What We Believe
1. We believe in the Holy Trinity.
We believe there is one God manifested in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. For this reason we have no confidence in statues, imagines, virgins, “saints,” or human mediators. We have a personal and intimate relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5; John 17:3). We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit after we are born again in the name of Jesus Christ.
The fruit of the Christian character is the most important evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:31, 13:13). We believe God has given spiritual gifts to all members of the body of Christ for the edification of the church. The more important spiritual gifts are those that minister to other persons and therefore the gift of tongues is of minor importance than those for the edification, exhortation and consolation of other persons. (1 Corinthians 12:28-31: 1 Corinthians 14:12-19).
2. We believe salvation is only through faith.
We believe all persons are sinners and are separated from God and need to be saved from eternal condemnation. When a person hears the message of Christ and believes in Him, for the grace of God, through faith, he receives the Holy Spirit in his heart and is born again. Salvation cannot be won through good works or religious rites, but is a gift from God. In gratitude for this gift we promise to serve the Lord with all our hearts (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; 5:24; Revelation 3:20; Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:14,15).
We believe salvation absolutely depends on the grace of God. For this reason the true believers cannot lose their salvation because the Holy Spirit enters us the moment we are born again. A child of God who sins will be disciplined by his heavenly Father but will not be removed from the family. Nothing or no one can remove us from the hands of God or take away the eternal life. (Ephesians 1:13; Hebrews 12:1-11; John 10:27-29; Romans 8:38,39)
3. We believe in the church.
We believe the church is the body of Christ on earth today, available for all who have been born again through faith in Christ. The church can baptize in water in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit those disciples who confess with their month that Jesus Christ is the Lord. As disciples we are to persevere in the doctrine of the apostles, in the communion one with the other, in the partaking of the bread and wine and in prayers. In keeping with the first century Christians we are to give generously and with praise to the Lord. The tithe given to the work of the Lord is one of the important ways to be generous in our administration of 100% of the good things God has provided us, but the Christian should give with a right heart rather than through obligation or manipulation.
We celebrate each week the Lord’s communion until the second coming of Jesus, to remember what He did for us on the cross. (Matthew 6:1-4, 19-21; Matthew 23:23-24; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:41-47) We believe that as Christians we need to share our faith with others so they can come to an understanding of salvation and eternal life.
Every member of the church has spiritual gifts; we are brothers and we do not believe there is a distinction between the clergy and laity. All must work together to mutually edify the elders, leaders and pastors to be spiritually mature men, morally above question and to be capable in ministry in order to lead the church. Jesus is the only head of the church, and all of the true believers are His priests. The pastors are not to lord it over the church but are to serve and lead as an example of sacrifice and in humility. The man must be the leader of his family if he is to be a leader in the church and the woman is to be a helper in both the family and the church. A woman is not to teach or exercise authority over men. (Matthew 23:8-12; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Peter 5:2,3; Luke 9:23; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Timothy 2:12)
4. We believe in the love of God and of fellow man.
We believe in the first commandment to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind, and all of our strength. This love in manifested in individual adoration and collectively in spirit and truth. We want to adore God with emotion and enthusiasm, but not with fanaticism. The love of God also results in obedience to the biblical precepts to live a holiness for the power of the Holy Spirit in the family, the church, and the community. (Matthew 22:37-38; John 4:23-24; Galatians 5:16-23).
We believe in the importance of knowing the Bible and reading it each day, in order to be transformed in the renewal of ourselves through the word of God. The preaching and teaching must be based on the Bible alone. (Matthew 4:4; Romans 12:1-2).
We believe in the supernatural power of God. For this we pray. God can work miracles and heal instantly, but He also may use doctors, hospitals and medicine in the process. Satan and the demons exist, but have been conquered by the blood of Jesus Christ. The Spirit of Christ in us is greater than the power of the demons. Because of this, we concentrate on our relationship with Christ, putting on the total armor of God to be firm against the attacks of Satan. Those people who have not been reconciled to God remain under the influence of the enemy and his demons. Those people need to put their faith in Jesus and they will be set free from the power of sin; then they will be able to know and apply the word of God to their life. (James 5:13-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Revelation 12:9-12; 1 John 4:4; Ephesians 6:10-18; Ephesians 2:1-8; John 8:31-36)
We believe God will provide for our needs as we are His children. For this we give thanks before we eat and for all of His provisions. God is not obligated to give us all of our desires, but those things in accordance with His Will. We are not guaranteed an abundance of material things. God can use physical pain and lack of material goods for His purpose to conform us to the image of Christ. In the middle of the trials of this world we have the opportunity and responsibility to love one another. This is a very important and distinctive characteristic of the church and the manner in which the church hopes the world will be convinced of the promise of Jesus Christ and become His disciples in the context of the family of God. (Matthew 6:10,11; Mark 14:36; Philippians 4:11-13; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Romans 8:28-29; John 16:33; John 13:34-35)