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Statement of Faith:

Inspiration of the Bible:
We that the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16,) and that holy men spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21).  We believe the Bible is without error in it's original form, contains no contradictions and is in harmony with science.

God:
We believe in one God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He is also the Creator, the Word, the Lamb, the Angel of God, Jehovah, Yahweh and Lord. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1; 1 John 5:7; John 1:29, Ex 3:19, 24; John 4:24, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Luke 1:35).

Jesus Christ:
We believe that that Jesus Christ eternally existed as God and the Word (John 1:1) and that He appeared in visible form to many long before He was born as a man.  We believe that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).  We believe that He was conceived and born of a virgin, and that though He was man, He was God in the flesh.  He is the only One to have been God born as a man (John 1:18We believe that He lived a sinless life and worked many miracles. We believe that He literally died on a cross, and that He was dead for three days, during which He descended into Hades and accomplished a work there.  We believe that He literally and bodily rose from the dead.  We believe that He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19,) the majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3).  We believe that He poured out His Spirit, by Whom He indwells believers (Colossians 1:27).

Christ in the Believer:
We believe that Christ indwells believers by the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:27).  We believe in the supernatural gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12).

Salvation:
We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that no man cometh unto the Father but by Him (John 14:6) and that there is no salvation in any other: for there is non other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

Water Baptism:
We believe in the baptism of believers by complete immersion, and that baptism must be done in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, unto the remission of sins and in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5).  That baptism in water signifies our identification with the death and resurrection of Christ, and also symbolizes our own death to sin and resurrection into new life in Christ.

Baptism in the Holy Ghost
We believe in the baptism in the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:11), and that this experience is accompanied by spiritual power and tongues as the Spirit giveth utterance (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4).

The Lord's Supper
We believe in the Lord's supper - communion, and that as often as we drink of it we remember His death until the Lord comes (1 Cor. 11:26).  That the bread and wine is symbolic of His body and of His blood (Luke 22:17-20).

Healing:
We believe that miracles are for today, for Jesus Christ was a healer and that He is the same yesterday, and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  We believe that being a healer is an intrinsic characteristic of God, for I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exodus 15:26).  We believe that healing was provided for in the atonement, for by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).  We believe that supernatural healing, along with other supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit will continue until that which is perfect is come (1 Corinthians 13:10).

Prosperity:
We believe in prosperity and in God's provision.  We believe that the believer's lifestyle should be free from covetousness (Hebrews 13:5) and that no man can serve both God and Mammon (Matthew 6:22) for the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).  We believe that Jesus came that we may have life abundantly (John 10:10,) that the Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant (Psalm 35:27) and that it is God's wish for His People that they prosper (3 John 2).  We believe that God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7,) and that God opens the windows of heaven to those who honor Him with their tithes, their substance and with the first fruit of their increase ((Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 3:9).

Holiness:
We believe in holiness, without which no man shall see God (Hebrews 12:14) and that those who persist in sin will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:21, 1 Cor. 6:9-10).

Marriage:
We believe in marriage as a solemn covenant between one man and one woman, and that marriage symbolizes Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5,) “We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen. 1:26-27) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.) We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of [the organization] as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the [the organization] members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by [the organization] in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22) We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11) We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of this organization.

The Second Coming:
We believe in the Second Coming of Christ, that He will come in like manner as He was seen ascending to heaven (Acts 1:11).  We believe that He will come back in literal, bodily form.  We believe that the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and 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: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).