What We Believe
The Bible: We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments (II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12: I Peter 1:23-25; and II Peter 1:19-21). The Bible will be our basis of truth.
God: We believe in the one God revealed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:16, 17: 28:19: and John 17).
Man: We believe that man, in his natural state, is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope, and without God (Romans 3:19-23: Galatians 3:22 and Ephesians 2:1, 2, 12).
Jesus: We believe that Jesus is God come in the flesh and that He is both divine and human (Luke 1:26-38: John 14:1-3: Acts 2:36, 3:14,15: and Philippians 2:5-12).
Atonement: We believe in the saving power of the Blood of Jesus and His imputed righteousness (Acts 4:12: Romans 4:1-9, 5:1-11: and Ephesians 1:3-15).
Bodily Resurrection: We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:39-43; and John 20:24-29).
Ascension: We believe that Christ Jesus ascended to the Father and is presently engaged in building Heaven and interceding for the saints(John 14:1-6 and Romans 8:34).
Second Coming: We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ Jesus to this earth to rapture His Church (Bride) and judge the world (Acts1:10, 11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18: II Thessalonians 1:7-10: James 5:8: and Revelation 1:7). (It is not necessary that we all believe alike concerning whether He is coming before, during, or after the Great Tribulation).
Salvation: We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance towards God for sin, and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,which results in regeneration of the person. This salvation is entirely by the Grace of our Lord and not of works. Works are excluded except as FRUIT of salvation (Acts 3:19, 20: Romans 4:1-5: and Ephesians 2:8-10).
Local Church: We believe the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a body of believers who have been baptized in the Name of the Father, Son,and Holy Ghost: who are under recognized, delegated authorities: and who assemble to worship, carry forth the Great Commission, and minister as the Holy Ghost leads (Matthew 16:18, 28:19, 20; Acts 2:40-47: Ephesians 5:22-32: and I Timothy 3:15).
Separated Life: We believe that believers should seek, as early disciples did, to practice the separated life from the world and unto Christ and to set standards of conduct which shall exalt our Lord and His Church (Romans 12:1-3: II Corinthians 6:17; Galatians 6:14: Ephesians5:11: and Colossians 3:17).
Heaven and Hell: We believe the Scriptures clearly set forth the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and service for the saved --. Hell for the unsaved and Heaven for the saved (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46: Luke 16:19-31: John 14:1-3: and Revelation20:11-15).
Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Trinity whose purpose in the redemption of man is to convict men in sin,regenerate the repentant believer, guide the believer into ALL truth, indwell and give gifts to believers as He wills, that they may minister as Christ would to men. We believe that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit recorded in I Corinthians 12:8-11 shall operate in present-day churches which yield to the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39: 14:16, 17: 16:7-14: and Acts 2:39-47). We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11) and Jesus (Acts 1:4, 5, 8) and Peter (Acts 2:38-41), was witnessed by the early disciples of Christ (Acts 2:4: 10:44-47: and 19:1-6), and is evidenced by many present-day disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Divine Healing: We believe that God has used doctors, medicines, and other material means for healing, but divine healing was also provided for in the Atonement (Isaiah 53:5) and may be appropriated by laying on of hands by elders (James 5:14-16), laying on of hands by the believers (Mark 16:18), by the prayer of an anointed person Gifted for healing the sick (I Corinthians 12:9), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23).
Government of the Church: We believe that the New Testament Church should be apostolic in nature and is governed by delegated authorities. When it is deemed best for the life of the church and testimony of the Lord, these authorities may discipline, in the spirit of love, any member who departs from the doctrines set forth in these Articles or whose conduct is contrary to the spirit and practice of this body.
Ordinances: We believe that the two ordinances of the church are Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism - Immersion in water in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:15, 16; 28:19, 20: Acts 8:38; and Romans 6:1-4). A symbol of identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Section 302: The Lord's Supper - A memorial of the death, resurrection, and Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:13-20).
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