Tenents of Faith

Apostles & Prophets: We believe that the church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets with Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). Prophets and apostles work together to discern, declare, and implement the current speaking of God to the church. Together they comprise the primary means by which the Church is built accurately. Acts 13:1-3, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11-16, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Corinthians 3:10.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit: We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the primary source for empowerment in the life of every believer. Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is different than our experience at salvation. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is often accompanied by the supernatural ability to speak in tongues, a supernatural impartation of boldness, the ability to prophesy, and a desire to exalt and glorify God. Matthew 3:11, Luke 11:11-13, John 16:7-14, Acts 1:8, 2:4, 2:38, 4:31-33, 10:44-46, 19:6.

Baptism in Water: We believe that water baptism is enacted through immersion and is an outward sign symbolizing the inward gift of eternal life. Water baptism represents a form of circumcision from the world and its ways. Each born-again man, woman, and child must be baptized after they have made a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ.  Infants and small children must first make a cognitive decision to follow Jesus Christ. Matt. 28:19, Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:11-12.

Bible: We believe the Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible Word of God and are profitable for guidance in every area of life especially for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16.

Church: We believe the church (Gr. Ecclesia) is a governmental assembly of “called out” believers who meet and live together as a spiritual community. Each individual believer is integrated into the ecclesia as they submit themselves to God’s delegated governmental authority (i.e. elders, the Senior Elder, and apostolic oversight) and embrace the vision, tenets of faith and doctrine which are espoused and taught by the leaders. Titus 1:5, Acts 14:23, Ephesians 3:10, 1 Timothy 3:15.

Communion: We believe in celebrating the Lord’s Supper (Communion) as a representation of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper is available to all who acknowledge their need for forgiveness, who desire to know God more intimately and who understand that Christ’s blood forgives our sins and restores us to right relationship with God.  I Corinthians 11:24-28.

Five-Fold Ministers: We believe that Jesus gave gifts (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers) to the Church to perfect or complete the church. Perfect = (NT:2677) – Katartismo, katartismós; to make fully ready. Perfection or completion (Eph. 4:12). Katartismós denotes perfection as being completed. It differs from katártisis (2676), the act of making perfect. Apostles and prophets appoint elders to rule in the local church (Titus 1:5, Acts 14:23); however, elders do not appoint five-fold ministers since they are appointed by Jesus Himself (Ephesians 4:8,11).

God: We believe in one God revealed in three persons: the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit. We recognize that God the Father is the head of the trinity, that Jesus Christ His Son is submitted to do the will of the Father and that the Holy Spirit is devoted to revealing the Truth and empowering believers. Matthew 3:16-17, John 4:34, John 16:13-14, Acts 1:8.

Government: We believe that God’s form of government for His church is theocratic in nature. God gives His authority to men to govern the church and as we trust and submit to their authority, as those sent by God, we honor God. Receiving and submitting to those sent by God is essential if the church is to experience God’s divine order and governmental strength. John 1:15, John 13:20, Romans 13:1-5, Heb. 13:17, 1 Peter 2:13-14, Zechariah 3:6-7, Isaiah 9:6-7, 1 Cor. 12:28.

Headship: Biblical headship is different than leadership in general. Headship, when functioning correctly, establishes proper order, which provides an environment that is safe, whole, and well managed. Biblical headship is not abusive or self-serving. True headship serves and equips others to more powerfully and effectively experience the fullness of God. Biblical headship is demonstrated in the following ways: The head of the Trinity is God the Father, the head of the Church is Jesus Christ the Son, the head of the marriage is the husband, the head governing body of the New Testament Church consisted of elders (men). (1 Cor. 11:3, Eph. 1:22, Eph. 5:23).

Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune Godhead. He convicts the world of sin, teaches us all things, brings to remembrance all that Jesus has said, comforts us, helps us, guides us and empowers us to live the Christian life. John 14:16-17, John 14:26, John 16:13, Acts 1:8.

Kingdom of God: We believe that the Kingdom of God is the invisible sphere of God’s ruler ship. The Kingdom of God is the primary place where God’s authority, power, and government is executed. The Kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21) and it is established and manifested through ongoing voluntary submission to Biblical beliefs, values, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 13). The Kingdom of God manifests in the physical realm as the Body of Christ exhibits the character and nature of God in their everyday lives. Religion, Pharisaism, and lawlessness are some of the primary obstacles that hinder and resist the Kingdom of God.

Man: We believe that God created man in His own image and that man’s purpose is to be restored to God and to glorify Him and serve Him through worship and obedience. We believe that man is not inherently good at birth but is fully configured to serve himself above all others. Thus, man is in absolute need of regeneration through submission to Jesus Christ. Gen. 1:26, Rom. 3:23-24.

Salvation: We believe that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. We receive this salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as we confess our sin to God and recognize that Christ’s blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. John 3:16, Romans 5:8-10, Romans 5:17-18.