What We Believe

The Scriptures

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (II Peter 1:19-22). We accept it as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (II Timothy 3:16-17).

The Godhead

Our God is one, but manifested in three persons- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1-3 and 26, Matthew 3:13-17, John 1:1-18, John 15:26, and I John 5:6-8).

Man, His Fall and Redemption

Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says"...all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God," and "...There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10; 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave his life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:14; I John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8-10).

Eternal Life and the New Birth

Man's first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life (2 Cor. 7:10; John 3:3-5; I John 5:12).

Water Baptism

Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).

The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted; to wit: "On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son and he Holy Ghost. Amen."

Baptism in the Holy Ghost

The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in tis dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:1-4).

Sanctification

The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ's return (Heb. 12:14; I Thess. 5:23; II Peter 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; I Cor. 1:30).

Divine Healing

Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and b the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (James 5:14, 15; Mark 16:18, Isa. 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:17; I Peter 2:24).

Resurrection of the Just and the Return of Our Lord

The Angels said, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner" (Acts 1:11). His coming is imminent. When He comes, "The dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air" (I Thess. 4:16-17).

Following the tribulation, Jesus shall return to earth, as King of kings, and the Lord of lords and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests; He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 20:6)

Hell and Eternal Retribution

The one who physically dies in his/her sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or for repentance. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in noting the duration of joy and ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God (Heb. 9:27, Rev. 19:20 and Heb. 6:1-2).

Communion- The Lord's Supper

We partake of the Lord's Supper to show the Lord's death until He comes (I Cor. 11:23-31). The bread symbolizes the Lord's broken body (Isaiah 53:5 and I Cor. 11:24). The drink represents the new covenant in His blood which provides us forgiveness and a relationship with God (Heb. 9 and I Cor. 11:25). We also partake of communion because Jesus said, "Verily, verily I say unto you except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood ye have no life in you" (John 6:53).

Laying on of Hands

This is the belief that power or anointing or any other necessary quality can be transmitted from one person touching another. Laying on of hands was practiced by the Levitical Priesthood. Jesus practiced it in Mark 10:13-16 as a blessing, and it is our grounds for baby dedication instead of baptism. Laying on of hands is for healing ( Mark 5:22-23, 41; Mark 5:28-31; Acts 28:8; and Acts 19:11-12); to confer office (Acts 6:2-6); to receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:16-18); to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and to cultivate the anointing (I Tim.4:14); and for ordination to consecrate and receive the necessary ministry tools (I Tim. 4:14).

Abortion

Life is sacred and ordained of God, and begins at conception. We believe abortion can only be condoned when the mother's life is medically in danger.

Biblically Incorrect Lifestyles and Behaviors

God is holy, and He requires us to be holy (Rom. 12:1 and Isaiah 52:11). The Word of God is specific about the lifestyles and behaviors that are abominable to the Lord. They include, but are not limited to, all forms of homosexuality, adultery, gossiping, idolatry, fornication, drunkenness, lying, and thievery (I Cor. 6:9-10, Romans 1:24-32, and Eph. 5:1-5).

This statement of creed and beliefs does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Holy Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing statement of creed and beliefs accurately represent the teaching of the Holy bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members.
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