1. The Bible is Inspired
The Scriptures of the entire Bible are verbally inspired of God. It was not just the ideas that were inspired; even the choice of words were inspired as the original writers were moved by God to write what He wanted them to say. We believe (1) the scriptures are God’s revealing of Himself to mankind, (2) they are never wrong (3) they are the guide for our faith, belief, and manner of living (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21).
2. One True God
There is one true God. He has revealed himself as having always existed without any outside cause or agent bringing Him into being (Isaiah 43:10). He is the Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1) and the One who redeems, saves, or rescues mankind from sin and its painful consequences (Isaiah 43:11). God has further revealed himself as a single Being (Deuteronomy 6:4) consisting of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22). This concept of one God or Being of three persons is called the Trinity.
3. The Lord Jesus Christ is Fully God
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has always existed. He is without beginning or end (Revelation 1:8). He became human by being born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:23). He lived a perfect life, absolutely without sin (Hebrews 7:26). While on earth He worked many miracles through the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:22, 10:38). In order to restore fallen mankind, Jesus died on the cross as a substitute for the sins of every person (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). He was raised from the dead by the supernatural power of God (Matthew 28:6). Since His resurrection He has been exalted (honored) and is seated at the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11, 2:33).
4. The Fall of Mankind
5. The Salvation of Mankind
Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death and enslavement by sin. God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness. Salvation is received as a person (1) repents before God for his sins and (2) believes or has faith in the fact that the death and resurrection (supernatural restoration to life) of Jesus Christ removes and brings forgiveness for his sin. The Evidences of Salvation The inner evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit giving one the assurance that God has accepted him (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence is a life totally committed and pleasing to God (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12)
6. The Ordinances of the Church
Baptism in Water Baptism by immersion in water is commanded in the Scriptures (Mark 16:16). The act of baptism symbolically declares that the old sinful life and life-style of the baptized believer died with Christ at salvation and a new spiritual being has been raised with Christ (Matthew 28:19). Holy Communion The Lord’s Supper or Communion, consisting of bread and grape juice, is a memorial of Christ’s suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26). In taking communion the believer expresses that he (1) has been made right with God, and that he (2) shares the divine nature of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4).
7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
8. Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
10. The Church and its Mission
11. The Ministry
12. Divine Healing
13. The Blessed Hope
14. The Millennial Reign of Christ
15. The Final Judgement
16. The New Heavens and the New Earth