WHAT WE BELIEVE
Articles of faith
We believe that holy men inspired by the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible. It (the Bible) is therefore, the Supreme Revelation of God, superior to human reasoning, and is therefore infallible rule of Faith and Practice.
We believe that Jesus Christ came into the world through the virgin to reveal the Father. He is the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of His person. Jesus was the creator of all things, for by Him, were all things created. We further believe that in Christ dwells all of the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and that it is impossible to know the Father without knowing the Son (John 14; Hebrews ; Colossians 1:16). We believe in the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus, who will soon return in the rapture to receive those who are His unto Himself. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We believe that by transgression, men fell from the state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into a state of spiritual death. He is therefore a slave to sin, separated from and an enemy to God until he is saved and delivered by the power of the Gospel (Romans 5:12, 21). We believe that the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolatrous and liars shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelations. 21:8)
We hold that every believer must trust and adhere to the foundation of the Biblical truth and experience upon which he must build his life. These foundation stones are: Repentance from dead works, Faith towards God, Doctrine of Baptism, Laying on of hands, Resurrection of the dead, and Eternal Judgment (Hebrews 6:1,2).
We believe that “by grace ye are saved through faith and that not of ourselves, not by works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8)We further believe that a continuous walk in grace should be the emphasis for righteousness and purity of the heart, and not in a particular custom of outward dress or adornment. (Romans 4:1-5) We believe that repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, he is brought into grounds of the New Covenant and made a partaker in the body of Christ. This is the initial step of salvation and is considered to be synonymous with the complete New Birth (Romans 5:1,9; Luke 22:20).
We believe that we are one Body, being members one of another, and that the basis of our fellowship is in Christ in the power of the Spirit. (Ephesians 2: 12-22, 4:3-6) We believe that Water Baptism is an essential part of the Christian experience and is to be performed only on repentant Believers. This act is done by immersion and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and by in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:3-12; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Acts 2:38) We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands by the presbytery for the confirmation and ordination of ministers. (Acts 13:1,3) The impartation of spiritual gifts (I Timothy 1:6); the impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8: 17-18); the ministry of healing to the sick (Mark 16:16); the confirmation of believers in the Faith (Acts 14:22), and the blessing and dedication, or setting apart, of children. We believe in the five-fold ministry gifts that were given to the church at the ascension of Jesus Christ and that they continue to be needed and should be expected in the church today. These ministry gifts to the Body of Christ are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Working with these ministries will be pastors, deacons, and the gifted men and women of the church. (Ephesians 4:11-12 )
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is equal with God. We believe that every believer may speak in tongues and should covet to prophesy that he might edify the whole church (1 Corinthians 14;1-5). We further believe that prophecy in the Church is a sign of the end-time visitation of God, for the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Joel 2; Acts 2: Revelations 19:10). We believe that the gifts of the Spirit should be operative in the church, to enjoy the fullness of God. Also, that these gifts are impacted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and are operated by this one and self-same Spirit. (I Corinthians 12)
We believe in the imminent personal return of our Lord and the restitution of all things spoken by the mouth of all the prophets since the world began. (Matthew 24:42-44; Acts 1:11; 3:19-21) We believe that there shall be a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. (II Peter 3:13; Revelations 21:1)
THE PRINCIPLE OF GIVING
We believe in the willingness to contribute regularly in the form of tithes, offerings and/or gifts to the support of the church according to his or her ability to excel in the grace of giving. We believe that he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity for God loves a cheerful giver. (II Cor. 9:6-7). The giving of finances to the church is a display of the fact, that God has provided (II Corinthians 9:6-8), and it teaches us to share, to be disciplined and obedient to God in the financial areas of our lives. By giving, we bless the Body of Christ, we help the work of the ministry, and testify that God has blessed us. We believe our giving brings glory to God.