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We Believe - page 2

BAPTISM  IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 38-39).


THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual  gifts to build and sanctify the church. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts  in their lives. These gifts should not be used in violation of Biblical parameters (Ephesians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10).


THE CHURCH: The church is the Body of Christ, made up of believers. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. It is commanded to meet in local groups regularly. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 4:16; Hebrews 10:25,12:23).


WATER BAPTISM: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).


THE LORD'S SUPPER: A unique time of communion in the presence of God in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; 1Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-26).


HEALING OF THE SICK: Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign which is to follow believers. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Mark 16:17-18; James 5:14-16; I peter 2:4).


RESURRECTION: Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).


HEAVEN: Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4).


HELL: Called also Hades and the Lake of Fire it is a real place. Unbelievers exist there now and through eternity. It is a place of torment and separation from God. After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and condemned eternally to Hell (Matthew 25:41; Luke 16:22-26; Revelation 20:12-15, 21:8).


SECOND COMING: Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 1:7).



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