Tenets of Faith and Doctrine
The Church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts these Statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine.
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 (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12)
The One True Godhead. The triune Godhead is comprised of 3 separate and distinct personalities, 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.
Man, His Fall and Redemption. Man was created good and upright, 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. (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)
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 we are saved through faith. "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart; that is the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." We believe that man is saved by repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10; Acts 20:21; Matthew 8:17, 1 Peter 2:24)
(B) The evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his 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. "And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us: (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 (Romans 10:9-19; II Cor. 4:10).
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 that they have also been raised with Him to walk in the newness of Life. We follow the New Testament
example of baptism by immersion of the believer in water. (Matt 28:19; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4, Acts 8:34-38)
The Lord's Supper. "and when He had given thanks, He
broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink the cup" (I Cor. 11:24, 25, 28).
The Promise of the Father. All believers are entitled to the promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church; therefore, it should be ardently expected and earnestly sought. 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; I Cor. 12:1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 2:38; 10: 44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).
The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The full consummation of the Baptism in 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 spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2, 6; 1:8).
The Church. 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 general assembly and church of the first born, which are written in Heaven (Ephesians 1:22; 2:1; 19-22;
(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. 9:6-19; Deut. 28:1-14.
(E) Social - Proverbs 3:4
Physical Healing. Physical healing is clearly stated and
included in the great redemptive chapter of Isaiah 53. The physical healing that Jesus bought and paid for is available to anyone who will believe it and appropriate it with simple childlike faith. (Mark 11:24). Being healthy in our physical bodies was, is, and always will be the will of God for all of mankind. (III John 2, Isaiah 53:4,5, Matt 8:17,1 Peter 2:24) By his stripes we ARE HEALED!!!
Blessed Hope. Jesus is coming again to gather all His
saints to ever be with Him. (I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:16-17; and II Thess 2:1).
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; 20:10-15).
The Millennial Reign of Jesus. Our Lord Jesus Christ
will return from Heaven, and, along with His saints, will rule and reign for 1000 years on earth in accordance with the promise of the Scriptures. (Romans 11:25, 27; II Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-7) After this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21).
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