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OUR BELIEFS

BIBLIOLOGY (BIBLE)  

 

We believe in the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments (OT-39 books, NT-27), a total of 66 books, and that they are complete in its canonicity (measuring rod or rule) through the following process and principles. First, the writer needed to bear the stamp of authority (OT-lawgivers or prophet, NT- apostles, prophets, or someone with very strong associations). Second, the writings needed to be clear it its suitability in the teaching of God’s principles, inspired by God, and the dynamic power that was delivered through God’s written word. Third, the writings were to be accepted by the majority of Ecclesiastical (Church) decrees.

We believe in the inspiration (II Tim. 3:16) of the Bible. I believe the Holy Scriptures is the plenary (absolute and complete) God-breathed (inspired) word of God and final authority on how we live our lives here on earth, and we are not to take away from its inerrant teachings. (II Tim 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Revelations 22:19)

We believe that God has chosen to reveal Himself to man through different venues. General revelation is the revelation of God through creation (nature), mans’ conscience, and God’s provisions. Man is without excuse through the power and glory of these revelations. In the past, God used other means such as visions, dreams, prophecies and miracles. (Ps 19:1-4, Rom. 1:19-20, 2:11-16, Acts 14:17) Special Revelation is God’s revelation through Jesus Christ (the living Word) and the Bible, (written Word) ( I Cor. 1:19, 2:9, Luke 24:27, John 1:1, 5:39)

We believe that God has and will continue to preserve, sustain and stave off any attacks of His divine Work. ( Ps. 119:89, Isa. 40:8, 59:21, Matt. 24:35)

Bibliology
Theology

THEOLOGY PROPER (GOD)

We believe in the existence of a Trine God that is one God that through his infinite power exists as three persons. God is also completely independent of anything or anyone. God also exists as a personal being, with a personal name (Yaweh or Jehovah), who does not need a relationship with man but desires it, and through man’s sinful and depravity, it is man that rejects and suppresses the fact of God existence. The nature God also exists as a spirit and those who worship must worship Him in spirit. (John 5:26, Acts 17:25, Rom. 1:28, Rev. 3:20, John 17:5, 24, John 4:24)

We believe in the Trinity of God. The power to be one and three all at the same time. Each Person of the Trinity is eternal God and is co-equal with each other all the while fulfilling different roles.  (II Cor. 13:14, I Pet. 1:2, John 1:1, Phil. 2:6, Acts 5:3-4, Luke 11:13)

Attributes of God

These attributes are solely belonging to God

  • Eternal

  • Immense

  • Immutable

  • Sovereign

  • Majestic

  • Omnipotence

  • Omnipresence

  • Omniscience

Christology

CHRISTOLOGY (CHRIST)

We believe that Jesus Christ is God and was supernaturally born of virgin. This miraculous conception by the Holy Ghost allowed Christ to be sinless and to be the perfect sinless sacrifice for mankind on the cross of Calvary. (John 1:1-3, Hebrews 1:8, 9:14)

Christ’s incarnation to be all man and all God was done through God’s omnipotence all the while never sacrificing His deity. Christ also “emptied himself” to be made in the likeness of man. As man, Jesus Christ has become a High Priest, understanding our infirmities, being tempted, but never yielding to sin. (Phil. 2:5-8, Heb. 4:15)

Jesus Christ earthly ministry included the work of Prophet, through His death, burial and resurrection and now intercession fulfills the role of the High Priest and in the future to reign as king. (Acts 3:22-24, Heb. 7-9, Rev. 19-20)

We believe that Jesus came to die on a cross as a substitutionary death for the sins of mankind. He was buried and rose again on the third day to fulfill scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is now seated on the right hand of God. In heaven, Christ acts as our High Priest and Intercessor. Christ will return for His church at the rapture, and then return after the seven year tribulation. Upon His return, he will set up His kingdom reign of 1000 years. (I Tim. 2:6, II Cor. 5:14-21, Matt. 27:57-28:1, Heb. 10:12, Heb. 4:14-15, I Thess. 4:13-18, Rev. 19, Rev. 20:3-6)

Pneumatology

PNEUMATOLOGY (HOLY SPIRIT)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God and is a person that is manifested as a person with the use of intellect, emotions, and will. The Holy Spirit was involved in creation, revelation and inspiration of the Word of God. He actively is involved in the convicted of mankind to see their wicked ways of sin their need to turn to a Savior, Jesus Christ.

He is also working in the lives of believers to guide, direct and illuminate the Word of God. After the giving of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Ghost now has also become an immediate presence in the believer upon salvation sealed unto the day of redemption. In the OT times and before the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was in and work through and filled people for specific works and ministries.

As believers learn to trust and yield to the moving of the Holy Spirit they are said to be filled with the spirit. The Holy Spirit then gives spiritual gifts (temporary and permanent) for the use of edifying of the church. These gifts include teaching, administering, showing mercy, and giving. Finally, the Holy Spirit is the comforter in Christ’s stead to the believers and the one who holds back the tide of evil in this world. (Acts 5:3-4, Eph. 4:30, I Cor. 2:10-13, John 16:7, 8-11, II Thess. 2:7 , Gen. 41:38, Judg. 13:25, I Cor. 12:13,  I Cor. 12:7, 13:8,)

Angelology

ANGELOLOGY (ANGELS)

We believe that angels were created at some point during creation. They are powerful spirit beings that possess personality. Angels were created holy, innumerable, and immortal and cannot procreate. They give worship and praise to God and function as His messengers and as instruments of His judgment. To the believer, angels minister according to God’s perfect will.

                  Satan and his demons were fallen angels that were initially created wise and close to the God’s throne, but choose by free will wanting to usurp the power and glory of God. These fallen angels are at war against God work in the world. In the end, Satan and his followers will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. (Job 38:6-7, Col. 1:16,  I Pet. 1:12, Jude 6, Luke 20:35-36, Ps 103:20, Heb. 1:6,14, Rev. 7:1, 14:6-8, Is 14:12-17, Rev. 12:4, Eph. 6:12, Rev. 20:10, Job 1:6) 

Anthropology

ANTHROPOLOGY (MAN)

We believe that man is a created being and are descendants of the first man, Adam. We believe that man receives his body, soul and spirit at the time of conception. Man is both material and immaterial. The material portion is the body and the immaterial will be the soul and spirit. Man also possesses intellect, will and emotions. Man was created righteous and holy with the ability to make free choices of obedience or disobedience. I believe that man was created in the image of God. Since God is a spirit, this likeness involves a mental likeness and moral likeness. (Gen. 2:7, 1:27, 28, I Thess. 5:23, Heb. 4:12, Col. 3:10, Eph. 4:24)

Hamartiology

HAMARTIOLOGY (SIN)

We believe sin is the transgression of the law and any thought (heart) or action against God’s holiness and righteousness is a sin. I believe sin in this world originated with Adam in the Garden of Eden, and through this one man, sin entered in and all of mankind inherits this sinful nature. We are all responsible for our own sins and the results of sins are both physical death and spiritual death.

This sin nature originates in the heart of man and permeates our entire soul and spirit. This total depravity of man’s heart and mind affects all that we do and say. If sin is not dealt with through the biblical redemption of our Lord and Savior by faith, the ultimate penalty of sin is eternal separation from God. (I John 3:4, Rom. 5:12, Matt. 15:18-19, Rom. 3:23, Gen. 2:17, Eph. 2:1, Rom. 3:9-18, Eph. 4:18, Rom. 6:23)

Soteriology

SOTERIOLOGY (SALVATION)

We believe the doctrine of Salvation includes the work of all three persons of the Trinity. The work of God the Father from time immemorial created his plan of salvation for mankind. This plan of salvation is truly a result of God’s eternal love for his creature. It is also clear that God intended his plan to be available to all who repent and believe.

We believe that through his omniscience (foreknowledge of all things past and present) has chosen us in Christ that we should be holy and blameless. This was not an extemporaneous choice, or a choice which would involve works, but His plan of redemptive power to all who believe. This salvation would include an eternal spiritual inheritance and spiritual blessing to mankind which in turn brings honor and glory to God.

We believe the work of Jesus Christ is this plan of salvation comes through the death, burial, and resurrection. On the cross, Christ took upon him the sins of mankind through the shedding of His blood (redemption). Through death, He propitiated (took place or satisfied) the wrath of God. Then through the resurrection, this signifies the new life in Christ to those who believe in the entire work of the cross.

Through the Holy Spirit we have the convicting and convincing of men of their depravity of heart and consequence of sin. He is the means of regeneration and then seals believers in eternal security. Then the Holy Spirit uses the sanctification process in the lives of believers as they yield over control.

We believe that salvation only comes when someone repents and believes in the Lord Jesus, Christ as their personal Savior. (Acts 16:31, Rom 8:13, II Cor. 3:18, Eph. 1:13-14, John 3:5, John 16:8-11, II Cor. 5:21, John 3:16-17, I Pet. 1:18-19, I John 2:2, Eph. 1:11, 1:4, II Pet. 3:9, Ex. 33:11)

Ecclesiology

ECCLESIOLOGY (CHURCH)

We believe that the local church is a body of believers assembled together according to the tenets of the New Testament found in Acts. The church began at the Day of Pentecost and will cease at the time of the Rapture. The church has Christ’s as the head and is autonomous and the emphasis in scripture is on the local church.

The main purpose the church it to glorify God through fellowship, prayer, worship, edification, evangelism and discipleship. God has also given special gifts to fulfill these roles.

The offices of the church will include the Pastor and Deacon. The pastor will be in charge of spiritual oversight and deacon for the office of physical service.

The two ordinances of the church include baptism and Lord’s Supper. Both of these ordinances are symbolic and offer a venue to display an act of obedience and honor. In baptism, this symbolizes the believer’s testimony to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Lord’s Supper, this is due in remembrance of Christ death until the His return.

We believe the church (as the bride of Christ) as it waits for the return of God must do its best to maintain purity and sanctification. It must strive to be separated unto God and his practices for holiness and righteousness. The church should not associate itself with any Liberalism, Charismatic, or Ecumenical (worldwide) movement. (Eph. 1:22, Acts 2:41-47, Rev. 4-19, I Cor. 10:32, Eph. 4:16, I Cor. 12:7-12, I Tim. 3:1,10, I Cor. 11:24-27, Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 6:14-17, Rom. 1:1)

Eschatology

ESCHATOLOGY (END TIMES)


We believe is a literal heaven and hell. At the time of death, the soul of an unbeliever will be entered in hell. At time of the Great White Throne Judgment, the body and soul will be reunited and cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. For those who believe, upon death, the soul is in the presence of the Lord. The Believer’s body will be resurrected and glorified at the time of the rapture and will spend eternity in the presence of the Lord.

We believe the Rapture of the church is the next prophetic event to occur. We believe in the pre-tribulational, pre-millennial return of Christ. Following the Rapture, believers will be part of the Judgment Seat of Christ (Bema) and will also be part the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Following the rapture, there will be a seven year tribulation period. This time will include a time for the chastening of the Nation of Israel, judge the wicked and unbelievers. Also, during this time the “beast” or anti-Christ will be revealed. This period will include a covenant with the nation of Israel and time of peace for period of three in a half years, at which time the covenant is broken and set of cataclysmic events, occur culminating in the Battle of Armageddon where the King of Kings utterly destroys those who have been in opposition.

The Second Coming of Christ will include a physical return to set up His kingdom and to gather His bride (Saints). I believe the OT Saints and Tribulation Saints will be raised and rewarded. This reign will be for a thousand years. At the end of this reign, Satan will be let lose one more time for his final deception but ultimately his final destruction.

The resurrection of the wicked will take place followed by the Great White Throne judgment where those whose names were not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. The Eternal State will mark the end of this period and start of new heaven and new earth for all believers to worship God and dwell forever.

(Luke 16:22-23, Rev. 20:11-15, I Cor. 5:8, I Cor. 15:52, I Thess 4:13-18, Titus 2:13, John 14:3, Rev. 3:10, Rev. 19-7-10, I Cor. 3:13-15, II Cor. 5:10, Daniel 9:24-27, Matt. 15-22, Rev. 3:10, Rev. 11:1-2, Rev. 13 and 17, I John 2:18, Rev. 16:14-16, 14:19-20, 19:11-21, Rev. 2:44, Dan. 12:2-3, Rev. 20:7-15, Rev. 20:1-3 

Ordinances

ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

We believe there are two ordinances of the church which are believers (water) baptism and the Lord’s Table (Communion) (I Cor. 11:23-34, Acts 8:12, 35-37, 10:47-48)

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