WHAT WE BELIEVE

Doctrinal Statement”

The Bible, in its entirety, is the Word of God. It is a supernaturally given revelation from God concerning His being, His nature, His character, His will and His purposes, and man’s nature, need, duty and destiny. The Scriptures (Old and New Testament) are written without error or defect of any kind, nor misstatement in their moral and spiritual teaching and record of historical fact. There is one God eternally existing and manifesting Himself to us in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin conception through Mary, a linear descendant of David. He lived, taught, and wrought mighty works, wonders and signs, exactly as recorded in the four Gospels. He was put to death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate.  After three days and three nights, God raised from the dead the body of Jesus that had been nailed to the cross. The Lord Jesus, after his crucifixion, burial and resurrection, appeared unto His disciples, showing Himself to be alive for the space of forty days. After this, the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, and the Father set Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule authority, power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come. God put all things under his feet, and gave Him to head over all things to the church.

The Lord Jesus, before His incarnation, existed in the form of God and on His own choice laid aside His divine glory, took upon Himself the form of a servant, made in the likeness of men. In His preexistent state, He was with God and was God. He possesses all attributes of deity and should be worshiped as God by angels and man – “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”. All the words He spoke during His earthly life were the Word of God. There is absolutely no error of any kind in them and by the words of Jesus Christ the words of all other teachers must be tested.

The Lord Jesus became, in every respect, a real man, possessed of all the essential characteristics of human nature.

The Holy Spirit is a person and is possessed of all the distinctively driving attributes. He is God. The Hebrew word “ruah,” means breath, wind or spirit. Applied to human beings, it describes the active principle that vitalizes a living person. The Greek word “pheuma”, which means breath or wind when used with the adjective “Holy”, identifies the third person of the Trinity in the New Testament.

There are several specific works of the Holy Spirit:

Baptism: The Holy Spirit’s work of uniting all believers with the living body of Christ

Filling: This descriptive word portrays the believer in full harmony with the Holy Spirit and vitalized by divine power

Sealing: This term is linked with several different important meanings of the Spirit’s presence, but in particular with the fact that His presence is a guarantee of God’s ownership of and commitment to believers.

Indwelling: This refers to the Holy Spirit’s permanent presence within the personality of the believer. He has come to be with us to live within us forever.

Gifts: This represents the working of the Holy Spirit through the believer, especially in the ministry of believers one to another in the Body of Christ. Scripture emphasizes that each believer is gifted, and thus is spiritually significant.

We believe in intercession, praying in the spirit and praying with understanding. Praying in the spirit and speaking in tongues are part of spiritual warfare. We believe this prepares the atmosphere and the people for God to move among us. The Christian is to respond to the Holy Spirit as he does to Jesus; that is with faith.  We are to believe God’s Word that the Holy Spirit is within us, and we are to rely on Him for the power we need to be holy.

The Five Fold Ministry – We believe in the five-fold gifting as recorded in the book of Ephesians 4:11-13. We believe that these gifts are responsible for the ordering of the saints in respect of their individual callings. We believe they help us understand what our purpose is in the Kingdom of God. We believe that these gifts are an order connected to function and that they are listed in order. We believe that all five of these ministry gifts are for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry and the edifying of the body of Christ.

Deliverance Ministry – We believe in the ministry of healing and deliverance as outlined in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. We accept our responsibility in Mark 16 to fulfill the Great Commission as we minister healing and deliverance to set the captives free. We believe that this was a vital part of the ministry of Jesus Christ. We believe that deliverance is not a back room ministry and Satan hates deliverance and fights against it. We believe it is important to repent and seek to be set free in areas of bondage so we can serve Christ more fully. Jesus is still setting people free.