We Believe

The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42.)  

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, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21.

2. THE ONE TRUE GOD

There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh. He is both God and man. Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16.

3. THE FALL OF MAN

Man was created sinless and upright. However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Genesis 3:6; Romans 5:12-19.

4. THE SALVATION OF MAN

Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 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; Titus 3:5-7

5. THE GOSPEL

 The good news is that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:17) by genuinely repenting of our sins (death to sin) water baptism in Jesus Name (burial), and the baptism with the Holy Spirit (resurrection). This was the doctrine as taught by the Apostles in the early Church. I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:37-39; Acts 19:1-6; Romans 6:3-4).
 

6. THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance. Acts 2:4; Acts 19:6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-10; 1 Corinthians 12:28.

7. SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12. The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15,16 

Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:1,2; Romans 8:13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5.

8. THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION

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. Ephesians 1:22,23; Ephesians 2:22; Hebrews 12:23.

9. DIVINE HEALING

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. Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16.

10. THE BLESSED HOPE

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 of the church. 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52. The tribulation will follow the rapture of the Church.

11. 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, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8.

12. THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH

“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21; Revelation 22.