Fern Leaves

STATEMENT OF FAITH

WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, working all things together for good.

 

WE BELIEVE that the SCRIPTURES of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. We believe that God has not added, deleted or altered the Bible with subsequent writings or revelations. 2 Timothy 3:15-17,  2 Peter 1:21

 

WE BELIEVE in GOD THE FATHER, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; that He sent His son Jesus Christ to not only save all persons that come to Him, from sin and death but to also reunite us in personal relationship to God the Father.

 

WE BELIEVE in JESUS CHRIST, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, hypostatic union, miracles and teaching, His atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into Heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth.

 

WE BELIEVE in the HOLY SPIRIT, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who abide in Christ. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. We believe the Holy Spirit wants to aid and empower us by indwelling every believer in Jesus Christ that so desires Him. We believe that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit. Matthew 3:11-12; Acts 19:2-7; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4-21; Romans 8:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16. 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18

 

WE BELIEVE that all PEOPLE are sinners by nature and choice and, therefore, under condemnation, that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, often subsequent to regeneration. We believe that receiving the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ we must also be crucified with Christ, die to self, thus becoming heirs with Christ being transformed by Holy Spirit in way of our thoughts which then leads to actions. Galatians 5; Ephesians 3; Romans 12:1-2

 

WE BELIEVE in the universal CHURCH, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.

 

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ORDINANCES to the church: 1) baptism, and 2) the Lord’s Supper.  We believe in baptism by immersion and communion, open to all believers.

 

WE BELIEVE also in the LAYING ON OF HANDS for baptism of the Holy Spirit, for ordination of pastors, elders and deacons, and for receiving gifts of the Spirit and healing.

 

WE BELIEVE in what is termed “THE APOSTLES’ CREED” as embodying fundamental facts of the Christian faith.

 

WE BELIEVE that the Christian’s life is to be lived in accordance with sound Biblical teaching.  Therefore the Christian is to avoid those PRACTICES SCRIPTURE EXPLICITLY PROHIBITS.  This includes, but is not limited to: drunkenness, fornication, harboring unforgiveness and an active homosexual lifestyle Matthew 5:21-26; Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 18:35; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

 

WE BELIEVE in the personal, visible RETURN OF CHRIST to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom; in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless suffering of the wicked.

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