According to the Word of God, we believe the following to be
essential for Salvation:
a. faith in Christ-
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish,
but have eternal life.
John 1:12 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right
to become children of God, even to those who believe in His
Eph. 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast.
Acts 4:12 – And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no
other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we
must be saved.
Acts 16:31 – And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you
shall be saved, you and your household.”
b. confession of
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to
forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Luke 13:5 – I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all
Mt. 4:17 – From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Acts 3:19 – Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped
away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence
of the Lord.
c. public confession of Christ-
Luke 12:8-9 –
And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of
Man shall confess him also before the angels of heaven, but he who
denies Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
Romans 10:9-10 – If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and
believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall
be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in
righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in
d. baptism – we believe baptism to be the completion
of the salvation experience. It is this act of obedience that allows
the new believer to publicly confess his/her desire to break with
their past and begin a new life in Christ the King.
Acts 2:38 – And Peter said to them, “Repent, and let
each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the Holy Spirit.”
Mark 16:16 – He who has believed and has been baptized shall be
saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
We do not believe that people are saved by their
baptism experience. We don’t believe people are unsaved until they
enter the water. What we believe is that the Biblical model is
immediate baptism following a decision to repent.
Jesus commanded baptism –
unwillingness to obey reflects an unrepentant heart.
2. We believe there is one God eternally
existing in three persons; Father, Son, Holy Spirit – Eph. 4:4 –
There is one body and one Spirit…
a. Father – Gen 1:1 – In the beginning,
God created the heavens and the earth.
Mark 12:29 – Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord.
b. Son – John 8:54 – Jesus
answered: “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father
who glorifies Me…”
John 10:30 – I and the Father are one.
Col. 1:15-19 – And He is the image of the invisible God, the
first-born of all creation. So by Him all things were created, both
in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones
or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created
by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all
things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and
He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He
Himself might come to have first place in everything. For it was the
Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him.
c. Holy Spirit
– 1 Cor. 2:4-5 – And my message and my
preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in
demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not
rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
Zech. 4:6 – “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says
the Lord of hosts.
1 Cor. 2:10-16 – For to us God revealed them through the Spirit:
for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who
among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man,
which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God none knows except the
Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God that we might know the things freely
given to us by God.
3. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ
a. His virgin birth – Luke 1:26-44
b. His sinless life – Heb. 9:14 – How much more will
the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself
without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to
serve the living God?
c. His death on the cross which paid for our sins – Heb
10:10 – By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of
the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
d. His bodily resurrection – 1 Cor. 15:3-4 – For I
delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He
was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the
e. His personal return in victory for His church – Acts 1:11
– Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus,
who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the
same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.
4. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to
be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writing;
the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the
divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
2 Tim. 3:16 – All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for
teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in
Eph. 2:20 – having been built upon the foundation of the apostles
and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.
2 Peter 3:15-16 – and regard the patience of our Lord to be
salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the
wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking
in them of these things, in which are some things hard to
understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also
the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
5. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell
into sin and is, therefore lost, and only through the work of the
Holy Spirit and the blood of Christ can man be placed in his right
relationship to God.
Romans 3:23-24 – for all
have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a
gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.
6. We believe those individuals that have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior
and Lord, who love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and
strength, and are aggressively striving to be like Jesus are members
of Christ’s church family.
John 14:15 – If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
John 10:27 – My sheep hear My voice and I know them, and they