Statement of Faith

What we believe determines how we act. How we act sets the course of our mission.

We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

We believe in the one God revealed in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:16,17; 28:29; John 17).

We believe that humankind, in its natural state, is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope, and without God (Romans 3:19-23; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1,2,12).

We believe that Jesus is God come in the flesh and that He is both divine and human (Luke 1:26-38; John 14:1-3; Acts 2:36, 3:14,15; Philippians 2:5-12).

We believe in the saving power of the Blood of Jesus and His imputed righteousness (Acts 4:12; Romans 4:1-9, 5:1-11; Eph. 1:3-15).

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:39-43; John 20:24-29).

We believe that Christ Jesus ascended to the Father and is presently engaged in building His Church and interceding for the saints (John 14:1-6; Romans 8:34).

We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ Jesus to this earth and to rapture His Church (Bride) and judge the world (Acts 1:10,11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; James 5:8; Revelation 1:7). (It is not necessary that we all believe alike concerning whether He is coming before, during or after the Great Tribulation.)

We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin, and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration of the person. This salvation is entirely by the Grace of our Lord and not of works. Works are excluded except as FRUIT of salvation (Acts 3:19,20; Romans 4:1-5, 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-10).

We believe the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a body of believers who have been baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost; who are under recognized, delegated authorities; and who assemble to worship, carry forth the Great Commission, and minister as the Holy Ghost leads (Matthew 16:18; 28:19,20; Acts 2:20-28, 40-47, Ephesians 5:22-32; 1 Timothy 3:15).

Immersion in water in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:15-16, 28:19-20; Acts 8:38; Romans 6:1-4). It is a symbol of identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection and a burial of the “old man” or the person’s flesh.

A memorial of the death, resurrection and Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:13-20).

We believe that believers should seek, as early disciples did, to practice the separated life from the world and unto Christ and to attempt to practice standards of conduct that shall exalt our Lord and His Church (Romans 12:1-3; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11; Colossians 3:17).

We believe the Scriptures clearly set forth 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 (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 19:19-31; John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15).

We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Trinity whose purpose in the redemption of man is to convict men of sin, regenerate the repentant believer, guide the believer into ALL truth, indwell and give gifts to believers as He wills, that they may minister as Christ would to men. We believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, recorded in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11, shall operate in present-day churches which yield to the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39, 14:16, 17, 16:7-14; Acts 2:39-48). We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist and was witnessed by the early disciples of Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:4, 5, 8; 2:38-41). (Note: It is not necessary that all cells believe alike as to the evidence of receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Each cell leader and his council may determine what to place in the cell charter regarding this matter.)

We believe that God has used doctors, medicines, and other material means for healing, but divine healing was also provided for in the Atonement. (Isaiah 53:5) It may be appropriated by laying on of hands by elders (James 5:14-16), laying on of hands by the believers (Mark 16:18), by the prayer of an anointed person gifted for healing the sick (1 Corinthians 12:9), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23).

We believe that each believer is a priest of the Lord (Revelation 1:6) and has direct access to the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person must believe for himself, be baptized for himself, obey for himself, and answer to his Creator for himself.
 
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