We Believe

TENETS OF FAITH (ARTICLES).

Section 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 (II Timothy 3:15, 16; I Peter 2:2).

Section 2. The One True God

The One True God has revealed himself as the eternally self-
existent, self-revealed “I AM” and has further revealed Himself as embodying
the principles of relationship and association, i.e, as Father, Son and Holy
Ghost (Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29, Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19).

Section 3. Man, His Fall and Redemption

Man was created good and upright — for God said, “let us make
man in our 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; Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

Section 4. The Salvation of Man

(1) Conditions to Salvation
The Grace of God, which bringeth salvation, hath appeared
to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and Faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; Man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, and, being justified by grace through faith, he becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 2:11; Romans 10:13-15; Luke 24:47; Titus 3:5-7).

(2) The Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence, to the believer of salvation, is the
direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16); the outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

Section 5. Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be
observed as commanded in the Scriptures, by all who have really repented and
in their hearts they have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so
doing, they have a body washed in pure water as an outward symbol of
cleansing; while their heart has already been sprinkled with the blood of
Christ as an inner cleansing; thus they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus 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; Acts 20:21; Hebrews
10:22).

Section 6. The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit
of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord
Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (I Corinth-
ians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “until He comes”.

Section 7. The Promise of the Father

All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect, and
earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and
fire, according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal
experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement
of power for life and service, the bestowment of the Gifts or manifestations
and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; I Corinthians
12:1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the
experience of the new birth (Acts 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

Section 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost

The Baptism of the believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by
the physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives
utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in
essence as the gift of tongues (I Corinthians 12:4, 10, 28) but different in
purpose and use.

Section 9. 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 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 obedience to
God’s Word (Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:15,16; I Thessalonians 5:23,24;
I John 2:6).

Section 10. 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 Firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22,23;
Ephesians 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

Section 11. The Ministry and Evangelism

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been
provided by our Lord for 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).

Section 12. Divine Healing

Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and
is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16,17).

Section 13. The Second Coming or Blessed Hope

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and
their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the
coming of the Lord is the Blessed Hope of the Church (I Thessalonians 4:16-18;
Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15:51,52; Revelation 11:15).

Section 14. The Millennial Reign of Jesus

The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven, the
salvation of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth is a
scriptural promise and the world’s hope (II Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation
19: 11-14; Romans 11:26,27; Revelation 20:1-7).

Section 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; Revelation 21:22).

Section 16. The New Heavens and New Earth

We, “according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new
earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:22).

Section 17. Tithing

The scriptural principle of tithing, which was used by Abraham
before the law was given (Hebrews 7:9,10), is still the Lord’s plan for ensuring
the Church’s physical needs are met and His children are blessed (Malachi
3:10; Matthew 23:23).

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