WHAT WE BELIEVE
The following are brief statements about what we believe. All of these statements are based on the Bible, which we believe is God’s authoritative word, and our only rule of faith and practice. You may not believe everything we have listed here; you may not believe any of the things we do. But you are still welcome to participate in our activities!
God the Father
God exists and has always existed. He is personal and real, loving, gracious, and merciful. He is also just and righteous, all knowing, and has allowed Himself to be known by the human beings He created. God revealed Himself to human beings through His Creation, through His written Word – the Bible, and through His Son, Jesus Christ.
God became a human being and revealed Himself to us through His sinless Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the second Person of the Divine Trinity, sharing all the attributes of the Godhead. He died on the cross in our place and rose again physically for our justification. He alone is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Salvation is effected by the grace of God. No one can come to the Father except through Jesus Christ. Therefore, we preach ‘Jesus Christ and Him crucified.’ Jesus also baptizes believers with the Holy Spirit.
God sent His Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Divine Trinity, into the world. He brings conviction of sin and draws people to Jesus Christ for salvation. He then enters the lives of repentant believers to regenerate and sanctify them.
Subsequent to salvation, believers are to be filled with the Holy Spirit to empower them to be witnesses of Jesus Christ. This filling occurs when the believer is baptized by Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit. The initial evidence of having been baptized with the Holy Spirit is the believer’s speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit enables them.
God has spoken finally, authoritatively, and clearly in the totally inspired, fully truthful Bible, the Word of God. The Scriptures, consisting of the infallible and inerrant Old and New Testaments, alone are the final foundation and standard for all theology, doctrine, and Christian experience. The Bible is the source of our message and the final authority for all our military ministry.
Salvation is obtained through faith in Jesus Christ and His sinless life, death, burial, and resurrection. It is only through a personal, ongoing, relationship with Jesus Christ that a person can experience the forgiveness of sins and the abundant life Jesus promised. The act of receiving Jesus Christ into ones life is the beginning of that abundant life and is referred to in the Bible as being born again; as part of this salvation we also receive eternal life.
Those who receive Jesus Christ as their savior and lord will go to heaven when they die. Those who do not believe and receive Jesus Christ into their lives will go to hell when they die.
The decision to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is a personal one and must be individually made by every individual. Being born into a ‘Christian’ family, being baptized either as an infant or as an adult, or being raised in a particular church does not mean a person has received salvation.
Water baptism is the outward act of public identification with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is the outward testimony of the change that has taken place inside a person’s heart as a result of believing in Jesus Christ. The act of water baptism does not save a person or make them a Christian; it is an act of obedience to Jesus Christ and should be performed as soon following the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior as possible.
Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is the divine impartation of power from God to be a credible witness for Jesus Christ. Christians, when confronted with opportunities to witness for Jesus Christ, don’t because of fear or timidity. The baptism in the Holy Spirit gives a person divine power (boldness) to witness, a spirit inspired prayer language, and the ability to function in the realm of the spiritual gifts as the Holy Spirit confirms their witness for Jesus Christ with signs and wonders.
It is God’s will that the work of evangelism be accomplished with His power. God, therefore, expects us to practice and promote earnest personal and corporate prayer for Spirit-filled living and for a spiritual harvest of the lost.
The Holy Spirit has endowed the church of Jesus Christ with spiritual gifts. These gifts are: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, distinguishing of spirits, the gift of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. These gifts are bestowed on individual believers as the Holy Spirit chooses; these gifts are evident in the church today and vital to its health; they are not the same as the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Second Coming of Christ
Jesus Christ is physically returning to this earth! His return consists of several significant events. As He returns He will bring with Him the souls of the people who had died believing in Him. The bodies of those who died as believers in Jesus Christ will be resurrected. Those resurrected bodies will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air. The bodies of believers who are still alive on the earth at that time will also be caught up to meet Jesus in the air. Both groups will receive new, eternal, immortal bodies as they meet the Lord in the air. The newly resurrected bodies of those who had been dead will also be reunited with their souls, that Jesus is bringing back with Him. All will return to earth with Christ to establish His millennial kingdom on earth and reign together with Him for one thousand years.
At the end of the one thousand year reign all people who have died throughout the ages (except believers who already came to life when Jesus returned) will stand before Jesus Christ at the great white throne judgment. Those whose names are found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life as a result of having accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior during their lifetime will live eternally in God’s presence, on earth, in the New Jerusalem as His redeemed, resurrected people. Those whose names are not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life because they had rejected Jesus Christ will spend eternity separated from God in the place the Bible calls the Lake of Fire.