Beliefs

Statement of Faith

God: We believe in only one true God; One in essence, nature, and attributes, but existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The essence of God’s very existence is love, not only that God can and does love but that God is love and does not change.

Jesus Christ: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is Emanuel, God with us. Therefore we believe that any perception of God that is contrary to Jesus is suspect of being a false accusation of God’s character and nature. We believe that Jesus is the second Adam and that just as all have been born through the original Adam, all are born again through Jesus. This does not mean that everyone is participating in the relationship which Jesus has reconciled, which is self evident. Jesus the Christ is the Word of God manifest in the flesh, a member of the Godhead, co-equal and co- eternal with the Father and Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit: A member of the Godhead, co-equal and co- eternal with the Father and Jesus. We believe that the Spirit of God dwells in all of humanity inviting us to believe in that which Jesus has accomplished in order for us to experience the quality of life God desires for us. Holy Spirit is our teacher and comforter. We believe in the baptism in Holy Spirit, expressed with speaking in tongues though it is not essential in order to experience eternal life. We believe this experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, participating in eternal life, and can be experienced by faith. We do not believe this stands in contrast to the prophecy of Joel which God declares that “in that day I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.”. We do not think that embracing this gift makes anyone greater but is a sign of participating with Holy Spirit.

Man: We believe that man was created innocent, but through Adam’s transgression sin entered and all have sinned for which the penalty for sin is death. Upon eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, man received consciousness in the form of morality and start judging himself through his actions instead of embracing his God-given identity. Though sin separated man from God in his own mind, God never turned away from man.

Salvation: We believe that Jesus Christ came to pay the penalty for man’s sin through is death as a sinless man, so that all men were saved through His finished works. We believe that it was man who killed Jesus, not God, and that Jesus willing gave up his life to liberate all of humanity. Salvation is experienced through faith by participating in our union with Jesus as part of the Godhead. We are not God though we are welcomed and encouraged to participate in their perichoresis.

Healing: We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross has provided healing for the human body. Jesus clearly demonstrated that the forgiveness of sins and healing or wholeness, go hand in hand. All are forgiven.

The Resurrection: We believe in the resurrection of all and that for those who have embraced Jesus as their source of life this will be a wonderful event. For those who have not we will not be their judge.

The Second Coming: We believe in a literal, physical second return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Church: We believe that church is composed of all who walk in the finished works of Jesus. This means that members who may not even know Jesus by name but have embraced the leading of Holy Spirit to participate in union with God. We also believe in and encourage fellowship with a local church that demonstrates the unconditional love of God towards all by embracing community.

Baptisms: We believe in exercising water baptism. This is not necessary for eternal life and we believe it is a way for one to symbolically make a statement to themselves that they are truly desirous of embracing their true identity in Jesus. It is our understanding that according to tradition one meaning of water baptism is as a statement of agreement with your teacher. In that you agreed, embraced and desired to carry out the teaching of your teacher in such a way as to honor your teacher so their teaching would never cease to exist. We believe also in the baptism in Holy Spirit, expressed with speaking in tongues though it is not essential to experience eternal life. We believe this experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, participating in eternal life, and can be received by faith. We do not believe this stands in contrast to the prophecy of Joel which God declares that “in that day I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.”. We do not think that embracing this gift makes anyone greater but is a sign of participating with Holy Spirit.

Gifts of Holy Spirit: We believe that spiritual gifts and manifestations of Holy Spirit are for the common good and building up of others.

The Scriptures: We believe that the scriptures are given to us to lead us to Jesus. All scripture must be studied based in its context which greatly includes when it was written and must be properly interpreted through the person of Jesus.

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