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Beliefs/Values

Beliefs

WE BELIEVE:

- that the Bible is the word of God, and it is the final authority for all conducts of life and for instructions for our faith. (2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21, 3:16; )

- there is one God in three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. (2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:9–12, 4:4–6; Col. 1:15–20; Heb. 1:1–3; Rev. 1:4–6)

- that humankind was originally faultless when God created Adam and Eve, the first perfect union, but because of their disobedience and all of our sins, corruption entered the world and continues to destroy everything good. Sin separates us from God, leaving us already condemned in this present life, and destroys our relationships with one another. (Gen. 1-3:22; Ps 51:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:9-23; Rom. 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1–3; )

- that Jesus Christ is God revealed in human form, fully God and fully man; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. The judgment of God fell upon Jesus, the perfect God and man. By His blood shed at the cross, He obtained for us eternal forgiveness of sins and life everlasting for those who make Him Lord and Savior through faith. He was raised from the dead on the third day, having victory over death, and ascended to the right hand of the Father. (Matt. 1:18-25; Jn. 1:1-18; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:1-28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:10-14; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:6-11; Col. 1:15-23; Heb. 7:2-5, 9:13-15, 10:19; 1 Pet. 2:21-25; 1 Jn. 2:12)

- that salvation (healing of our soul, mind, and body) is God's gift for us received through faith in Christ. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of a person is required in order to be saved eternally. This gift of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also enables us to do what is pleasing in God's sight and walk in the nature of Christ. (Matt. 24:13, Jn. 1:1213, 6:37-44, 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Rom. 3:4, 8:1-17, 31-39, 10:810; Eph. 2:8-10; Phil. 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; Heb. 6:11-12, 1 Jn. 1:7, 9)

- that the Church is the Body of Christ and each believer makes up a part of Him. The Church is God's primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His purposes in the earth. God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip the believers in every good deed of God for the sake of humankind. We also affirm the the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. We believe that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to proclaim the Gospel and do all the works of the Kingdom. (Matt. 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18, 42; Eph. 3:14-21, 4:11-16; 1 Tim. 2:11-15; Heb. 10:23-25; 1 Pet. 2:4-5, 9-10)

- that the believers need to seek to be filled with the Spirit of God continuously to bear forth the ways of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in love and to be a witness of God to those who are separated from Him by sin. (Mt. 3:11; Jn. 3:1–15; Acts 8:4-17; Acts 19:1-7; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12–13, ; 2 Cor. 1:21–22; Gal. 3:1–5; Eph. 1:13–14, 5:18) 

- at Jesus Christ's second coming, the Church will be resurrected from the dead to an inheritance incorruptible, enjoying eternal union with Him. Those living apart from God will be separated from everything that is of Him - a place meant for Satan, his angels, and those who love or do his deed(s) in eternal pain and suffering. (Matt. 5:22,29,30; Matt. 25:41; Mark 13:26; Luke 12:5; 1 Cor. 15: 35-56; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; 2 Pet. 4:2; Rev. 19:20; Rev. 21:8)