What We Believe
The Oneness of God
We believe that the one God who revealed himself in the Old Testament as Jehovah revealed himself in his son Jesus Christ. Thus, Jesus Christ was and is God. In other words, Jesus is the one true God manifested in flesh, “For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (John 11:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9)
While fully God, Jesus was also fully man, possessing a full and true humanity. He was both God and man. Moreover, the Holy Spirit is God with us and in us. Thus God is manifested as Father in creation and as Father of the son, in the son for our redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in our regeneration.
The Bible is very specific about how to express praise and worship to God. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.”(John 4:23-24). We therefore follow biblical examples of and references of this type of worship.
Making A Joyful Noise/Shouting
The Bible teaches us to shout and make a joyful noise unto the Lord. “Shout unto God with a voice of triumph” (Psalms 47:1). “Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation” (Psalms 95:1). Other Scriptures include Psalms 35:27 and Psalms 66:1–2.
Clapping Our Hands
The Lord commanded us to clap our hands. “O clap your hands all ye people…” (Psalms 47:1) other Scriptures include Psalms 98:8 and Isaiah 55:12.
Many Scriptures teach us to praise God by dancing. “Let them praise his name in the dance.” (Psalms 149:3). “Praise him with the timbrel and the dance” (Psalms 150:4). Other Scriptures include Luke 6:23; Zephaniah 3:17; and Matthew 11:17.
We can bless the Lord by lifting our hands. “Lift up the hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord” (Psalms 134:2) “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting holy hands” (1 Timothy 2:8). Other Scriptures include Psalms 63:4.