“Declaration of Faith”

WE BELIEVE....

 

 

  1. The Scriptures Inspired. The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man; and they are the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (I Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 3:15-17; II Pet. 1:21).

  2. The One True God. The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself eternally existent in three persons as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. (Deut. 6:4; Isa 43:10-11; Matt 28:19; Lu 3:22; 1Jo. 5:7).

  3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His sacrificial death and resurrection and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father. (Matt. 1:18-25; I Pet. 2:21-22; Mk. 15:37; Mk 16:19).

  4. The Fall of Man. Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:17; Gen. 3:6; Rom 5:12-19).

  5. The Salvation of Man. Man’s only hope of being cleansed from sin is through repentance, and faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Act 2:38; Heb. 9:22; I Jo 5:7-9).

  6. Spiritual Renewing. Renewing by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.(Jo. 3:3-5; Tit. 3:5) .

  7. The Baptism in the Holy Ghost. 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 the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts, and the uses of gifts in the work of the ministry (Lu 24:49; Act 1:4,8; ! Cor 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth (Acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (Jo 7:37-39; Act 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Act 2:43; Heb 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Act 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mk 16:20).

  8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Act 2:4).

  9. The Church. The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of its 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” (Heb. 12:23; Eph 1:22-23, 2:22).

  10. Divine Healing. The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the physical body in answer to believing prayer. (Isa. 53:5; I Pet. :24).

  11. The Blessed Hope. The Second Coming of Christ the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope (Tit. 2:13; I Thes. 4:16-17), followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:5; Matt 24:27-30; Rev. 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6). This Millennial Reign will bring the salvation of Israel (Ezek. 37:21-22; Zeph. 3:19-20; Rom 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Psa. 72:3-8; Isa. 11:6-9; Mic. 4:3-4).

  12. The Resurrection of the Saved. We believe in the resurrection of the saved to everlasting life and the unsaved to everlasting damnation. (Jo 5:28-29; Act 4:15)

  13. The Final Judgment. 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 and 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” (Rev. 21:8). 14. The New Heavens and the New Earth. “II Pet 3:13; Rev 21, 22”

 

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