Beliefs are important for both the way unto salvation through Christ and for Christian living in general. This is a partial list of historical Christian doctrines that have joined many denominations, ministries, organizations and fellowship’s together as devoted followers of Christ throughout the past 2000 years of Church history.
1) Trinity God-IS
We believe that the Trinity is one God, who eternally exists as three distinct persons—The Father, Son and Spirit—Who are each fully and equally God in eternal relation to each other.(Genesis 1:2,26; 11:7; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 3:16-17;28:19; Luke 1:35; John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-16; Hebrews 13:8; 1st Peter 1:2)
We believe the scriptures are God speaking His truth in human words that are inspired by the Holy Spirit. We believe that all scripture is truth whether statements of fact about earth, heaven, humans, God, moral commandments, or divine promise. We believe the Bible is connected to God, who is truth and does not lie. We believe the Bible is perfect including no errors throughout all 66 books.(Proverbs 30:5-6; Matthew 5:18; Luke 16:29,31; 1st Thessalonians 2:13;2nd Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 2nd Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that all humans are created in the image of God and therefore have a dignity that no other living being possesses whether invalid, in the womb or walking, male or female, smart or slow, big or small and near or far.(Genesis 1:26-27,31; Job 31:15; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:5)
4) The Fall-God Judges
We believe that through the rebellion of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 sin entered through Adam into the whole of the human race. Every human is born into sin as a result of Adam’s decision in Genesis 3. This is called hereditary depravity, meaning we inherit this nature through Adam, our fathers and our mothers. Our only way back into right relationship with God is through trusting in His Son Jesus Christ for salvation apart from sin.(Genesis 3; Psalm 51:4; Matthew 5:3; Luke 15:21; John 3:16-18)
We believe that the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. This doesn’t mean that man became a God, or that God lost His ability to be God when He took on the form of a Man, but rather that God became a Man, which means He was God also joined with humanity. (Matthew 1:18;Luke 1:35; Luke 22:70; John 1:1,2,14; 4:25-26:8:7)
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God lived a sinless life and offered Himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His own blood, shed on the Cross, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. We believe that He rose from the dead, bodily, on the third day by the power of the Spirit, appeared to many for 40 days and then ascended to the right hand of the Father where He is presently making intersession for the saints. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; 1st Corinthians 15:1-28; 2nd Corinthians 5:21-28; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 7:25; 9:13-15; 10:19).
7)The Holy Spirit-God Empowers
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and for service. Subsequent to our conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission. (Matthew 3:11; John 1:12–13, 3:1–15; Acts 4:29–30; Romans 8:9, 12:3–8; 1st Corinthians 12:12–13; 2nd Corinthians 1:21–22; Galatians 3:1–5; Ephesians 1:13–14, 5:18)
We believe that the Church, which is the espoused body and bride of Christ, is the primary instrument through which He is fulfilling redemptive purposes in the earth. We believe in the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints. (Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18, 42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; 1st Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1st Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)
9) Kingdom-God Comes
We believe in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of this age when He will return to earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom on earth for a 1,000 literal years. We believe that the Church will go through the Great Tribulation in Apostolic power and great victory though many will die in martyrdom. We believe the Church will be raptured at the end of the Great Tribulation. We also believe in and are praying for a great end–time harvest of souls, the salvation of the nation of Israel and the emergence of a victorious Church that will experience unprecedented unity, purity, and power in the Holy Spirit though the greatest hour of suffering will take place simultaneously. (Psalms 2:7-9;22:27-28; Joel 2:31; John 14:12; 17:20-16; Romans 11:25-32; 1st Corinthians 15:20-28, 50-58; Ephesians 4:11-16; Phil. 3:20-21; 1st Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2nd Thessalonians 1:3-12; Rev. 7:9-14;13:7;17:6)
10) Resurrection-God Raises
We believe that when Christians die, they pass immediately into the blessed presence of Christ, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of the resurrection and the glorious transformation of their physical bodies. The saved will then forever dwell in blissful fellowship with their great triune God. We also believe that when unbelievers die, they are consigned to hell, there to await the Day of Judgment when they shall be punished in the lake of fire with eternal, conscious, and tormented separation from the presence of God in a physical resurrected body. (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19–31; John. 5:25–29; John 6; 1st Corinthians 15:35–58; 2nd Corinthians 5:1–10; Philippians 1:19–26, 3:20–21; 2nd Thessalonians 1:5–10; Revelation 20:11–15, 21:1–22:15)