Statement of Faith
These truths are held to be essential to a FULL GOSPEL ministry. This statement does not contain all the truth of the Bible, only that which meets our present needs as to these fundamental matters.
1. THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason but not contrary to reason. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:2)
2. THE TRIUNE GOD.
There is one God eternally existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
3. DEITY OF CHRIST.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood; in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to power and glory.
4. MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION.
Man was created good and upright. For God said, "Let us make man in Our own image, after Our likeness." But man by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31,3:1-7 ; Romans 5:12-21)
5. THE SALVATION OF MAN.
a. Conditions of Salvation. The Grace of God, which bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and accepting Him as his Savior. The blood of Jesus Christ justifies by grace through faith, and he becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 2:11; Romans 10:9-13; Luke 24:47; Titus 3:5-7)
b. The Evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence of the believer to his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence is a life of righteousness and holiness.
6. BAPTISM IN WATER.
The ordinance of Baptism by burial with Christ shall be observed as a command in the Scriptures, by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed in and on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4)
7. THE LORD'S SUPPER.
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; a memorial of His suffering and death; and a prophecy of His second coming; and is enjoined on all believers "until He comes". (John 6:48,53-57; Luke 22:19-20; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 Corinthians 11:26)
8. THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER.
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect, and earnestly seek, the Promise of the Father, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of Jesus. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, and bestowal of the gifts and their use in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31,14:1-40) This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Acts 2:38,10:44-46; Acts 11:14-16,15:7-9)
9. THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST.
The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is evidence by the initial and 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 2:4,10:44-46; Acts 19:2-6)
10. ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION.
The Scriptures teach a life of holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command, "Be ye holy for I am holy." Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in the light of God's Word. (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 8:3-4)
11. THE CHURCH.
The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the First Born whose names are written in heaven. (Ephesians 1:22,2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23)
12. THE MINISTRY AND EVANGELISM.
A divinely called and spiritual ministry has been commanded by our Lord with a two-fold purpose;
1. The evangelization of the world; and
2. The edifying of the body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13)
13. DIVINE HEALING.
Deliverance from all infirmities is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 52:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:18; James 5:14)
14. THE BLESSED HOPE.
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Jesus, and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is imminent, and is the blessed hope of the Church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
15. THE LAKE OF FIRE.
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment, in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 19:20,20:10-15)
16. THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH.
We, according to the promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1)