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THE SCRIPTURES

The Bible is written by people chosen by God who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. As recorded in the New Testament, we believe the bible is the infallible, inerrant word of God in matters pertaining to doctrine and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians  2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

THE GODHEAD

We believe in the Divine Trinity that God is One, but manifested in three persons- Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-equal and co-eternal. The Father being greater than all and His Son Jesus,  is Word manifested in flesh, the first begotten from the dead and the person of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from both Father and Son (Deuteronomy 6:4; Philippians 2:6; John 14:28; John 16:28;  John 1:14; John 1:8; John 1:1; John 1:14; John 14:16; John 15:26).

MAN, HIS LIFE AND REDEMPTION

Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. We believe that salvation is a gift of God to man, separate from works and law and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Romans 3:10; 3:23; Romans 5:14; 1 John 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-10).

WATER BAPTISM

Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST

The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:1-4).

DIVINE HEALING

Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (James 5:14-15 ; Mark 16:18; Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).

RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD

The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “…The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests; He shall reign a thousand years (Revelations 5:10; 20:6).

HELL AND ETERNAL JUDGEMENT

The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God (Hebrews 9:27; Revelations 19:20).