These are the truths that we hold to be the foundations of the Christian faith.
The Holy Scriptures
- Our doctrines and beliefs are founded on the Holy Word of God (1 Corinthians 3:10).
- The books of the Old and New testament are inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16)
- The Word of God is the only foundation for faith and salvation in Christ Jesus (John 20:31)
- Christ was the end of the law. His teachings take over the law. (Ephesians 2:15)
- The Word of God is eternal and unchanging. It is living and active. (Psalm 119: 89).
- Nothing can be added to or taken from Scripture (Revelation 22:18-19).
- Every member of the church must read, study, and obey Scripture (John 5:39)
- There is One True God (John 17:18).
- God is One Being in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 6:8).
- God is Spirit (John 4:24).
- Creator of heaven and earth; all things seen and unseen (Isaiah 45:5, Genesis 1:1).
- Eternal (1 Timothy 6:16).
- Dwells in unapproachable light (Isaiah 40:22).
- Is all wise, holy, and always present (12).
- Is all powerful, all seeing, and absolutely perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4).
- Good, merciful, and longsuffering (Psalm 119:68).
- Just Judge, punishing iniquity (Revelation 16:5).
- Faithful to his promises (2 Corinthians 1:20).
- God is love (John 3:16).
The Son of God, Jesus Christ
- The Lord Jesus Christ is deity (20:31).
- He is the image of the invisible God and is eternal (18).
- One with the Father (John 10:30).
- Everything made through Him (Colossians 1:16-17).
- Conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Came to save the world (John 3:16).
- Came in the flesh as God in the flesh (Colossians 2:9).
- Was crucified, buried and resurrected on the third day (12).
- Ascended to heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:3).
- Christ is the only Savior (Colossians 2:15).
The Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Holy Trinity (Mathew 28:19).
- He is the Eternal God, equal with the Father and the Son (Acts 5:3-4).
- Has all the attributes of the Godhead (Isaiah 48:16).
- Came to Earth to build the Church of Jesus Christ (9:31).
- Reveals God on Earth (John 1:16).
- Testifies about Jesus (John 16:13-15).
- Regenerates to new life (John 3:3-6).
- Comforts, guides and teaches (14:24).
- Sanctifies and intercedes on the believer’s behalf (Romans 8:26-27).
- Witnesses to our adoption by God (Romans 8:16).
- Performs miracles and reveals the future (Acts 14:1).
- Gives spiritual gifts and power (1 Corinthians 12:7-11).
- Convicts about sin (John 16:18).
- Created by God without sin and in His Image and Likeness (Genesis 1:26-27).
- Is created for eternal life and a relationship with God (Acts 13:46).
- Has a spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
- Has free will: to think, feel, want, and reject (Acts 13:46).
- Through Adam all mankind inherited sin and death (Romans 5:12).
- All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and fellowship with Him (Romans 3:23).
- Christ returned man the glory of God and eternal life (Romans 5:19).
- Is a breaking of Gods law (Exodus 24:5).
- Is an abomination before God (Deuteronomy 25:16).
- Comes from out of the heart of man (Hebrews 3:10).
- Not believing God, abominations and all lies are sin (5:7).
- God sees and punishes sin (Numbers 14:34).
- Wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
- Every person is in need of God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:11-12).
- Christ came to destroy sin by His death (Hebrews 9:26).
- Man cannot be saved through good works or his own righteousness (Romans 3:22-25).
- Man cannot be saved through his efforts or through another person (Acts 4:12, Mathew 16:26).
- There is one mediator between God and man; He is the Savior Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8).
- Salvation is founded on God’s love toward man (Acts 18:9-10).
- God wants all men to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:2).
- Man has a free will to accept or reject Gods salvation (Romans 2:4-5).
- Man can only be saved by the grace of God through faith (Acts 2:28).
- The Holy Spirit and the Word of God regenerate man to new life (3:5).
- Every man is required to:
- Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 20:3)
- Repent of his sins (Mark 1:15)
- Bear fruits worthy of repentance (Luke 3:8)
- Man is also commanded to be baptized in water and as it is written receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
- A person who is saved has the witness of the Holy Spirit in him that he is truly saved (Romans 8:16).
- The evidence to other people that a person is saved is a changed and holy life (Ephesians 4:24).
- It is a promise to God of a clean conscience (1 Peter 3:21).
- It is a commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:13).
- It is given by the elders of the church
- In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Mathew 28:19, Romans 6:3-6).
- Through a full immersion in water (Acts 8:35-38).
- To those who have reached a sufficient age (Ephesians 4:11-12).
- Baptism of infants is not practiced (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God, promised by the Father and Son, in the Old and New Testament (John 16:3).
- The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from the Father and Son and is given in the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:39).
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit always comes with receiving power from above and a manifestation of speaking in tongues.
- Gift of the Holy Spirit is for all believers, so all believers should seek the baptism (John 7:37-39).
- This gift is given before and after water baptism (Acts 10:44-47).
- With and without the laying on of hands (19:1-6).