Statement of Faith 

This is our Complete Statement of Faith and what we believe based on the Scriptures.
STATEMENT OF FAITH

1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
·         All scripture (Old and New Testament) is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, and are considered the actual Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16                  1 Corinthians 10:11        2 Peter 1:21                         Psalm 119:89    
Psalm 119:128                   Psalm 19:7-8
·         Man should live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
Matthew 4:4                      Deuteronomy 8:3             Luke 11:28
·         God’s thoughts and God’s ways are higher than ours.  God’s Word will always accomplish what He sends it to do.
Isaiah 55:8-11                    Jeremiah 1:12
·         The Word of God is pure, and we should not add to it.  God’s Word stands forever; we should be careful to do it.
Proverbs 30:5-6                 Isaiah 40:8                          Deuteronomy 12:32        Revelation 22:18-19       
1 Peter 1:25                         Matthew 24:35                 Psalm 119:89    
·         We should meditate in the Word day and night and observe to do what it says.
Joshua 1:8                           Psalm 1:1-3
·         The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and it a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12
·         The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.
Ephesians 6:17
·         We are to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only.
James 1:22                          Matthew 7:24-27

2. THE TRINITY
•        The Trinity—God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit—one God, eternally existent in three persons.
Deuteronomy 6:4             Matthew 3:16-17            Matthew 28:19-20           1 John 5:7
3. THE DEITY OF CHRIST
•        Jesus is God incarnate and was manifest in human flesh. He was like us in all ways except for one, being free from sin.
Isaiah 9:6-7                        John 1:1-14                         John 5:22-23                       John 8:54-58      
 John 10:30                          Hebrews 4:15

4. THE VIRGIN BIRTH
•        We believe that our Lord was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary.
                Isaiah 7:14                          Matthew 1:18-23             Luke 1:26-35

5. THE BODILY RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF CHRIST
•        Christ is the risen savior. Jesus arose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
Romans 8:31-35                Acts 1:8-11          1 Corinthians 15:4, 20

6. GOD IS ETERNAL AND UNCHANGING
            1 Timothy 1:1                     Malachi 3:6                        James 1:17                          Hebrews 13:8    
                Hebrews 1:10-12              Psalm 90:2                          Psalm 18:30

7. GOD IS OMNIPRESENT AND OMNIPOTENT
                Jeremiah 23:23-24           Psalm 139:7-10                 Proverbs 15:3                     Matthew 18:20
                Matthew 6:6                      Job 34:21                             Jeremiah 32:17                  Luke 1:37
                Jeremiah 32:27                  Matthew 19:26                 Psalm 66:7                          Psalm 47:2

8. GOD IS SOVEREIGN
                Daniel 4:34-35                   Romans 9:16-21                Ephesians 1:4-5                                1Corinthians 12:18, 28
                Romans 11:29                    Galatians 1:1, 15              Mark 10:35-40                   Hebrews 2:4
                1 Corinthians 12:11         Matthew 24:36

9. THE CREATION OF MAN AS FREE MORTAL AGENTS
·         Human beings are created by God, in His image, with a free will, making every human being a free mortal agent, with the ability to make choices.
Deuteronomy 30:19        Joshua 24:15                      John 1:11-12                       Revelation 22:17
Exodus 32:26                      Revelation 3:20                 Genesis 2:16-17                                Luke 13:24
Genesis 3:1-6                     Psalm 78:41                        Luke 13:34
10. THE FALL OF MAN
·         Man, by voluntary transgression, fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death.
Romans 5:12-19                Romans 6:23a
·         All humans have sinned and need to be reconciled with God.
Romans 3:23                      Galatians 3:22                  1 John 1:8, 10                     John 8:7-9
Romans 5:8-10                  2 Corinthians 5:18
11. GOD’S WILL TO SAVE MANKIND
·         God’s will is that ALL should be saved-that none should perish, but all should come to repentance unto salvation.
1 Timothy 2:4-6                 2 Peter 3:9                           1 John 2:2                            1 Timothy 4:10
John 3:16-17                       Revelation 22:17              Romans 10:13                    Luke 19:10
Titus 2:11

12. CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS
·         The vicarious atoning death of Jesus, who died on the cross so that we might live, offering Himself up as the perfect sacrifice for sinful man—the salvation of man.
Romans 5:6-10                  1 Thessalonians 5:9-10                 John 3:16-17                       2 Corinthians 5:21
13. SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST ALONE
·         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.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:16-17
·         All must be “born again” to enter the kingdom of God, to obtain His blessings, to have peace with God, and to meet Him in the air as His bride, without spot or blemish.
Acts 4:12                              John 3:3-6                           Romans 10:9                      John 14:6
John 10:9                             Galatians 3:26 
·         Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, providing eternal life to those who believe and accept Him as their personal Savior and Lord.
John 3:16-17                       1 Corinthians 15:3-4       Romans 5:6-10
·         Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 7:25
·         Those who confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead, they shall be saved.
Romans 10:8-10                Matthew 10:32
·         God has given Jesus the name above every name.  At the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Philippians 2:9-11           Acts 2:32-33                        Ephesians 1:21
·         Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
Acts 4:12
·         Salvation unto everlasting life is a result of God’s grace and is received through faith.  It is God’s gift and is not earned or secured as a result of our works or efforts.
Ephesians 2:8-9                                Titus 3:5-7                           Galatians 3:26                  Romans 10:1-11
Galatians 2:16, 21           Romans 6:23                      Romans 3:20-22                1 Timothy 2:5-6

14. THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
·         All believers are entitled to and should earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Luke 24:49                          Acts 1:4                                Acts 1:8                                1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Acts 2:39                              Luke 11:13
•        Distinct from and subsequent to the new birth:    
Acts 8:12-17                         Acts 10:44-46                     Acts 11:14-16                      Acts 15:7-9
Acts 19:1-6
•        Initial evidence of this infilling is speaking in tongues:   
         Acts 2:4                                  Acts 10:46                           Acts 19:6
15. ALL BELIEVERS ARE TO WALK BY FAITH
•        By the hearing of God’s Word, faith comes to the believer.
 Romans 10:17                   2 Corinthians 5:7              1 John 5:4
•        Faith is exercised by believing in the heart, confessing what one believes from the Word of God, and being a doer of the Word and not a hearer only.     
Mark 11:23                         James 2:18                          James 1:22
•        Through faith we have access to all the grace of God—salvation, forgiveness, deliverance, baptism in the Holy Spirit, knowledge of His Word, answered prayer, and a personal relationship as a child of God.                    
Romans 5:2                        Matthew 9:29                    James 4:7

16. ALL BELIEVERS HAVE DOMINION OVER SIN, SATAN, AND SELF
•        All believers have power over all the power of the enemy and should live a lifestyle that represents the life of Christ.
Luke 10:19                          Matthew 10:7-8
•        Sin has no more dominion over the believer.      
Romans 6:9                        Romans 6:14                      Matthew 1:21
•        Christ is an overcomer—victorious and more than a conqueror, therefore as His body, we are the same through Him.        
Ephesians 1:19-23            Philippians 4:13               Romans 8:37

17. PHYSICAL HEALING AND HEALTH ARE GOD’S WILL FOR ALL
                1 Peter 2:24                         Isaiah 53:4-5                      Acts 10:38                            3 John 2
                Exodus 23:25                      Deuteronomy 7:15           Exodus 15:26                      Matthew 4:23-24
                Matthew 9:35                    Mark 16:18                         James 5:14-15                    Revelation 22:1-2
                Acts 28:8-9                          Jeremiah 30:17                  1 Corinthians 12:9           Psalm 103:3
                Psalm 107:20                     Matthew 12:15                 Matthew 14:14                 Matthew 15:30
                Matthew 21:14                 Luke 4:40                             Luke 6:17-19                       Proverbs 4:20-22
                Luke 9:6                                Galatians 3:13                  Matthew 8:16-17

18. ALL BELIEVERS SHOULD WALK IN HOLINESS AND PURITY
•        Holiness is the goal for all disciples, and all sexual perversion (fornication, adultery, and homosexuality) is unbiblical and considered sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1              Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV               1 Thessalonians 4:7       Leviticus 18:22                  
 Leviticus 20:13                 Romans 1:24-27
19. ALL BELIEVERS HAVE THE PROMISE OF PROSPERITY
•        God wants all believers to be healthy and prosperous, and through His principle of giving and His law of sowing and reaping, we live under a more efficient economic system with God as our source and supply.
                3 John 2                                Matthew 6:31-33             2 Corinthians 8:9              Philippians 4:19
                Deuteronomy 8:18           Psalm 23:1
20. THE SACRED TITHE
•        All believers are to tithe the first tenth of all their increase and honor God with their substance.
                Proverbs 3:9-10                 Numbers 18:12 
•        The tithe is the Lord’s and does not become the Lord’s when we decide to present it.    
Leviticus 27:30-31
•        Tithing was initiated before the law, though taught in both the Old and New Testaments.       
Matthew 23:23                 Hebrews 7:2                      Hebrews 7:5                       Genesis 14:18-21
Genesis 28:20-22
•        The tither has tither’s rights.
Malachi 3:8-12                  Hebrews 7:8

21. CHURCH
•        Christ is the head of the body, the Church.  He has preeminence in all things.  It is Christ whom we preach, praise, worship, and serve.
Colossians 1:18                 John 12:32                           1 Timothy 1:17
•        We should make gathering together in God’s House a high priority.
Hebrews 10:24-25            Psalm 122:1                        Psalm 84:10
•        God builds His Church on the foundation of the revelation that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God.  The gates of Hades (hell or anti-Christ motives and movements) will not prevail against His Church.
Matthew 16:13-18
•        The local church is the place where people of like precious faith gather together to increase their knowledge of God, faith, and godliness.  It is a place to be equipped (taught, trained, coached, and mentored) for living a Christian life and so members of the Body can be fruitful Christians who are prepared for life and eternity.
2 Peter 1:1-11
•        Jesus Himself has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the perfecting of the saints and the work of the ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-12
•        Church is where we come together in the unity of the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, recognizing Jesus as the Head of the Church.  It is where people mature as Christian believers.
Ephesians 4:13-16
•        Church is not a public forum where individuals or groups have the right to express their opinions or demonstrate against the church, its members, or their doctrine.  Such activities are works of the flesh (hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, etc.) and not acceptable in a Christian assembly (church).
Galatians 5:19-21            Ephesians 5:3-4
•        For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.  Each member has a place in the body of Christ (the Church).
1 Corinthians 12:12-27   Romans 12:4-6

22. JESUS IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH
•        Christ is the Head of the Church, and all attention and glory are directed to Him alone. It is Christ whom we preach, praise, worship, and serve.
Ephesians 1:22                  John 12:32                          Colossians 1:14-19
23. THE FIVEFOLD MINISTRY
•        The Head of the Church has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the perfecting of the saints and the work of the ministry; and these are actual, literal offices functioning in the Church today.
 Ephesians 4:8                   Ephesians 4: 11-16
24. CHURCH FACILITIES AND PROPERTY
•        We ought to conduct ourselves properly on church property and in the church facilities.
1 Timothy 3:14-15
•        We should fear God, and when we go to the house of God we should conduct ourselves prudently with wisdom, honor, respect, and discretion.
Ecclesiastes 5:1                 Hebrews 12:28
•        People should not be allowed to do things in the house of God that are not in accordance with the Holy Bible.
Matthew 21:12-13           Mark 11:15-17                   2 Chronicles 26:16-21
•        All properties (land, buildings, assets, goods, resources, etc.) of this ecclesiastical Corporation will be used in compliance with the Corporation’s bylaws and will not be permitted to be used in violation of the Corporation’s religious beliefs as duly set forth in the Corporation’s governing documents, policies, and the Holy Scriptures.  The Board of Directors shall be the express and final authority, and shall make the final decision with respect to usage of ministry property.

25. THE SACRAMENTS AND ORDINANCES
•        There are ordinances by which one can demonstrate and express their faith:
 HOLY COMMUNION
Luke 22:19-20                      1 Corinthians 11:24-27
                BAPTISMS
Acts 1:8                                 Acts 2:38                              1 Corinthians 12:13                        Acts 8:12
Acts 8:36-38
•        There are sacraments we hold sacred and live by with deep conviction:
ANNOINTING OF THE SICK
James 5:14-15                    Mark 6:13
 HOLY MATRIMONY BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN   
 Matthew 19:5-6               Hebrews 13:4      Ephesians 5:31
CHILD DEDICATION
Deuteronomy 6:4-7         Luke 2:22                             1 Samuel 1:27-28
ORDINATION OF MINISTERS
Acts 13:1-4                          1 Timothy 2:7                     Exodus 28:41

26. ANGELS
•        Angels are beings created by God, existing both to worship and serve Him.
Matthew 4:11                    Acts 27:23                            Psalm 34:7                          Psalm 103:20
Matthew 24:31                 Acts 8:26                              Colossians 1:16                 Luke 15:10
Daniel 6:22                         Exodus 23:20                      Matthew 1:20                    Acts 12:23
•        Angels are ministering spirits assigned to the saints.
Psalm 91:11                        Hebrews 1:14                     Hebrews 13:2

27. THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE AND THE HOME
•        Life begins in the womb.    
                Jeremiah 1:5                      Psalm 139:13, 16
•        Marriage is between a man and a woman only.
Genesis 2:18-25                Proverbs 5:18-19              1 Corinthians 7:1-16
•        God Himself created and instituted marriage as the holy union between one man and one woman, according to the Holy Scriptures. No other form of union or marriage is acceptable in the eyes of God or by this corporation/church.
•        “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate”   Mark 20:6-9 NKJV
•        Children are a heritage from the Lord and are to be brought up scripturally.   
Psalm 127:3                        Proverbs 22:6                     Ephesians 6:4                    Deuteronomy 11:18-19
•        The husband is the head of the home, and he must give an account to Christ.   
Ephesians 5:22-23             Colossians 3:18-19

28. JESUS IS COMING FOR THE CHURCH
•        Christ will literally come again for His Church—perfected, without spot or blemish, looking for faith in the lives of believers.
Luke 18:8                            Ephesians 5:27                 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17                Acts 1:10-11
2 Thessalonians 2:1        Titus 2:13
•        The saints, the bride of Christ, shall reign with Him forevermore.     
 1 Thessalonians 4:17     Revelation 20:6
29. RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
                Hebrews 6:2                       1 Corinthians 15:12-54                   John 11:25-26                    Romans 8:23
                1 Thessalonians 4:16      2 Corinthians 5:6-8                          John 5:28-29                       Acts 24:15
                Revelation 20:12-15        Matthew 22:23-32                           Acts 23:6                              Acts 26:8
                2 Timothy 1:10                  Daniel 12; 2                                        Ecclesiastes 12:7               Psalm 73:24
                Psalm 49:15                        Luke 23:43          

30. ETERNAL JUDGMENT
•        All will be judged: the saints for their works, the sinners to damnation, and satan and all his demons to the lake of fire.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15     Revelation 20                   Matthew 25:34, 41                          Hebrews 6:2
31. THE LORD’S SECOND COMING
•        A distinct, separate event from the rapture of the Church. The personal, imminent return of Christ at the end of the seven-year tribulation, when He will personally and visibly return, with His saints.
Revelation 19:11-16        Revelation 1:7                  Matthew 24:30                                 Zechariah 14:4-61
2 Thessalonians 1:10      Titus 2:13
32. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN
•        A thousand years on earth, during which satan will be bound, and the Lord will have things the way He always intended for His kingdom and His saints.
                Revelation 20:1-6
33. THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH
                Isaiah 65:17                        Revelation 21:1                 2 Peter 3:10-13                  Isaiah 66:22
                Matthew 24:35                 Revelation 21:5

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