CONCERNING THE WHOLE BIBLE
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess. 2:13
"For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."2 Pet. 1:21
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. 13: 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
There is but one living and true God, the Father of all, who is:
Eternal (Deut. 33:27 - The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.);
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Omniscient (Ps. 139:1-4
Omnipotent (Ps. 62:11; Job 26:7-14);
Truth (John 17:3);
Mercy (Ps. 103:8-17).
We acknowledge Him as Creator and Ruler of all things, visible and invisible. In Him we live and move and have our being (John 1:1; Acts 17:24-28).
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ -
- His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35).
- His sinless life (Heb. 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
- His miracles (Acts 1:22; 10:38).
- His vicarious and atoning death (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor 5:21).
- His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt. 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Cor. 15:4).
- His ascension to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; Heb. 1:3).
- His personal and future return to the Earth (Acts 1: 11; 1 Thess. 4: 16-18).
The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person sent to the world by the others, through the mediation of the Son (John 14:16).
- He is the inspirer of truth (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
- He is the reprover of sin, the awakener of conscience (John 16:18).
- He is the comforter of the penitent and obedient believer (Acts 5:32).
- He is the witness of adoption (Rom. 8:15).
- He is the seal and the earnest of the saints' inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14).
- He dwells in each child of God (1 Cor. 3:16-17). At the glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, He will quicken the mortal bodies of the saints into immortality (Rom. 8: 15).
The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven (Matt. 12:31; Mark 3:28-30).
We believe man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus, the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:27; John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 2:8).
The Lord's Supper - consisting of the elements bread and fruit of the vine - is the symbol expressing our sharing of the divine nature of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Cor. 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Cor. 11:26). The ordinance is enjoined on all believers until He comes.
We believe sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and dedication unto God (Rom. 12: 1-2; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 13: 12).
Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection and by offering his faculties continually to the domination of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6: 1; Gal. 2:20).
The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost we are to obey the command, "Be ye holy, for I am Holy" (1 Pet. 1: 15-16).
We, according to His Promise, look for a new earth wherein dwells righteousness (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:22).
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for fulfillment of the 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; 2:22; Heb. 12:23).
Justification is a judicial act of God whereby He justly declares righteous the individual who believes in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.