The founding principles of our beliefs can be represented by the pillars of a building and are found in Hebrews 6:1 - 2
"Therefore, now that we have moved beyond the primary doctrine about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying a foundation again, namely, repentance from dead works and faith in God, the teaching on baptisms and the laying on of the hands, the resurrection of the dead and everlasting judgment."
Pillars of Belief
1. Repentance - We believe that man was a created being made in the image of God. Through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world and man was separated from God by sin. We believe that repentance of sin and the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord is required for salvation from eternal judgment.
(Matthew 3:2, Mark 6:12, Acts 2:38, Acts 17:30, Acts 11:18)
2. Faith in God - We believe that true believers must put their faith in what Jesus Christ did on the Cross for all of humanity. The gift of grace and salvation came through His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead. A person is not saved by any other kind of works! (John 3:16, John 3:36, John 5:24, John 8:24, Acts 16:31, Hebrews 11:6)
3. Baptisms - Water Baptism is baptism by immersion in water. It is a direct commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ for believers only. It is a public confession of one's identification with Christ in His death, burial and RESURRECTION.
(Matthew 28:10, Romans 6:4)
Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift that comes from God as promised by the Lord Jesus to all believers in this current dispensation of God. The evidence of this gift is the speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spririt gives each person utterance. (Matthew 3:11, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38 - 39)
4. Laying on of hands - The laying on of hands for healing: We believe that believers should lay hands on the sick in obedience to the commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mark 16:17 - 18, Luke 4:40, Acts 28:8, James 5:14)
The laying on of hands for ordination: We believe that leaders should lay hands on those who are called and set apart for God's calling and service in the ministry. (Acts 13:2 - 3, Acts 6:6)
The laying on of hands to be filled (baptized) with the Holy Spirit: We believe that one way for believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit is by the laying on of hands. (Acts 8:17, Acts 9:17, Acts 19:6)
5. Resurrection of the dead - Acts 1: 10 - 11 states, "And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."
1 Thessalonians 4:16 - 17 states, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
(Matthew 27:52 - 53, John 5:28 - 29, John 11:25)
6. Eternal Judgment - Hell is a place of punishment according to the Bible and is the final destination for unbelievers. It is described in Scripture using various terms such as eternal fire, outer darkness, a place of weeping and torment, the lake of fire, the second death, and the unquenchable fire. The most terrifying reality of hell is that it is a place of complete, unending, separation from God.
(Hebrews 9:27, Timothy 4:1, Ecclesiastes 12:13 - 14, Matthew 10:28, Isaiah 66:24)