This church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Word 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, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:21-25; Heb. 4:12)
The triune Godhead is comprised of 3 separate and distinct personalities, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Is. 41:10-11; Mat. 21:19; Luke 3:22)
Man created well 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. (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21)
(a) Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness 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 man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:l1; and Tit. 2:11; 3:5-7)
(b) The evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24; Tit. 2:12).
(a) The Baptism in Water. The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the scriptures. All who repent and believe on Jesus 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 newness of life. (Mat. 2l:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48, and Rom. 6:4)
(b) The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements of 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. 2:26); and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers “till He come”.
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and 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 the endowment of 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 Cor. 2:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8: 12-17; 10:44-46; 2:14-16; and 15:7-9).
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with 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 firstborn, which are written in heaven. (Eph. 1:22-23; 2:22; and Heb. 12:23)
And he gave some Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelists, & Teachers…. (Eph. 4:11-13). This Ministry believes that the five-fold ministries still remains active and are valid offices for the church today.
Divine Healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Is. 53:4-5; Mat. 8:16-17; & James 5:14-16)
The resurrected 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 imminent and blessed hope of the church. (1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rom. 8:23; Tit. 2:13; & 1 Cor. 15:51-52)
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope followed by the visible return of Christ and his saints to reign on earth for one thousand years (Zech. 15:5; Mar. 24:27, 30; Rev. 1:7, 19-20, and Rom 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace. (Is. 2:6-9, Ps. 72:3-8, & Mic. 4:3-4)
There will be 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, the beast and the false prophet will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Mat. 25:46; Mark 9:43, 38; Rev. 9:20; 20:11-15 & 21:8)
“We according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pet. 3:13, & Rev. 21, 22)
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of the marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5-7,13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30, 20:13; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8, & Heb. 13:4). We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; & Eph. 5:22-23)