What We Believe

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16). As God’s revelation to us, the Bible is our sole authority for doctrine, salvation, and Christian living (James 1:21-22). The Church should be given to the ministry of the Word, fulfilling the Apostle Paul’s command to “give your time and effort to the public reading of the Scriptures and to preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 4:13; The Good News Bible)

God

We believe that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) who is eternal and immutable, or never-changing (Isaiah 40:28; Deuteronomy 32:40; Malachi 3:6). God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and is invisible to us (1 John 4:12; 1 Timothy 6:16; 1 Timothy 1:17).

We believe that God has fully revealed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is “God with us” (Matthew 1:23), “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16), and the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). All the fullness of the Godhead is resident in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:9); indeed in Jesus we find “God in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Humanity

We believe that every human being is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27); therefore every human life is precious and should be treated with dignity and respect from the time of conception until natural death. Since the Fall (see Genesis 3) all humans have been born into sin (Psalm 51:5). Scripture teaches that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Being sinners we have all come under the curse of sin – the curse of sin is death (Romans 6:23; James 1:15) – and so are all in need of salvation.

Salvation

We believe that salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone (Acts 4:12). The message of the Gospel – the “good news” – is that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). It is only through “faith in His blood” that we are forgiven, redeemed, and justified (Romans 3:24-26).

We believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of “the whole world” (1 John 2:2), but only those who believe (Mark 16:16) and obey the gospel will be saved (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9). In order to “enter into the kingdom of God” one must be born again (John 3:3); this New Birth is a birth of the water and of the Spirit (John 3:5).

We believe that every believer should respond to the gospel message by obeying the New Birth plan of salvation as preached and taught by the apostles beginning on the Day of Pentecost: “Repent, and be be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).

Christ’s Church

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23), and that every Christian should faithfully attend a local church (Hebrews 10:25).

We believe that an Apostolic Church should be characterized by the preaching and teaching of sound doctrine (Titus 2:1), the work of the five-fold ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12), and the exercise of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:28).

Christian Living

We believe that every Christian should live a life of holiness and repentance, for we are commanded to “follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

We believe that this life of holiness should be marked by a separation from worldliness and sin (1 John 2:15; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18), unfeigned love (1 Peter 1:22), and an exhibition of the “fruit of the Spirit.” This can only come by daily living and walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25).

Last Things

We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17). The Lord will return to judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1); those who believe and obey the gospel will be rewarded with eternal life (John 3:15), but those whose names are not found in the Book of Life will be “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14-15).

We believe that in light of these things we are commissioned to proclaim “the whole gospel, to the whole world, by the whole church.”

“The Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come… And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely… He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:17, 20).

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