Tenets of Our Faith
Articles of Religion
The Bible: We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments are inspired by GOD, and are the revelation of GOD to all men. They are the infallible authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
The Trinity: We believe that there is one GOD, eternally existent in three persons; GOD the Father, GOD the Son, and GOD the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Deity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ and
(1) virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1: 31, 35);
(2) sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22);
(3) miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38);
(4) vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 13:4);
(5) bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4);
(6) ascension to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; Hebrews 1:3); and
(7) personal and future return to the earth (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
Salvation: We believe that man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance of sin and faith toward God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir to God according to the hope of Eternal Life. (John 3:3; Romans 10:9-11 & 13-15; Ephesians 2:8).
Water Baptism: We believe that baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in 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 the newness of life. This ordinance should be administered by immersion in the name of the Father, Jesus Christ, the Son; and the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16: 16; Acts 10: 47-48; and Romans 6:4).
Sanctification: We believe sanctification from that which is evil, and of dedication to God (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 1:12). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death, resurrection and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:1; 8:1-2 & 13; Galatians 2:20).
Baptism of The Holy Ghost: We believe that all Christians are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. This gift from God endows the believer with 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 1:31). The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).
A Holy Life: The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to receive the command: ?Be ye Holy for I am Holy? (1 Peter 1:15-16).
Divine Healing: We believe divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers. (Isaiah 52:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
Heaven: We, according to His Promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (2 Peter 3:13; John 14:1-3).
Hell: 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 will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20).
The Church: The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, which divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer born of the Spirit is an integral part of the general assembly and Church of the first born, which are in heaven. (Ephesians 1:22; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
Justification: A judicial act of God whereby He justly declares righteous the individual who believes in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior (Romans 5:1 & 9).
The Lord?s Supper: The Lord?s Supper, consisting of the elements ? bread and fruit of the vine ? is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 1:4) a memorial of His suffering and death, (1 Corinthians 11:26) and a prophecy of His second coming, (1 Corinthians 11:26) and is enjoined on all believers until He comes.
The Blessed Hope: We believe in 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. This is the eminent and blessed hope of the Church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
Marriage and Family: We believe in the sanctity of marriage and the sanctity of life. We believe that marriage is a sacrament only to be entered into between a man and a woman. We believe human life to be precious, beginning at conception. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Jeremiah 1:5).