Statement of Faith
- 1 We believe in the one ever-living, eternal God: infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purpose;
and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son,
in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit, by emanation. (1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; 2 Cor. 5:19; Joel 2:28).
- The Scripture does more than attempt to prove the existence of God; it asserts, assumes and declares that
the knowledge of God is universal. (Romans 1:19, 21, 28, 32; 2:15). God is invisible, incorporeal, without parts,
without body, and therefore free from all limitations. He is Spirit (John 4:24), and a spirit hath not flesh and bones.
- Creation. We believe the triune God created the universe apart from pre-existing materials and without any
evolutionary process. We believe in the historicity of the first eleven chapters of Genesis
(Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalms 102:25; Acts14:15).
- 2 We Believe the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the divinely inspired Word of God without
error in the original writings, and the final authority for all Christian faith and life (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21).
- 3 We Believe in one God, infinite, perfect and eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
(Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14).
- The first of all the commandments is, hear, 0 Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord" (Mark 12:29; Deut. 6:4).
"One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Eph. 4:6).
- Satan. We believe that Satan was originally created a perfect being. He rebelled against God. As a result he became
depraved, the devil and adversary of God and His people, the leader of a host of angels who fell with him. Satan has
been judged and defeated at the cross and awaits his ultimate doom at the conclusion of the Millennial Reign
which takes place after the Second Advent of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:2; I Thessalonians 3:5; I Peter 5:8;
Revelation 12:9; 20:1-3; 7-10)
- 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 (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
- The Salvation of Man. Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing
of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God
according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7).
- This one true God manifested Himself in the Old Testament in divers ways; in the Son while He walked among men;
as the Holy Spirit after the ascension.
- 4 We Believe in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, His unqualified deity, His sinless humanity, the eternal
all-sufficiency of His atoning death, His bodily resurrection and His ascension to His Father’s right hand
(I Corinthians 15:3-4; John 1:1, 20:24-29; Hebrews 4:15; I Timothy 2:5; Revelation 20:1-6).
- The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon Himself the form of man, and as the Son of man,
was born of the virgin Mary. As Paul says "and without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was
manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world,
received up into glory" (1 Timothy 3:16).
- "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not" (John 1:11). This one true God was manifest in the flesh,
that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. ". . God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses
unto them. . ." (2 Cor. 5:19).
- 5 We believe that, ". . in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Col. 2:9). "For it pleased
the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell" (Col. 1:19). Therefore, Jesus in His humanity was man; in His deity
was and is God. His flesh was the lamb, or the sacrifice of God. He is the only mediator between God and man.
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5).
- Jesus on His Father's side was divine, on His mother's side, human; Thus, He was known as the Son of God
and also the son of man, or the God-man.
- "For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that
He is excepted, which did put all things under Him" (1 Cor. 15:27). "And when all things shall be subdued
unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may
be all in all" (1 Cor. 15:28).
- "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which
is to come, the Almighty" (Rev. 1:8).
- 6 We Believe in the personal and imminent, pre-tribulation return of Jesus Christ for His church, i.e., the rapture;
the pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ with His church, and His millennial reign on earth
(Hebrews 9:28; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:1-6; I Corinthians 15:51; Philippians 3:20-21; Titus 2:13).
- 7 We Believe that justification is a judicial act of God on the believer’s behalf solely through faith in Christ’s death
and resurrection (Romans 3:24,26; 4:18-25; 5:1; I Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 3:24).
- 8 We Believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is under condemnation, and that it is
only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit that salvation can be
obtained (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:1-13; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; I Timothy 2:5-6).
- In the beginning God created man innocent, pure and holy; but through the sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve,
the first of the human race, fell from their holy state, and God banished them from Eden. Hence by one man's
disobedience, sin entered into the world. (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 3:23, 5:12).
- Pardon and forgiveness of sins is obtained by genuine repentance, a confessing and forsaking of sins. We are
justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it,
and the Apostles emphasized it to both Jews and Gentiles. (Acts 2:38, 11:18, 17:30).
- The word "repentance" comes from several Greek words which mean, change of views and purpose, change of heart,
change of mind, change of life, to transform, etc.
- Jesus said, -except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3).
- Luke 24:47 says, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations,
beginning at Jerusalem."
- 9 We Believe that water Baptism by immersion, and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the church
during the present age (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 11:17-34).
- The scriptural mode of baptism is immersion, and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their
sins and a love of the world. It should be administered by a duly authorized minister of the Gospel, in obedience to
the Word of God, and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Acts of the Apostles 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5;
thus obeying and fulfilling Matthew 28:19.
- John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said, "...He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire."
- Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said, "...Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."
- Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues (languages),
as the Spirit gave them utterance."
- The terms "baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire," "filled with the Holy Spirit," and the "gift of the Holy Ghost" are
synonymous terms used interchangeably in the Bible.
- t is scriptural to expect all who receive the gift, filling, or baptism of the Holy Spirit to receive the same physical,
initial sign of speaking with other tongues.
- 10 We Believe that the Christian life involves discipleship, obedience to the Word of God, holiness, witness and service
through the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 1:8; 2:38; II Corinthians 6:14-18; 7:1) .
- 11 We Believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of speaking in other tongues
(Acts 2:4; 4:31; 10:46; I Corinthians 12:13-14; Ephesians 5:18).
- The speaking with other tongues, as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46, and 19:6, and the gift of tongues, as explained in
1 Corinthians, chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose.
- The Lord, through the Prophet Joel, said, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; ..." (Joel 2:28).
- Peter, in explaining this phenomenal experience, said, having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost,
He (Jesus) hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear." (Acts 2:33).
- Further, "...The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our
God shall call." (Acts 2:39).
- 12 We Believe in the demonstration of the gifts of the Spirit, and the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit
- 13 We Believe in the divine healing of the human body as provided for in the atonement, which is a privilege
of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; James 5:14,15).
- The first covenant that the Lord (Jehovah) made with the children of Israel after they were brought out of Egypt
was a covenant of healing. The Lord said, ". . If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord
(Jehovah, the Lord that healeth) thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to
His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have
brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord that healeth thee." (Exodus 15:26).
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
- The vicarious suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ paid for the healing of our bodies, the same as for the salvation
of our souls, for with His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). Matthew 8:17 reads, Himself took our infirmities,
and bare our sicknesses" (See also I Peter 2:24).
- We see from this that divine healing for the body is in the atonement. That being true, then it is for all who believe.
Jesus said of believers, ". . They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Later, James wrote in his Epistle
to all the churches: "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him,
anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;
and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,
that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:14-16).
- All of these promises are for the church today
- 14 We Believe in Heaven as the eternal inheritance of the believers, and in Hell and the Lake of Fire as the place of
eternal doom for the devil, his angels, and all unbelievers (John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:10-15, 21:1-6).
- 15 We Believe that the true Church consists of all who through faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by
the Holy Spirit and are united in the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; 4:3-6).
- 16 We Believe in and practice the five-fold Ministries and the supporting Ministries to be operational in the Church
- 17 Communion on the night of our Lord's betrayal, He ate the Passover supper with His Apostles, after which
He instituted the sacrament. "And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying,
this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper saying,
this cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you." (Luke 22:19-20).
- Paul instructed the church how to observe it (I Cor. 11:23-34).
- Thus was instituted the use of literal bread and the fruit of the vine, which are partaken of literally, as emblems
of His broken body and shed blood. There is also a spiritual significance and blessing in partaking of the sacrament.
- 18 Foot Washing When the Passover supper was ended, we read in John 13:4-5, "He riseth from supper, and laid aside
His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself. After that He poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the
disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded."
- Jesus said, "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you" (John 13:14-15).
- This first example was given by our Lord, and it is a divine institution. It is well to follow His example and wash one
another's feet; thus manifesting the spirit of humility.
- 19 According to the Word of God, we firmly believe and hold that the people of God should have no
connection whatever with secret societies or any other organization or body wherein there is a
fellowship with unbelievers, bound by an oath. (James 5:12;
- 20 We believe tithing is God's financial plan to provide for His work, and has been since the days of Abraham.
Tithing came with faith under Abraham, Moses' law enjoined it, and Israel practiced it when she was right with God;
Jesus indorsed it (Matt. 23:23); and Paul said to lay by in store as God has prospered you. Do not rob God of His portion,
viz., tithes and offerings.
- Tithes and Offerings. The needs of the New Testament Church, its varied ministries along with its God ordained
leadership are to be met by the tithes and offerings of the believers (Matthew 23:23; I Corinthians 16:1; II Corinthians 9:6-7).
- 21 Biblical Marriage. The Bible is the highest authority for both church and life (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In constituting the first accredited institution in society, God defined marriage as being exclusively between one man
and one woman, and all other variations are gross distortions of God’s plan. (Gen. 1:27, 2:18, 23-24).
- Homosexual behavior is sin because it is disobedient to the most basic scriptural and moral teachings which define
the church: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.”
(Leviticus 20:13 NIV).
- When the church condones detestable behavior, it becomes detestable to God.
(Romans 1:25–27, 1 Cor. 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:9-10). It is sin because it violates the created order for families.
Condoning homosexual behavior brings destruction upon the church institution (Genesis 19:4–11, 24-25),
Testament moral law, including prohibitions against homosexual behavior. (Matthew 5:27-28).
- 22 Racism. God created all men equal in value and imputed upon them dignity and God Image.
One is never partially in the Image of God any more than one may be partially alive. Attempts to identify, treat,
or view certain people or groups as lesser members of humankind are a blasphemous affront to our Creator.
- Racism in all its forms is sin, for it grounds the identity and security of human life in self rather than God,
in creature rather than the Creator, apart from whom a human being has no identity or value.
Self-indulgent pride in “race,” therefore, must be regarded as idolatry in one of its most ugly forms, an attempt
to be like God. We believe prejudice to be an attempt to reverse the creative act of God and what God has valued,
let no man devalue.
- Secondly, racism is an attempt to reverse the redemptive act of Christ. In Jesus Christ, God became a Man
and so identified Himself fully with every member of the human family in whatever nation or culture they may be found.
Jesus Christ has removed all barriers that stand between human beings, giving reconciliation through His cross.
- Thirdly, through the means of grace, God empowers and commands all Christians
“to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against the soul,” including the sin of racism.
(Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; Jn. 13:35, 15:12-13; Acts 17:24-26; 1 Cor. 1:13; Gal. 3:26-28; Eph. 2:13-16;
1 Tim. 2:3-6; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 2:9-10)