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Our Tenets of Faith and Doctrine

The church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will 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.

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The Scriptures Inspired

The scriptures of the entire Bible are verbally inspired by God. It was not just the ideas that were inspired; even the choice of words were inspired as the original writers were moved by God to write what He wanted them to say.

We therefore believe that:

  1. The scriptures are God’s revelation of himself to mankind
  2. They are infallible (never wrong)
  3. They are the divinely authoritative guide for our faith, belief, and manner of living. (II Timothy 3:15-17; I Thess 2:13; II Peter 1:21)

Importance of this Doctrine

If we do not agree that all scripture is given by inspiration of God according to II Timothy 3:16 and is therefore infallible, we have no dependable standard on which to base our lives. Instead of having a guide that is fixed and reliable, everything becomes relative and uncertain. However, since God does not change as do the shifting shadows (James 1:17), we can be cetain that His truth also remains steadfast, enduring all time, generations, and cultures. Other References: (Psa. 45:1; Ezek. 1:3; Matt. 24:35; Luke 24:27; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21).
The One True Godhead

There is one true God. He has revealed himself as having always existed without any outside cause or agent bringing Him into being. (Isaiah 43:10). He is the Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1) and the one who redeems, saves, or rescues mankind from sin and its painful consequences (Isaiah 43:11). God has further revealed himself as a single Being (Deut 6:4) consisting of three interrelated persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19; Luke 3:22). This concept of one God or Being  of three persons is called the Trinity.

Importance of this Doctrine

It is contrary to scripture to speak of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three gods or as three modes in which the One God has revealed himself. Through the centuries such false teachings have created division and devastation in the church. Other scripture references support the nature of the one true God and the relationship between the three persons. Other references: (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; 1 Kg. 8:60; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 14:26; 15:26; Acts 2:33; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:3-14; 4:4-6; Jas. 2:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; 3:18; 1 John 5:7; Rev. 1:4-5).
The Lord Jesus Christ is Fully God

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has always existed. He too is without beginning or end (Rev 1:8). In order to complete His earthly sacrificial mission, He became human by being born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35). He lived a perfect life, absolutely without sin (Heb 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22. While on earth He worked many miracles through the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:22, 10:38). In order to restore fallen mankind, He died on the cross as a substitute for the sins of every person (1 Cor. 15:3; II Cor 5:21). He was raised from the dead by the supernatural power of God (Matt 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Cor 6:1; 15:4). Since His resurrection He has been exalted (honored), and is seated at the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Phil 2:9; Heb 1:3).

Importance of this Doctrine

The supernatural birth of Jesus, His sinless life, His working of miracles all give proof that He is the divine Son of God who came to earth in human form to give himself as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. No death of a natural human could provide forgiveness of sin (salvation) for the entire human race.

Knowing that Jesus came from God, and actually is God, and has returned to Godís presence after His death and resurrection assures us that our salvation and restored relationship with God is not only logical, but a true reality.

The Fall of Mankind

Mankind was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, mankind by willful choice, ignored God’s instructions…..choosing to engage in what they knew was wrong and evil. As a result, mankind fell from innocence and goodness and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Gen 1:26,27; 2:17, 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)

Importance of this Doctrine

The fact that mankind fell from its original innocence and moral goodness is ignored by humanistic philosophies which teach that the human race can be improved and moral imperfection removed through education. The truth is that mankind apart from God is fallen or morally defective. The Bible teaches that mankind is destined to remain fallen, until his tendency toward evil thoughts and deeds is reversed through accepting of the salvation provided in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Godís Son. Education can improve a person intellectually and socially, but belief in the saving work of Jesus Christ is the only lasting means that can improve a person morally. Salvation restores the relationship with God that was broken with the fall of mankind.
The Salvation of Mankind

Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death and enslavement by sin. God provides salvation for all that believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness. Mankind’s only hope of redemption from the fallen sinful state is through the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son – blood that was shed as Jesus died on the cross. (The account of the crucifixion of Jesus is in Matt 27: Mark15; Luke 23; John 19).

The Experience of Salvation - Salvation is received as a person:

  1. Repents before God for his sins and sinful nature or inclinations
  2. Believes or has faith in the fact that the death and resurrection (supernatural restoration of life) of Jesus Christ removes and brings forgiveness for his sins.

In response to placing faith in God’s love and freely given salvation, one experiences the washing of regeneration (or spiritual rebirth), the renewing work of the Holy Spirit, and is declared righteous (right with God). Regeneration, renewal, and justification (justified, or made right with God) are words describing what happens at salvation. At the moment of salvation, a person becomes heirs to God’s promised hope of eternal or everlasting life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7)

The Evidence of Salvation - The inner evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit giving one the assurance that God has accepted him (Rom 8:16). The outward evidence, visible to others, is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph 4:24; Titus 2:12). In other words it is living a life totally committed and pleasing to God.

Importance of this Doctrine

The restoration of relationship between God and fallen mankind is the central message of the bible. The entire story from Genesis through Revelation points to a God who loved fallen mankind so much that He gave His Son to die that those who believe in Jesus Christ and His work of providing salvation might have never-ending spiritual life. Every true Christian experiences salvation and becomes a new person in Christ. Without this doctrinal truth, all other doctrinal statements are empty and without meaning. More importantly, without this experience, oneís life is empty and without real meaning.
The Ordinances (practices) of the Church

Water Baptism - The practice of baptism by immersion in water (not sprinkling) is commanded in the scriptures (Mark 16:16) All who repent and believe on Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord are to be baptized. This act of baptism symbolically declares to everyone that the old sinful life and life-style of the baptized believer died with Christ at salvation and a new spiritual being has been raised with Christ (in His resurrection) to live a new life (Matt 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 2:28, 6:4; Col 2:11,12; 1 John 5:8)

Holy Communion - The Lord’s Supper or Communion also known as the Eucharist consisting of bread and wine (grape juice), is a memorial of Christ’s suffering and death (I Corin. 11:26). In eating and drinking the symbols of Christ’s suffering and death, the believer expresses his awareness that through salvation He, (1) has been made right with God, and (2) shares the divine nature of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4). The ordinance also looks forward to Christ’s second coming for it is a reminder to proclaim the Lord’s death “until He comes!”

Importance of this Doctrine

Water baptism and Communion are not simply religious customs. Both embody the central message of the Christian faith. Water baptism is a one-time event in which the new believer announces publicly that he is now a child of God who has identified with Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection. Communion is a periodic (often monthly) reminder that the believer has receive his free salvation through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also encourage Communion to be taken at home as a family or in your private time with God. Both ordinances focus regular attention on the central truth of Christianity.
The Promise of the Father

All believers are entitled to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and therefore should expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Some references in the Bible speak of “the Holy Ghost and Fire. Fire, image commonly associated with the Holy Spirit, suggests the purging, cleansing action, and zeal of the Holy Spirit, which continues the work of spiritual growth).

The baptism in the Holy Spirit was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian church. With the experience comes the provision of power for victorious Christian living and productive service. It also provides believers with specific spiritual gifts for more effective ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; I Corin 12:1-31).

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is separate from salvation, and follows the new birth experience (Acts 8:12-17, Acts 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9). With this baptism come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence of God (Acts 2:43; Heb 12:28) an intensified commitment to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for those who have not yet become believers (Mark 16:20). We believe that the initial evidence of this Baptism to be the historical and experiential distinctive of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. However, speaking with other tongues is not necessarily the evidence of a Spirit-filled life. The fruit of a genuine Pentecost is the writing of the law of God upon one's heart.

Importance of this Doctrine

Salvation is not the end of a Christianís spiritual growth. Although we are declared holy or sanctified at salvation, there is still much spiritual growth to be experienced. As the believer submits himself to the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, he is progressively transformed toward a divine nature, like that of Christ. This doctrine is important because too many Christians stop growing spiritually after salvation, or even after entry into a spirit-filled life at Baptism. But Godís design for each believers is that the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22,23), and the character traits of a Christ-like life, be more obvious each day.
Divine Healing

Divine healing from God is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided in the Atonement (Christ’s suffering and death for our reconciliation with God). Healing is a privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matt 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).

Importance of this Doctrine

The spectacular spread of the Pentecostal message and the growth in the number of Spirit-filled believers can be attributed to a great degree to Godís miraculous intervention in the lives of hurting people, those suffering from emotional, spiritual, and physical pain. Many of us have experienced Godís healing touch. Some have been restored from near death to full health. However, in spite of this truth, we know that all are not healed; the Bible that teaches the truth of divine healing itself declares that death is an appointed experience for every human being (Heb 9:27). Though we cannot explain why some are healed while others are not, God knows all and does all things according to a purpose only He knows. The fact that some are not healed does not destroy the fact that God can and does heal.
The Blessed Hope

All Christians who have died will one day rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who have not yet died will be caught-up with them, to be with the Lord. Then Christians of all ages will live with God forever. The scriptural truth of the Lord’s soon return is “the blessed hope” (Rom 8:23; I Corin 15:51, 52; I Thess 4:16,17; Titus 2:13).

Importance of this Doctrine

This doctrine is very important because it provides a primary motivation for witnessing and living a holy life. For the believer, the return of Christ for His redeemed is a blessed hope indeed! The translation or ďsnatching awayĒ of living Christians, commonly called the Rapture (ďto catch upĒ), will bring an end to suffering, pain, hardship, and difficulty. We as Christians will then be with the Lord forever. Though the body is not alive between death and resurrection, the soul does not sleep but is consciously alive in the presence of the Lord (II Corin 5:8).

For the sinner, however, the Rapture is anything but a blessed hope. To be left behind will involve indescribable suffering as God judges a rebellious and disobedient world. God desires that all mankind should ask forgiveness and be restored to fellowship with himself. He places this burden for the lost and their waiting eternal punishment on the hearts of those who already know His love and salvation. It is for this reason that a primary mission of the Church is evangelizing the world, seeking to save as many as possible from the judgment to come.

The Millennial Reign of Christ

The second coming of Christ includes the Rapture of the Christians, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the Earth for 1000 years (Zech 14:4,5; Matt:24:27-30; Rev 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6). This millennial (1,000 year) reign will bring the salvation of Israel as a nation (Ezekiel 37:21,22; Zephaniah 3:19,20; Rom 11:26,27) and the establishment of universal peace (Ps 72:3-8; Isaiah 11:6-9; Micah 4:3-4).

Importance of this Doctrine

It sometimes seems that Satan has the world so enslaved in his grasp that conditions have no chance of improving. But God is not dead, as some skeptics claim. He has declared that world conditions will become increasingly bad before He comes for his own and begins the sequence of end-time events. Knowing this we do not lose hope as sin, crime, and natural disasters increase year after year. Godís Word has predicted what we are seeing, but His Word also tells us that in end He is the victor. The Millennium will demonstrate that Godís reign and government is perfect. It will replace all the failed systems of human government.

Biblical prophecy indicates that Isreal as a nation has a continuing place in Godís plan for the end times. We believe that at some future time the hearts of Jews will turn in large numbers to the Messiah who died for them and for all mankind.

The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which the wicked – those who have died without accepting Christ’s salvation – will be raised and judged according to the way they lived. Anyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life (the recorded list of people who received Christ’s forgiveness), together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophets, will be sent to everlasting punishment in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (sulfur), which is the second death (Matt 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).

Importance of this Doctrine

God is a God of love. But He is also a just God. He cannot allow sin and wickedness to go unpunished. One false teaching suggests that all people, whether righteous or wicked, will eventually be saved. But this is contrary to the clear teaching of scripture. This doctrine is important because it reminds all humans that the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23), that there is a judgment of everlasting punishment waiting for the devil, his cohorts, and all people who have not accepted Godís gracious provision of salvation.
The New Heavens and the New Earth

According to God’s promise, we look for New Heavens and a new Earth, where righteousness will dwell and reign forever (II Peter 3:13; Rev chap. 21, 22). 

Importance of this Doctrine

In the midst of our daily struggles and difficulties we are encouraged with the promise of what God has prepared for His faithful followers. Jesus told His disciples, and made the promise to all generations of Christians, ďI am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with meĒ (John 14: 2,3). After the millennium (1,000 year period), all Christians will dwell forever with God and have access to a beautiful, restored universe. This doctrine is important because it assures us of our abode.
To that end, we declare it more important in WHOM we believe than WHAT we believe!