What We Believe
THE WORD OF GOD, THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
The Bible is the one, and only, inspired (literally meaning, “spoken out of God’s own mouth”) Word of God and revelation of His Word comes by the Holy Spirit, the teacher of the Church. It is the revealed Will of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13; John 14:26; 2 Peter 1:21).
THE GODHEAD, THE TRINITY
Our God is one, but is manifested in three unique persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All are equal and eternal (1 John 5:7; Philippians 2:5-6). Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Word made flesh (Mark 1:1, John 1:1 &14) and He is the express image of God (Hebrews 1:2-3). The Holy Spirit proceeded forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (John 14:26; 15:26).
MAN, THE FALL, AND REDEMPTION
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “…There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10; 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:14; 1 John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8–10).
THE NEW BIRTH AND ETERNAL LIFE
Man’s initial step toward salvation is is godly sorrow that worketh repentance and recognizing his fallen, sinful state. (Romans 3:23) The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life (2 Cor. 7:10; John 3:3–5; 1 John 5:12).
Baptism, by immersion in water, is man’s declaration to the world that he has died with Christ, and has been raised up with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12). It is an outward sign, in obedience, to illustrate an inward work.
THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a free gift from God, promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers, and received subsequent to the New Birth. (Acts 1:5; Matthew 3:11) This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8, 2:4, 19:1-7).
SANCTIFICATION AND LIVING A SEPARATED LIFE
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14) The Doctrine of Sanctification is a definite, yet progressive work of grace (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14). We are to live our lives as a holy sacrifice, in obedience to God, and renew our mind to God’s Word. (Romans 12:1-3)
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (James 5:14,15; Mark 16:18; Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
Throughout the Bible, God promises and makes provision for prosperity to those who hearken unto Him and who walk in obedience to His Word. Prosperity is a covenant right and is available to everyone who has been born-again and therefore entered into that covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 8:18; 28:11-13; Malachi 3:10-12; Joshua 1:7-8; Proverbs 3:9-10; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 4:19).
THE RETURN OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “…The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16,17).
Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 5:10; 20:6).
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20).
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