What We Believe
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living. The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore, the administration, teaching, preaching, and conduct of the membership of the church, must be based upon and harmonize with, the Bible.
- II Timothy 3:15-17– “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh. He is both God and man.
- Deuteronomy 6:4 – Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord
- Ephesians 4:4-6– “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
- Colossians 2:9– “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
- I Timothy 3:16– “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.”
ABOUT SIN AND SALVATION
Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalm 103:3), being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:5).
- Romans 3:23-25– “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God”
- Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- Ephesians 2:8-9– “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
The only ground upon which God will accept a sinner is repentance from the heart for the sins that he has committed. “A broken and a contrite heart, … thou wilt not despise” (Psalms 51:17). John the Baptist preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it, and the apostles emphasized it to both Jews and Gentiles (Acts 2:28, 11:18, and 17:30). The word “repentance” means a change of views and purpose, change of heart, change of mind. Jesus said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). Luke 24:47 says, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
ABOUT WATER BAPTISM
Baptism is an essential part of New Testament Salvation; and is not as some teach, just an outward form of inward cleansing. To enter into the Kingdom of God, God’s True Church, the Bride of Christ, must in obedience to scripture fulfill all the requirements of the new birth experience.
Water Baptism was administered in the name of Jesus Christ, for this was the name given to our Savior before His birth for the purpose of saving His people from their sins (Matt.1:21). “Neither is there salvation in any other name: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). There is no biblical record of one person ever being baptized, as some believers are today, by repeating “In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matt. 28:19). Evidence that the Apostles in obedience to Matt 28:19 knew the NAME of the Father, the NAME of the Son, and the NAME of the Holy Ghost, is demonstrated by their action in Acts 8:16 with the Samaritans; Acts 9:15,16 with Saul of Tarsus; Acts 10:43, 48 with Cornelius and his household; Acts 19: 1-7 with the Ephesians; I Cor.1:13 with the Corinthians.
The scriptural mode of baptism is by immersion in water, and is only for those who have really repented of their sins, and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4).
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that all full believers receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, as promised by our Lord, as a witness to their scriptural based faith in Jesus (John 7:37-39). We further believe that the new birth of the Spirit (John 3:5) is necessary to place the believer in the Kingdom God or the body of Christ “the Church” (I Cor. 12:12, 13). It is clear that the outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost marked a “new era” in the Spirit’s dealing with mankind as prophesied by Joel 2:28, 29 and Isaiah 28:11.
- ” For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence” (Acts 1:5)
This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:38,39). The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit, is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2,6). The Holy Ghost bears witness that “we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16).