We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and that every other body is foreign to the will of God through the New Testament scriptures. We believe the church to be not a physical building but the universal body of baptized (immersed) believers living in relationship and harmony under the direction of the head, Jesus Christ. “ And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:22-23). Also reference 1 Corinthians 6:15; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Romans 16:5; 1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16.
We believe there is one God, manifested in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Creator of all things and the Ruler of the Universe (Philippians 2:6; Matthew 3:16-17; John 10:30).
We believe Jesus Christ is alive. He is Son of God, God the Son and head of the Church. He existed before the beginning of time as we know it. He (Jesus) came to earth through a virgin birth, fully God and fully man. He was crucified and He rose again three days later, providing salvation for all mankind. (John 1:1; Isaiah 9:6, Acts 1:9-11). And we as New Testament Christians have the privilege of proclaiming the message to whoever we come in contact with.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus when we ascended back to heaven left His disciples with the Holy Spirit and He guided them into all truth. (John 14:26, 16;13-14).
We believe the Bible is the inspired infallible Word of God. It is our final authority in determining what we believe, what we practice and how we live (2 Tim. 3:16; I Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21). We do not appeal to the Old Testament for our authority rather the New Testament because Jesus has nailed the Old Testament to the cross. (Col. 2:14)
We believe that because of sin, all men are separated from God and in need of salvation. The free gift of salvation is made possible through Jesus Christ, His death on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead. Salvation is available to all, received by grace through obedient faith, and no other way. (Rom 3:23, 2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5)
Jesus commanded that His followers be baptized in water as their identification with His death, burial and resurrection. We believe that when a person is immersed in water it symbolizes the passing away of their old life and the beginning of their new life in Christ and is essential in the salvation process being FOR the remission of sin (Romans 6:3-4; Acts 2:38; Acts 8: 36-39; Colossians 2: 9-13, Gal 3:27).
THE BREAKING OF BREAD / COMMUNION / THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe communion was established to represent the new covenant between God and His people. Jesus died and his body was broken and blood shed in order that we may enter into covenant with God. The people of old were looking for a new covenant (Jer.31:31ff). The body being broken is represented by the bread at the communion table and the blood shed is represented by the fruit of the vine..
THE “GREAT” COMMISSION
We believe it is the mission of the church to advance the kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations through the preaching and teaching of the GOSPEL of Christ. It is the responsibility of every believer to spread the gospel (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8). We don’t believe you have to go all across the world (though there is nothing wrong with that!) there are people you see each and everyday who need to hear the gospel message. To aide in this regard we have bible classes at least twice a week and are available for personal bible studies as well. When you consider the parable of the talents you realize that everyone has a part! (Matthew 24:14-15)