STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
Psalm 19:1; 50:1, 6-7, Isaiah 44:6; Nehemiah 9:6, 16-17; John 1:12-13; 3:16; 4:8; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:1-2; I John 3:1-2
The whole Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God containing His plan of salvation, and the record of His participation in history. The Bible is God's revelation of foundation of knowledge, and the guidebook of life. The Old and New Testaments comprise God's written Word, which forms the basis of Christianity as taught by the church and as practiced by the Christian.
Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; John 17:17; Romans 8:16; I Corinthians 2:7-11; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20.
3. JESUS CHRIST
Deuteronomy 18:15; Matthew 17:15; John 1:1-14; 3:16; Acts 2:32-33; Romans 5:8; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 4:14-15; Revelation 1:13-16.
The Holy Spirit is the essence, power, mind, and spiritual extension of God. God begets Christians as His sons and daughters through this Spirit. It strengthens a Christian spiritually, converts his mind, and serves as an earnest or guarantee of eternal life.
Genesis 1:26-27; Job 32:8; I Corinthians 2:11; I John 5:11-13.
God has created powerful spirit beings as His agents, and messengers. Since man's creation, these spirit beings function as ministering spirits to help mankind attain salvation. Like man, angels have free moral agency. Although created to help God, some of them - let by Satan the devil-rebelled again God's government, transforming themselves into demons.
Salvation is the means by which God, through Christ, saves man from the penalty of sin and gives him eternal life. This process includes one's calling, repentance, baptism, justification, receiving of the Holy Spirit, life of faith and obedience, and final birth into God's Kingdom as a spirit being. Salvation is a freely given gift from God through grace, with our ultimate reward being given according to our works.
Matthew 16:27; John 3:16-17; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 6:1-2.
Faith is the sure knowledge that God exists, and that He will accomplish those things He has promised. Faith is necessary for salvation. The basic elements of faith are courage, action, and risk.
Romans 1:17; 10:17; Ephesians 3:17; Hebrews 11:1-2; James 2:22-24.
Repentance is the act of acknowledging one's sins, and resolving to fully obey God. It begins when God opens one's mind to see himself in comparison with God and His law. True repentance is the
first step toward reconciliation with God, and thereby toward ultimate salvation.
Acts 2:38; 3:19-21; 8:22; I John 3:4
The laying on of hands is an act performed on special occasions, such as for the receiving of God's Holy Spirit after baptism, at ordination, anointing of the sick, or for other special purposes.
Matthew 19-13-15; Acts 6:5-6; 8:17-18; 13:3; I Timothy 4:14; Hebrews 6:2
The gospel is the message preached by Christ and by His church about God's coming Kingdom, the restoration of His government on earth, and how mankind can enter that Kingdom and government. It includes the message of what Jesus has done, is doing, and shall do - and ultimately is the message of the entire Old and New Testaments. The primary purpose and commission of the church is to "Go ye therefore, and teach [make disciples of] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
The hope of all mankind and the promise to the Christian is the resurrections from the dead. The Bible refers to (1) the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead and the pioneer of our salvation; (2) the resurrection of the saints - called the "first resurrections" - at the return of Christ when the true believers shall become spirit - composed members of God's family; (3) the resurrection back to physical life of all who have ever died without having understood God's way, for their first opportunity for salvation; (4) the resurrection of the incorrigibly wicked - those who have refused to repent and have rejected God's way - to be consumed in the lake of fire (called the "second death").
John 5:28-29; Acts 2:32; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 15:20; I Thessalonians 4:13-17- Revelation 20:4-6, 13-14.
The time of one's judgment is the time of his opportunity for salvation, extending from one's calling by God until his death (or the resurrection at Christ's return). Those who shall qualify for God's Kingdom�the overwhelming majority�shall inherit eternal life, and those who deliberately reject God's way shall be consumed in the lake of fire.
Matthew 13:49-50; 25:34; I Peter 4:17; revelation 20:15; 21:8.
The law of God as revealed in the Bible is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God's character and serves as a means of expressing His love toward man. God's law teaches man how to properly worship God, how to love his fellowman, how to live life abundantly, and, at the same time, how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life in the family of God. The law of God is represented in both the old and the New Testaments, and is expressed by both physical actions and spiritual motivations.
Both testaments record that God made certain promises in the form of specific contracts or agreements with man. These are called "covenants," and define the terms of God's relationship with individuals or groups in various circumstances and eras. Of these covenants, the best known are the covenants made with physical Israel and the New Covenant established on "better promises," which will be fully confirmed with spiritual Israel after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant, which also applies to the New Testament church from the time of the original apostles, makes God's law even more relevant by expanding it to include one's mental attitude and spiritual intent.
Matthew 5:21-22; II Timothy 3:15-16; Hebrews 8:6-13.
The Ten Commandments, as revealed by God, codified by Moses, and ratified and magnified by Christ, are the perfect expression of God's love. They are the foundations of all biblical teaching, showing man how to express love toward God and fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life.
Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5: Matthew 5:17-19; Romans 13:10; I Corinthians 7:19; revelation 12:17; 22:14.
The seventh - day Sabbath is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. Instituted at creation, reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Messenger of the New Covenant, the observance of the Sabbath is basic to a Christian's relationship with God.
Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 16; 20:8-11; 31:12-17; Mark 2-27-28; Luke 4-16.
The annual holy days were ordained by God, kept by the ancient Israelites, and continued by the early New Testament Christians. These seven annual "appointed feasts" picture God's plan of salvation for man.
Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7:8-10; Acts 2:1; 12:3: 20:6, 16; 27:9; I Corinthians 5:8; 16:8
Tithing is an act of worship; it is a private matter between the individual and God. The church does not "enforce" or "police" tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to "honor the Lord with his substance and with the firstfruits of all his increase." Tithing is a method by which the message of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to the world.
Sin is the transgression of God's law - the falling short or missing the mark of the character of Jesus Christ. Although the penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, all sin can be completely forgiven by God, who desires that all men be saved. (The unpardonable sin is a sin for which the sinner asks no pardon.) God forgives sin upon the repentance of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of the individual who accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of his sins.
23. THE CHRISTIAN
24. THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Exodus 20:12; Malachi 4:5-6; Ephesians 5:22-29; 6:1-3; I Peter 3:7.
The church is the spiritual body of Christ, a group of persons called out by God and impregnated with His Holy Spirit. As a spiritual body, the church is made up of baptized, Spirit - led individuals who are scattered around the world.
I Corinthians 12:12-14, 27; Colossians 3:15.