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What We Believe

'Feed the hungry and help those in trouble; then your light will shine...' Isaiah 58:10

Partnering with ministries to meet the needs of the poor

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DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Section 1.We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God equally in all parts and without error in its original manuscripts, absolutely infallible and our source of supreme revelation from God. It is superior to conscience and season, though not contrary to reason and it is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 1 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, all co-eternal, all standing equally superior to time and free from the temporal distinction of past and future. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2, Psalm 102:27, 1 Timothy 1:17, John 1:1-3 & 10-18, Hebrews 1:8, 1 John 1:2, Micah 5:2, Revelation 1:8, Hebrews 9:14, Romans 1:20)

Section 3. We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation and virgin birth of Jesus Christ who came into this 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 Jesus Christ dwell all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and that He was very God and very Man. (John 1:1,2 & 14, 1 Timothy 3:16, Acts 7:37-38, Matthew 1:18 & 23, Isaiah 7:14)

Section 4.We believe in Jesus Christs 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 2:9-11)

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 of Jesus Christ alone. (Romans 5:12-21, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 2:1-10)

Section 7. We believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his/her life. (Hebrews 6:1-3)

Section 8. We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ projects the work of justification in the believer; for it is through faith in the shed blood of Christ, one 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 the ministry of the Holy Spirit is being manifested in the church through the fruits of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-23) and must/should be operative in the individual believer in order for the Church to enjoy Gods fullness. We also hold that these gifts and graces are imparted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and only work or operate by this one and self-same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:11)

Section 10. We believe that we are saved by grace through faith. We further believe that the emphasis for a continuous walk in grace is necessary for heart righteousness and purity, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh (Ephesians 2:8-9), Galations 5:13-26)

Section 11. We believe that the church is the Body of Christ expressed as the church individual, the church local and the church universal. As such, we believe the church to be more than just a building or a gathering of people, but a manifestation or the hands and feet of Christ Himself. It is a body living in relationship and harmony under the direction of the Head, Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 6:15, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Romans 16:5, 1 Peter 2:4-5, Ephesians 2:19-22)

Section 12. We believe in Christs bodily ascension into heaven, in His exaltation and His personal return in power and great glory, and His everlasting Kingdom and dominion (Acts 1:11 & 3:19-21, Daniel 7:14, Revelation 20:4)

Section 13. We believe that marriage ordained and designed by God is between one man and one woman (1 Corinthians 7:2-3, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:21-33)

Section 14. We believe that is the deep heart of God for His people to reach out with love and compassion to the poor; utilizing opportunities as God presents them to share the Good News of Jesus, make disciples and build His church. We also recognize that any labors we make with such efforts will only manifest themselves to glorify God through the power of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 34:2-6, Isaiah 61:1-3, Isaiah 58:10, 1 Corinthians 3:6, Matthew 25:35-40, Zechariah 4:6, Acts 1:8)

Section 15. We believe that it is our mandate to not only care for and help those in our immediate locale (domestically), but also to reach out to those in need globally (internationally). (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20)

Section 16. We believe that God blesses us in abundance so that we can be a blessing to others. God gives to us in abundance so that we can give in abundance. In addition, we believe that when we give back to God through tithes and offerings God takes that as seed planted and He makes it grow in order to glorify Himself. (2 Cor. 9:10-13, 1 Corinthians 3:6, Deuteronomy 15:4-8 & 8:18, 1 Chron. 22:14-16. 2 Corinthians 8:7)

Section 17. We believe that God has blessed each of us with at least one gift (spiritual) from his great variety of spiritual gifts and we are to use them well to invest into His Kingdom; serving one another in love. (1 Peter 4:10, Matthew 25:14-30, Galations 5:13)

Section 18. We believe that God is a God of order and that there is a method and purpose behind all that He does and all that He calls us to do; which entails prayerful planning, goal setting and writing down this vision or plan so that it can be shared and followed. (Proverbs 29:18, Habakkuk 2:2)