Our Faith

STATEMENT OF FAITH

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 fundamental Tenets of Faith and Doctrine.

 

The Scriptures Inspired.

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the living, infallible, and everlasting rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason. (II Timothy. 3:15-17; I 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.

(John 1:1-5, 10-14; Matthew 28:18-20)

 

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 Virgin Birth and Jesus Christ’s Sinless Humanity

Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary who conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit with the resulting sinless humanity of Jesus Christ and consequent pure and sinless sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. (Matt.1:18-20; II Cor. 5:21; I Peter 2:21-22)

 

The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead after His death upon the cross. This fact was testified to by many eyewitnesses after his resurrection. (Matt.28:1-7; Acts 2:23,24; Acts 10:39; Romans 1:4; I Cor:5:1-8)

 

 The Salvation of Man

(a) Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:24; John 3:3) 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. (Ephesians 2:8) "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 as 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." (Romans10:8-10)

(b) The Evidences of Salvation.

The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. (Romans 8:16; I John 3:18-19, 24) The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. "You will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:16-20)

(c) Faith and Works.

Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works. Works are the fruit of Salvation not the means to salvation.  (Ephesians 2:8-10; Galatians 2:16; II Corinthians. 5:10)

 

The New Birth

The New Birth is the beginning of the Christian experience. It is an act of God wrought supernaturally by the Holy Spirit through faith and the renewing of the human heart, making it alive when it was dead. Through it we are brought into a living relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As a result our hearts are turned toward God with the resulting desire and power to love and obey him. (Ezekiel 36:26; John 1:12-13; John 3:1-8; II Cor. 5:17; Titus 3:5)

 

Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have truly repented and in their hearts have truly believed in 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 newness of life. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward experience.  (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Acts 10:47-48)

 

The Lord's Supper

"And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, 'This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also he took 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 of the cup." (I Corinthians 11:24-25, 28)

 

The Promise of the Father

All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 2:38) 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. (Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 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).

 

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, whose names are written in Heaven. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23)

 

Totality of the Atonement

The Atonement of Jesus Christ expresses itself in power in the believer’s life, providing for the needs of the whole person in every aspect of experience.

(a) Spiritual. III John 2; II Corinthians 5:17-21.

(b) Mental. II Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3.

(c) Physical. Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24.

(d) Financial. Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-15; Deuteronomy 28:1-14.

(e) Social. Proverbs 3:4; Luke 2:52; Esther 2:15.

 

Blessed Hope

Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to ever be with Him (I Corinthians

15:51-52; I Thessalonians. 4:16-17).

 

Eternal Reward of the Righteous and Eternal Punishment of the Wicked

The Scriptures clearly teach eternal rewards for those whose faith rests in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ as the ground of their salvation, the greatest reward being the enjoyment of the Presence of God forever. (Matt. 5:8; Matt. 6:19-21; Eph. 2:8-10; John 14:2; James 1:12; Matt. 19:29)

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 is 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. (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15)

 

The Millennial Reign of Jesus

The Scriptures promise the return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His saints from

Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth (II Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6) after this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth. (Rev. 21)