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PostSubject: What We Believe?   Wed Sep 12, 2007 2:44 am

I. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (THE BIBLE)

We believe in the verbal and plenary (full, absolute) inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, known as the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books and divided into two departments, Old and New Testaments. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, full and complete revelation of the plan and history of redemption, the final authority for faith and life and is without error and infallible (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 10;35).

II. GOD AND THE TRINITY

We believe that there is but one living and true God everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness; Maker and Preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in the unity of this Godhead there are three Persons of one substance of eternal being, and equal in holiness, justice, wisdom, power, and dignity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Not three Gods, but one God, subsisting in three persons, the Trinity in unity (Matthew 3:16,17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7).

III. CHRIST

We believe that the Son, who, which we hold without question is the written Word of the Father, the very eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and the manhood were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God and perfect man (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6,7; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1,2; Luke 2:26-35; Colosians 2:9).
We believe that He lived a sinless life and died upon the cross as an all-sufficient atonement for our sins, who actually suffered, was crucified, died, and buried, to reconcile us to the Father, and to take atonement, not only for actual guilt, but also for the original sin; and that by His resurrection from the dead, our justification is made sure. Romans 3:24,25; 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 2:24; 1:3-5).
We believe in the efficacy (effectiveness) and sufficiency of the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins committed in the past; for the regeneration, or new birth from above, of penitent sinners, and for salvation or deliverance from sin and sinning (Matthew 26:28; Luke 22:20; Acts 20:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; 2:13; Colossians 1:14,20; 1 Peter 1:18,19; 1 John 1:7; Revelations 1:5; 5:9; 1 John 2:1; 3:5-10; 5:18; Romans 6:22; 7:24,25; 8:1-4).
We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood, not alone for our justification and the forgiveness of actual transgressions, but also for the "complete cleansing of the justified believer from all indwelling sin and from its pollution, and that this transaction takes place subsequent to (or after) regeneration (the new birth) (Acts 26:18; Ephesians 5:25-27; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:13,14; 10:10; 14:22; 13:11,12; 1 John 1:7,9).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, in His triumphant ascension into heaven and there He sits at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, Forerunner, Intercessor and Advocate (Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25; 9:23; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1,2).
We believe in the imminent, personal premillenial second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. There will be two stages of the second coming of Christ; the first for the purpose of catching away His saints who are prepared for the Rapture before the Great Tribulation and the second at the end of the Great Tribulation when He shall come back with His saints to destroy the armies of the Antichrist, to judge the nations of the world, and to inaugurate the millennial reign (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 3:1-4; Matthew 24:40-44; Matthew 25:29-44; Mark 13:32-37).

IV. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son is of one substance, majesty and glory with the (Father and the Son, very and eternal God. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and that He is the executive agent of the Godhead in the dispensation of grace; that He anoints the preaching of the Word, convicts of sin and applies the benefits of the atonement; that He is our Teacher, Comforter, and Guide, taking the things of Christ and revealing them to us, glorifying Christ, guiding us into all truth, and showing us the things to come; that all these ministries are based upon and function in accordance with the written Word of God (John 4:16,17,26; 15:26; 16:7-11,13-15; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:12,13).

V. BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND SPEAKING WITH OTHER TONGUES

We believe that the Pentecostal baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire is obtainable by a definite act of appropriating faith on the part of the fully cleansed believer (Luke 11:13; 24:49; Acts 1:5,8; 2:38,39).
We believe that this great blessing, which provides the enduement of power to witness for Christ, is available to all believers whose hearts are cleansed from sin by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the "initial" (or first) evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is the speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (John 15:26,27; Acts 2:1-4; 8:17,18; 10:44-46; 19:6; 1 Corinthians 12:7). We do not believe this is the only evidence of the Spirit's baptism, but that it is the initial evidence just as it occurred in the repeated accounts of the Spirit's outpouring in the book of Acts. But there will be other evidences spelled out in our lives-the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23), power to witness for Christ, power to endure the testings of faith and the oppositions of the world. And we also believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit in the Church for the building up, encouragement, edification of the body and for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:17,18; John 14:12-14; Romans 12:-8; 1 Corinthians 12:14; Ephesians 4:7-13).
We believe and we desire that our people may so live under the control and continuous infilling of the Holy Spirit for continual victorious living and for fresh new anointing of power needed to the diverse challenges of our Christian walk (Acts 4:8-12,31; Ephesians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:14).

VI. MAN

We believe that "all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), and that "there is none righteous, no not one" (Romans 3:10), and we believe that it is absolutely essential for man to be born again, and in order to be saved is to turn in genuine faith from the heart to Jesus Christ and to receive Him as personal Lord and Saviour (John 3:3-5; Titus 3:5-7; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 1:23; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 10:9,10).

VII. THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church, which is the body of Christ, and is also the betrothed bride of Christ, is made up of born-again persons, and it does not pertain to a building or specific organization (Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
We believe in the founding and establishment of local churches as clearly taught in the Scriptures particularly in the New Testament (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 20:28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
Since we, as a Church, believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures and that they are the final authority on faith and morals, each member of the church shall take as their rule of conduct the Bible; shall diligently study the Bible; and shall conform to the teachings inwardly as well as outwardly in their daily walk and conversation (Galatians 6:16).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has left two ordinances to be observed by the Church in commemoration of His person and work. One is Water Baptism - All who unite with the local church on profession of faith in Christ shall further confess Christ by receiving water baptism by immersion. Baptism shall be administered according to the divine command of our blessed Lord, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Second is The Supper of the Lord - The Supper of the Lord is a sacrament of our redemption by Christ's death. It points to calvary, and to the return of Jesus, whose blood cleanseth us from all sin and prepares us for His blessed coming again. The Lord's table should be open to all who love Him, and all of the Lord's children should be invited to His table to commemorate together the death of their common Lord (Matthew 26:17-30; Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 2:41; 2:46; 16:33; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).

VIII. THE FUTURE OF BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS

We believe that through faith in Christ we have eternal life (John 3:14-16,36); and that Christ has prepared a place for HIs own in Heaven (John 14:1-3). This is a "portion of the reward of the righteous," though "eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
We believe dreadful as this truth may seem, and must so believe because of the consistent teaching of God's Word, that "everlasting banishment from the presence of the Lord and unending torture (or punishment) in hell is the wages of the persistently wicked" (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:22,29,30; 18:8; 23:33; 25:41,46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:23-25; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelations 14:9-11; 20:11-15; 21:7,Cool.

IX. THE GREAT COMMISSION

We believe it is the responsibility of every believer to dedicate his life to carrying out the work of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; 1 Peter 2:9,10).
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