Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

About the Church

Our Doctrinal Statement

We Believe:

• The Bible is the Infallible Revelation of God, and therefore is the only authoritative and binding rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

• There is only one Living and True God, manifesting Himself in the three Persons of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – equal in every perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of Redemption. (Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

• The Deity, Virgin Birth, Sinless Life, Substitutionary Death, Physical Resurrection, and Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – that He is the very God and Creator of all things! (Luke 1:26-35; 1 Peter 1:18-21; Luke 24:1-7; Colossians 1:12-17)

• The universal depravity of man can only be forgiven and cleansed by Grace through Faith in the shed blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:9-26; Ephesians 2:8-9)

• In Salvation, only through Jesus Christ, by Believing in Jesus Christ and Confessing the same coupled with a determination to REPENT (to turn one’s self around from sin), and follow Jesus Christ! (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 3:19)

• In Water Baptism by Immersion, not as a means of Salvation, a rite, a merely external ritual, or a “sacrament,” but as a voluntary act of faith and obedience by a believer in Jesus Christ, having first repented of sin (Acts 2:38). (The original Greek word for baptism in this passage is “baptizo,” meaning “to be dipped or immersed.”)

• In Sanctification and Holiness, as fruit of Repentance, following a believer’s commitment to Jesus Christ – being set apart from the world, and leading a holy life, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1)

• In the Infilling and Overflowing Baptism of and by the Holy Spirit, which includes the supernatural Gift of Tongues as evidence of the initial Infilling, following this work of God in a believer. (Acts 2:1-4; Acts 19:1-6)

• In Accepting and Encouraging the Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit, including Healing, Prophecy, Words of Wisdom and Knowledge, Discerning of Spirits, and Speaking in Tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. (1 Corinthians 12:1, 7-11)

• In Praise and Worship, in Prayer and Song! Believers are encouraged to whole-heartedly express vocal Praise and Worship, unto and before the Lord, in corporate assembly, and also individually in private. (Psalms 148, 149 and 150)

• Our Lord gave the Great Commission to His Church to evangelize the world. (Matthew 28:18-20)

• In the personal and imminent Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ – first to come for His Saints; then with them to rule and to judge. (Acts 1:9-11; 1Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:11-16)

There are many other Biblical doctrines and practices advocated by the Church, but the preceding are the key ones.