We Believe In The Gospel – Statement of Faith
ONE TRUE GOD : Our God is One, revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent I AM, the Creator of the Universe, and the Redeemer of mankind. (Deut. 6:4; Ex. 3:14; Is. 43:10-11) God has further revealed Himself as a being manifesting Himself in three persons known as the Godhead; Trinity or Triune the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Phil.2:6; Mat. 3:16-17). God the Father is greater than all; the source of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (Jn. 14:28; Jn. 1:14). Jesus is the Son of God, One with the Father, the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (Jn. 1:1; Jn. 1:18; Jn. 1:14; Jn. 10:30). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (Jn. 15:26)
THE INFALLIBLE WORD OF GOD : In The beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen.1:1) And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Gen.1:3) The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of Holy Men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved on by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (II Tim. 3:16; I Thes. 2:13; II Pet. 1:21)
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. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to destroy the works of the devil. He gave His life, shed His blood to redeem and to restore man back to God (Rom. 5:12; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 3:9-10; I Jn. 3:8; Gal. 3:13-14). 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)
ETERNAL LIFE AND NEW BIRTH : Man’s first step toward salvation is Godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The new birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life. God’s plan is that not any should perish but all should come to repentance and receive eternal life (II Peter 3:9) Man must be born again by asking Jesus to become the Lord and Savior of his life. (Jn. 3: 7; II Cor. 7:10; I Jn. 5:12; Jn. 3:3-5)
FAITH : Have Faith In God (Mk.11:22-26) Faith of the heart (Rom. 10:9-10) is based on the hearing (spiritual understanding) of God’s Word (Rom. 10:17). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). Christians are saved through faith (Eph. 2:8), justified by faith (Rom. 3:28; 5:1; Gal. 2:16, 3:11), shall live by faith (Rom. 1:16-17; Heb. 10:38), and overcome the world by faith (1 Jn 5:4).
HOLY COMMUNION – THE LORD’S SUPPER : We partake of the Lord’s Supper to show the Lord’s death till he come (I Cor. 11:23- 31). The bread symbolizes the Lord’s broken body (Is. 53:5; I Cor. 11:24). The cup represents the New Covenant in His blood which provides us forgiveness and relationship with God (Heb. 9; II Cor. 11:25). We judge ourselves and realize that this is our salvation and receive it (I Cor. 11:28-30) for if we receive it unworthily, without giving it honor as our salvation, we are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. (I Cor. 1:27)
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 those who are believers in this 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 gives utterance. (Mt. 3:11; Jn. 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4)
WATER BAPTISM : Baptism in water is by immersion and 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 (Mt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39). The following recommendation regarding 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, Son and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”
DIVINE HEALING : Healing is for those physically ill in the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and it is the privilege of every member of the church today. (Mk. 16:18; James 5:14-20; I Pet. 2:24; Mt. 8:17; Is. 53:4-5)
FREEDOM : Freedom from oppression of the devil and demonic powers. Jesus set free people who were both oppressed and possessed of the devil. (Acts 10:38) In the name of Jesus authority has been given to the believer to cast out devils. (Mk.3:15;16:17) “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” ( Matt.8:16-17; 10:8)
BIBLICAL PROVISION : God will provide all your needs according to His Word. His will is to prosper you in your soul and health to your body. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (III John 2) This includes all blessings that come in many differents ways of success both spiritually and materially. (Joshua 1:8) Biblical Provision equips us to become a blessing to all the world, seeking the Kingdom first and His righteousness and to walk in favor with God and man. (Matt. 6:33, Lk.2:52; Ps.37:25; Lk.6:38; Phil.4:1;, Mk.10:30)
GIVING : The Bible instructs through the teachings of Jesus that we have received freely and now freely give. (Matt.10:8) This includes giving of our time, finances, talents, gifts, fellowship, substance, etc. Giving should be done as unto the Lord and with a joyful heart. God loves a cheerful giver. The tithes and offerings are brought to the storehouse for the work of the ministry. (Matt.6:4; II Cor.9:7; Mal.3:10)
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT : Concerning Spiritual Gifts we are called to not be ignorant. All nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to us today. The best of the nine is the one needed at the time. Therefore to operate in fullness of the nine gifts according as the Holy Spirit wills we should understand what they are and how they function. “. . .the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (I Cor.12:1;8-11)
LAYING ON OF HANDS : We believe in the laying on of hands concerning the following: Jesus practiced it in Mark 10:13- 16 as a blessing, and is our grounds for baby dedication instead of baptism. Laying on of hands for healing (Mk. 5:22,23 & 41; Mk. 5:28-31; Acts 28:8; Acts 19:11-12). Laying on of hands to confer office (Acts 6:2-6). Laying on of hands to receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:16-18). Laying on of hands to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and to cultivate the anointing. Laying on of hands for Ordination to consecrate and receive the necessary ministry tools. (I Tim. 4:14)
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 Thes. 5:23; II Pet. 3:18; II Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12- 14; I Cor. 1:30)
RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD : The Angels said, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.” 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” (Acts 1:11; I Thes. 4:16-17). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth, as King of kings, and the Lord of lords and together with His Saints, who shall be priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 20:6).
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION : The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in hell, (Sheol-Hades) 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; Heb.6:1-2).