BELIEFS

BELIEFS



Section 1. The Scriptures Inspired  
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. (II Tim. 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12) 
 
Section 2. The One True God  

The one true triune God is comprised of 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-equal and co-eternal with The Father and The Holy Spirit. (Matt. 3:13-17; John 1:1-14; John 3:16-17; John 14:6-18; I John 5:5-10) 
 
Section 3. Man, His Fall and Redemption  
Man was created, by God, good and upright, and to bring glory to God; for God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness”. But, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God. (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21) 
 
Section 4. The Salvation of Man
        (a) Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  
        On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind;  
        (Psalm 103:3) being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. “For by grace  
        are ye saved through faith....” “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of  
        faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart  
        that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteous- 
        ness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 2:8; Rom.10:8-10) 
         
         (b) The Evidences of Salvation
         The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit, (Rom. 8:16). The outward
         evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is his commandment, That we should
         believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” (I John 3:23)
          
         (c) Faith and Works
         Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works: however, our works will determine the rewards in  
         eternity. (Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Rom. 14:10-12; and II Cor. 5:10) 
 
Section 5. Baptism in Water  
The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:47-48; Rom. 6:3-5) 
 
Section 6. The Lord’s Supper
Communion is the commemoration of the broken body and shed blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and as an ordinance shows His death, burial and resurrection, and looks for¬ward to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. All Christian believers, regardless of church affiliation, may partake of the Lord’s Supper with the admonition to prepare by deep self-examination so as not to receive unworthily.  
 
Communion is a specific time to thoroughly examine each past word, thought, action, attitude, and motive in the light of Christ’s way of life.

“And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me... But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” (ICor. 11:23-31; Luke 22:7-20) 
 
Section 7. The Promise of the Father  
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 19:1-6; I Cor. 12:1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Acts 2:38; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 11:14-17; Acts 15:7-9) 
 
Section 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  
The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent manifestation of the spiritual power in public testimony and service. (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:2,6) 
 
Section 9. The Church  
(Gr.- ekklesia) The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, separated from the world, 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 first born, which are written in Heaven.   
    
The local church is the community of Christians in unity and fellowship for the purpose of proclaiming the gospel to the world. The Biblical mandate is for all believers to come together to worship God, grow spiritually, and provide a framework of mutual edification for the good of all. (Heb. 10:24-25; Heb. 12:23; Acts 16:5; Rom. 12:5; Eph. 1:22; Eph. 2:19-22;) 
 
Section 10. Total Prosperity
          (a) Spiritual       John 3:3,11; II Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 10:9-10.  
          (b) Mental           II Tim. 1:7; Rom. 12:2; Isaiah 26:3. 
          (c) Physical       Isaiah 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; I Peter 2:24.  
          (d) Financial        III John 1:2; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Cor. 9:6-10; Deut. 28   
          (e) Social         Proverbs 3:4

Section 11. The Blessed Hope  
Jesus is coming again to gather all His saints to Himself. (I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:16-17; and II Thess. 2:1) 
 
Section 12. The Lake Of Fire  
Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. This is the second death, the lake of fire. (Rev. 19:20, Rev. 20:10-15). 
 
Section 13. The Millennial Reign of Jesus
The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Saints to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised. (Rom. 11:25, 27; II Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 20:1-7) After this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21).