Does Christianity seem like it's all about rules and regulations? Have you heard people talk about God's grace BUT then want to add some of the Old Testament Law to New Testament grace?
We've heard it too, but we believe in God's grace plus nothing. The Apostle Paul wrote, “You are not under law but under grace.” (Rom 6:14). We understand that Christianity is not about keeping rules and regulations. When you confess Christ as Lord you immediately become a new creation in Christ. You are given a new heart, have the righteousness of God, and have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Trying to keep the Law or manmade rules will not save you or keep you saved. “A man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So, we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.” (Gal 2:16)
Here are the basic doctrines that we hold to be true.
Verbal Inspiration of the Bible
We believe the Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, to be verbally inspired of God in the original manuscripts; infallible, inerrant, and God-breathed, a perfect rule of faith and practice.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 5:7).
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that God, the Son, who has always existed, became a man (without diminishing His deity) by virgin birth through Mary. He lived a sinless life and as the infinite God-Man took upon Himself the sins of all men, died in their place and satisfied God concerning their sins.
We further believe in the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He was then ascended and exalted to the right hand of God as the Great High Priest of all believers. We also believe that everyone who believes in and confesses Christ as Lord immediately receives Christ's resurrection life.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, and sealing them unto the day of redemption. His present ministry to believers also includes empowering, teaching, and leading into all truth.
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved and, of himself, is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Apart from faith in Jesus Christ each person remains in Adam.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace (apart from any works) and received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. Upon receiving salvation, the person receives eternal life, and becomes a partaker of Christ's life. At the moment of faith, Christ begins to indwell that person and that person begins to be in Christ. He becomes a new creation and obtains a new identity as a child of God.
We believe that all who have come to reliance upon the work of Christ for their salvation will never lose this relationship.
The Devil and Demons
We believe that Satan is a person who is aided by a host of evil spirit beings called demons. Their design is to destroy believers, their homes, their churches, and blind the lost to the gospel. Every believer is subject to their attack but may be made victorious through Jesus Christ.
Each believer partaking of eternal life (Christ's life) was united with Christ and thus was spiritually crucified, buried, raised, and enthroned with Christ. The old man died at that point in time. Each believer enjoys the results of co-crucifixion as he or she chooses to walk by the Spirit and not after the flesh. Sanctification of our behavior, then, is Christ living His life through the believer. This involves active choices to deny ungodliness and to live upright lives in Jesus Christ.
We believe that the new covenant message of God’s grace inspires the believer to live a self-controlled, upright, and godly life characterized by the Fruit of the Spirit.