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The Church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts these Statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the revelation of God to man. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25, 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
Our God is the one true God, but manifested in three — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all being co-equal. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second person of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (Phil 2:6; John 1:14; John 15:26).
We believe man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, created good and upright, but, through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world, and man received a sin nature. "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." As it is written, "There is none righteous, no not one." Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Rom. 5:21; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; 1 John 3:8)
(a) Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
On the cross, Jesus Christ bore the sins of the world providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalm 103:3), being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart— that is, the word of faith which we preach, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation" (Rom. 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Rom. 10:8-10).
(b) The Evidence of Salvation.
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness." And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us" (1 John 3:23).
(c) Faith and Works
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Rom. 10:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:10).
Baptism in water is 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. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).
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 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Cor. 1:30).
We believe in 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 (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Cor. 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Cor. 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!"
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 (Mark 16:18; James 5:14,15; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4,5).
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire. This gift is 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 evidences such as speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance, boldness, etc. (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).
The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the first born, which are written in Heaven (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23). Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being a part of the Church is:
(a) To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16).
(b) To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Cor. 12:13).
(c) To be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 12:28; 14:12).
(a) Spiritual. John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 10:9-10
(b) Mental. 2 Tim. 1:7; Rom. 12:2; Isaiah 16:3
(c) Physical. Isaiah 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24
(d) Financial. 3 John 1:2; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6-10; Deut. 28:1-4
(e) Social. Proverbs 3:4; Luke 2:52.
The angels said, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner." 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..." 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 or the church (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; 2 Thess. 2:1).
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 duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20).
The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised (Rom. 11:25, 27:2; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-7). After this there shall be a new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21).