Statement of Faith
The One True God
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Ghost ( Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
The scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God go man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct ( 2 Timothy 3: 5-7; 1 Thessalonians 2: 13; 2 Peter 1:21).
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
A. His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:23,35).
B. His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
C. His miracles ( Acts 2:22, 10:38).
D. His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
E. His bodily resurrection from the dead ( Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
F. His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11, 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1-3).
The Salvation of Man
Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:27, 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
A. We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4 is given to all believers as an on-going experiences of the Christian life.
B. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an on-going experience of the Christian because in the predominance of cases it occurs in a dramatic instance, whether quiet or not so quiet, when one is "suddenly" aware of an unusual spiritual experience. We thus speak of this experience as a "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" most generally accompanied by the speaking in tongues, i.e. another language not common to our native language.
The Ordinances of the church
A. Baptism in Water-The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thsu they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4).
B.Holy Communion- The Lord;s Supper, consisting of the elements-bread and the fruit of the vine-is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); and a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophesy of His second coming ( 1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined to all believers "till He comes!"
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:23). The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost, we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy" ( 1 Peter 1: 15-16). Sanctification is realized in Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of the union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of he Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11, 13. 8:1, 2, 13; Galatians 2:20, Philippians 2:12, 13; 1 Peter 1:5).
The Evidence of the baptism in the holy spirit
The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as he Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:40). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues ( 1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28) but different in purpose and use.
A divinely called and Scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: 1) the evangelization of the world, and 20 the edifying of the Body of Christ (Mark 16: 15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13)
The church is the Bod of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the great commission. Each believer, born of the spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22, 23, 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep 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 (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52).
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; James 5: 14-16).
The Final Judgement
There will be a final judgement in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophets, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14; 20: 1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Isaiah 11: 6-9; Psalms 72: 3-8; Micah 4: 3-4).
The New Heavens and the new earth
"We, according to His promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:22).