Our Beliefs


Our Beliefs

We believe The Bible is the true and life-changing Word of God.  It is the absolute authority for every circumstance and situation.  Its original manuscripts are perfect in every way.  [1] 

We believe The Church is composed of all born-again believers and as the Body and Bride of Christ it exists in two aspects; universal and local.
The universal church is the world-wide group of believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one spiritual organism, The Body of Christ.
The local church is a group of like-minded believers voluntarily joined together to glorify God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and to share the good news of hope to the world. [2 ] 

We believe The Trinity is one God, existing in three persons. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are eternal in being, identical in essence and equal in power and glory. We believe that each have specific purposes to accomplish God's plan of glorifying Himself and saving mankind from sin and death. [3] 

We believe Baptism is a public act of the believer's identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.[4]  We deny that baptism is necessary for salvation. The mode of baptism is primarily symbolic, however, we believe that the original mode of baptism was most likely immersion. 

We believe The Lord's Supper is the believer's identification with Christ and His body, the Church. It should be observed regularly with the purpose of remembering Jesus - His life, His death, His resurrection and His return. The Gathering welcomes any follower of Christ to participate in the Lord's supper.[5]

We believe The Holy Spirit is a person.  His purpose is to point the world toward Jesus and give all glory to the Father.
His functions include:
-convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment;
-baptizing believers into the Body of Christ;
-permanently indwelling believers;
-sealing believers unto the day of redemption;
-giving spiritual gifts to each believer;
-filling and comforting believers; and
-empowering followers of Christ to live consistently in the presence and power of the living God.[6]

We believe Jesus is the Son Of God who became a man without ceasing to be God.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin named Mary, in order that he could relate to mankind and offer salvation to the world.  We believe that He provided forgiveness from sin through His real death on the cross. He gave His life as a substitute for the payment of our sin, which is death.  This salvation is offered to all men, but effective only for those who believe and surrender their life to God's control.  We believe that He will return again to earth in a literal and physical Second Coming.[7]

We believe that Man was created in the image and likeness of God. However, as a result of sin, the human race became alienated from God, and is totally unable to get back to God apart from the saving work of Jesus.[8]

We believe Jesus' statement in Mark 16 that Miraculous Signs and Wonders will follow those who believe.  We believe that God used miraculous signs and wonders thoughout the history of the world to draw men's attention to Himself and to strengthen the faith of those who follow Him.  We believe He still uses signs and wonders today for the same purposes.  The Gathering is a body of believers that hungers for, and faithfully expects, God to perform the miraculous for His glory and to further the kingdom. Though we love to experience the miraculous, we hunger even more for the beauty of God's presence in our corporate gatherings and in our personal lives.[9]

Regarding Bible Prophecy, we believe that great humility is needed in interpreting the prophetic scriptures.  We believe in allowing for some diversity of opinion in relation to the exact unfolding of future prophetic events.  We believe that the purpose of Bible prophecy is more to motivate Christian Holiness than to develop detailed prophetic chronologies.[10]

We believe that All Believers should seek to walk by the spirit, not bringing reproach upon their Lord and Savior.[11]

We believe that Salvation is a gift of God by grace and is received by man through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins.[12]

We believe in the Personal and Imminent Return of Jesus Christ.[13]
​We believe that the Kingdom of God is both present[14] and will yet be fully revealed.[15]

We believe that Spiritual Gifts are given by God to every Christian.
We believe that the purposes of these gifts are to honor God, build up the Church, and to share the good news of Jesus with the entire world.
We believe that every spiritual gift listed in God's perfect Word is still in use today for His glory.   We believe that all spiritual gifts should be exercised with order and according to the Bible.   Most importantly, we believe that all spiritual gifts are subject to the overarching umbrella of love.[16]


[1] Matthew 5:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21

[2] Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:42, 8:3, 9:31; I Corinthians 4:17, 11:23-27; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23-30; 1 Thessalonians 1:1

[3] Deut. 6:4, 2 Corinthians 13:14

[4] Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12, 1 Peter 3:21

[5] Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

[6] Matthew 28:19; John 3:3-7, 16:7-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19, 12:4-13; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18

[7] John 1:1,14,18; Luke 1:35; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:24-26, 9:24; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Ephesians 1:11; Revelation 21:4

[8] Genesis 1:26, 3:1-24; Romans 3:23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:12

[9] Exodus 14:31, 18:10-12; John 2:11, 23; Acts 9:35,42

[10] 1 Peter 1:10-16, 2 Peter 3:9-13

[11] Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16,25; 2 Corinthians 6:14, 7:1

[12] Ephesians 1:17, 2:8-10; John 1:12; Titus 3:5

[13] Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24-25; John 14:1-3; Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 3:13, 4:13-18, 5:4-10; Revelation 19-20

[14] Matthew 12:28, Luke 17:20-21, Romans 14:17, 1 Corinthians 4:19-20,
Colossians 1:13

[15] Isaiah 24:23, 33:22, 52:7; Zechariah 14:9-10; Matthew 6:10, 7:21-23, 8:11-12; Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:5; 2 Timothy 4:18

[16] Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, 14:20-22; Ephesians 2:20, 4:7-16;
Hebrews 2:3-4; 1 Peter 4:8-11