The Tenets of Our Faith
We Believe in…
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. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept that our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct doctrine. (2 Tim 3:16; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Pt 1:21).
Our God is one but manifested in three persons – the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal. (Phil 2:6) God the Father is greater than all; the sender of the Word (Logos) and the begetter. (John 14:28; John 1:14)
The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten and has existed with the Father from the beginning. (John 1:14; John 1:18; John 1:1)
The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (John 15:26).
MAN, HIS FALL & 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 fallen short of the glory….” “ As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one.” Jesus Christ the son of God, was manifest to undo the work of the devil and gave life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Rom 5:12; Rom 3:23; Rom 3:10; 1 John 3:8).
Salvation is the gift of God to man, spate from the 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 THE NEW BIRTH
Man’s first step forward 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; 1 John 5:12).
Baptism in water, 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 2:21; 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 the authority I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost Amen.”
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST
The baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire is gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all 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 Himself gives utterance. (Matt 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).
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; 1 Thess 5:23; 2 Pt 3:18; 2 Cor 3:18; Phil 3:12-14; 1 Cor 1:30).
SIGNS AND WONDERS
Through application of the New Testament Mysteries such as: The Laying on of hands to impart gifts (2 Tim 1:6; Deut 34:9); Holy communion a celebration of Jesus’ victory over the devil (1 Cor 11:23-26); Anointing with oil for healings and supernatural interventions (Mk 6:13; Exo 30:25-31, James 5:14); Feet washing to confirm dominion and covenant heritage of the saints (John 13:3-10); Anointed Clothing Materials for special miracles (Acts 19:11-12); The Blood Covenant for the release of the captives (1 Cor 5:7); Exo 12:1-25); a prophetic Utterances for Supernatural encounters (Isa 44:26; Mk 11:23).
Healing is for the physical ills of 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 is the privilege of every member of the church today. (James 5:14,15; Mk 16:18; Isa 53:4,5; Matt 8:17; 1 Pt 2:24).
RESURRECTION OF THE JUST & THE RETURN OF THE LORD
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, 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; 1 Thess 4:16,17)
Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of Kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests. He shall reign a thousand years. (Rev 20:6).
HELL & ETERNAL RETRIBUTION
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. 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 denoting the duration of joy and celebration of all the saints in the very Presence of the Most High God. (Heb 9:27; Rev 19:20).