What We Believe
I. THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men; the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (II Tim.3:15-16; I Pet.2:2).
II. THE ONE TRUE GOD
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent self-revealed "I AM" and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles or relationship and association, such as The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost (Deut.6:4; Isa.43:10-11; Matt.28:19; Mk.12:29).
III. 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 (Gen.1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom.5:12-21).
IV. THE SALVATION OF MAN
a. Condition to salvation:
The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. Man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, and being justified by grace through faith, he becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luk.24:47; Rom.10:13-15; Titus2:11,3:5-7).
b. The evidence of Salvation:
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit. The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Rom.8:16).
V. BAPTISM IN WATER
The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures, by all who have really repented and in their hearts they have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they have the body washed in pure water as an outward symbol of cleansing, while their heart has already been sprinkled with the blood of Christ as an inner cleansing; thus they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of Life (Matt.28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 22:16; Rom.6:4; Heb.10:22).
VI. THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements of bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a memorial of His suffering and death; and a prophecy of His coming; and is enjoined by all believer's until He comes (I Cor.11:24-26).
VII. THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect, and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, which is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the Gifts of the Spirit and their uses in the work of the ministry. This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Luk.24:49; Act.1:4; Acts 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; I Cor.12:1-31).
VIII. THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST
The Baptism of the believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Act.2:4; I Cor.12:4,10,28).
The scriptures teach a life of Holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command, "Be ye Holy, for I am Holy." Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God's word by the Power of the Holy Spirit (I Thess.5:23-24; Heb.12:14; I Pet.1:15-16; I Jn.2:6).
X. 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 Fellowship and Church of the First-Born, which are written in heaven (Eph.1:22-23; 2:22; Heb.12:23).
XI. THE MINISTRY AND EVANGELISM
A divinely called and scriptural ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: