What We Believe
What We Believe “IN THE essential beliefs, we have unity. In the non-essential beliefs, we have liberty. In all our beliefs, we show charity (love).” – Augustine. We hold to the truth that God desires all His people – His born-again believers – to walk in unity and love (John 17). Therefore, our primary focus is on the “essential beliefs” – those beliefs necessary to experience spiritual “new birth” or salvation (Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6; 1:12, 13). However, a more detailed list, with supporting Scriptures, of what we believe is available by contacting Apostle Jim Pickens at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE BIBLE – We believe the Bible is inspired and empowered by God, infallible and authoritative, and the only source for all Christian beliefs, practices and living.
ABOUT GOD – We believe in one eternal God who exists as three separate persons; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-equal with the other.
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST – We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life as He walked among men, demonstrated the authority and power of God in works and speech, died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, and is now seated at the right hand of God having accomplished all that is necessary for man’s salvation.
ABOUT SALVATION – We believe it is essential for man to repent of sin and by faith receive the finished work of Christ by confessing Him as Lord with his mouth and believing in his heart resulting in regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
ABOUT EPHESIANS 4:11-12 – We believe Jesus Christ has given gifts to “some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the equipping [purpose of training] of saints [believers] for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV
ABOUT HOLY SPIRIT – We believe Holy Spirit is continuing the work He started at Pentecost empowering believers to live a godly life and continue, with power, in all the works of Jesus.
ABOUT THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST – We believe in the imminent return of Jesus and that those who have believed in Him will be resurrected to a heavenly dwelling in an incorruptible body, and those who do not believe will join Satan and his host in everlasting punishment.
ABOUT THE CHURCH – We believe the true Church is composed of all born-again believers in Jesus Christ, regardless of gender, race, color, national origin, denominational affiliation or non-affiliation.
ABOUT THE “GREAT COMMISSION” – We believe all born-again believers have been commissioned to share the complete Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.
NOTE: It is difficult to tell all we believe in nine paragraphs, but we make this simplified statement of faith available so others will know we are Bible-believing, evangelical, New Testament Christian believers who promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the entire Word of God. A detailed statement of faith, with supporting Scriptures, is available upon request by contacting Apostle Jim Pickens at email@example.com