What We Believe

We believe the Bible is God’s infallible written Word.  It was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, inerrant, authoritative, and is the accurate and final authority in all matters.  They are revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct (II Tim 3:16).

The Nature of God

We believe in the triune God: eternally existing as God the Father, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit present in one God, infinite, eternal, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent, forever worthy of honor, confidence, love, worship, adoration and service (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Col. 2:9)

We believe Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true Man. (Matt 1:18; Lk 1:26-27; John 1:1,14).  We believe He died for the sins of men as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and His death was a sufficient expiation for the guilt of all men.  We believe in the resurrection and the crucified body, and His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and advocate (Acts 2:32-36; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Heb. 9:11-14; Heb. 10:12; I Pet 2:24).

God’s Revelation to Man

We believe man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin, and thereby incurred  not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is separation from God (Gen 1:26-31; Gen. 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21).  We believe man was born with a sinful nature; therefore man can be justified only by grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:24-28).

We believe water baptism identifies us with the death and burial of Christ, and we should arise to walk in newness of life (Rom 6:3-9; I Pet. 3:21).

We believe in the Supreme Lordship of Jesus Christ, before whom every knee in heaven and on earth will bow (Is. 45:23; Rom 14:11).  We believe Jesus Christ is the one and only mediator between God and man (I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 9:24).

The Church

We believe the true Church is composed of persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit (I Pet. 2:4-5; Ephes. 2:19-22).

We believe the church is the Body of Christ expressed as the church individual, the church local and the church universal and invisible.  The church is more than jut a building or a gathering of people.  It is a body living in relationship and harmony under direction of the head, Jesus Christ (Ephes. 2:19-22; Ephes. 4:11-16; Rom. 12:4-5; I Cor. 6:15; 1 Cor. 12:12-31; I Pet. 2:4-5).

Repentance

We believe repentance is a total change of heart, mind, attitude, emotions, will, action and lifestyle flowing from the turmoil and sorrow of Holy Spirit conviction of sin.  We believe repentance causes us to turn away from sin and selfishness (Ps. 51; Matt. 9:13; Acts 11:18; II Cor. 7:10; II Tim 2:25).

The Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit who convicts and calls sinners to repentance.  He regenerates, indwells, fills, seals, instructs, guides, and empowers believers in the Body of Christ for Godly, living service (Lk 5:32; John 16:18; Acts 1:8).

We believe the Holy Spirit is at work today within the church through His gifts, fruit and anointed ministers.  We believe all of His gifts should be operative in the Body of Christ.  These gifts have been distributed according to the Father’s will and are essential for true ministry.  We believe these gifts need to be activated and exercised to fulfill their divine purpose of blessing the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:1-11; Ephes. 4:11-16; II Tim 1:6).

We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is sent to gift each believer with their own private prayer/praise language.  Such a baptism empowers the believer to be effective for Christ (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 19:1-6; I Cor. 14:2, 4-18; Jude 20).

We believe divine healing of the body is part of the atoning work of Jesus Christ.  We believe this healing can be received and also ministered to others by various gifts (Is. 53:5; Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Cor. 12:8-10; 1 Pet. 2:24).

The Ministries of Christ

We believe the Body of Christ has been gifted with the full function of the five-fold ministry office:  Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers (Ephes. 4:11-13; 1 Cor. 12:28).  We believe leaders in the Body of Christ have been charged with the task of evangelizing, educating, equipping, edifying, exhorting and establishing each believer in their membership ministry.  We believe Christ has set in the Church the restoration in full power and authority of present day ministries of the Apostles and Prophets as foundational and revelational ministries (Acts 3:20-21; Ephes. 2:20).

Prophecy

We believe God still speaks today.  We believe hearing from God, both individually and corporately as a ministry, through prophecy or any other Biblical means chosen by God to communicate is essential to our faith and walk with God.  We believe the Prophetic presbytery serves its purpose in the Body of Christ by activating, establishing, releasing, commissioning, and ordaining gifts to their office, function, and place of relationship/leadership (1 Cor. 14:1-5; 1 Tim. 4:14).

Deliverance

We believe the need for deliverance is manifested by an inability to be free from a bondage. We believe it is God’s desire to bring deliverance to His people (Job 5:19; Ps. 91:3; Luke 4:18-21; II Tim. 2:2-4; Heb. 2:14, 15; II Pet. 2:9).  We believe we have been granted authority in the Name of Jesus to bring deliverance to others (Mk. 16:17; John 14:12).  Our warfare is with forces of evil (Ephes. 6:12), our weapon is the Word of God, our authority and power is from Jesus Himself (Acts 1:8), and the battlefield is first of all in the spiritual realms (II Cor. 10:3-5; Ephes. 6:12-18).

Sanctification

We believe it is the duty of each believer to live a life of personal sanctification and holiness, living a life Holy unto God, keeping ourselves unspotted from the world (Lev. 11:44-45; Lev. 19:2; Lev. 20:7; I Thess. 5:23, I Pet. 1:15, 16).

Discipline

We believe in discipline administered within the relational group in a spirit of meekness and confidentiality.  The purpose of such discipline is the restoration of the one subject to the discipline and/or purification of the relational group.  The steps of discipline are one on one private confrontation, private confrontation with witnesses, and, finally, exposure to the relational group for judgment leading to restoration or separation [Matt. 18:15-20; Gal. 6:1; Rom. 16:17; II John 9-11; 1 Cor. 5:11; II Cor. 2:6-8; 1 Tim. 5:20].

Human Sexuality

We believe God created man and He created them male and female (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:23).  As such He created them different so as to compliment and complete each other.  We believe homosexuality is an abomination before God (Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; Acts 15:28-29).  We believe it is a shameful lifestyle that is a willful and sinful perversion of God’s ordained relationship between sexes.  We believe those that practice homosexuality will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Rom. 1:26-29, 32; 1 Cor. 6:9; Gal. 5:19-21; Ephes. 5:1-6; Col. 3:5, 6; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; 1 Tim. 1:9-10; Rev. 21:8).

Marriage

We believe God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female only as the foundation of the family, the basic structure of human society.  We believe marriage is the joining of a man and a woman as one flesh in a spiritual and physical covenant for life.  We believe it is a lifelong relationship in which a man leaves his father and mother and “cleaves” to his wife, and the two become “one flesh”, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, financially, etc. (Gen 2:21-24; Matt. 19:4-6; Mk 10:6-9; Ephes. 5:28-31).

We believe marriage between man and woman is exemplified in the marriage between Jesus Christ and His bride, the church.  We believe God’s purpose for marriage include for mutual and undefiled pleasure (Prov. 5:17-23; 1 Cor. 7:2, 3; Heb. 13:4), prevention of immorality (1 Cor. 7:1, 5), and properly representing the spiritual relationship between Christ and the Church (Ephes. 5:22-29).

Ordinances of the Church

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ left ordinances to be observed by the local church.  These ordinances include:  water baptism by immersion for believers [Matt. 3:13-16; Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:38-42, 46-47; Acts 8:12, 16, 35-39; Acts 10:48; Acts 16:31-33; Acts 19:4-5], the Lord’s Supper [Matt. 26: 26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:15-20; 1Cor. 11:22-24] and foot washing [John 13:6-25].  These are acts of obedience; however they are not to be regarded as a means of salvation.  Baptism of a believer by immersion is a token of His regeneration through union with Christ.  It is an external manifestation of a preceding union with Christ and is only for those who have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is the position of Unleash the Fire that no person is qualified to have part in either of these ordinances unless they have been born again.