THE SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED
We believe that the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
(2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
THE ONE TRUE GOD
We believe there is only one true God, revealed in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and commonly known as the Trinity.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He is Lord, and that He is the Son of God. We also believe that the Scriptures declare of:
(a) His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35).
(b) His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
(c) His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
(d) His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
(e) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
(f) His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).
THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created good and upright. However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God
(Genesis 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
THE SALVATION OF MAN
We believe that man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
(a) Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life.
(Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7)
(b) The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit. The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.
(Romans 8:16; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12)
THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
We believe in being baptized in water and holy communion.
(a) The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.
(Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4)
(b) The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements–bread and the fruit of the vine–is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ; a memorial of His suffering and death and a prophecy of His second coming.
(2 Peter 1:4; 1 Corinthians 11:26)
THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our 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 and their uses in the work of the ministry.
(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
We also believe that this experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.
(Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9)
(a) With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8).
(b) A deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28).
(c) An intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42).
(d) A more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.
We believe that sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5; Hebrews 13:12).
THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION
We believe 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 church. (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23). Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason for being the church is:
(a) To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16).
(b) To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13).
(c) To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12).
We believe a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in evangelization of the world, worship of God, and building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.
(Mark 16:15-20; John 4:23-24; Ephesians 4:11,16).
We believe divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.
(Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).
THE BLESSED HOPE
We believe the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST
We believe the second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years.
(Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6)
THE FINAL JUDGMENT
We believe there will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works.
(Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8)
THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH
We believe that Christ will establish a new heaven and new earth for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live with Him there forever.
(2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21 and 22)