Our Beliefs 2016-10-25T07:41:22+00:00

Agreed Statement of Belief

We hold these beliefs to be true: There is one God, known in the personalities of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Both the Old and New Testament are inspired scripture and contains all truth necessary to faith and Christian living. That humanity is fallen and therefore inclined to evil and that those who remain unrepentant are eternally lost.

We believe that Jesus Christ made atonement for humanity and those who believe in him are justified and saved from the power of sin. Those who have with true repentance turned from their sin are empowered to live holy lives participating with God in the salvation and redemption of the world until He comes back for the final judgement and ushers in the fullness of His kingdom.

We Are a Christian People

As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.

We Are a Holiness People

God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including “entire sanctification” and “baptism with the Holy Spirit”-cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.

We Are a Missional People

We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.