What We Believe

The Holy Bible 

The Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths, morals and beliefs. In its original writing, the Bible is inspired by God and is the very Word of God.  It is infallible and inerrant and should not be added to nor taken from. (Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Rev. 22:18-19)

The Triune God 

Known as the Trinity, God exists in 3 equal entities: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. All are eternal, part of creation and play distinctive roles in the redemption of man. (Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 3:7-11; I John 5:7)

Jesus Christ is God 

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100 percent God and 100 percent man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit of God.  He lived a sinless life because he was God in the flesh, performed miracles, died on the cross for humankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood; then rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-3,14; Colossians 1:15-20) 

The Virgin Birth

We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35).

Jesus' Blood

We believe the blood Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100 percent sufficient to cleanse humankind from all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to die for the remission of our sins in obedience to God the Father (John 1:29; Romans 3:10-12,23; 5:9; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:5, 5:9).

The Redemption of Man

We believe humanity was created by God.  He said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." But man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

Salvation

We believe we are saved by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort (Romans 10:9,10; Acts 16:31; Galatians 2:16; 3:18; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22).

Repentance

We believe repentance is the recognition and confession our wrongs toward God and the action of turning away from our sin in every area of our lives to follow Christ. We then receive God’s forgiveness of our sins and are brought into a right relationship with Him (Acts 2:21; 3:19; I John 1:9).

Sanctification

We believe sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God's Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:29; 12:1,2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Hebrews 2:11).

The Holy Spirit 

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit of God is essential in the life of a believer for empowerment, discernment, direction and correction.  When a person repents of sin and receives forgiveness through the blood of Jesus and makes him Lord of their life, they receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God as a guarantee of their salvation and eternal life. (John 1:12, 14:17,23; 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).

The Power of the Holy Spirit

We believe the power of the Holy Spirit, given at Pentecost is the promise of the Father. He was sent by Jesus after His ascension to empower believers to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28,29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 1:8, 2:1-4, 17, 38, 39; 8:14-17; 10:38,44-47;11:15-17; 19:1-6)..
 

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church. God gives gifts according to His grace extended to each of us. He demonstrates the validity of the Resurrection and confirms the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters (Romans 1:11; 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:5-16; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10).
 

The Church

We believe the Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. We believe every person born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the Body of believers. We believe there is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:11,20-23; Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Acts 2: 42-47; Hebrews 12:23).
 

Water Baptism

We believe that following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized by immersion in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Baptism is not necessary for salvation itself, but is an outward expression of what is happening in the life of the believer…Buried in the likeness of His death, raised to walk in newness of life. (Colossians 2:12; Luke 3:16; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4)

The Lord's Supper

We believe God gave an ordinance to the church to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us to have salvation.  It is a unique time in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (a representation of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.  There is a warning in scripture to not take communion without being a born again believer in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 10:47, 48; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-26).

Resurrection

We believe Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Phil. 1:21-23; 3:21).
 

Heaven

Heaven is a real place that God has prepared for those who receive Him to live in complete fellowship with Him for eternity.  We believe that once you have accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, God then extends the gift of eternal life in Heaven to you after your death. (Matthew 5:3,12,20; 6:20; 19:21; 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Cor. 5:1 Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4).

Hell

We believe that Hell is defined as a place of eternal separation from God. Hell is described in the scriptures as a place of darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. God’s heart is that “none should perish” but that all would come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus. God provided His Son Jesus as a full payment for our sins. If you believe in Jesus and receive Him as Lord of your life you will have the gift of eternal life with God in Heaven escaping the damnation of Hell. (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8).

Who We Are

Impact Church is a Christ centered, life giving, non-denominational church that stands boldly and unapologetically on the Word of God and is committed to making a difference in our community through service, outreach and living as a reflection of Christ to the world.