Statement of Faith
THE INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is our only standard for faith and practice.
It is the revelation from God to man. It is the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior
to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. It is the standard by which all subsequent
revelation is rightly evaluated.
THE ONE TRUE GODHEAD
We believe the Tribune Godhead comprises three (3) separate and distinct personalities: the
Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed, and function
as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the
Godhead, co-existent and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
MAN'S FALL AND REDEMPTION
We believe that in the original created order, man was created in the image of God and filled
with His Divine nature, but man forsook his estate and entered ultimate depravity through the
voluntary transgression of the Law of God.
The only possible redemption for man is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross,
Jesus Christ became sin, providing atonement for those who will believe and become justified
by His Grace, through faith.
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not of human works; however, our works will determine
our rewards in eternity.
The inward evidence of the believer of his salvation is the direct and personal witness of the
Holy Spirit. The outward evidence of all men is a life marked by righteousness and true holiness.
BAPTISM IN WATER
We believe the ordinance of baptism in water should be observed as commanded in the
Scriptures by all who have repented and truly believed in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. In
doing so, they experience the spiritual circumcision of the body of flesh and declare to the
world that, even as they have entered the death of the Lord Jesus, they have also been raised
to walk with Him in the newness of life.
THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
We believe all believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the
promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Fire, according to the command of the
Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience for all in the early Christian Church.
We believe the Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit. It is
the community of King Jesus, and that every believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of
this spiritual assembly. The purpose of the Church is to preach the Gospel, reap the harvest of
the nations, disciple the nations, establish righteous judgement, and fill all things.
THE WORK OF BLESSING
We believe in the covenant right of every believer to be blessed by God. This includes
prosperity for the whole man spiritually, mentally, physically, financially, and socially.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We believe in the present reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Kingdom of God is an everlasting
kingdom. The present administration is the administration of God's anointed Son, King Jesus.
THE BLESSED HOPE
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ will return at the end of history to consummate the
Kingdom of God. When He returns, the last enemy (death) will be defeated. There will be a
resurrection of the body and a final judgement. Finally, after all that defile has been cast into
the lake of fire, He will hand the Kingdom over to the Father and will usher in the perfect day.
A VICTORIOUS GOSPEL
We believe in the absolute victory of the Gospel. Before Jesus Christ returns, the nations will
come to the knowledge of the Lord, and the whole earth shall be filled with the knowledge of
His glory. We believe in the spiritual dynamics of revival, restoration, and reformation.