This church accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity.
1. The Scriptures Inspired The scriptures, both the 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 (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
2. 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 (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10-11; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:22).
3. The Deity Of The Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The scripture declares:
(a) His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35).
(b) His sinless life (Heb. 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
(c) His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
(d) His substitutional work on the cross (1 Cor. 15: 3; 2Cor.5:21).
(e) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:39;
1 Cor. 15:4).
(f) His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; phil. 2:9-11;Heb. 1-3.
4. 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. (Gen. 1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Ram. 5:12-19).
5. The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
(a) 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; Ram. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
(b) The Evidence of salvation:
The inward evidence of 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 (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12).
6. The Ordinance 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 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 (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Ram 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 our Lord Jesus Christ
(2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 cor. 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!
7. The Baptism Of The HOLY GHOST
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 bestowing of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24: 49; Acts 1: 4, 8; 1 cor. 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Rom. 12:1, 2; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:12). The scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb. 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 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 (Rom. 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1: 15).
9. The Church And It’s Mission
The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the church of the First-born, which is written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of Christ, the Church is:
- To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15, 16).
- To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Cor. 12:13).
- To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His son (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 oar. 12:28; 1 Cor. 14:12).
10. The Ministry
A divinely called and scriptually 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 a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16).
11. Divine Healing
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 (Isa. 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16).
12. 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 Thess. 4:16,17; Rom. 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51,52).