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What We Believe

 

 

 The Scriptures

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. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (2 Tim 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

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The Godhead

Our God is one, but manifested in three persons... The father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Philippians 2:6). God the Father is greater than all; the sender of the Word (logos) and the begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son is the Word flesh covered, the One begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:14; John 1:18; John 1:1). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 15:26).

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Man, his fall and redemption

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. ". . . all have sinned and come short of the glory of God . . . "As it is written, "there is none righteous, no, not one." Jesus Christ, the son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave his life and shed his blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; Romans 3:10; I John 3:18). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8).

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Water Baptism

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 (Matt. 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39). The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted; to wit. "On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen"

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Eternal Life and the New Birth

Man's first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced produces eternal life (II Corinthians 7:10; John 3:3-5; I John 5:12).

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Baptism in the Holy Ghost

The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire 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 accomplished by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit himself gives utterance. (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16, 17; Acts 2:38, 39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).

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Sanctification

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; I Thessalonians. 5:23; II peter 3:18; II Corinthians 3:18; Phil. 3:12 - 14; I Corinthians. 1:30).

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Human Sexuality

We believe that God commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.  We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinfully perversions of God’s gift of sex. The Good News is that as with all sins, these, too, can be forgiven through the heartfelt admission of our sins and belief in the shed blood of Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross for us.  We also believe that we should not let our good be evil spoken of, so we should not live with anyone of the opposite sex, that we are not related to.  (Genesis 2:24, Genesis 19:5,13, Genesis 26:8-10, Leviticus 18: 1-30, Romans 1:26 –29, I Corinthians 5:1, I Corinthians 6:9, I Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4, I John 1:9, Romans 14:16, Amos 5:14)

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Divine Healing

Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today. (James 5:14; Mark 16:18; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:17: I Peter 2:24).

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Resurrection of the Just and the return of the Lord

The angels said to Jesus' disciples, ". . . this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, so shall 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; I Thessalonians. 4:16, 17)

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Hell and Eternal Retribution

The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel and repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of the punishment of the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God ( Hebrews 9:27; Rev. 19:20).