We Believe In The Gospel

Statement of faith:

  1. GOD – We believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe, who exists in three Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are co-equal and one God. He is Alpha and Omega; Beginning and End. His character is Love, Holy and Just. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22, Mathew 28:19, 1 Peter, 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Revelations 1:8, 1 John 4:16b, 1 Peter 1:16, Deuteronomy 32:4)
  2. JESUS CHRIST – We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and co-equal with the Father. Jesus is true God and true man lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death, ascended to Heaven and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13)
  3. THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world by bringing conviction and aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation and sanctify them to be like Christ daily. He renews the Christian heart and provides them with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is godly. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. (II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13; 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18)
  4. BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRITWe believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. To do God’s work, we need God’s power. Jesus said in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” The purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to empower believers for service, to witness, for spiritual warfare, and for boldness in their testimonies (see Acts 1:8; 4:19–20, 29–31; 6:8–10; 1 Corinthians 2:4). Furthermore, the Holy Spirit fills the believer’s mind with a genuine understanding of truth, takes possession of the believer’s abilities, and imparts gifts that qualify the believer for service in the body of Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an absolute necessity in every Christian’s life for the service to which God has called us.
  5. HUMANITY – We believe people are created in the image of God. God’s purpose for them is to have a loving relationship with Him. However, people have rebelled against God, became separate from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. Humanity is unable of recovering a right relationship with God through his own efforts. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Isaiah 59:1-2)
  6. ETERNITY – We believe humanity created to live forever. People will either live eternally separated from God by sin, or together with God through forgiveness and salvation. When a person die, you will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. Eternal separation from God happens in Hell. Eternal union with God occurs in Heaven. (John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)
  7. SALVATON – We believe salvation is a gift from God to humanity. It is by God’s grace that man get save. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one confess with their mouth and receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith. We believe that Jesus Christ died as the substitution for the death penalty we owed. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)
  8. THE BIBLE – We believe the Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate foundation of truth for Christian beliefs and living. It useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man and the woman of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105,160, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)
  9. THE CHURCH – We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that the head of the church is Jesus Christ Himself (Eph. 1:22; 5:23). “Under His direction, the whole body [the church] is fitted together perfectly” (Eph. 4:16NLT). As a believer it is an absolute necessity to be involved in a church in order to walk with God and grow spiritually. The Bible instructs us to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” (Heb.10:24–25).Today’s church is not a building, but an assembly of people who make up the body of Christ (Col. 1:24; Rom. 16:5). The universal church consists of genuine Christian believers of all ages, both on earth and in heaven. Although we are all members of the universal church it’s very important for a Christian to identify with a body of believers in a local church. We need each other in order to develop fully as Christians (1 Cor. 12:4–27) and to make disciples (Mt. 28:19).  Ultimately, the purpose of the church is to know God and make Him known. Through the Holy Spirit, the church accomplishes this by exalting God (Eph. 1:12), edifying the saints (Col. 1:28), and evangelizing to the world (Mk. 16:15).
  1. PRAYER – We believe in prayer. The greatest privilege a Christian has is the privilege of prayer. Not only is it a privilege, but it is also the responsibility of every believer. Jesus said that we “ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Prayer is simply talking to God, letting our concerns and requests be made known to Him. When we pray, we admit our need for God and our utter dependence on Him. Only through a relationship with Jesus Christ do we have access to God (see 1 Timothy 2:5). We approach God in Jesus’ name, not our own. Prayer is not a means of trying to get from God what we want, but rather a means by which we enable God to give us what He wants. We’re to pray because God commands it (see 2 Chronicles 7:14; Luke 18:1). Through prayer, we receive things (see James 4:2), experience fullness of joy (see John 16:24), and find help in times of trouble. Prayer is the antidote for worry (see Philippians 4:6) and also helps us resist temptation (see Matthew 26:41). We are to pray always (see Ephesians 6:18). The Bible instructs us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Neglecting to pray is a sin. Samuel said, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23). D. L. Moody summarized the necessity of prayer with this observation: “Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, but only how to pray.
  2. WATER BAPTISM – We believe water baptism is not a personal choice, but a command for believers. Jesus established water baptism as an ordinance when He gave the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16). Water baptism is a public, outward testimony that indicates a personal, inward faith. It gives evidence of the inner change that has already occurred in the believer’s life when he or she was “born again” through faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism identifies the believer with the message of the gospel, the Person of Jesus Christ, and other believers. It associates the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and signifies the believer’s death to the old life and his or her resurrection as a new creation in Christ (see Romans 6:1–8; Colossians 2:12). We are to be baptized because Jesus Christ commanded it (Matthew 28:19), and because we love the Lord. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Throughout the Book of Acts, we read how the early church gave importance to water baptism (see 2:41; 8:12, 38; 9:18; 10:47–48; 16:15, 33; 19:3–5). All born-again believers in Jesus Christ—and only believers—should be baptized (see Mark 16:15–16; Acts 8:12, 36–38; 16:31–33; 18:8).
  3. COMMUNION – We believe Jesus Christ instituted Communion on the night before His death when He ate the Passover meal with His disciples (see Matthew 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:14–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25). Bread and wine were once served for the Lord’s Supper. Today, many churches, including ours, use crackers and grape juice. The bread symbolizes Christ’s body, which was beaten and broken for us as He died for the sins of humanity. The cup of wine symbolizes His blood, which was shed for us as He paid for our sins (see John 10:17–18; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 5:8–9).Anyone who participates in the Lord’s Supper must first be a believer. Jesus commanded His disciples to observe Communion (see Matthew 26:26); therefore, a person must have placed his or her faith in Jesus Christ for salvation before taking part in Communion. In addition to being believers, we must prepare our hearts to participate in the Lord’s Supper. Paul instructed believers not to “eat this bread or drink this cup in an unworthy manner…” (1 Corinthians 11:27). We must examine our lives for any unconfessed sin. Paul reminds us, “Let a man examine himself” (1 Corinthians 11:28) to avoid bringing judgment upon ourselves. As we become right with God through confessing our sins (see 1 John 1:9), we may then participate in the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner.
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