The Old and New Testament are the inspired,
infallible and authoritative Word of God. In the Word we find the revelation of
God's eternal and unchanging will for men of all ages. It is the Divine and
final authority for the Christian Life.
There is one God, the Creator of all things who is
infinitely perfect and eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son and
Jesus Christ is the union of God and man. He is True
God and True Man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He
lived a sinless life and died on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all
men. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven and is presently
seated at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit dwells, guides, comforts, instructs,
and empowers the believer for godly living and service. The fruits of the
Spirit are evidence of a Spirit-filled life and indicate spiritual maturity.
The gifts of the Spirit are different manifestations of the Spirit to build up
the church, and they must be exercised in an orderly and loving way.
Man was created in the image of God but fell into
sin, which resulted in his spiritual death or separation from God. Only through
regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
This process of regeneration called "born again" in the Word, takes
place through a combination of faith and confession. As a person makes the
decision to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then
confesses with his mouth the Lordship of Jesus in his life, a miracle of
regeneration by the Holy Spirit takes place. A new Christian is born into the
Kingdom of God - for him old things are passed away and all things are new!
There will be a bodily resurrection of the dead, of
the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord and of the unbeliever to judgment
and eternal punishment.
Every born-again believer is charged with the
responsibility of going into the world, telling others the "Good
News" and making disciples of all nations. The Church has been
commissioned to do this and to support those who are sent out.
Prayer should be a way of life for the believer.
They should consistently pray with their understanding and in the Spirit.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. The
Word tells us that the just (those who have been justified by the Blood of
Jesus) shall live by faith. The redemptive work of Jesus provided salvation for
the believer, as well as healing and prosperity for our spiritual, soulish, and
physical man. We are redeemed from the curse of the law (poverty, sickness,
oppression, etc.). Our lives can be prosperous and healthy in every realm as we
walk in the light of this redemption by faith in God's Word.
Water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances
to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are not, however, to
be confused with or regarded as a means of salvation. The shed blood of Jesus
Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds of justification and
The Universal Church is composed of all those who
are born-again. Through this new birth we are united together in the Body of
Christ. Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and has provided leadership
for the local church through the ministry gifts, which only He can give. Every
local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
The pre-millennial second coming of Jesus Christ is
two-part in nature. He will come in the air to resurrect the righteous dead and
catch away the living saints. He will then come to the earth to establish His
physical kingdom, and begin his thousand year reign.