At DEC we believe,
The Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and contains answers to man’s problems. [Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21]
There is one God, existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. [John 10:30; John 14:26; Philippians 2:5-7]
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, he was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died to pay for our sin through his shed blood, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the father and will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in power and glory. [Matthew 1:18, 23,25; Hebrews 4:15, Acts 10; Hebrews 9:15-22; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9- 11; Hebrews 9:27-28]
Man is created in the image of God but separated from God by sin. Without Jesus we cannot have a relationship with God. Salvation is a gift from God to man through grace by faith in Jesus Christ and not works. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. [Genesis 1:26; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 2:8; John 3:16]
Man is saved by the grace of God through faith in the sacrificial death and blood atonement of Jesus Christ Romans 3:25. We believe that all who are truly born again are kept secure by the power of God through the sealing of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Christ. Ephesians 1:13-14, Philippians 1:6, 1 Peter 1:3-5
We believe that all believers in this age comprise the Church in it's universal and invisible aspect and are a part of the body and the bride of Christ.
The local church consists of a group of born again baptized believers who have organized themselves according to the Scriptures for the purpose of edification, fellowship, observance of the ordinances, and evangelization of the world. Matthew 16:18, Acts 2:41-42, I Corinthians 12:12-13,27
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God. He helps empower the believer to develop the character of Christ and live everyday in God’s will. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. God gives all believers spiritual gifts. They are for strengthening God’s people (the church) and prove God’s existence and power to unbelievers. [Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:4; John 16:7-13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Peter 4:10]
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus which is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Baptism does not save you but shows the world that you have already been saved. It is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ. [Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 28:19-20]
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all born again believers by Jesus Christ who are in fellowship with God to remember His sacrifice for us and symbolize the new covenant.
The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross. [Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29]
We believe God's plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other, God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Jesus said marriage was from the beginning. Matthew 19:4-6. No human institution has the authority to redefine the gospel (Good News of Jesus Christ) which marriage mysteriously reflects (Ephesians 5:32)
The eternal home of bliss and glory for all who through faith have been made righteous before God. We believe that those who trust Jesus Christ as savior are Heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, and will be eternally with Christ. We further believe that all of the righteous will be raised from the dead to reign with Christ and share in His glory John 14:1-3, I Corinthians 15:20-23, Romans 8:16-18, Philippians 1:23; Revelation 21-22
The Bible describes hell as a real place. It is a place of suffering and a place of permanent separation from God for those who die without accepting Christ. God’s desire is that no one is separated from Him for eternity, which is why he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth. [Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:12-15; John 3:16-18]
We believe in a pre - tribulational rapture (catching away) of the Church.
Jesus will return to take all those who have accepted Him as savior to be with Him for eternity. [Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:28