What We Believe
TENETS OF FAITH
THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED:
The scriptures, both old and new testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (II Timothy 3:15-17; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Peter 1:21)
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 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 1:31-35); (b) His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 2:22); (c) His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38); (d) His substitutionary work on the cross (I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:12); (e) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; I 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 FALL OF MAN:
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “let us make man in our own 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; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)
THE SALVATION OF MAN:
Condition of salvation: Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
The evidence of salvation. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).
THE ORDINANCES OF THE MINISTRY:
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. Thus 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).
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 our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (I Corinthians 11:25), and a prophecy of His second coming (I Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”
THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST:
All believers are entitled to and should 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 the early Christian church. With it comes the enduement of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; I Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost come 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), intensified consecration to God and dedication to His works (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the Lost (Mark 16:20).
THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST:
The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gifts of tongues (I Corinthians 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). 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” (I Peter 1:15-16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11; 8:1,2,13; I Peter 1:5; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:13-14).
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the three fold purpose of leading the church in (1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2) worship of God (John 4:23-24); (3) building up the saints to be perfected in the same image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16).
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).