What We Believe
We believe the Bible (Scripture) is the mind and the plan of God revealed. All that we need to know about God is written in the Bible. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe in One God (Strict Monotheism). God is the Eternal and Infinite One. (Isaiah 42:8; 43:11; 45:5-6)
We embrace the doctrine of the Trinity as a plausible but not a definitive explanation relative to the composition of the Godhead; however, we believe that the Trinity is best explained through Oneness Theology. There is only one Eternal "Spirit-Being" God (Isaiah 44:6,24), who is pleased to manifest Himself in many ways but most particularly as the Father (I Corinthians 8:6), the Son (Colossians 1:12-20), and the Holy Ghost (St. John 15:26). God is personified and distinct in operation but not separate in the economy of His Divinity. God The Father is positional. He precedes all things and all things have come from Him. He is Immutable, Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. There is no place in the universe where God is not present. The Son is the eternal Word of God and the visible manifestation of God the Father (St. John 1:1, 14; 14:6-9). The Holy Spirit is what God is by nature, the Spirit of Truth, the energizer of life and movement. When a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit and or receives the gift of the Holy Spirit he is then empowered by God to do His work on earth. Therefore the Holy Spirit indwells, empowers, and guides the Believer into all truths (St. John 16:13-16).
We believe that salvation is for all those who hear, believe, and respond affirmatively to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (St. John 3:16)
New Birth is manifested when one has been enabled to accept the finished work of Christ and repents of sin, and confesses The Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Water baptism is in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Acts 2:38; 19:5-6, Matthew 28: 19, and being filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit is an immediate response to New Birth (New Birth is the enablement which allows us to hear the preached word of God).
The perceived conflict between Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; and 19:5 continues to be problematic within many Christian denominations. We believe that water baptism is a divine requirement and that the name of JESUS should always be invoked over all believers when they are being water baptized. Neither Matthew 28:19 nor the scriptural references relative to water baptism in the book of Acts are inappropriate or conflicting statements. Therefore, this variance over which name to use when we baptize is resolved by invoking: "I now baptize you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." Please note, that this is a resolution; by incorporating these scriptural references we have now moved away from this age old conflict.
The Holy Spirit
The ultimate sign of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is when one supernaturally speaks in tongues (other languages) as the Spirit of God gives the utterance. (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46)
The believer should strive to live a victorious life through holiness and sanctification of oneself. (Hebrews 12:14)
We believe in the rapture, the second coming of Christ, and the final judgment of the quick (living) and the dead. (I Thessalonians. 4:16-18; II Timothy 4:1; Revelations 20:1-5, 20:7-15)