What We Believe
The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
We believe the Bible is the infallible, inerrant word of God and our guide to daily living. It was given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to men.
Deuteronomy 6:4- "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!
We believe there is one God who exists as three Persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal, co-eternal and co-existent.
God the Father
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and of things visible and invisible. We believe faith is the only thing that pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). We believe Jesus spoke of God's love for us in the following Scripture, John 3:16-
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus is the only Savior of mankind. We believe what Jesus said of Himself in John 14:6- Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. AND in Revelation 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Jesus said He is THE ALMIGHTY. In other words He is EL SHADDAI! He is also EL GIBBOR (Mighty God -Isaiah 9:6). We also believe what Peter said of Him in Acts 4:12. "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." We believe He was born of the virgin Mary as prophesied in Isaiah 7:14 and He is coming back to take His church (Bride of Christ) to heaven.
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is our Helper. He is the One who is called along side of us to comfort us and teach us the word of God. He proceeds from the Father and Son. He is on the earth to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. According to Titus 3:5 the Holy Spirit's part in the new birth is "the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit." Also we believe what Jesus said of the Holy Spirit in John 14:16 in the Amplified Bible: And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever —
The Holy Spirit fulfills all these positions.
The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
We also believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance according to Acts 2:1-4 and this baptism is for everyone according to Acts 2:38-39. The Holy Spirit's baptism empowers believers to live a powerful and holy life on earth. We also believe in the gifts of the Spirit ( 1 Corinthians 12:1-11) and that they are for today.
The two ordinances of the Church: water baptism and communion
Water baptism is by immersion. It is also a commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ and is for born again believers only. Water baptism can in no way give you access to heaven but is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
We believe only born again believers should partake of Communion. The bread represents His broken body and the cup represents His shed blood. His body was broken so we could be healed and His blood was shed so we could be forgiven. We partake of Communion to remember Jesus' great sacrifice for us.
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says “...all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “...There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10; 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:14; 1 John 3:8).
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8–10).
We believe Jesus is the Healer of mankind. Healing is possible because of the sacrificial death that Jesus made for us and by His stripes we are healed. We believe Jesus can heal anyone or any disease or sickness. John 5:4- For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. We also believe Jesus is not only interested in healing our physical bodies but also the soul of man; the emotions and mind.
The Soon Return Of The Lord
We believe in the rapture of the Church when Jesus will return to take His Church out of the earth as stated in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17. We also believe Jesus will return to the earth and set His feet on the Mount of Olives according to Zechariah 14:4 to set up His eternal kingdom on earth.
Hell And Eternal Punishment
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19-20).
We believe all peoples and especially Christians should support Israel for the following reason.
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you
God tells us we can be blessed by supporting Abraham"s descendants who are the Jews. God also tells us we will be cursed if we do not support the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. The number one reason Christians should support Israel is Jesus, our Lord, is Jewish. So we should love Israel like we love our Lord.
We also believe the Jews are a CHOSEN people according to the following Scripture.
"For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
We are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you."
We believe Israel is the apple of God's eye.
For thus says the Lord of hosts: "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.