We believe in the sacred scriptures of the Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and it should be used to help us throughout our Christian journey, for it teaches us about God's love, justice, forgivenes, an truth.
Psalm 119:105 - Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
One God & The Trinity
We believe that GOD is our Creator and He is love, sovereign over all, and omnipresent. He exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each possessing all attributes of Deity.
Matthew 28:19 - Go ye therefore, and teach all natons, baptizng them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that salvation is God's free gift to us upon repentance and belief in Jesus Christ, son of God. We believe that Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for us by dying on the Cross as our substitute. Jesus Christ was resurrected three days later, and is the only mediator between humans and God and the way to eternal life. He will return to earth, raise the dead and judge all people.
Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not that of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Grace (and Faith)
Mercy or forgiveness from God that is unearned.
2 Corinthians 12:9 - And he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
We believe that healing can come through spiritual means such as faith, prayers, and other rituals (i.e., laying of the hands) that stimulate healing through the divine power and presence of God.
Exodus 15:26 - And said, if thou will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandmets, and keep all his statues, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
Faith & Works
Faith is simply the total belief in God without proof. We believe in God and His promises to us, those that we have witnessed and those yet to happen.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
We believe that our Bishop should provide prayer and counseling. Pastors are always concerned about the overall welfare of those entrusted to them or under their watch. As the shepherd, the Pastor, should seek to protect, strenghten, encourage, guide and (spiritually) feed their flock.
Acts 20:28 - Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Ministry is an integral part of the Christian journey. Members should attend all worship services, Sunday school and Bible study regularly. In addition to attending scheduled services, we should also become involved in the various ministries and life groups within the Church. Members should welcome the opportunity to fellowship with other believers seeking knowlege from and encouraging one another.
Hebrews 10:24-25 - 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
The church was established by Jesus Christ and is not just the building that we worship together in, it is the people who are in Christ, who help to bring each other to a higher level of spiritual maturity, and who spread the word of Christ to non-believers. The Church is the Body of Christ He uses to reach the world, and we individually and collectively represent our Church. We, the Church, are called to proclaim God's reconciling grace, and to glorify God and serve those in need.
Romans 12:5 - So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Once we have accepted Jesus Christ as our savior we must partake in the following:
We must be baptized by complete immersion into water, as a declaration that we have now died with Christ and are raised with a new life in Christ. Baptism is an outward confession or public acknowledgement of our repentance from sin and belief in Chrst. It represents a cleansing or washing away of our sins.
Romans 6:4 - Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Is a doctrine we practice monthly, usually on the 1st Sunday. It is the coming together as one body to thank Jesus Christ for what He did for us. The bread and wine we partake are symbols used to represent Christ's body and blood.
1 Corinthians 11:24-26 - 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.