The essentials of our faith, the fundamentals of our ministry:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe and all that exists. He has eternally existed in three persons or personalities; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are co-equal and are one God.
(Genesis 1:1, 26- 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life while on earth and willingly offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to reign and rule the earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Matt.1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; St. John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Cor.15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1: 9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is currently present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives within every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the believer with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift or gifts when they are saved. As Christians we should be filled with the Spirit and seek to live under His control daily.
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18; St. John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, 12:1, 4-11; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18, Acts 2:39; Galatians 5:25)
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore the scriptures are inspired by God and are His revelation to man. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because the scriptures are inspired by God, they are the truth without any mixture of error.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6)
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by sin which separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin and fallen nature by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as Gods offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sins penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life towards Jesus Christ in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Christ into his life by faith.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; St. John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is to be cast into the lake of fire. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
(St. John 3:16; I John 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 21:8, 27; 22:14)
THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
*Water Baptism by immersion is commanded in Scripture. It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection and the believers new life
(I Cor.15:3-4; Col.2:12; 2 Cor. 5:17; Romans 6:4).
*Communion is the Lords Supper, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine, that expresses our sharing in the divine nature of Jesus; a memorial of His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming,
(2 Peter 1:4; I Cor. 11:26)
Although indwelling sin remains a reality in the believers’ life, the Holy Spirit is the primary active agent from the Godhead who cleanses us in our pursuit of holiness and sets us apart from worldliness. All believers are to demonstrate a life of sanctification as they employ spiritual disciplines in their maturity process. Sanctification is both instantaneous and progressive. There is also a divine side to sanctification and a human side; God sanctifies the believer and the believer is also expected to sanctify himself.
(2 Corinthians 6:17-18; I Thess. 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 2:19-21; I Corinthians 6:9-11, 19-20; I Thess. 4:3-7)
MODERATION & BALANCE
All truth and all Biblical teachings must be balanced with other scriptural truth in order to avoid any extremism or fanaticism. The best way to interpret scripture is with other scripture. Moderation should also be demonstrated in our daily lives.
(Phil.4:5; 2 Tim.2:15-16; 3:16-17; James 3:17)