Statement of Faith

I believe that the Holy Bible is God’s “Word” (communication to every Christ follower) written by men, but directed and inspired by Father God through His Holy Spirit (also called the Holy Ghost). The Holy Bible (or Word of God) contains no errors, and the Word of God is the complete, final, and only authority in all matters of faith and conduct (cf. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; and 2 Peter 1:20-21).

I believe that God the Father is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. God showed His love for all people by sending His Son to die for the entire world’s sins so that all people who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior might have eternal life with Father God, beginning in this life and continuing throughout eternity (Luke 18:27; John 3:16-17; Romans 11:33; 1 Peter 1:16; 1 John 4:7-10; Revelation 4:8).

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God Himself—that Jesus Christ was completely man and completely God. He was conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, and He chose to die as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. He was bodily resurrected from the dead and appeared to many people. He now sits at the “right hand of God,” interceding for His Bride (those individuals who accepted Him as their Savior and Lord). He is coming back again in all His Glory. Jesus Christ is the only way to bridge the sin gap between God and humanity, because Jesus Christ is the only way mankind can have a relationship with Father God—now and in eternity (Matthew 16:16-17; Mark 14:61-62; Luke 1:34-35, 2:7; John 1:1, 1:14, 10:30, 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22-24).

I believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. He dwells in every new believer, after a person is justified by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. In other words, all true Christians will “have the Holy Spirit,” but I also believe that the Holy Spirit’s filling (Baptism in the Holy Spirit) is a separate event from being Holy Spirit indwelt. It is the Holy Spirit’s filling that provides the power, authority, and sanctification that enables Christians to live a Christ-like life (as the Holy Spirit prompts, leads and teaches them). The Holy Spirit is every believer’s guarantee (or “down-payment”) of eternal life. (Matthew 3:11; John 16:8-11; Acts 1:5, 1:8, 2:38; Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 1:14; 1 John 2:27, 3:24).

I believe mankind was created in the image of God and given rule over all the Earth. Mankind forfeited everything the second Adam and Eve chose to disobey God (in the Garden of Eden), despite the warnings regarding the consequences for doing so. This truth is why everyone who has ever lived since Adam and Eve also has sinned or disobeyed God, for which the penalty is death. It is only through the acceptance of Jesus Christ—as Savior and Lord—that anyone could be able to spend eternity with Father God. Those individuals who reject Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will suffer God’s Wrath for their sins and ultimately spend their eternity in the Lake of Fire (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:23 and 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-15).

I believe that Salvation depends on a person accepting Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord of his or her life (John 1:12; Acts 2:38-39; 1 Peter 3:21-22). I also believe that Regeneration or being reborn is the prerequisite to receiving Salvation and that both Regeneration and Salvation are solely the works of Father God, His Grace/Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit (John 3:1-21; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:3).

I believe in the Seven Unities that pertain to the Body of Christ. They are as follows: One Body, One Spirit, One Hope, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, and One God of us all (Ephesians 4:4-6).

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