What We Believe

  

 

THE SCRIPTURES: The Scriptures in their original form , both Old and New Testament , are divinely inspired and are the revelation of God to man. All scripture is God – breathed – the Holy Spirit inspired the authors , revealing to them what He wanted written (Acts 1:16 ; 2Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
These Scriptures are infallible truth , containing no contradiction or error. It is the final authority for faith, doctrine and life. The cannon of the Bible is closed. Christians must remain receptive to the illumination of Scriptural truth by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 5:18 ; John 17:17 ; Rom. 10:17 ; 15:4 ; 1Cor.10:11 ; 2:13 ; James 1:21). The Old Testament was endorsed by Jesus Christ as God’s Word. The New Testament is not a contradiction , but a culmination and consummation of Old Testament truth (Matt. 5:17 ; Luke 4:17-21 ; 24:27,44 ; John 5:39 ; 1Cor. 14:37 ; 2Peter 3:15- 16).
THE GODHEAD: God is Spirit – infinite , eternal , uncreated and unchangeable in His being or attributes.
In Him all things have their source , support and end (John 4:24 ; Ps. 102:25 – 27 ; Gen. 1:1,26 ; John 1:1-3
Heb. 1:1 –3 ; Col. 1:15 – 17). There is one true God who has a plural nature – true Father , the Son and the Holy Spirit – all distinct personalities , all designated God (John 1:1 , 18, 14 ; Heb. 1:8 ; Acts 5: 3 –4 ).
The Bible does not teach that there are three God’s , but upholds the doctrine of the Trinity – one God who reveals Himself in three persons – equal in power and glory (Gen. 1:26 ; Mat. 3:16 –17 ; 28:19 ; Acts 10:38
1 Cor. 12:4 –6).
THE FATHER : God , the Father , is the Father of all in a creative sense , but only those who have received Jesus Christ can be called His children in a redemptive sense. He is the Father of all Christians in a special , intimate relationship. (Mal. 2:10 ; Acts 17:28 ; John 1:12 –13 ; 8:41 – 44 ; 17:3 ; 20:17).
JESUS CHRIST: Jesus Christ is Lord and the Son of God – these titles proclaim His deity.
He is the Only Begotten of the Father , not that He is a Son of God in a general sense , but the Son of God
In a unique sense. As God He existed eternally and will exist forever (John 1:1 –3 ,18 ; 17:5; Heb. 1:2 –12;
18:8). By taking on the form of a man , Jesus is the Word that became flesh. His birth was supernatural and not natural as in the case of all other men. He was miraculously “virgin – born” of the Holy Spirit , without a human father ( John 1:14,18 ; Isa. 7:14 ; Mat.1:18 –25). The Bible declares His absolute deity and His complete humanity. He lived a sinless life on earth ; teaching , preaching and performing miracles with divine authority (Mat. 16: 13,16 ; Phil. 2:5:8 ; 1 Tim. 2:5 ; Heb. 2:14 –18 ; 4:15 ; 2 Cor. 5:21 ; Mat. 4:23 –24 ;
Acts 2:22). Jesus fulfilled God’s plan in history. He suffered under Pontius Pilate , was crucified , died , was buried and descended to Hades. Christ died for all and rose bodily from the dead. He did not only rise spiritually , nor just as a spirit being , but it was a physical resurrection. The doctrine of the resurrection is foundational for Christianity (1 Cor. 15:3 –4 , 14 –21 ; Luke 26:6 , 39 ; Acts 4: 33 ; Rom. 1:4 ;5:10 ; 8:11).
After His resurrection He ascended to the Father in heaven. He is alive forevermore in His resurrected body and exalted position , representing us before the throne of God as our High Priest and Advocate (1 Tim. 3:16 ; Mark 16:19 ; Phil. 3:20 –21 ; Rom. 8:34 ; Heb. 4:14 –16 ; 7:24 – 25).
THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is a divine person , the third person of the Holy Trinity , distinct from the Father and the Son ( Luke 1:35 ; 1 Cor. 2:10 –11 ; 2 Cor. 13:14). The clear and unmistakable teaching of the Scripture is that the Holy Spirit is personal and is God. He is not an impersonal force , nor a mere principle or influence , but possesses full , distinct personality (John 14:16 ,26 : 16: 7 –8 : Acts 13:2 –4 : 1 Cor.12: 11 ; Eph. 4:30).
THE CREATION AND FALL OF HUMANKIND: All people have been created equally and in the image of God, irrespective of race , ethnicity , color , gender age , language , culture or class (Gen.1:26 –28 ; Prov.22:2 ; Acts 10:34 – 35 ; 17:26 –27 ; James 3:9 ; Col.3:28). God created humankind in His own image , but that image has been marred by sin. Humankind was given a free will and through Satan’s temptation sinned , thereby incurring the penalty of death , both physical and spiritual. All human beings inherit a sinful nature which results , in the case of those who reach moral responsibility , in actual transgression involving personal guilt (Gen.1:26 –28 ; 3:1 –6 ; Rom.5:12 ; Eph.2:1 –3). All have sinned – therefore humankind is in a lost sinful state , fallen from original righteousness (Isa.53:6 ; Rom. 3:9 –12 ,23 ; 1Cor. 15:21 –22 ; Gal.3:22).
The Bible describes sin in many ways : Missing the mark , not meeting God’s standards , breaking His laws , going against His will , disobeying Him , acting in unbelief , failing to do what is good , owing a debt , etc.
Sin is humankind’s fallen condition evident in human character , will , thoughts , attitudes or acts. It is proud self – willed rebellion against God in active or passive form (Dan.9:5,8,9 ; James 2:8 –11; Rom. 14:23 ;
1John 3:4 ; 5:17 ; Mat. 6:12).
THE SALVATION OF HUMANKIND: Jesus Christ gave His life as a substitutionary sacrifice and ransom for all (1 Cor. 15:3 ; Mat. 20:28 ; 1 Tim. 2:3 –6). His atoning death on the cross and His shed blood fully paid the price of redemption required for the release of sinners. Through His death people can obtain the forgiveness and remission of sins; washing and cleansing from unrighteousness; justification and pardon from the guilt of transgressions; righteousness and right standing with God; propitiation and reconciliation which restores fellowship and favor with God; healing and wholeness; the victorious life; and the gift of eternal life
(Gal.3: 13 –14; Pet.1:18 –19; Col.1:13 –14; Rom.3:22 –26; 5:8 –11, 17 – 19; Titus3:4 –7; 1John 2:2; 3:8; Rev.12:10 – 11). People are not able to save themselves by works; by trying to keep the law or the Ten Commandments; by self effort; or by natural development from within – no one can add anything to the completed atoning work of Christ (Isa.64:6; Rom.3:20 –28; Gal.2:16; Titus 3:5). Salvation is by grace , the free gift of eternal life from God to all those who believe in Christ. It is received by faith in the crucified and risen Savior , resulting in the supernatural work of the new birth , which is essential to make the repentant sinner a new creation in Christ Jesus and a child of God. (Eph.2:8; Gal.3:26; Rom.6:23; 10:9 –10; 5:17; John 3:3 –5, 16; 1:12 –13; 1John 5:1).
DIVINE HEALING AND MIRACLES: Divine healing was provided for in the Old Testament and is an integral Part of the Gospel. The New Testament declares that through Christ’s redemptive work , full provision has been made for the physical healing and health. It is the privilege of believers today (Ex.23:25 ; Isa. 53:4 –5; Mat. 8:16 –17; 1Pet.2:24; Gal.3:13 –14; Luke10:9). Healing is for physical ills of the human body and is wrought by God’s power in different ways , like the laying on of hands; the prayer of faith; anointing with oil , or the gifts of healing (Mark16:17 – 18; 6:13; Acts28:8 –9; James5:14 –16; 1Cor.12:9). Miracles are supernatural works , signs or wonders of the unchangeable God and are possible in the present day (Mark16:17 –20; John14:12; Acts6:8; 8:6; 1Cor.12:10; Rom.15:18 –19; 2Cor.12:12).\
SATAN: The devil is a fallen being cast down from heaven because of his transgression. He is not an impersonal force , nor the principle of evil personified – personal names and pronouns are used with reference to him , while personal attributes and acts are ascribed to him (Isa.14:12 –17; Rev.12:9). He is the real enemy of Christians; together with his demons seek to deceive , tempt , afflict ,oppress and destroy humankind. The believer, however , has been given authority over them in the name of Jesus Christ (John8:44; 10:17 –20; Acts10:38; Eph.6:11 –12; James4:7; 1Pet.5:8 – 9;1John3:8).