What we Believe
The Evangelical Herald

What We Believe

We believe that the foundational beliefs of the primitive church are still the essential beliefs a person must subscribe to in order to be a disciple of Christ and have assurance of everlasting life.  Other beliefs or dogmas, formulated over the centuries by theologians in efforts to answer questions posed by inquisitive minds, are not to be considered essential to a Christian's faith - although they may have their place in the overall maturity of a believer to carry out his mission on earth.  We believe that an unbiased reading of the scriptures reveal to us the following:

That there is a personal God - Creator and Sustainer of all things in the heavens and the earth.  This would rule out any human philosophies of the origins of such. (Gen 1:1; Mal. 2:10a; 1Cor. 1:8a;    Eph. 4:6)

That this God has revealed Himself through the Holy Bible - as such, the whole Bible is truth - there is no error in it. (2 Tim. 3:16;  Acts 17:2,11; Jhn 17:17)

That this God is the One and only True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - which the Bible identifies by the names of Jehovah or Yahweh, I am Who I Am, Lord, and Father -- among other names and titles.  (Ex 4:5; Ex 3:14;  Jer. 31:35; Mrk 14:36)

That this God has an adversary named in the Scriptures as the Serpent, Satan, and the Devil.  (Gen. 3:1; Mat 4:10; Mat. 13:39)

That this God is a Spirit - man can not fully understand His nature, but He has revealed His character and attributes through His Word and the incarnation of His Word.  (Jhn 4:24; Rom. 11:34; Jhn 1:14)

That the Bible identifies this incarnation as Jesus or Jeshua, the Son of God, Savior, Redeemer, King, and Lord.  (Jhn 1:1-10; Phil 2;5-7)

That after Jesus returned to be in unity with His Father, God came in the form of Spirit to empower all believers to become spiritual beings and work the works of God.  (Jhn 14:26; Acts 2:4,17; 1 Thess 4:8)  

That through faith in the meritorious sacrifice of Jesus, repentant believers are redeemed from sin and death through the work of the Spirit and experience a new birth unto spiritual beings.  (Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:8,9; Jhn 3:5-7, 1 Pet 1:23)

That God's Spirit moves believers on earth to be restored to the image of Christ Jesus - as spiritual beings, believers desire and hunger to be like Jesus.  (1 Pet. 2:2; Rom 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18)

That it is through God's attribute of love, as demonstrated in His acts of mercy and forgiveness, that believers experience the power of God working through them.  (1 Jhn 4:8,16; 1 Jhn. 3:14;  2 Cor. 5:14,15; Heb. 10:24)

That God has purposed that believers, His children, be united in the body of His Son, His Church - Jesus being the Head - to do the work of reconciliation for the glory of His Being.  (Rom. 12:4,5;  1 Cor. 12 :12-27; Eph. 4 :15,16; 2 Cor. 5:18,19)  

That God has an eternal plan that gives eternal life to His children - this plan focuses on a harmonious relationship between Him and His creatures, and also with His creature's relationship with one another.  (Jhn. 3:15-18; Eph. 2:16-22; Col. 1:20-29; Jhn. 13:34)

That after death, believers have the hope of the resurrection and to live forever in God's eternal kingdom as He originally planned before sin came into the world.  (1 Cor. 15:12-22; Rev 21:1-7)

As a result of submitting ourselves to these beliefs and of having been born of the Spirit, our lives are dedicated :

To be in communion with our Heavenly Father   (1 Thess 5:17; Gal. 4:6; Mt. 6:9-13)
To study His Word (2 Tim. 2:15)
To worship Him in Spirit and Truth (Jhn 4:23)
To proclaim the Good News of Redemption and Restoration (1 Jhn 1:1-3; Rev. 14:6,7)
To be servants for the benefit of mankind and the glory of God  (Gal. 5:13; 1 Cor. 9:19)
To support our fellow believers in their spiritual growth    (Eph. 4:11-15; 1 Cor. 12:1-27)
To keep ourselves clean from the contamination of Satan's kingdom  (Jhn. 17:14-19; Eph. 5:25-27)
To be active participants in the building of God's spiritual temple  (Eph. 2:19-22; 1 Pet. 2:5; Rom. 14:19)

If you desire to be His disciple and have everlasting life, Jesus invites you to come to Him (Mat. 11:28).  We come to Him by:

1.  Believing that God is and that He loves us  (John 3:16)(1 John 4:16)

2.  Recognizing that we are sinners that have fallen short of His righteousness                   (Is. 64:6)(Rom. 3:23)

3.  Repenting of our sins (Mat. 4:170(Acts 3:19)

4.  Believing that Christ's sacrifice paid the penalty of your sins (Rom. 5:8; 6:23)

5.  Accepting Christ into your heart (your total essence of being)  (Rev 3:20)(John 1:12)

By exercising these steps in faith, God's word assures us that we have been born again as
spiritual beings (Eph. 2:8,9)(1 Pet. 1:23).  As new creatures or babes in Christ, our natural response to His love is to grow to maturity in Him (1 Pet. 2:2).  We encourage you to:

1.  Begin reading and studying your Bible

2.  Pray (talk to your Father) to developed a personal relationship

3.  Seek fellowship with other Christians in a Bible believing assembly

4.  Serve in your assembly

5.  Share the good news with others that do not know Him