What I Believe:
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant (Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal (Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16-17: Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 3:7-11; I John 5:7).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100 percent God and 100 percent man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the Cross for humankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1, 14; John 20: 28; Philippians 2:5-6; 1Timothy 2:5; 3:16).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore He is the Son of God (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18; Matthew 23-25; Luke 1:27-35).
Humanity was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression, it fell. Humanity’s only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 3:3; Titus 3:5).
God created mankind to have relationship (fellowship) with Him and with each other. When Adam willingly sinned (rebelled) against God in the Garden of Eden, it caused a separation or broken fellowship between God and man. As a result of this separation (broken fellowship) there needed to be a way to restore the original relationship between God and man. The only way for complete restoration to take place was by the man Christ Jesus and this restoration is called salvation. Salvation comes only by God’s Grace! No human effort can obtain it. It must be received personally by repentance (turning away in the opposite direction of sin) and faith. In the end, everyone will live forever BUT only born-again believers will have eternal life and fellowship with God. Those unbelievers will live forever, eternally separated from God in a place called hell. Eternal life is having a personal and intimate relationship with God and His Son Jesus right here and now! (John 17:3/NKJV) Salvation is truly all about having a personal and intimate relationship with God by way of His Son Jesus Christ!
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:8/NKJV).
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6/NKJV).
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9/NKJV).
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death (2 Corinthians 7:10/NKJV).
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13/NKJV).
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (John 17:3/NKJV).
ACKNOWLEDGE that you are a sinner and you need a Savior (JESUS)!
BELIEVE that Jesus is the Savior, the ONLY way to relationship with the Father!
CONFESS that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for YOUR sins, and invite Him to live in your heart and change your life!
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21; Acts 3:19; I John 1:9).
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:29; Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 3:18; II Corinthians 6:14-18; I Thessalonians 4:3; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 2:11).
The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100 percent sufficient to cleanse humankind from all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (John 1:29; Romans 3:10-12; Romans 3: 5-9; Colossians 1:20; I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5; Revelation 5:9).
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their lives as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17-23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).
Given at Pentecost, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father. It was sent by Jesus after His Ascension to empower the Church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:1-4,17, 29, 38; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:28, 44-47; Acts 11:15-17; Acts 19:1-6).
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters (Romans 1:11; Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12:1-31; I Corinthians 14:1-40; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:5-16; Hebrews 2:4; I Peter 4:10).
Baptize means to immerse or dip under water. Baptism is the first `step to leading a life of obedience after we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is an outward expression of an inward commitment. Baptism does not save you nor is it a requirement for you to be saved (born-again). The thief on the Cross of Calvary confirms that baptism is not required to be saved (Luke 23:42-43) but if there is an opportunity for you to be baptized then you need to be baptized. Here are several reasons that a saved (born-again) believer needs to be baptized:
(1) Jesus commands born-again believers to be baptized.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Amen (Matthew 28:19-20/NKJV).
(2) Jesus was our example.
‘When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[a] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him” (Matthew 3:16/NKJV).
(3) Baptism is symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection.
“Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12/NKJV).
(4) Baptism is a symbol of our new life in Christ.
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4/NKJV).
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).
The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.
Spiritual – (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).
Mental and Emotional – (II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
Physical – (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24).
Financial – (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).