16 Fundamental Truths

what we believe

 

  1. The Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21)

  2. There is one true God, eternally self-existent, properly understood as one Being of three persons. (John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19)

  3. Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. (Matthew 1:23; Philippians 2:9-11)

  4. Humankind voluntarily fell out of relationship with God through sin. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5:12-19)

  5. Only the shed blood of Jesus can redeem individuals from sin and death. (Luke 24:47; Romans 8:16)

  6. The ordinances of the church are water baptism and holy communion. (Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:26)

  7. All believers are entitled to the baptism in the Holy Spirit, an experience distinct from and subsequent to the new birth and promised by the Father. (Acts 1:4,8; Luke 24:49)

  8. Speaking in tongues is the initial physical evidence of the Holy Spirit baptism. (Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28)

  1. Sanctification is a life of separation from sin, realized by identifying with Christ’s death and resurrection. (1 Peter 1:15-16; Romans 12:1-2)

  2. The Church is Christ’s body, the habitation of God, and exists for a fourfold purpose. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23)

  3. The church is to be led by a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry. (Ephesians 4:11, 16; Mark 16:15-20)

  4. Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. (Isaiah 53:4-5; James 5:14-16)

  5. The resurrection of the righteous dead and the rapture of living believers is the Blessed Hope of the Church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

  6. The second coming of Christ includes the visible return of Christ to reign for one thousand years. (Revelation 19:11-14; Isaiah 11:6-9)

  7. A final judgment awaits the wicked, both the dead and the living. (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48)

  8. A new heaven and a new earth are promised in the Bible for the redeemed in Christ. (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21,22)