Statement of Faith
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in the matters pertaining to conduct doctrines (2 Timothy 3:16, I Thes. 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)
Our God is one, but manifested in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Phil 2:6). God the Father is greater than all, the Sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:4). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:8; John 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (John 15:26)
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. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:14, Rom 3:23; 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 (Eph 2:8)
ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH
Man’s first step toward salvation is Godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced produces eternal life (2 Corin. 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matt.28:19, Rom. 6:4; Col.2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted: to wit: “One the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.”
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy spirit Himself gives utterance (Matt.3:11; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38, 39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of Grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation and Christ’s return (Heb.12:14; 1 Thess.5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor.3:18; Phil 3:12-14; 1 Cor.1:30).
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4, 5).
RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “…the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air…”(Acts 1:11; 1Thiss. 4:16,17).
Following the tribulation, He shall return to the Earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev.20:6)
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION
The one who physically dies 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 is describing the duration of punishment 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).
OUR DECLARATION OF PURPOSE
In Ephesians 3:19, Paul implores us to increase our perception of God’s love by letting it expand from head knowledge to actual experience. Those two levels also describe our process of commitment to these decisions.
These are not arrogant proclamations of our accomplishments. We continue to comprehend the high cost and great value of each of these declarations of purpose.
Here are the Decisions We Have Made:
We have decided that teaching the Gospel without demonstrating the gospel is not enough. Good preaching, good doctrine, and being good people is not enough.
We have decided that having a good church club is not enough, good fellowship is not enough, and just being a member of that club is not enough.
We have decided that having good Bible studies is good, but not good enough, that just making it to Heaven is not our goal, and that knowing about God without truly knowing and experiencing God is meaningless.
We have decided that having good programs is not enough, that change without transformation is intolerable, and that staying the same is not an option.
We have decided that gifting without character is futile.
We have decided that singing songs without worshiping is shallow, and having meetings without God’s presence is pointless.
We have decided that having faith without works is not enough, and having works without love is not acceptable – that our function comes FIRST out of our relationship with the Father, and second with each other.
We have decided that reading about the book of Acts without living the book of Acts is unthinkable.
We have decided that confident faith is good, but bold faith is better.
We have decided that hearing about the Holy Spirit without experiencing Him is silly, that believing in His presence without seeing it manifested in signs and wonders is hypocrisy, that believing in healing without seeing people healed is absurd, and that believing in deliverance without people being delivered is absolutely ridiculous.
We have decided to be Holy Spirit filled, Holy Spirit led, and Holy Spirit empowered – anything less does not work for us.
We have decided to be the ones telling the stories of God’s power – not the ones hearing about them.
We have decided that living saved, but not supernaturally is living below our privilege, and is short of what Christ died for.
We have decided that we are a battleship not a cruise ship, an army not an audience, Special Forces not spectators, missionaries not club members.
We have decided to value both pioneers and settlers – pioneers that expand our territory and settlers that build on those territories – but we are not squatters – people who take up space others have fought for without improving it.
We have decided to be infectious instead of innocuous, contagious instead of quarantines, deadly instead of benign.
We have decided to be radical lovers and outrageous givers.
We have decided that we are a mission station and not a museum.
We have decided that it is better to fall short while reaching for the impossible that God has planned for us, than to succeed in settling for less.
We have decided that nothing short of “His Kingdom come, His will be done in our world as it is in Heaven” will satisfy.
We have decided that we will not be satisfied until our world recoils and cries out “Those who have turned the world upside down have come here too!”
We honor the past – we don’t live in it.
We live in the present with our eyes on the future.
We see our past successes and failures as stepping-stones, not stop signs.
We pursue learning in order to be transformed, not just in order to know.
We are people of engagement not observation.
We focus on what could be, not on what is or has been.
We are not limited to the four walls of our building. Our influence is not restricted by location – not even the nations are out of bounds.
We are more concerned about how many we send out into the world than about how many we convince to come into the building. Our building is meant to be filled, and it will be, but it will not be the measure of who we are or of our effectiveness.
We raise up world changers – not tour guides. We train Special Forces, not committees.
We are a people of our destiny, not of our history.