Beliefs In Basic English
These are simple outlines of some of our beliefs. For a more complete and formal list, see our Creedal Statements.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came and died on the cross as the final sacrifice for the sins of humanity. Three days later Jesus rose from the dead, thereby proving his diety, and enabling us to be saved through His name. Jesus will rapture His church, then later return for His millenial rule on Earth. There will be an ultimate Day of Judgment where all will be individually judged and rewarded. The doomed will be eternally damned in the literal Lake of Fire, and the redeemed will enter Heaven as their eternal home.
There are three primary experiences of the Christian life: Salvation, Water Baptism, and Holy Spirit Baptism.
- Salvation is initiated by a prayer of faith in Jesus.
- Salvation is completed by God’s grace.
- Salvation is maintained by a lifestyle of Biblical righteousness.
- Salvation is demonstrated by works.
- Salvation is lost when we sin and do not repent.
- Salvation is necessary to enter Heaven in eternity.
2. Water Baptism
- Water Baptism was exemplified by Christ.
- Water Baptism is not necessary to be saved, but is definitely an important Christian experience not to be negated.
- Water Baptism is a public demonstration of faith in Jesus Christ.
- Water Baptism is executed in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
3. Holy Spirit Baptism
- Holy Spirit Baptism is evidenced by speaking in tongues. (Acts 2:4; Acts 10:45–46)
- Holy Spirit Baptism is an experience different and distinct from Salvation or Water Baptism. (Acts 1:5; Acts 10:44)
There are four primary responsibilities of each Christian: Prayer, Outreach, Reading the Bible, and Fellowship.
1. Daily Prayer
- Seeking God in prayer is a fundamental necessity of maintaining our relationship with Him.
- Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others.
3. Reading the Bible
- Feeding our spirit with the Word of God, and living thereby.
- Gathering together in a local assembly of believers for worship and admonition, and spiritually enriching camaraderie with other believers.