We believe in the one ever living, eternal God: infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purposes: and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit, by emanation. (I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; II Cor. 5:19; Joel 2:28).
We believe that the Bible, the accepted Canon of the Sacred Scriptures, is a supreme revelation verbally inspired of God to man, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason, and is therefore our infallible, authoritative rule of faith and practice (John 17:17; Rom. 12: 1,2; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:19-21).
We therefore believe that Jesus Christ came into the world to reveal the Father and was the brightness of His Glory and the expressed image of His person. We believe that Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and that it is impossible to know the Father without knowing the Son (John 1:1-14; John 13; Colossians 1:15-19; 2; Hebrews 1). The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: His virgin birth (Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:30-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22); His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38); His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Cor. 13:3; 2 Cor. 5:21); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Cor. 15:4); and His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
Wherefore, we acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things in heaven, and in the earth and under the earth (Matthew 28:18; Acts 2:36; Romans 10:1-13; 1 Cor. 12:3; Phil. 2:9-10).
We believe that man, by voluntary transgression, fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created, into a state of death in trespasses and sins; and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual depravity and death or separation from God in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, until he is delivered by the power of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God(Gen.1: 26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:21; Psalms 51:5; Rom. 6:23; John 8:32-36).
We believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his spiritual life of faith. These foundation stones are: repentance from dead works; faith toward God; the doctrine of baptisms; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; and eternal judgment (Heb.6:1-2).
We believe the words of Jesus that “ye must be born again”; that being born again signifies the partaking in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (John 3:3-7; 1 Cor. 15:1-4); that “by grace are ye saved, through faith: and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). We further believe that the emphasis for a continual walk in grace should be of heart, righteousness, and purity. We hold that all believers must live pure lives, being examples to both believers and unbelievers (Rom. 4:1-5; 2 Cor. 7:1; Col. 4:5; 1 Thes. 4:12).
We believe that repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of Justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Christ, the believer is brought onto the grounds of the New Covenant and made a partaker of the death of Christ. This is the initial step of salvation, and is not to be considered synonymous with the complete work of the “new birth” (Luke 22:20; Rom. 5:1,9; Heb. 13:20).
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Therefore, we believe that water baptism is a vital part of the fullness of salvation. It is necessary for complete regeneration or the new birth, which is essential to laying a foundation for going on to spiritual maturity (Heb. 6:1-3). We further believe that it is the means whereby those who have been justified by faith in the blood of Jesus receive the Covenant sign of circumcision of heart, are made partakers in the burial of Christ, and become identified with Him in His resurrection. Moreover, we believe that water baptism is the taking on of a great responsibility because in it a person makes an everlasting commitment to God and His will. These commitments require that water baptism be administered only to those who have reached an age of accountability. The sacrament of water baptism is to be performed by immersion and in the name of Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17; Acts 2:38). It is a baptism into the Body of Christ rather than into a denomination or a dogma (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; John 3:5; Acts 2:38; 22:19; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; col. 2:9-14; 3:17; 1 Pet.3: 20-21; 1 John 5:5-8; Rom. 6).
We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an important and necessary experience in the life of every believer, which is not dependent upon a believer’s worthiness, but is a free gift of God. We further believe that the receiving of the Holy Spirit is the seal of the New Covenant, and the repentance, water baptism, and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit constitute the full experience of regeneration or the new birth (John 3:3-7; Acts 2:38; Eph. 1:13).
We therefore believe that all believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect to receive, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian Church (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 11:14-16). With the Baptism in the Holy Spirit comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8); a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28); and intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42).
We hold that God has provided glossolalia as a prayer language for the purpose of intercession, praise, and communication with God, and that all believers may speak with other tongues. The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the spirit give utterance, and afterwards has a continual two-fold aspect, as speaking to God and speaking to men (Isaiah 28:11-12; Ezekiel 36:26; Acts 2:4; 10:44-48; 19:6; 1 Cor.14).
sacrament_of_holy_communion_2 The Lord’s Supper commemorates the death and suffering of Jesus Christ in sacrificing Himself for fallen man. It consists of bread (representing the body of Christ) and the fruit of the vine (representing the blood of Christ). Partaking the Lord’s Supper is an expression of faith in sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor.10:16-17), and is enjoined on all believers until He comes (1 Cor.11:26).
We believe that salvation is the great inclusive word of the Gospel. Therefore, salvation gathers into itself all the redemptive acts and processes: as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification. The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness. Salvation is in three tenses:
(a) The believer has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin and is safe(Luke 7:50; 1 Cor.1:18; 2:15; Eph. 2:5-8; 2 Tim. 1:9).
(b) The believer is being saved from the habit and dominion of sin(Rom. 13:11; 2 Cor.3:18; Gal. 2:19-20; Phil. 1:19; 2:12-13; 2 Thes.2:13).
(c) The believer shall be saved in the sense of entire conformity to Christ(Rom. 13:11; Heb. 10:36; 1 Pet. 1:5; 1 John 3:2).Salvation is by grace through faith. It is a free gift, and wholly without works (Rom. 3:27-28; 4:1-8; 6:23; Eph. 2:8). The divine order is first salvation, then works (Eph. 2:9-10; Titus 3:5-8).
We believe that divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Acts 4:30; 1 Cor.12:9; James 5:14-16).
We believe that we are one Body being members one of another, and that the basis of our fellowship is in Christ in the power of the Spirit (Psalms 133; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12; Eph. 2:13-22; 4:3-6; Col. 3:15).
We believe in the autonomy of the local church expression, and adherence to the Scriptural revelation of its life, ministry, and worship (Matthew 18:20; Heb. 10:25; Eph. 4:6; Heb.13:17; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3; Heb.13:15; Phil. 3:3; Eph. 5:18-20; Col. 3:16).
We believe in the ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers given to the church at the ascension of Jesus Christ; and that they continue to be needed and should be expected today. These ministry gifts of men and women that have been recognized and ordained to the Office of Elder, are assisted by ordained Deacons and other ministries who serve this Church Body (Eph. 4:7-12; 1 Cor.12:28; 1 Tim. 3:2-12; Rom. 16:1; Titus 1:5-9; Rom. 12).
We believe that God has set elders in the local church to watch over the souls of the believers and to apply discipline when necessary to keep the unity of the church. We believe that discipline in the local church is to be carried out by the elders in accordance to the Scriptures (Heb. 13:17; Matthew 18:16-20; Acts 20:28; Rom. 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 2:6; 2 Thes. 3:11-12).
We believe that each Christian is called and chosen of God before the foundation of the world, to be a priest unto God and to minister unto the Father in praises; offering up the sacrifices of the fruit of his lips and his time and body for the service of the Lord; and his material holdings. We therefore hold that all true believers have been purchased with the blood of Jesus and are no longer their own, but belong unto the Father to be used for His glory. As possessions of the Lord, believers must give themselves to serving Him, finding their place in the Church, His Body (Rom 12:3-8), and making themselves available by being present when the Church comes together, that they might be able to minister their gifts and talents for the building up of the Body of Christ (John 15:16; Eph. 1:4-5; 1 Cor. 6:20; 12:18; Heb. 13:15; 1 Peter 2:5,9).
We believe that the tithe (10 percent of one’s individual gross earnings) is Holy unto God. We believe that “bringing all the tithes into the store house” of the Local Church and giving freewill offerings is to be practiced continually by all believers. It is an outward expression of the Lordship of Christ in the believer and the unity of the Local Church and the Body of Christ as it joins together in support of the work of the Lord (Gen. 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Heb. 6:20; 7:1-10; Lev. 27:30-32; Prov.3:9-10; Mal. 3:6-18; Matt. 23:23; 1 Cor.16:1-2).
We believe that each believer should speak in tongues and covet to prophesy so that he might edify the whole church. “For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted” (1 Cor. 14:31). We further believe that prophecy in the church is the sign of the end time visitation of God, for the “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Joel 2; Acts 2; 1 Cor. 14:1-5; Rev. 19:10).
We believe that the manifestations of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12) should be and must be operative in the church to enjoy the fullness of God. We also believe that these manifestations are imparted by the sovereignty of Holy Spirit and only work or are operated by this one and self-same Spirit, dividing or distributing to each one individually just as He wills (1 Cor. 12:11).
We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for:
(a) The confirmation and ordination of ministry by the laying on of hands by an assemblage of elders (Acts 13:1-3).
(b) The impartation of spiritual gifts when accompanied by prophecy and the laying on of hands by an assemblage of elders (1 Tim. 4:14; 2:Tim. 1:6).
(c) The impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17-18).
(d) The ministry of healing to the sick (Mark 16:18).
(e) The confirming of the believers in the faith (Acts 14:22).
(f) The blessings and dedication of children (Mark 10:16).
We believe in the resurrection of those who are dead in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (John 5:28-29; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; Rom. 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 16:22).
We believe in the personal return of our Lord and the restitution of all things spoken by the mouth of all the prophets since the world began (Matt. 23:39; 25:31; 24:42-44; Mark 14:62; Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; 1 Thes. 4:14-18).
We believe that the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 24:36-51; 25:46; Rom. 6:23; 2 Thes. 1:5-9; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8).