Our Beliefs:



Our foundational belief is that the 66 books of the Bible are GOD's Holy Word, and it is the final authority here on earth for all doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. This means that the beliefs below are based on careful "Berean-like" study of all of the Scriptures, and they can only summarize what the Bible infallibly says. That being said, the Word of God is what we really believe, and the topics below express our understanding of some key issues in the Holy Scriptures.

 

 

Regarding God:

 

We believe that a fully harmonized view of the Word of God reveals that there is, and always has been, one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all possess the same divine nature;  that God knows all things, can do all things, does all that He pleases, owns all things, sustains all life, answers to no one, is perfectly pure, works all things for the good of those that love Him, and is working all things after the council of His will. (And because He is indescribably wonderful, unbelievably glorious, incalculably perfect, and unfathomably above all we can know or understand, there is much, much more!) (Matthew 28:19-20, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Timothy 3:16, John 1:18, John 15:26, Genesis 1:26, Job 37:16, Psalm 147:5, 1 John 3:19-20, Isaiah 46:9, Psalm 139:4, Proverbs 3:19,  Matthew 19:26, Psalm 115:3, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Job 12:10, Daniel 4:35, 1 John 1:5, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 1:11)

 

We believe in the complete deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who always was, and always will be God; that He did not cease to be God during His time on Earth. (John 1:1-3, John 1:14, Colossians 2:9, Colossians 1:15-17, John 14:9-10)

 

We believe in the personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit; that He is the infallible Inspirer and Interpreter of the Bible; that He convicts, regenerates, indwells, empowers, instructs, prepares, and guides the believer in living, service, and worship through His gifts; that in this age He baptizes all believers into one body; that His fullness and power are appropriated in the believer's life by faith, hope and love in obedience to God; We believe that, as the Prophets foretold: in the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit was and is poured out on all who repent and believe in Jesus Christ to be saved, and that as we walk after the Spirit, the righteous requirement of God’s Law is fulfilled in us. (Isaiah 63:10-11, Matthew 12:32, Mark 3:29, Mark 13:11, Luke 12:10, John 14:26, Matthew 4:1, John 16:7-11, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38,  Acts 4:25, Acts 4:31, Acts 5:32, Acts 15:28, Acts 16:6, Acts 20:28, Acts 21:11, Romans 15:13-16, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30, 2 Timothy 1:14, Titus 3:5, Hebrews 2:4, Hebrews 3:7-11, 2 Peter 1:21, Romans 8:14, 1 Corinthians 13:12-13, Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:17-21, Acts 2:33, Acts 2:38, Acts 11:15, Galatians 3:14, Romans 8:4)

 

We believe that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, now sits at the right hand of God the Father; functioning as the High Priest for all believers, making intercession for them; and that Jesus is the only name by which anyone can be saved from the wrath of God that each of us deserves due to our own sin and rebellion against Him. We believe Jesus is the promised Messiah foretold in the Law and the Prophets and by responding to His death, burial and resurrection with ongoing repentance and faith, we have the hope of eternal life. (Acts 2:33, Hebrews 12:2, Hebrews 3:1, Hebrews 4:14-15, Hebrews 5:5-10, Hebrews 6:20, Hebrews 7:26, Hebrews 8:1, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 9:24, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 3:18, 1 John 5:12, Romans 5:9, John 3:36, 1 Thessalonians 1:10)

 

 

Regarding the Bible:

 

We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the authoritative and inspired Word of God; the sixty-six books of the Bible are sufficient, inerrant, and infallible in the original texts; that those texts have been remarkably preserved through the ages; that the Bible is our only infallible rule for faith and practice until the Lord's return, and that all extra biblical sources of information are subject to the Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21, 1 Peter 1:25, Matthew 24:35, Luke 21:33, Mark 13:31, 1 Corinthians 4:6)

 

We believe that true historical sciences confirm the Bible as the most remarkable and accurate Historical record of the earth and man ever to exist. For example, Archeology has confirmed: Ur, Haran (Genesis 11:31-32), Mt. Ebal Altar (Deuteronomy 27:1-8, Joshua 8:30-32), City of David (1 Kings 2:10), Hezekiah's Tunnel, Pool of Siloam (2 Kings 20:20, 2 Chronicles 32:30), Jeroboam's Temple in Dan (1 Kings 12:26-30), Hittites (Joshua 1:4), Jericho (Joshua 6:2-20), Gibeah (1 Samuel 10:26), Pool of Bethesda (John 5:2), the 4 Roman Anchors (Acts 27:29) and many more historical accounts in the Bible.

 

 

Regarding the incarnation and atoning work of Jesus:

 

We believe that the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit; that He was born of the virgin Mary; that He was without sin, never breaking one of God's commands; that He died as a perfect redemptive sacrifice for the sin of all men; that He was buried; that He arose from the dead on the third day, in the same, but glorified, body in which He lived and died; that He ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and by His death He provided atonement for all men, but it is conditionally applied only to those who repent and go on believing in Him. (Luke 1:30-35, Matthew 1:20-25, Luke 2:8-40, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 1 John 4:10, Romans 3:25, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Mark 15:46, Luke 23:53, Luke 24:12, John 20:15-28, Luke 24:36-53, Mark 16:19-20, Acts 1:6-12, 1 Timothy 3:16, Acts 7:55-56, 1 John 2:2, John 4:42, 1 John 4:14, John 12:32, Romans 5:18, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 1 Timothy 4:10, Titus 2:11, John 3:15-18, John 3:36, Romans 10:11, 1 Peter 2:6, Mark 1:15, Luke 15:10, Luke 24:46-47, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 11:18, Acts 17:30, Acts 20:21, Acts 26:19-20, 2 Corinthians 7:10, 2 Peter 3:9) 

 

 

Regarding Worship:

 

We believe that God has prescribed exactly how He is to be worshiped in His Word, and what Holy days we are to celebrate; that Cain, Nadab, Abihu, Uzzah, and many other examples were given to demonstrate that God demands pure worship according to His own Word; that the mixing of pagan practices, or non-Biblical "holidays" into the worship of the One True God is forbidden by the Holy Bible; that the example of Jesus and His Apostles points to the continuous celebration of the Feasts of the Lord and the Holy Sabbath; that Biblical prophecy makes it very clear that every nation will celebrate God's Feast Days and His Sabbath in the future, just as Jesus and the Apostles did in the past, so they must still be the proper mode of worship at this time; and that intermingling the sacred with the secular incorrectly elevates the secular, while inadvertently diminishing the sacred. (Exodus 12, Leviticus 23, Genesis 4:3-7, 1 John 3:12, Leviticus 10:1-3, 2 Samuel 6:6-7, Deuteronomy 12:2-8, Luke 22:14-15, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, Matthew 12:12, Zechariah 14:16-19, Isaiah 66:23)

 

 

Regarding Lessons from the Key Controversies of the New Testament Apostolic Period:

 

We believe that the first major controversy in the New Covenant Church was between the Hebrew speaking and reading disciples and the Hellenists, or Greek speaking and reading disciples, and that the Apostles were led by God to place Greek speaking men into the position of Deacons, as evidenced by the fact that their names were all clearly Greek in origin and meaning; that this decision made it clear that no one should ever be puffed up by any particular language, and “there is neither Greek nor Jew, or circumcised nor uncircumcised” in the Body of the Messiah, there are only Spirit-led disciples who hear and obey the Word of God. (Acts 6:1-6, 1 Corinthians 4:6, 8:1, 7:18, Romans 3:30, 4:10-11, Galatians 2:7, Colossians 3:11)

 

We believe the largest controversy in the New Covenant Church was between “the circumcision” and the Apostles, because those of “the circumcision” claimed it was necessary to circumcise the Gentiles who repented and believed, and to command them to keep the laws of Moses “concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.” (Hebrews 9:10); That Paul, Barnabas, Peter, James, and eventually the entire Jerusalem Council (comprised of the Apostles and Elders, with the whole church) disagreed with “the circumcision” and sent a letter to the Gentile churches that clearly repudiated that demand; That they informed the Gentiles that they must avoid four specific types of physical defilement that would arouse God’s anger against even a Gentile, since Moses recorded that these issues either led to Gentiles being judged by God in the past, or were prohibited to Noah; That these restrictions included three food laws for Gentiles: consuming blood, consuming meat that was strangled (since it traps the blood in the meat), and consuming meat that was sacrificed to idols, plus one law against a sin that physically defiles the body, namely sexual immorality. (Acts 21:21-25, Romans 9:30-32, Philippians 3:2-11, Acts 13:38-39, Acts 10:45-48, 11:1-18, Acts 15:1-31, Acts 21:17-25, Genesis 9:3-4, Jude 1:7, 1 Corinthians 6:18, Galatians 2:12, Ephesians 2:11, Philippians 3:3, Titus 1:10, Revelation 2:14, 2:20)

 

We believe that in Acts 15:21, James was explaining WHY these four types of physical defilement were off limits even to Gentiles based on the writings of Moses, since Noah was told not to consume blood, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for sexual immorality, and the nations of Canaan were destroyed for their idolatry and sexual immorality; therefore we disagree with those who claim that James was actually agreeing with “the Circumcision party”, by saying that Gentiles should eventually observe all of the requirements of Leviticus “concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation”; And one way we confirm our conclusion is by the statement, years later, in Acts 21, “...they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. “What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. “Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow. “Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law. “But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.” Acts 21:21-25 (Acts 15:1-31, Genesis 9:3-4, Jude 1:7, Leviticus 18:3-29)

 

Therefore, we believe that in the New Testament two distinct groups existed in the church: the circumcision and the uncircumcision, but they are both saved in the same manner, through repentance and faith in the Messiah; that there can be unity between these two groups, just as there was unity in the first century body of the Messiah, and that this unity can be achieved by obeying all the Word of God has to say in love; that Romans 14 instructs the “uncircumcision” to avoid knowingly putting things before the “circumcision” that might cause them to stumble, and several passages teach the “circumcision” not to judge the “uncircumcision”, especially in matters of food or drink. (Acts 15:7-11, Acts 14:1, Acts 18:4, Acts 19:10, 19:17, Acts 20:18-21, Romans 1:16, Romans 10:12, 1 Corinthians 12:13,  Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11, Romans 3:30, Romans 4:9-12, 1 Corinthians 7:18-19, Galatians 2:3-9, Galatians 2:11-14, Galatians 5:2-6, Romans 14:1-23, 1 Corinthians 10:31-32, Colossians 2:16, Mark 7:14-23, 1 Timothy 4:4-5)

 

Therefore, based on Romans 14, we have agreed in love as a fellowship to never knowingly bring food or drink, or any other stumbling block that our brothers or sisters might consider unclean or biblically forbidden into the group, and we will each respect the convictions of our brothers and sisters, without flaunting our liberty, or boasting in our abstinence; and individually we agree that we will allow each person to quietly practice their own convictions on these issues in peace, as they are each fully convinced in their own mind.  (Romans 14:1-23, 1 Corinthians 8:11-13)

 

However, we insist on everyone recognizing that the Scriptures plainly declare: “food does not commend us to God”, “it is unprofitable to be occupied with concerns about food”, and “Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.” (1 Corinthians 8:8, Hebrews 13:9-10, Romans 14:3, 1 Corinthians 6:12-13)

 

 

Regarding Creation and the Flood:

 

We believe Jesus created the Universe in six literal consecutive Days, around 6,000-8,000 years ago; and later, due to sin and corruption, God wiped all air breathing life off of the earth, except for Noah's family and the occupants of the Ark, by a literal, global, worldwide flood.  (Colossians 1:15-17, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31, Genesis 2:3, Genesis 6:17, Genesis 7:19-23, 1 Peter 3:20, 2 Peter 2:5, 3:6-7, Matthew 24:38, Luke 17:27, Hebrews 11:7) 

 

 

Regarding Satan:

 

We believe that Satan was created by God, as one of many sinless and perfect angels, but sin was found in him - revealed through pride, and he became Satan the adversary; that he is an actual being; that he is the originator of sin; that he operates today as the prince and "god" of this worldly system comprised of “the children of disobedience”; that he is the enemy of God, and the people of God, and the deceiver of humanity; that he led Adam and Eve into transgression that resulted in humanity's fall; that he was “triumphed over” at the cross; that he, along with death and hades, will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity at the end of the millennial (1000 yr.) reign of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:13-15, 1 Chronicles 21:1, Job 1:7-12, Job 2:1-7, Matthew 4:8-10, Luke 22:31, Acts 26:18, 1 Peter 5:8-9, 2 Corinthians 2:10-11, 2 Corinthians 11:14, 1 Thessalonians 2:18, 1 Timothy 5:15, Revelation 2:13, Matthew 13:19, Matthew 13:38, John 17:15, Ephesians 6:16, 2 Thessalonians 3:2-4, 1 John 3:12, 1 John 5:19, John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Timothy 2:14, Colossians 2:15, Revelation 20:7, 10 & 14)  

 

 

Regarding Angels:

 

We believe that approximately one third of the angels followed Satan in his fall. (Revelation 12:4, Matthew 25:41, 2 Peter 2:4, James 2:19, Jude 1:6, Revelation 12:9)

 

We believe that approximately two thirds of the angels stayed in their holy positions and serve as ministering spirits of God for the carrying out of His purpose, especially to those who will be saved. (Matthew 4:11, Luke 2:13-14, Daniel 6:22, Hebrews 1:14, Psalms 91:11, Matthew 13:41, Matthew 24:31, Revelation 22:8-9)

 

We believe that the "Sons of God" in Genesis 6:2-4 (see also Job 1:6, 2:1, and 37:8) are fallen Angels who sinned, and 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6 describes their punishment for this particular sin. (For undeniable Scriptural evidence, click here)

 

 

Regarding the Fall:

 

We  believe that man was created in the image of God, and that Adam and Eve originally enjoyed unfettered communion with God, but humankind fell through Adam's sin when he lost his spiritual life (which is communion with God); that because of the fall, spiritual death spread to all men (which is separation from God); at some point, early in each of our lives, we all sin and break God’s law, doing the things that God has commanded us not to do, and IF we continue in that sin (without turning from our sin and trusting Jesus obediently for the forgiveness of sins) we will spend eternity in the second death of Hell, which is permanent, hopeless separation from God; that in spite of our fallen condition and propensity to sin caused by separation from God, we are not condemned because of Adam's sin, but our own. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 5:12-19, Romans 8:22, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, Genesis 1:29-30, Genesis 3:16-19, Genesis 9:3-4, Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 3:23, Romans 3:10-18, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ezekiel 18:20, 1-32) 

 

 

Regarding the Future:

 

We believe in the physical, bodily, post-Tribulational return of Jesus Christ for the Church, when we believers who are alive and remain will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air; that Jesus will return after the Tribulation to establish His kingdom; that the last seven years of human History, before the return of King Jesus, will be interrupted by the Antichrist setting up the “abomination of desolation” that triggers a 3.5 year period known as the Great Tribulation; that this time is a terrible period of lawlessness by men, and wrath allowed by, and sent by, God; that during the time of the Tribulation, a great apostasy in the church will allow evil to take power, and part of the distress of that time is the Antichrist and Satan persecuting the remaining people of God, and the other is God releasing a portion of His wrath upon the unrepentant population of earth for the purpose of calling all humanity to repentance by revealing to the world the indignation of God toward sin; that this time will be very similar to situation of the Exodus, but instead of Moses coming to lead God's people into freedom, Jesus will come and save His remnant from the Antichrist; that the 3.5 year time of the Great Tribulation will begin with the Abomination of Desolation and end when Jesus returns to defeat the anti-Christ, imprison Satan, gather His church, resurrect the righteous, begin His eternal kingdom, and gather Israel to Himself; that when He returns, the remnant of the nation of Israel will be at the heart of His kingdom as the first among all nations; that He will only return once, and His singular return is pre-millennial and post-Tribulational; that, at His return, the dead in Christ will rise, followed by the remaining Saints, to the first resurrection, which is the sanctifying hope of the Church, typically called the rapture. We also believe the personal, visible, literal, Millennium reign of Jesus Christ as King on earth is coming soon; He will reign from the Temple described in Ezekiel, over all of the nations, during which time the resurrected believers will co-reign with Christ and the unconditional covenants with the nation of Israel will be fulfilled; We believe that the nation of Israel will be the firstborn among all the nations, especially from the millennial reign forward, as the fulfillment of the unconditional covenants God made with them as a nation; that at the end of the Millennial reign, after one last release of Satan and revolt of man, Jesus will have judged every individual and put all things in subjection to himself, and then the Father will descend, in the New Jerusalem, with all things being subjected to Him; that believers will spend eternity with God on a New Earth with no more curse or sin; and that all unbelievers will remain, for eternity, in the Lake of Fire, permanently separated from all the graces of God.

(Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:26-27, Luke 21:27-28, Mark 14:61-62, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, Revelation 1:7, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27, Luke 21:24-25, Acts 2:19-20, 2 Thessalonians 2:2-5, Malachi 4:1-3, Joel 2:10-11, Revelation 20:2-6,Matthew 19:28, Luke 22:30, 1 Corinthians 6:2, Isaiah 61:5-9, Zechariah 8:23, Obadiah 1:17, Amos 9:13-15, Malachi 3:1-4, Zechariah 2:10-12, Ezekiel 43:7, Matthew 25:31-46, Matthew 7:22-23, John 5:28-29, Acts 10:42-43, Romans 2:16, Romans 2:5-11, Romans 14:10-12, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, Hebrews 9:27, James 2:12-13, 1 Peter 1:17, 2 Peter 2:9, 2 Peter 3:7, 1 John 4:17, Jude 1:5-6, Revelation 20:11-15, 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, Hebrews 2:8-9,Jeremiah 3:17-18, Revelation 21:2-4, & 22-23, Revelation 22:1-3, Revelation 20:15, Luke 12:5, Matthew 24:51, Matthew 25:30, Matthew 13:49-50, Matthew 22:13-14)

 

 

Regarding Israel:

 

We believe that God intends to fulfill all His promises to the nation of Israel, descended from the literal 12 tribes, in a literal way, just as His warnings and judgments were fulfilled in a literal way; that within the nation of Israel's history of unbelief there has always been a believing remnant who will inherit those promises, while the unbelieving portion will receive Hell along with unbelieving Gentiles. (Ezekiel 47:13-15, Isaiah 60:18-21, Romans 11:5-15, Romans 11:25-26) 

 

 

Regarding the Church:

 

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, and it existed in the "Old Testament"; that it is composed of Jewish and Gentile believers in Christ, and built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets; that by being grafted into the Messiah through repentance and faith, Gentiles - as a wild olive branch - can share in the adoption, covenants and promises given to Israel, and that by rejecting their Messiah, unbelieving descendants of Jacob are cut off from the natural olive tree, until they repent and believe in the Messiah; that believing Jews and believing Gentiles are one in Christ and together they make up the Body of Christ, as one flock, with one Shepherd. (Acts 7:38, Romans 12:4-6, 1 Corinthians 12:12, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 5:27, 1 Timothy 3:15, Ephesians 2:11, 12, 13-14, 16, &19, Romans 11:2, 5,11-12, 17-18, 19-24, Romans 4:11-12, Romans 11:25-27)

 

We believe that Baptism (which represents our repentant death to sin) and the Lord's Supper (which is specifically revealed in scripture as Passover) are limited to believers only, and we must examine ourselves for sin before we partake in the Lord's Supper. (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:38, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12,Acts 8:16, Acts 8:38, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:47, Acts 10:48, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:5, Acts 22:16, Romans 6:3, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17,  1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

 

We believe that all of the disciples of the Messiah are instructed to regularly assemble together, to be taught the Scriptures by men gifted through the Holy Spirit, who meet the requirements taught in the New Testament; that the Church assembles to love, edify, support, and serve one another, in order to ultimately obey, serve, please and worship God; that this assembling is to be organized as a local church under the leadership of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, shepherded by godly men who teach the whole council of God; that the believer is called to holy living and following the commandments of God in Love, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; that we are to fight in spiritual warfare against the world, the flesh, and the devil; that each believer is to use his or her unique spiritual gifts for the purpose of building up the local body of Christ, and bear fruit to God's glory, in obedience to the Scriptures (Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:42, Matthew 18:20, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, 1 Timothy 2:12-14, 1 Timothy 3:2-7 & 8-12, 2 Timothy 2:2, 2 Timothy 2:24-25, 1 Timothy 6:1-2 & 3-5, 2 Timothy 4:2-4, Acts 20:27-28 & 29-31, 1 Peter 5:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:11 & 14, John 13:34,John 15:12, Romans 12:10, Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:9, 2 Thessalonians 1:3, Hebrews 10:24, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 3:11& 23, 1 John 4:7 & 11-12, 2 John 1:5, Galatians 1:10, Colossians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:1, 1 Corinthians 5:9-11, Hebrews 11:6, 1 Peter 2:15, 1 Peter 4:6,Hebrews 10:36, 1 Thessalonians 4:2-8, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, 1 Peter 2:11, 1 Timothy 6:11-12, Ephesians 6:12-13, Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:22-27 &28-30, 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11) 

 

 

Regarding Evangelism:

 

We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of both the Church and the individual believer to evangelize and disciple people from all nations by lovingly sharing the Gospel of Jesus as Messiah, Savior, Judge and Lord, teaching all those that we disciple to observe everything He has commanded us, after baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, as ambassadors of reconciliation and co-workers with Christ. (Romans 10:17 & 14-15, Mark 16:15-16, Matthew 28:19-20)

 

 

Regarding Death:

 

We believe that at the time of physical death, those who are abiding in Jesus Christ will immediately go into the presence of God, in full conscious fellowship with the Lord in soul, mind and spirit, awaiting the resurrection of the body that will occur when Jesus returns; that any unbeliever who refused to submit to Jesus Christ and follow Him, when they physically die, enters immediately into conscious separation from God and His good graces in Hades (aka-Sheol) - in soul, mind, and spirit - awaiting the resurrection of the body to be judged and cast into eternal separation from God in Hell. (2 Corinthians 5:6-8, Philippians 1:23, Acts 7:59, 1 Thessalonians 4:14, Luke 14:13-14, Luke 20:36, John 11:24-25, Philippians 3:9-11, Revelation 20:6, John 5:29, Revelation 20:11-15) 

 

 

Regarding Mary:

 

We believe that after Jesus was born, Mary "knew" Joseph and they had other children. (Matthew 1:24-25, Matthew 12:46, Mark 3:31, Luke 8:19, Matthew 13:55-56, John 7:1-10, Acts 1:14, Galatians 1:19, Luke 11:27-28) 

 

 

Regarding Cultural Issues:

 

We believe that marriage, which was irrevocably instituted by God, is between one Man and one Woman for life, and that abortion is murder. (Genesis 2:24, 1 Corinthians 7:2, Hebrews 13:4, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:23, Psalm 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:4-5, Luke 1:15, Job 31:14-15) 

 

 

Regarding Justification:

 

We believe that when we respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, that we are saved from our prior bondage to sin, and forgiven completely for our past; that at the moment we repent and believe, and respond by being baptized in water, we receive the Holy Spirit and we can now choose to follow the Lord daily; We believe that faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and that the Gospel must be responded to with repentance, at which time the Blood of the Messiah cleanses the individual from all their previously committed sins; that those who are saved from their bondage to sin have been resistibly called to salvation by God and this was a work of Grace by the Holy Spirit to the Glory of God. (Romans 3:24,Titus 3:7-8, Romans 4:4-5, Romans 5:15, Romans 11:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:17, Acts 11:21, Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3 & 5, Luke 24:27, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 17:30, Acts 20:21, 2 Corinthians 7:10, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:13, Colossians 1:14 & 20, Hebrews 9:14, Hebrews 13:20-21, 1 Peter 1:19, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:5, Revelation 5:9, Romans 6:18 & 22, 1 John 3:8-10, Galatians 5:13, Hebrews 3:1, 1 Peter 2:21, 1 Peter 3:9, 1 Corinthians 1:9,Galatians 1:6, Ephesians 4:1, 2 Thessalonians 2:14, 1 Peter 1:15) 

 

 

Regarding Sanctification:

 

We believe that at the point of repentance and belief, the sinner is completely cleansed and peace with God is restored, they are united with Christ and, united with the Holy Spirit, and that they are recipients of all the riches of divine grace and in possession of every spiritual blessing and then their Christian walk of sanctification begins; and that this walk of sanctification can be compared to the testing of the Israelites in the wilderness, whereas Justification can be compared to the redemption of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.

 

We believe that once we are united with the Holy Spirit, we must then daily choose to follow the Spirit and die to our old sinful passions of the flesh; We believe that God's will for every believer is Sanctification, and that God's firm foundation states that everyone who names the name of the Lord, must depart from all iniquity. We believe that the Grace of God instructs us to deny all godlessness and worldly lusts, and live in a righteous godly way; that we have been set free from slavery to sin - by the Messiah, and we are now called to be enslaved to God, that by serving God, we bear fruit unto sanctification and the end result of this process is eternal life. (Colossians 1:12-13, Romans 5:1, Colossians 1:20, Romans 6:5, Romans 6:11, Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, Ephesians 1:3-4, Acts 5:32, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20,Ephesians 4:30, Philippians 3:3, Hebrews 10:29, Hebrews 6:4-6, 1 Peter 4:14, Romans 6:19, Romans 6:22, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 & 7-8, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, Hebrews 12:14, 2 Timothy 2:19, Titus 2:11-14) 

 

 

Regarding God's Faithfulness:

 

We  believe that God is totally, utterly, and completely faithful, and just as a perfectly faithful spouse would never leave us, God will never leave us; We believe that God will never cast out those who are believing in the Messiah; That believers are secure as long as they abide In Christ; that there is no condemnation to those who are abiding In Christ Jesus and that nothing can separate us from the Love of God that is In Christ Jesus our Lord; That the Lord's sheep hear His voice (Step 1), and He knows them (Step 2), and they follow Him (Step 3), and He gives them eternal life (Step 4), and they will never perish (Result of Step 4); and no one will snatch them out of His hand (Result of Step 4); We believe that anyone who "abides in Jesus Christ does not sin", but that if we do sin, "if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  (Hebrews 13:5, John 6:37, Romans 8:1, Romans 8:39, John 10:27-29, 1 John 3:6, 1 John 1:9) 

 

 

Regarding False Teaching:

 

We believe that the Word of God plainly and repeatedly warns that there will be many False Teachers, many forms of deception, and a Great Apostasy; that Satan used deception to destroy mankind's relationship with God in the garden, and he still uses this tool extensively, to lead us into sin, so we must be very diligent to avoid deception, by exhaustively testing all things against the Word of God, and only holding fast to that which is true and good. (1 Corinthians 11:19, 2 Timothy 3:13, 2 Peter 2:1-2, 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, Galatians 6:7-8, 1 John 4:1, 2 Timothy 3:1-7, Romans 16:17-18, 2 John 1:9-10, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 4:3-4, Acts 20:29-31, Matthew 7:15-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22) 

 

 

Regarding True Teaching:

 

We believe that the infallible Scripture instructs the believer to: Remain in Jesus (John 15:3-5, 6, 9-10), Remain in the Son (1 John 2:24-26, 3:4-6 & 3:24), Keep yourself in the Love of God (Jude 1:21), Continue in the Faith (Acts 14:22), Hold firmly until the end (Hebrews 3:14), Remain Steadfast in the Faith (Colossians 1:22-23), Pursue Sanctification (Hebrews 12:14), Imitate God (Ephesians 5:1-5), Be diligent to be found by Him spotless and blameless (2 Peter 3:14), Fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:11-12), Deny ungodliness and worldly desires (Titus 2:11-14), and Be Holy (1 Peter 1: 14-18)  


We believe that the infallible Scripture teaches that it is possible to: Fall from Grace
(Galatians 5:4), Shipwreck  Faith (1 Timothy 1:19), Drift Away (Hebrews 2:1-3), Fall Away (Hebrews 6:4-8, 1 Timothy 4:1), Forsake the right way (2 Peter 2:15-22), Depart in a Time of Testing (Luke 8:13), Depart from the Living God (Hebrews 3:12-15), Wander away from the Faith (1 Timothy 6:10), Live according to the flesh and die (Romans 8:12-14), Deviate from the Faith (1 Timothy 6:20-22), Stray from the Truth (James 5:19-20), Fall from your own stability (2 Peter 3:14-16, 17-18), Turn the Grace of God into licentiousness (Jude 1:4), and Insult the Spirit of Grace (Hebrews 10:26-29 & 29-38)