We believe the Bible to be inspired of God; the infallible Word of God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness .” (2 Timothy 3:16) KJV
The Bible is the only God given authority which man possesses; therefore, all doctrine, faith, hope and all instruction for the church must be based upon, and harmonize with the Bible. It is to be read and studied by all men everywhere, and can only be clearly understood by those who are anointed by the Holy Spirit.
(1st John 2:27) “No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21)
THE ONE TRUE GOD
We believe in the one ever-living eternal God: infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purpose; and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit by emanation. (1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Joel 2:28).
THE SON OF GOD
The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon Himself the form of man, and as the Son of man, was born of the virgin Mary. As Paul says “and without controversy great is the mystery of ?Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”
God used different titles, such as “God Elohim”, “El Shaddai”, “Jehovah”, and
especially “Jehovah Lord”, the redemptive name in the Old Testament.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Might God, The Everlasting Father, The Price of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). This prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled when the Son of God was named, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His People from their sins” ( Matthew 1:21). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)
CREATION OF MAN AND HIS FALL
In the beginning God created man innocent, pure and holyu; but through the sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve, the first of the human race, fell from their holy state, and God banished them from Eden. Hence by one man’s disobedience, sin entered into the world. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23, 5:12.
REPENTANCE AND CONVERSION
Pardon and forgiveness of sins is obtained by genuine repentance, a confession and forsaking of sins. We are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
(Romans 5:1) . John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it, and the Apostles emphasized it to both Jews and Gentiles. (Acts 2:38, 11:18, 17:30 )
The word “repentance” comes from several Greek words which mean, change of views and purpose, change of heart, change of mind, change of life, to transform, etc. Jesus said, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3)
Luke 24:47, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
The scriptural mode of baptism is immersion, and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world. It should be administered by a duly authorized minister of the Gospel, in obedience to the Word of God, and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Acts of the Apostles 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5; thus obeying and fulfilling Matthew 28:19.
THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11, said, “…He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said,”…ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues (languages), as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The terms “baptize with the Holy Ghost and Fire,” “filled with the Holy Spirit,” and the the gift of Holy Ghost are synonymous terms used interchangeable in the Bible.
The basic and fundamental doctrine of this organization shall be the Bible standard
of full salvation, which is repentance, baptism in water by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.
The first covenant that the Lord (Jehovah) made with the children of Israel after
they were brought out of Egypt was a covenant of healing. The Lord said, “…if thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord (Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord that healeth) thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statues, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord that healeth thee. “Exodus 15:26).
SACRAMENT OR COMMUNION
On the night of our Lord’s betrayal, He are the Passover supper with His, after which He instituted the sacrament. “And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper saying, this cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:19-20). Paul instructed the church how to observe it. (1 Corinthians 11:23-24).
Thus was instituted the use of literal bread and the fruit of the vine, which are partaken of literally, as emblems of His broken body and shed blood. There is also a spiritual significance and blessing in partaking of the sacrament.
When the Passover supper was ended, we read in John 13:3-5, “He riseth from supper, and laid aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself. After that He poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded.” Jesus said, “if I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash on another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15). This first example was given by our Lord, and it is a divine institution. It is well to follow His example and wash one another’s feet; thus manifesting the spirit of humility.
Godly living should characterizes the life of every child of the Lord, and we should live according to the pattern and example given in the Word of God. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12). “For even hereunto were ye called hereunto were ye called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us as an example, that ye should follow His steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed himself to Him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:21-23).
THE GRACE OF GOD
“For THE GRACE of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world.” (Titus 2:11-12) For the law was given by Moses, grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) For a Christian, to keep saved, must walk with God and keep himself in the love of God (Jude 21) and in the grace of God. The word “grace” means “favor”. When a person transgresses and sins against God, he loses his favor. If he continues to commit sin and does not repent, he will eventually be lost and cast into the lake of fire. (Read John 15:2, 6; 2 Peter 2:20-21). Jude speaks of the backsliders of his day, and their reward. (Also, read Hebrews 6:4-6) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8)