TENETS OF FAITH
This church accepts the Holy Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, to wit:
1. The Scriptures Inspired
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 (II Tim. 3:15-17; I Thes. 2:13; II Peter 1:21).
2. The One True God
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM”, the Creator of the heavens and earth and the redeemer of mankind, He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10,11; Matt. 28:19; Luke 3:22).
3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The scriptures declare:
(a) His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31,35).
(b) His sinless life (Heb. 7:26; I Peter 2:22).
(c) His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
(d) His substitutionary work on the cross (I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21).
(e) His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Cor. 15:4).
(f) His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Phil. 2:9-11: Heb. 1-3).
4. The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgressions fell and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Gen. 1:26,26 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:12-19).
5. The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
(a) Condition of Salvation
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By 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 24:27; John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8; Titus 2:12).
(b) The Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12).
6. The Ordinances of the Church
(a) Baptism in Water
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 died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Rom. 6:4).
(b) Holy Communion
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 (II Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (I Cor. 11:26); and a prophesy of His second coming (I Cor. 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers :till He come!”
7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All 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. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; I Cor. 12:1-31).
8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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 (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues, in this instance, is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (I Cor. 12:4-10,28), but different in purpose and use.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and dedication unto God (Rom. 12:1,2; I Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13:12)
10. The Church and its Mission
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 church and church of the first born, which are written in heaven, (Eph. 1:22,23; 2:22; Heb. 12:23).
11. The Ministry
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20); (2) worship of God (John 4:23, 24) and (3) building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16).
12. Divine Healing
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 (Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:16,17; James 5:14-17).
13. The Blessed Hope
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 (I Thess. 4:16,17; Rom. 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Cor. 15:51,52).
14. The Millennial Reign of Christ
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 (Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27, 30; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of the nation of Israel and the establishment of universal peace (Isa. 11:6-9; Ps. 72:3-8; Micah 4:3, 4).
15. The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
16. The New Heavens and the New Earth
“We, according to His promise, look for the new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness” (II Peter 3:13; Rev. 21,22).