What We Believe
As an Assemblies of God church, our core beliefs are derived from the official Assemblies of God Statement of Fundamental Truths. These are our non-negotiable tenants of faith and are essential to our mission.

The Bible

The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man.  It is the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 || 1 Thessalonians 2:13 || 2 Peter 1:21

The Trinity

There is one true God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind.  He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.​

Deuteronomy 6:4 || Isaiah 43:10-11 || Matthew 28:19

The Son

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God​.  The Scriptures declare:

His virgin birth

Matthew 1:23 || Luke 1:31 || Luke 1:35

His sinless life

Hebrews 7:26 || 1 Peter 2:22

His miracles

Acts 2:22  || Acts 10:38

His substitutionary work on the cross

1 Corinthians 15:3 || 2 Corinthians 5:21

His bodily resurrection from the dead

Matthew 28:6 || Luke 24:39 || 1 Corinthians 15:4

His exaltation to the right hand of God

Hebrews 1:3 || Acts 1:9 || Acts 1:11 || Acts 2:33 || Philippians 2:9-11


Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness."  However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.

Genesis 1:26-27 || Genesis 2:17 || Genesis 3:6 || Romans 5:12-19


Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.  Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ.  By washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.​

Luke 24:27 || John 3:3 || Romans 10:13-15 || Ephesians 2:8 || Titus 2:11 || Titus 3:5-7

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.

Romans 8:16

The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:24 || Titus 2:12

Ordinances of the Church

Baptism in Water

All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized.  Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of Life.

Matthew 28:19 || Mark 16:16 || Acts 10:47-48 || Romans 6:4

Holy Communion

The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements - bread and fruit of the vine - is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!"

2 Peter 1:4 || 1 Corinthians 11:26

The Holy Spirit

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church.  With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.

Luke  24:29 || Acts 1:4 || Acts 1:8 || 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.

Acts 2:4 || 1 Corinthians 12:4-10 || 1 Corinthians 12:28​


Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and of dedication unto God.  Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 12:1-2 || 1 Thessalonians 5:23 || Hebrews 13:12 || Romans 6:1-11, 13 || Romans 8:1-2, 13 || Galatians 2:20 || Philippians 2:1312-13 || 1 Peter 1:5 


The Church and It's Mission

The Church is the body of Christ; the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission.  Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven.  God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, and to demonstrate His love and compassion for all the world.

Ephesians 1:22-23 || Ephesians 2:22 || Hebrews 12:23


The Ministry

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the fourfold purpose of leading the Church in:

Evangelization of the world

Mark 16:15-20

Worship of God

John 4:23-24

Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son

Ephesians 4:11-16

Meeting human need with ministries of love and compassion

Psalms 112:9 || Galatians 2:10 || Galatians 6:10 || James 1:27


Divine Healing

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.

Isaiah 53:4-5 || Matthew 8:16-17 || James 5:14-16


The Blessed Hope

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 || Romans 8:23 || Titus 2:13 || 1 Corinthians 15:51-52


The Millennial Reign of Christ

The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.

Zechariah 14:5 || Matthew 24:27, 30 || Revelation 1:7 || Revelation 19:11-14 || Revelation 20:1-6


The Final Judgement

There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

Matthew 25:46 || Mark 9:43-48 || Revelation 19:20 || Revelation 20:11-15 || Revelation 21:8

The New Heavens and the New Earth

"We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness."

2 Peter 3:13 || Revelation 21 || Revelation 22

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