THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
The Inspired Word of God; complete and unerring not to be added to or diminished from; The ultimate authority to judge all men, situations, teaching, prophecy, and doctrine.
THE ETERNAL GODHEAD
The Lord our God is the one true and living God, Creator of the heavens and the earth. He alone is infinitely Holy, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Immutable and Eternal. In the unity of the Godhead there are three, equal in every Divine Perfection executing distinct but harmonious offices in their great work of Redemption. The Father freely gave His only begotten Son to redeem and reconcile us to himself. The Son, co-existent and co-eternal with the Father, who, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, became incarnate, bore our sins, carried our sorrows, and by the shedding of His precious Blood on Calvary purchased Redemption for all that would believe upon Him. He, being raised from the dead by the power of God, ascended on high leading captivity captive and now, seated at the right hand of the Father, is the one Mediator between God the Father and man. Through the Son and Savior Jesus Christ, and Him only, do we have access by the Spirit unto the Father. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, co-existent and co-eternal with the Father and the Son, drawing sinners to the Savior, convicting of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, rebuking, baptizing and enduing with power from on high, them who yield to His tender ministrations.
THE FALL OF MAN
Man, who was created in the image of God, walked in holiness and purity but fell by voluntary disobedience and transgression. This sin was imputed to all mankind, the consequence being that all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God, deserving the condemnation of a Just and Holy God.
GOD’S PLAN OF REDEMPTION
Christ died for our sins while we were yet sinners – the Just for the unjust – freely, and by Divine appointment of the Father – He took the sinner’s place, bearing his sins, receiving his condemnation, dying his death, fully paying his penalty, and pardoning everyone who would believe upon him. It is by His Grace that we are saved through faith, not of ourselves, but by this gift of God.
SALVATION THROUGH GRACE
The Salvation of sinners is wholly through God’s Grace. We have no righteousness or goodness of our own wherewith to seek Divine favor. Therefore, throwing ourselves upon the unfailing mercy and love of Him that bought us and washed us with His own blood, we plead the merit and righteousness of Christ the Savior and stand upon His Word and accept the free gift of His love and pardon.
REPENTANCE AND ACCEPTANCE
Upon sincere repentance, Godly sorrow for sin, a wholehearted acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, and confessing our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Water baptism symbolizes the beginning of spiritual life. The word “Baptize” literally means to “immerse.” Baptism is symbolic of namely the death, burial, and resurrection of the believer into the death burial and resurrection of Christ. We believe that water baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, according to the command of the Lord, is a blessed outward sign of an inward work. By the same Glory and Power of the Father that raised Christ from the dead, we become new creatures in Christ Jesus and are commanded to walk in the newness of life.
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The indwelling, infilling, and enduing of the Believer with power from on high (the Gift (Promise) of the Father); to glorify and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in and through the life of every Believer; to inspire, equip, teach, and direct Believers into a life of holiness according to God’s Word.
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit has given the following gifts to be bestowed upon the Church: Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation, and Discerning of spirits; that according to the degree of grace and faith possessed by the recipient, these gifts are divided to every man severally as He, the Holy Spirit, will. We are to covet these gifts and operate them for the edification, exhortation, and comfort of the Church.
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Is to be evidenced in the Spirit-filled life of every Believer: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
THE GIFTS OF GOD
The Five-Fold Ministry: given by the Lord Jesus Christ after He descended and before He ascended; He gave some to be Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers. The purpose of these gifts is for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. These gifts are given from generation to generation until we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The commemoration and observing of the Lord’s Supper by the sacred use of the broken bread, a precious type of the Bread of Life – Jesus Christ, whose body was broken for us; and by the cup, a blessed type of His shed blood for the remissions of our sins. The serving and receiving of this blessed sacrament should be ever preceded by the most solemn heart-searching, self-examination, forgiveness and love toward all men, that none partake unworthily and thereby bring condemnation to his own soul.
Jesus has purposed that He Himself would build the Church and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it; He is preparing for Himself His Church
sanctifying and cleansing it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. The Church is God’s tool to establish the Kingdom of God upon the face of the earth in preparation of His Second Coming. God’s promise is to restore the Church that His glory in the Church of the last days shall be greater than of the former.
GOD’S PROMISE OF RESTORATION
God’s promise is to restore His Glory in and through the Church, in the last days in greater ways than ever before. Prior to His Coming, the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea; God’s Promise to restore includes the areas of Divine principles and Truths experienced in the Early Church; Dynamic Spirit-Filled lives evidenced by personal holiness; .Five-Fold Gifts of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers; and the Power and Presence of God being manifest on behalf of and in the midst of Believers.
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
Christ is being retained in heaven until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. His Second Coming is personal and imminent; He will descend from heaven in the clouds of glory and with a trump of God in an hour which no man knoweth beforehand. The dead in Christ shall rise, the redeemed that are alive and remain shall be caught up together with Him, and so shall they ever be with the Lord.