Statement of Faith
The whole Bible is our sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Faith is intended as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e. that we all speak the same things, I Corinthians 1 – 10; Acts 2:42).
1. The Scriptures Inspired
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and con duct, and is superior to conscience but not contrary to reason (II Timothy 3:15, 16; I Peter 2:2).
2. The One True God
We believe that the One True God has revealed Himself in three persons, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. He is the eternally selfexisting, self-revealed “I AM;” and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of Mark 12:29; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19 and Luke 3:22.
3. Man, His Fall & Redemption
We believe 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 by the virtue of his shed blood on the cross. (Genesis 1:26 – 31; 3:1 – 7; Romans 5:12-21).
4. The Salvation of Man
We believe that salvation comes through the Lord Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin, willingly gave His life for us and rose again on the third day. Man is saved by the washing and the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and being justified by grace through faith, he becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11; Romans 10:12 – 15; Luke 23:47; Titus 3:5 – 7).
5. Baptism In Water
Water Baptism is an immersion in water representing an identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, having so done they have taken on the family name and hereby declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raise with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4; Acts 20:21; Hebrews 10:2 2). Infants and small children may be dedicated to the Lord whenever requested (Mark 10:16; Luke 18:15 -16).
6. The Lord’s Supper
The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is observed by partaking of bread and the fruit of the vine to represent, by faith, the virtue that was in the body and blood of the Lord. This is an act of sharing, one member with another, which brings a cleansing and unifying of the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 11:26).
7. Promise of the Father
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly ask the promise of the Father – the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the 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 Power for life and service, the bestowal of the gifts and their use in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; I Corinthians 12:1 – 21). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9). The Baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).
8. Entire Sanctification
The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Entire sanctification is the will of God for all Believers (I Peter 1:15, 16; I Thessalonians 5:23; I John 2:6).
9. The Church
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appoint ments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the Church of the Firstborn,
which are written in Heaven (Ephesians 1:22, 23; Hebrews 12:23). Jesus is held in the heavens until the full restoration of a glorious church.
10. The Ministry & Evangelism
A divinely called and Scripturally-ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose: The evangelization of the world and the edifying of the Body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:13).
11. Divine Healing
Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all Believers (Isaiah 54:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17).
12. Laying On of Hands
God is ever unfolding truth such as the Laying On of Hands for gifts and ministries (I Timothy 4:14; Ephesians 4:11; I Corinthians 12).
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 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15:51, 52).
14. The Lake of Fire
The Devil and his angels, the Beast and the False Prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15).
15. The New Heavens & The New Earth
We “according to His promise look for the new heaven and new earth wherein dwells righteousness.” (II Peter 3:13;
The God ordained sacrament of marriage in the Bible is defined as a legal
union between one man and one woman for a lifetime, (Genesis 2:22-25 NKJV).