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Statement of Faith

The human phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired nor contended for, but the

truth set forth is held to be essential to a full Gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all the truth in the Bible, only that it covers orthodox fundamental matters.

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 superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Tim. 3:15, 17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).

 

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 of relationship and association, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt. 28:19).

 

1. GOD THE FATHER

We believe in God who is personal, sovereign, eternal, absolutely holy and self-existent (Exodus 15:11; Ps. 90:2; 147:5; Jer. 10:10; Mark 12:30; Rom. 11:33; 1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; 1 Tim. 1:17).

 

2. GOD THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ eternally existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit; that in His incarnation was begotten by the Holy Spirit; born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true Man (John 1:1-14; 1 Tim. 3:16).

We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. We believe He arose bodily from the dead on the third day in the same body in which He suffered and died (John 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3).

We also believe that our Lord ascended into Heaven; that He is now seated on the right hand of the Father, and is our High Priest and Divine Advocate with the Father. We believe that by His finished work on the cross and His unceasing ministry of intercession in Glory, Jesus Christ has procured for every believer Eternal Redemption, Eternal Salvation, and Everlasting Life (Mark 16:19; John 3:16; Rom. 5:8-9; Heb. 5:9; 7:25; 8:1; 9:11-12; 1 John 2:1).

 

3. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person; that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He regenerates the sinner by the Word of God; that He permanently indwells the Church and the body of each believer. He seals, enlightens, instructs and guides every born-again person, and is the efficient power for godly living, Christian service and spiritual worship (John 3:5-7; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 2:10-11; Eph. 4:30).

MAN: HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION

Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus

Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21).

THE SALVATION OF MAN

We believe that God, in His great love for all people, provided the ultimate sacrifice for sin in His Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation can come through HIM ALONE. Only through His shed blood and resurrection are there ample grounds for justification and reconciliation to God. Salvation is, therefore, received as a free gift of faith (John 14:6; Rom. 10:9; Eph. 2:8).

 

CONDITIONS OF SALVATION

 

The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Rom. 10:13-15; Luke 24:47).

 

EVIDENCES OF SALVATION

 

The inward evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of holiness (1 Thess. 4:7; 2 Tim. 1:9).

 

BAPTISM IN WATER

 

The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed in Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4).

 

THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION)

 

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined to all believers “until He comes” (John 6:48, 51, 53 -57; Luke 22:19, 20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25).

 

THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER

 

All believers should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, which is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. With it comes the infilling of power for life and service, and the bestowment 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 may be distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the

New Birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

SANCTIFICATION PROCESS

 

By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive 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 (Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15, 16; 1 Thess. 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6).

THE CHURCH

 

The church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (I Thess. 2:4; 1 Cor. 12:27-31).

 

MINISTRY

 

Divinely called and Scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two- fold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world, and (2) The edification of the Body of Christ (Mark 16:15-18; Eph. 4:11-13).

 

MATRIMONY

 

We believe in the act of matrimony as established by God since the beginning. We believe that the only relation for couples that should exist is through matrimony and that matrimony should only be between a male and female. Humans are born male or female for God created them as such since the beginning (Gen 1:27; 2:21-25).

 

As commanded in the Scriptures we totally reject all homosexual relations and declare it against nature (Rom. 1: 26-27).

 

DIVINE HEALING

 

Deliverance from sickness is provided for, in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of all believers (Isa. 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:16, 17; Mark 16:18; John 5:14).

 

THE BLESSED HOPE AND THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS

 

We believe in the Blessed Hope, the personal, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is known as the Rapture of the Church. We also believe in the personal, visible and glorious return of Christ to the earth with His saints at the end of the Great Tribulation. This phase of His coming is known as the Revelation of Jesus Christ. When He returns to the earth with His saints, we believe that Jesus Christ will establish His millennial Kingdom and will reign for one thousand years (John 14:3; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-17; 5: 9-10; Titus 2:13; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-6).

THE LAKE OF FIRE

 

The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).

THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH

 

We, as promised in the Scriptures, look for a new heavens and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1).

 

ARTICLE IV ORDINANCES

 

WATER BAPTISM

 

The ordinance of water baptism (Matt. 28:19) shall be administered by all established places of worship to all those who have repented of their sins and who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls

(Rom 6:3-5; Col 2:12).

THE LORD’S SUPPER

The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper shall be observed regularly by all established places of Worship, as enjoined in the Scriptures (Luke 22:19, 20; 1 Cor. 11:23-29). We believe that the participants shall be believers baptized in water and be in complete communion with the church.

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