What We Believe
Some Highlights of Core Beliefs

We believe that there is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator, and Redeemer of all that is. He is perfectly holy, just, loving, and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be eternally self-existent – one being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.

We believe that humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death, and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin.

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is God’s Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God’s kingdom on earth. He was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected, and ascended into heaven, and is now alive today in the presence of God the Father and in His people. 

We believe that we are saved by God’s grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can be restored to fellowship with God through repenting, believing, and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts, regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and adopts us as we enter the kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.

We believe in the ongoing, sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life and minister super-naturally. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4, is poured out on believers that they might have God’s power to be His witnesses.

We believe in the victorious, redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy – sin, lies, sickness, and torment.

We believe that the Church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ. He gave His Church the ordinances of baptism and communion. The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God’s love, and discipling the nations – baptizing and teaching them to love and obey God.

We believe in the ever-increasing government of God and in the Blessed Hope, which is the glorious, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule and reign with His overcoming bride – the Church.

We believe that heaven and hell are real places. There will be a resurrection of the lost and the saved, the one to everlasting death and the other to everlasting life.

Secondary and Tertiary Issues
Important but not Grounds for Breaking Fellowship

Soteriology: We are provisionist or traditional in approach to Scripture regarding salvation. We believe Jesus made a way for all men to come to the saving grace and knowledge of Him. In other words, we do not subscribe to reformed theology or what is commonly referred to Calvanism or Neo-Calvanism today. Calvanism is rooted in what Augustine taught in the 4th Century. These teachings/philisophies were not found in early church history until Augustine introduced them, probably influenced by his prior indoctrination in Stoic Gnosticism prior to his conversion to Christianity. It is an issue that has been plowed, debated, and even fought over since the 1600's. We just hold to a strongly convicted belief that is contrary to everything espoused in the TULIP acronym and the 'doctrines of grace' put forth by many famous, reformed pastors in the last several decades.  

Continuationist v. Cessasionist: We believe are continuationists. Quite simply, we believe the gifts of the Spirit, as laid out by Paul, should still be pursued and practiced today, as he encouraged. There is not a Scripture that points to an expiration date. Cessationists believe the gifts ceased with the death of the Disciples. We believe there are credible testimonies from 90 A.D. through today and until the Jesus's return. 

Gifts of the Spirit: As stated above, we believe that the gifts of the Spirit are to be eagerly desired, as stated in the Word. We also believe as stated in the Word, that everyone doesn't operate in all the gifts (I Corinthians 12, I Peter 4). That's the purpose the of eagerly desiring, we find in relationship with Jesus how he has specifically gifted each for the purpose of expanding His kingdom here on earth. When expressed in a corporate setting with other believers, we do believe it should be done in order under the leading of Holy Spirit and thus should represent I Corinthians 12 in how they manifest. 

To Reiterate: We find these issues to be secondary and not a cause to break fellowship. I once taught at a Christian school, that was under the umbrella of a reformed church, and 95% of my colleagues were reformed/Calvanist/cessationist believers, and it never caused strife or stress or tension between us. We had many conversations in different settings. Over 20+ years later, I consider some of those people my dearest friends to this day.