We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate
That he is fully God and fully man; that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed at the cross, He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints forever.
We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required or accepted in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ.
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the Church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation, but are channels of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
We believe in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of the age when He will return to earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom.
We believe that the Church will go through the Great Tribulation in great power and victory. We believe the Church will be raptured at the end of the Great Tribulation. We also believe in and are praying for a great end–time harvest of souls and the emergence of a victorious Church that will experience an unprecedented unity, purity, and power in the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption.
The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and for service. Subsequent to our conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower, and anoint believers for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the Church to fulfill its calling and mission.
We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory.
We believe that God not only created the world but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name.
We believe that Satan, originally the great and good angel Lucifer, and also a worship leader, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him.
He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness, evil, and unrest on earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels.
We believe that when Christians die, they pass immediately into the blessed presence of Christ, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of the resurrection and the glorious transformation of their bodies.
The saved will then forever dwell in blissful fellowship with their great triune God. We also believe that when unbelievers die, they are consigned to hell, there to await the Day of Judgment when they shall be punished in the lake of fire with eternal, conscious, and tormented separation from the presence of God.
To receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit
LAYING ON OF HANDS
The laying on of hands is something so foundational to Christianity that it is easy to recognize the churches with this form of godliness.
For those with the effective power and anointing of the Holy Ghost, and only those in the leadership position to do so and that are able to impart that power, there is no denying how powerful laying on of hands is. The laying on of hands in the Old and New Testament were for the following purposes: Blessing.
The setting in place and anointing of leaders. Consecration. Impartation of spiritual gifts, strength, authority or wisdom. Healing. Deliverance. Prophecy. In the Old Testament, the laying on of hands often conferred spiritual blessings. Israel stretched out his hands on the two sons of Joseph as a blessing, “guiding his hands wittingly.”
An impartation was received in this action, being the right hand placed on the head of Ephraim and setting him before Manasseh who was given the left even though Ephraim was the younger, though he was still blessed. Speaking words of wisdom, Jacob’s hands were prophetically guided by the Holy Ghost in the blessing.
SPEAKING WORDS OF WISDOM
Jacob’s hands were prophetically guided by the Holy Ghost in the blessing
When Moses was soon to die, the Lord had Moses lay his hands upon Joshua in order to put some of his honor upon him to charge him with authority and take his place. Because the Lord had commanded Moses to do this, the children of Israel listened to Joshua as their divinely-appointed leader. Joshua was already “a man in whom is the spirit,” but through the laying on of hands, Joshua became full of wisdom and the anointing of Moses was transferred onto him.
Joshua is a type of Christ as our leader.
If only the leaders of our nations and ministers of our churches could be so charged up. One like the son of man touched Daniel’s lips and opened his mouth so he could speak and again touched him and gave him strength. David thought of God’s hand upon him as a blessing and comfort. In the New Testament, Jesus blessed the little children and laid His hands on them. The Levites were brought before the Lord and the children of Israel put their hands on them.
Aaron offered the Levites for an offering so that they may execute the service of the Lord. Aaron and his sons place their hands on the offering. Aaron represents our high priest Jesus and his sons represent us. This same idea was passed onto the Christian church in ordination and consecration and we still practice laying on of hands today.