we have adopted these Tenets of Faith and Doctrine.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. We accept the New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
We believe that our God is one, but manifested in three persons--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal.
We believe that God the Father is greater than all; the Sender of the Word (Logos) and Begetter.
(John 1:14; 14:28; 16:28)
We believe that the Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning.
(John 1:1; 1:14; 1:18)
We believe that the Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal.
We believe that man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world.
(Romans 3:10; 3:23; 5:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil. He gave His life by shedding His blood to redeem and restore man back to God.
(1 John 3:8)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God.
We believe that an individual's first step towards salvation is godly sorrow that leads to repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life.
(2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5)
We believe that baptism in water by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is done "under the authority of the Lord Jesus, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit."
(Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance.
(Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 2:4; 2:38-39; 19:1-7)
We believe that the Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive, work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ's return.
(Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
We believe that healing is for the physical ills of a human body and is wrought by the power of God through, among other means, prayer of faith and by the laying of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the Church today.
(Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5)
The angel said to Jesus' disciples, "The same Jesus… shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." His coming is imminent. When he comes, "The dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
(Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Following the Tribulation, Jesus shall return to earth as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, shall reign a thousand years.
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms eternal and everlasting, used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God.
(Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20)
The Church only sanctions or conducts marriages between a man and a woman. God instituted marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family, the basic structure of human society.
God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in other than in the context of marriage between a man and a woman.
(Genesis 19:5, 26:8‑11; Leviticus 18:1‑30; Romans 1:26‑29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1‑8; Hebrews 13:4)
God has wonderfully and immutably created each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God.