What We Believe
Our 16 Fundamental Truths
The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, 1Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42). The phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full-gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.
- We believe THE SCRIPTURES ARE INSPIRED – The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
- We believe THE ONE TRUE GOD – The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles or relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Deutoronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
- We believe THE DIVINITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST – The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23; Lk. 1:31, 35); His sinless life (Heb. 7:26;1 Pet. 2:22); His miracles (Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38); His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21); His bodily resurrection from the dead, (Matt. 28:6; Lk. 24:39; 1 Cor. 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Phil. 2:9-11).
- We believe THE FALL OF MAN – Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Gen. 1:26, 27; Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12-19).
- We believe THE SALVATION OF MAN – Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
- We believe and practice THE 2 ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
- Baptism in Water – The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt.28:19; Mk. 16:16)
- Holy Communion – The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements–bread and the fruit of the vine–is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Cor.11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Cor. 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”
- We believe THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT – All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31).
- We believe THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT – The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance. (Acts2:4) The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use. (1 Cor.12:4-10; 1 Cor. 12:28).
- We believe SANCTIFICATION – Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. (Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12).
- We believe THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION – The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfilment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven.The Church is: An agency of God for evangelizing the world, a corporate body in which man may worship God, and a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 12;13; Ephesians 4:11-16).
- We believe THE MINISTRY – A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in: Evangelization of the world (Mk.16:15-20) Worship of God (Jn. 4:23-24) and Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11-16).
- We believe DIVINE HEALING – Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isa. 53:4, 5; Matt.8:16, 17; James 5:14-16).
- We believe THE BLESSED HOPE – The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (1 Thess. 4:16, 17; Rom. 8:23; Titus 2:13).
- We believe THE MILLENIAL REIGN OF CHRIST – The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27; Matt. 24:30).
- We believe THE FINAL JUDGMENT – There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 25:46; Mk. 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; Rev. 20:11-15).
- We believe THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH – “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pet. 2:13; Rev. 21, 22).