Satan (the Devil) was cast out of God’s presence and is at work in the earth to establish his own illegitimate kingdom. He is at enmity with God and His children. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ; therefore Christians have authority over him. At the end of the age, Satan and his demons will be cast forever into the lake of fire (Hell).
Isaiah 14:10-17. Ezekiel 28:11-19. Matthew 12:25-29. Matthew 25:41. John 12:31. John 16:11. Ephesians 6:10-20. Colossians 2:13-15. Hebrews 6:1-2. Hebrews 9:27. 2 Peter 2:4. Jude 1:6. Revelation 12:7-9. Revelation 20:10.
We believe the one true and universal Church consists of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, which is His glorious Body commissioned to extend His kingdom on the earth. To equip members for the work of ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth and it is vitally important that every Christian be joined with and actively involved in a local community of believers.
Matthew 16:17-19. Acts 2:17-18. Acts 2:42. Ephesians 3:14-21. Ephesians 4:11-16. Hebrews 10:23-25. Hebrews 12:18-23. 1 Peter 2:4-5. Revelation 2-3. Revelation 3.
THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVERS
Jesus’ blood has released believers from sin (Satan’s dominion) and made a Kingdom of Priests (a royal priesthood). All people born of God have equal status before, and direct access to their Lord. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. Therefore, all born-again believers have a priestly ministry and all are called to function in that capacity. As a Kingdom of Priests we must offer sacrifices acceptable to God.
Revelation 1: 5-6. I Peter 2: 4-5. Hebrews 13:15-16. 1 Peter 2:9. Hebrews 4:14-16. Hebrews 10: 19-22. Revelation 5:9-10.
The Church is commanded to observe two sacraments or sacred acts of worship: water baptism and Holy Communion. Neither of these sacraments is a means of salvation, but they are a demonstration of an obedient lifestyle and a pathway to receive the blessing of God.
Water baptism is an outward expression of the inward work of salvation in a believer’s life. Baptism is by emersion in water and is done in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It identifies that a believer has buried his old life and is now resurrected into the newness of life in Christ Jesus.
Holy Communion is the partaking of the elements that symbolize the broken body and shed blood of Christ in remembrance of His sacrifice on the cross.
Matthew 26:26-29. Matthew 28:19. Acts 2:38. Romans 6:3-11. 1 Corinthians 11:23-34. Colossians 2:12. 1 Peter 3:21-22.
We believe that Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father. From there He will bodily return in power and glory at the end of the age (a date undisclosed by the Scriptures) to fully establish His Kingdom upon the earth and to judge both the living and the dead. We believe in the resurrection of the just and the unjust – the eternal life of the redeemed and the eternal damnation of those who have rejected God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Psalms 2:7-9. Matthew 24:36-42. Luke 22:69. John 14:1-3. John 14:12. John 17:20-28. Acts 1:9-11. Acts 3:18-21. Acts 10:39-42. Romans 11:25-32. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28. 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. Ephesians 4:11-16. Philippians 3:20-21. Colossians 3:1. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11. 1 Thessalonians 5. 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12. 1 Peter 4:5. Revelation 7:9-14. Revelation 22:17.