Our Sixteen Key Teachings

The following are the sixteen key teachings of our church. We belive these are real, Bible-based truths that build a firm foundation of Christian beliefs.

  1. The Bible is a collection of messages from God to man that he inspired the authors to write. It is how he chose to reveal the truth about himself to mankind, and it tells us how to be saved from God's judgement for disobedience. As God's words to us, it is perfect, without fault, and completely true. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12)
  2. There is One True God who has revealed himself as the Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God and Savior of the World, and the Holy Spirit who lives with us, never leaves us, and guides us into the truth. (Deuteronomy 6:4, John 1:1, John 4:24)
  3. Jesus died for our sins. He was both fully God, having the humility to set aside His glory and submit himself to death, and fully man, facing the same pains and passions as us without doing wrong. (Philippians 2:5-11)
  4. Though God created mankind to be good, Adam and Eve willingly disobeyed God and all of mankind, as their children, are born into disobedience and death. (Genesis 3, Romans 5)
  5. Anyone can be saved from God's judgement for disobedience by believing that Jesus died for them and accepting his sacrifice as a gift of forgiveness. (John 3:16, Romans 10:9, 1 John 1:9)
  6. There are two rituals we are told to observe in the Bible: baptism in water as a symbol of dying to our old ways and living a new life with Jesus, and communion as a symbol to remember how Jesus died for us.(Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
  7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a special experience available to everyone who gives their life to Jesus. (Acts 1:8)
  8. You can know you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit because the outward evidence of this experience is speaking in a language you don't know. This could be a real human language or words your spirit speaks to God, even though you don't know what you are saying. (Acts 2:1-4)
  9. We believe in something called sanctification. It means that, as you follow Jesus and try to live for him, you become more like God and less like people in the world. It means you learn to obey God more and to stay away from disobedience. (Philippians 2:12-13)
  10. The church has the mission to seek out people who don't follow Jesus and share the message of forgiveness from disobedience through his sacrifice on the cross for us. (Mark 16:15-16, 2 Peter 3:9)
  11. God has chosen people to serve the church in roles of leadership. There are five different kinds of leaders God has given to the church: missionaries, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. In addition, every Christian is told by God to share the message of Jesus with other and encourage each other in their faith. (Ephesians 4:11, 1 Peter 2:9)
  12. God is able to heal people who are hurt, sick, or even dying. When Jesus died on the cross, he earned healing for our minds, bodies, and spirits. (James 5:14-16)
  13. At some future moment in time, Jesus will appear in the clouds, all believers who have died will rise from the dead and be caught up in the air, those Christians who are alive will join them, and they will all be taken to Heaven with Jesus in an event called the rapture. (1 Corinthians 15:51, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
  14. Jesus will return with his followers after 7 years of suffering on the earth and begin a benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. During this millenial reign of Christ, many of the Isrealites, who are God's chosen people, will recognize that Jesus is the Messiah and place their faith in Him. (Revelation 20:1-6)
  15. A Final Judgment will take place, where those who have rejected Jesus will be judged for their disobedience and face eternal punishment. (Revelation 21:8)
  16. We look forward to the perfect new Heaven and new Earth that Jesus is preparing for all people who have accepted Him. We will live with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. (2 Peter 3:13)