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We believe the Bible is God's Word, His message to humanity. It teaches that all have sinned and need God's forgiveness and the new life He gives to everyone who accepts His Son, Jesus Christ, as Savior. We believe it is God's plan for every Christian to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This New Testament experience is evidenced first by speaking tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and, finally, by the spiritual power to witness and to live the godly life outlined in the Bible. We believe, as a climax to God's dealings with humanity, Jesus Christ is coming again for those who trust and serve Him. Here are answers to a few of the most often asked questions concerning:

The Bible
The Old and New Testaments are the divinely inspired revelation of God and His purpose for humanity. In the words of the Bible "...holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21). The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17).Back to Top

About God
The God revealed in the Bible and in Creation has always existed and always will. He is the creator and Ruler of the universe. We cannot explain the mystery of God, but we accept as fact the revelation of His existence (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29).Back to Top

About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who, in His incarnation, became a man in order to put God's great plan of salvation into effect (John 17:5; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:2).Back to Top

Man and His Needs
Man was created good, upright, and in the image of God. By choosing to disregard and disobey God's command, man cut off his relationship with the Creator introducing suffering and death into humanity (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:16,3:6: Romans 5:12-19). Man's only hope for restoration to God is the forgiveness God has provided through the death of Jesus Christ. Every individual can be restored to fellowship with God by asking forgiveness for sin and believing in God's Son (John 3:3,36,17; Acts20:21; Romans 10&13).
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About the Holy Spirit
Christ taught a distinction of Person in the Trinity which he expressed in specific terms as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit touches the lives of individuals in many ways, comforting the Christian and bearing witness to God's work in the world. It is the Spirit working within that brings salvation to the person who comes to God in faith. In addition, all Christians may also be filled with The Holy Spirit in an experience different from and following salvation called the "baptism in the Holy Spirit." It is a special infusion of God's power to better enable the believer to spread the gospel and to live the faithful life God expects. Scripture reveals this as the normal experience for Christians and teaches that every believer should earnestly seek this baptism. The first physical evidence is speaking in an unknown language (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12,13 and 14).Back to Top

The Ordinances we Practice
We observe Holy Communion or the Lord's Supper in which all believers are invited to take part. We also practice water baptism by immersion as a believer's public declaration of his identification with Jesus Christ and of his new relationship with God through faith (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4).
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The Doctrine of Divine Healing
We believe healing is an integral part of the good news God has for the world and that God heals sickness today, as in Bible times, on the basis of the suffering and death of His Son (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 6:16,17). We do not pretend to understand everything about divine healing, but the Scriptures are clear. When one is sick, he may pray in expectation of healing (James 5:16,17).Back to Top

The Future
God will intervene in human affairs to bring history to a climax and usher in a better world. This will include judgment upon a corrupt world system, including unscriptural religious structures, in a period termed the "Great Tribulation." True believers will escape this time of trouble through what is called the "rapture of the Church," the catching away of both living and resurrected Christians to meet Christ and to be with Him forever (Thessalonians 4:13-18; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13;1 Corinthians 15:51,52). We believe there will be a final judgment for the wicked of all ages (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:11-15).Back to Top

The Word Became Flesh.

"1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


2 He was with God in the beginning.


3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.


4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.


5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.


6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.


7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.

 
8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

 
9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.


10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.


11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.


12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

 
13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

 
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
John 1:1-14.