Our Beliefs

You are so special Pic 30We believe that the Christian Holy Bible is the only true Word of God for all generations (2 Tim 3:16-17). Although there are many different translations of the Bible, we believe that each translation is helpful in understanding the original writings (autographs) for as long as the translation was done according to the principles stated in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. At the same time, we believe in the Chicago Statement of Hermeneutics, which define for us the proper way to handle the Holy Scriptures.

We believe that there are only sixty-six books in this Bible, as recognized by all Evangelical and Pentecostal churches worldwide. We do not accept the Apocrypha or the Deuterocanonica as inspired (Rev 22:18-19).

We believe in the Tri-unity of God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:18-20) They are not three gods but only one God in three Persons.

We believe that all men have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Therefore all men need to be born again, that is, to be saved by experiencing the new birth through the Holy Spirit. This can only happen if they come to the saving knowledge of the truth, that is, if they believe in the Good News of salvation, which is found in no one else except Jesus Christ alone (2 Cor 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:3-4).

We believe in Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God, the Savior, Christ our Lord (Rom 10:9-10). He came to save sinners, giving his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). He is the Good News of God (Acts 13:32-33), and is therefore the only true object of faith and worship.

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone – and not by works of self-righteousness (Eph 2:8-10). Therefore, each one must repent and believe in Jesus Christ in order to be saved (Acts 2:38). Each one must also choose to remain in Him in order to remain saved. For we also believe that faith without works is dead (James 2:17).

We believe that God gives the Holy Spirit to everyone who obeys His Gospel (Acts 5:32). He is the presence and power of God in every true believer (John 14:15-21). Receiving the Holy Sprit is a personal experience that can be verified by others (Acts 10:44-46). The proof of such a gift are varied and cannot be limited to just speaking in tongues.

We believe in the universal church created by the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:40-47. This is the only true church that continues to exist today. It exists in the form of various local Christ-centered churches or communities scattered throughout the world (1 Cor 1:2). We recognize every Bible-believing Christian church that adheres to the fundamental truths of the Christian faith as taught by the apostles in the New Testament, and as confirmed by the prophets in the Old Testament. We recognize that there may be some differences on minor points of doctrine among the various local churches or communities, but each one belongs to one true body of Christ (Ephesians 4:1-5), if they believe in Him who is the only true Savior of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord and God, and if they adhere to His word. However, we will refuse fellowship with those churches who seek to destroy the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace by creating illegitmate church divisions, by claiming superiority or exclusivism from other legitimate churches, or by dishonoring legitimate Christian leaders.

We believe that every true believer becomes a member of the universal church at the time of their new birth through the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:12-13). But each one must decide which local church they wish to join or commit to (Acts 9:26). We believe that every true born again believer must be committed to a specific local church. We do not believe in individualistic attitudes or arrogance that undermine the integrity of local churches.

We believe that Jesus Christ will come again to establish the kingdom of God once and for all here on earth (1 Cor 15:24-28). Our ultimate destination is not heaven per se, but a new heaven and a new earth. No one knows the day or the hour of His coming (Matt 24:30-36), but we believe He will come again and come down literally, in bodily form, from heaven. This is the reason why we do not believe in setting dates concerning the Second Coming. We simply wait with watchful expectation for His return (1 Thess 5:1-11). Meanwhile, we remain diligent in our service to Him, so that when He comes we will not be ashamed.

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