant believers in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and/or in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the remission of sin. (Acts 2:38) This act is to be done by immersion; and we further believe that it is the means whereby we receive the new covenant sign of “circumcision of heart.” (Romans 2:28-29; Colossians 2:9-13)

Section 10. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6; that it is the seal of the new covenant relationship. (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; II Corinthians 1:22) We also hold that the real evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is ones response to the Word of God (John 16:13), a Christ-like life, showing forth Christ’s character, nature and experiencing and manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (John 15:26; 16:14; Galatians 5:22-23)

Section 11. We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for: (a) The confirming of believers in the faith. (Acts 14:22) (b) The confirmation of ones call by the laying on of hands with prophecy. (Acts 13:1, 3) (c) The impartation of the spiritual gifts when accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands. (I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6) (d) The ordination and official recognition and setting apart of ministry. (e) The impartation of the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 8:17-18) (f) The ministry of healing the sick. (Mark 16:16) (g) The blessing and dedication (setting apart) of children. (Mark 10:16)

Section 12. We believe in the five-fold ministries given to the church at the ascension of Jesus Christ and that they continue to be needed and should be expected today, that is, ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Working with these ministries will be pastorally appointed leadership consisting of elders, deacons, deaconesses, missionaries, and the gifted men and women of the church. (Psalms 68:18; Ephesians 4:11-12; Philippians 1:1)

Section 13. We believe in the New Testament order for the local church in its government, structure and worship. Five-fold ministries: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11), elders (Titus 1:5-9; I Timothy 3:1-7), deacons (Acts 6:1-7; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:8-13), helpers, administrators (I Corinthians 12:28, Amplified), those able and appointed to lead in music and worship (I Chronicles 23:1-5), and pastoral authority. (Hebrews 13:17) Ordination, commissioning and licensing in this church is a separation and recognition of a specific gifting of God. We believe that God calls men and women into specific ministries as  apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. God calls people and we can only recognize the call and acknowledge it. Ordination is on the basis of 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, funerals, baptisms, 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. We reject the efficacy of ritual and the concept of a separate priestly class. We recognize the priesthood of believers and the serving ministry of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher with government by these elders, assisted by other elders raised up and trained to serve in this local church. As such we recognize that those called to those offices will function in a manner to lead by example in prayer, worship, teaching, laying on of hands and prophesying, and that such actions on the part of those ordained and licensed by this church would be compared to the sacramental function of the priesthood in traditional sacramental churches.

Section 14. We believe that “by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not by works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) We further believe that the emphasis for a continuous walk in grace should be the emphasis of heart righteousness and purity, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh in a lifestyle that demonstrates the character, standards, and convictions of Jesus Christ, and not being conformed to the world. (Jude 24; Romans 8:25; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 4:1-5; 12:1-2)

Section 15. We believe in the practice of worship with ones total being as set forth in the Word of God. (Acts 24:14; Ephesians 5:18-19; Psalms 150)

Section 16. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is being manifested in the church through the fruits (Galatians 5:22-23—graces, ministries, and gifts), and we hold that the nine gifts of the Spirit (I Corinthians 12:8-11) should be and must be operative in the church today in order for the church to enjoy the fullness of God. Also, we hold that these gifts are imparted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and only work or operate by this one and self-same Spirit. (I Corinthians 12:11)

Section 17. We believe in divine healing for the whole person. Healing was obtained through the atonement in Christ’s sacrificial death (I Peter 2:24-25; Isaiah 53:4-5) and was practiced by the early church. (Acts 4:30; 19:11; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14)

Section 18. We believe that we are one body, being members of one another and that the basis of our fellowship is in Christ in the power of the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:13-22; 4:3-6; I John 1:6-7)

Section 19. We believe that the church is the body of Christ expressed as the church individual, the church local, and the church universal and invisible. As such we believe the church to be more than a building or a gathering of people. It is a body living in relationship and harmony under the direction of the head, Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 6:15; II Corinthians 1:1; Romans 16:5; I Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22; I Corinthians 12:12-31; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16)

Section 20. We believe in church discipline administered within the church 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 and witnesses, and finally, exposure to the church, Board of Directors, and/or the congregation for judgment leading to restoration or separation. (Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1; Romans 16:17; II John 9-11; I Corinthians 5; II Corinthians 2:6-8; I Timothy 5:20)

Section 21. We believe as members of the same body of Christ, baptized by one Spirit into one body, that we must endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and as such that we are precluded from bringing a lawsuit in a civil court against another person who professes to be a Christian or against a Christian business/ministry. We believe that all such disputes must be resolved within the body of Christ without taking them before unbelievers for judgment. (I Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:3-6)

Section 22. We believe that faith without works is dead. We do not believe, as a matter of the fundamental beliefs and doctrines of this church, that any matter can be believed without there being an accompanying and corresponding action. Our faith is an active faith that requires the doing of acts in the world. Our faith is not a passive or complacent system of intellectual belief or assent to doctrine but is an active force in our lives that requires and results in actions being taken. A living, active faith will be manifested not only in belief and mental assent but in actions expressing and based upon that belief. If a belief is truly held it will be acted upon. The act is as much a fundamental aspect of our faith as the belief upon which the act is based. (James 2:14-26; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 7:21; Matthew 7:24-27; Matthew 5:16; II Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 16:27; Revelations 2:23; Revelations 22:12)

Section 23. We believe that 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, are available by the leading of the Holy Spirit, who enables us to know spiritual things by the spirit, and we are confident in basing decisions and actions upon such faith and direction. (Acts 13:1-3; I Timothy 1:18; Romans 8:14; I Timothy 5:22; John 16:13-15; I Corinthians 5:3)

Section 24. We believe in Christ’s bodily ascension into heaven, in His exaltation and His personal return in power and great glory, and in His everlasting kingdom and dominion. (Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; Daniel 7:14; Revelation 20:4)

Section 25. We believe that the fearful, the unbelieving, the abominable, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)

Section 26. We believe that there shall be a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. (II Peter 3:3; Revelation 21:1)

Section 27. We believe in the reality and personality of Satan (Job 1:7; Matthew 4:1-11) and that he was defeated by Christ through His death, burial, and resurrection at Calvary (Ephesians 1:19-23; Colossians 2:15), and that Christ has delegated this authority to His body the church. (Matthew 28:18-20)

Section 28. We believe a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry is provided by our Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the church, for the two-fold purpose of the evangelization of the world and of the edification and oversight of the body of Christ. (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:8-13; Acts 20:28)

Section 29. We believe that the complete revelation and truth of God is already written and contained in the Scripture and that its progressive unfolding will only add to and not take from what God has already restored to the church. (Acts 3:21; 15:15; II Peter 1:20; Ephesians 3:1-6; Revelation 10:6-7)