The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority fordetermining all doctrinal truths. In itsoriginal writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant (see Prov.30:5, Rom. 16:25,26; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet1:20,21)Trinity: There isone God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus) and HolySpirit. These three are coequal andco-eternal (see Gen 1:26; Isa 9:6; Matt 3:16,17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Heb 3:7-11;1John 5:7)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100 percent God and 100percent man. He is the only man ever tohave lived a sinless life. He was bornof a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross forhumankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of Hisblood. He rose from the dead on thethird day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of theFather, and will return again in power and glory (see Isa 9:6; John 1:1, 14;20:28; Phil 2:5,6; 1 Tim 2:5; 3:16).
We recognize marriage between only one man and one woman according to the authority of God’s Holy Word, the Holy Bible. (Gen 1:27; 2:24)
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father,through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’swomb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18, 23-25; Luke1:27-35)
Humanity was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression, it fell. Humanity’s only hope for redemption is inJesus Christ the Son of God (Gen 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom 5:12-21).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential(John 6:44,65)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort (Rom 10:9,10; Acts 16:31; Gal 2:16; 3:8; Eph 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Heb 9:22)
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus,through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation(Acts 2:21; 3:19; 1Jn 1:9)
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to Gods Word and His spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of theHoly Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godlylife. (Rom 8:29; 12:1,2; 2Cor 3:18; 6:14-18; 1Thess 4:3; 5:23; 2Thess 2:1-3;Heb 2:11)
The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100 percent sufficient to cleanse humankind from all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for bothour sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from thepenalty of sin, which is death (John 1:29; Rom 3:10-12, 23; 5:9; Col 1:20; 1John 1;7; Rev 1:5; 5:9)
Jesus Christ Indwells All Believers
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their livesover to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their lives as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesusaccomplished for them when He died, was buried and rose again from the dead.(John 1:12; 14:17,23; 15:4; Rom 8:11; Rev 3:20)
Baptism In the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father He was sent by Jesus after His Ascension to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth. (Joel 2:28-29; Matt 3:11; Mark 16:17;Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 17, 38, 39; 8:14-17; 10:38, 44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6)
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are notnecessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestlydesire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony withthe Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters(Rom 1:11; 12:4-8; 1Cor 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Eph 4:16; 1Tim 4:14; 2Tim 1:5-16; Heb2:4; 1Pet 4:10).
The Church is the Body of Christ the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person born of the Spirit is anintegral part of the Church as a member of the Body of Believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believersin our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:11, 20-23; Eph 1:22; 2:19-22; Heb 12:23)
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized by full immersion in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19; Acts 2:38)
The Lord’s Supper
A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. (Matt 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47,48; 1Cor 10:16;11:23-26)
Healing of the Sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign that is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the crossand one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Ps 103:2,3; Isa 53:5; Matt 8:16,17; Mark16:17,18; Acts 8:6,7; Rom 11:29; 1 Cor 12:9,28; James 5:14-16).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. As a result, both the saved and the lost will beresurrected – they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they thatare lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation. (Luke 24:16,36,39; John2:19-21; 20:26-28; Acts 24:15; 1 Cor 15:42,44; Phil 1:21-23; 3:21).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ.(Matt. 5:3,12,20; 6:20; 19:21; 25:34;John 17:24; 2 Cor 5:1; Heb 11:16; 1 Pet 1:4).Hell: After living one life onearth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they willbe eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels. (Matt 25:41; Mark9:43-48; Heb 9:27; Rev 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures. (Matt 24:30; 26:63,64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess 4:15-17; 2 Thess 1:7,8;Rev 1:7)