STATEMENT OF OUR FAITH
What We Believe
1. We believe the Gospel includes the proclamation of both the eternal power of Calvary and the potential power of Pentecost; the baptizing power of Jesus Christ for salvation because of Calvary and the filling/controlling power of the Holy Ghost for service and holy victorious living because of Pentecost (Acts 20:27, 1:8).
2. We believe in the perpetuity and continuing ecclesiastical value of all spiritual gifts for the edification of believers and the body of Christ until the end of this church age is consummated by the glorious event; the return of our Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12:3-7; Ephesians 4:11-12; I Corinthians 13:10).
3. We believe in the Divine personhood of the Holy Spirit and His present-day ministry to believers which includes the sovereign distribution of spiritual gifts to believers for empowerment for service in the contemporary church (I Corinthians 12:7-11).
4. We believe in Jesus Christ as the sovereign giver of spiritual gifts to the church. We believe spiritual gifts are given for the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ and are given without regard to ethnicity, social class, or gender (Ephesians 4:7-12; Galatians 3:26-28).
5. We believe in the autonomy of the local church as an independent entity with regard to matters of government, polity, operation, and discipline (I Corinthians 5:5; I Thessalonians 5:21; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15; Acts 6:3-5; 11:22, 14:23; Titus 1:5).
6. We believe in the value of biblical terminology of leadership in the contemporary church: Bishop, Pastor, Minister, Elder, Deacon. We believe all of these are designations for servant-leaders (Jeremiah 3:15; Acts 20:28; 2 Corinthians 6:4; I Timothy 3:1-7).
7. We believe in the formal and intentional praise and worship of the Almighty God as a proper spirit-led corporate acknowledgment and response to His person and Work (Psalm 46:50; St. John 4:23).
8. We believe in Jesus Christ as the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit whereby He by means of Holy Spirit, brings men and women at salvation into relationship with Himself and His Body, the Church. Believers are never commanded to be baptized with the Holy Ghost; it is in fact the baptism of the Holy Ghost that makes one a part of the Body of Christ. All believers have been baptized by Christ with the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:11; John 1:33; I Corinthians 12:1)
9. We believe in the indwelling of the Holy ghost for all Christians; it is in fact this indwelling of the Holy Ghost that verifies and validates the believer as a part of the Body of Christ for He only indwells believers (Romans 8:14-27).
10. We believe in the spirit-filled life as desirable, valuable, and an issue of obedience for all believers who are commanded to be filled with the Holy Ghost. We acknowledge that within the Body of Christ, the term filled with the Holy Ghost is often used interchangeable with the term baptism of the Holy Ghost. When referring to the controlling presence and power of the Holy Ghost as a result of the submissive will and desire of the believer, we allow such alternation of terms. We believe it is the will and command of God that every believer be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
11. We believe all believers are exhorted to be filled, walk in, be led by, and live in the power of the Holy Ghost (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16, 18, 25).
12. We believe that it is God's desire that all believers live their lives under the control of, or being continuously filled with the Holy Ghost. We believe there are many fillings and there are to be the ongoing filling ministry of the Spirit in the life of the believer for empowerment to effectively and victoriously live a life that glorifies God (Acts 1:8; 2:4, 3:10, 4:31).
13. We believe the Holy Ghost fills or empowers believers for service in the Kingdom of God. Being filled with the Holy Ghost is the result of continuing submission to Divine power and control (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18).
14. We believe all believers are baptized with the Holy Ghost and all believers â€œshould beâ€ filled with the Holy Ghost (I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:18).
15. We believe the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the filling of the Holy Ghost are distinct, separate, valid, and valuable ministries of the Holy Ghost which may occur simultaneously at salvation. Being filled with the Holy Ghost may and should occur subsequent to salvation in obedience to biblical exhortation. Being filled with the Holy Ghost should not only be a continuous reality, but an ongoing characteristic of the believer's consecrated holiness.