GOD THE FATHER (YAHWEH)
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Author and Creator of all things. The Old Testament reveals God in diverse manners, by manifesting his nature, character, and dominions. The Gospels in the New Testament give us knowledge of God the Father showing the relationship of God to Jesus as Father, or representing Him as the Father in the Godhead, and Jesus himself that Son (St. John 15:8, 14:20). Jesus also gives God the distinction of “Fatherhood” to all believers when he explains God in the light of “Your Father in Heaven” (St. Matthew 6:8).
JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Second person in the Godhead. We believe that Jesus is eternal in His person and nature as the Son of God who was with God in the beginning of creation (St. John 1:1). We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin named Mary according to the scripture (St. Matthew 1:18), affirming our fundamental belief in the Virgin Birth (St. Matthew 1:18-25). We believe that Jesus Christ became the suffering servant to man; this suffering servant came seeking to redeem humanity from sin and to reconcile the world back to God, his Father (Romans 5:10). We believe that Jesus Christ is standing now as mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5)
THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH PROCEEDS FROM THE FATHER
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeds from the Father and the Son, is of the same substance, equal to power and glory, and is together with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is a gift bestowed upon the believer for the purpose of equipping and empowering the believer, making Christians more effective witnesses for service in the world. The Holy Spirit teaches, leads, and guides individuals into all truth (John 16:13; Acts 1:8, 8:39).
THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience subsequent to conversion and sanctification and that speaking in tongues is the initial result of the baptism in the Holy Spirit coupled with the manifestation of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 10:46, 19:1-6). We believe that we are not baptized with the Holy Spirit in order to be saved (Acts 19:1-6; John 3:5). When believers receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit they will speak with a tongue unknown to oneself according to the sovereign will of Christ. We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a necessary experience for all men today.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and contains one harmonious and sufficiently complete system of doctrine. We believe in the full inspiration of the Word of God. We hold the Word of God to be the only authority in all matters and assert that no doctrine can be true or essential, if it does not find a place in this Word. (II Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Acts 17:11; and Isaiah 8:20)
We believe that mankind was created by God, composed of body and soul. We believe that mankind, by nature, is sinful as a result of the fall of Adam. We believe that it is necessary for mankind to be born again through repentance, renouncing all sin through the blood of Jesus Christ. We believe that mankind is saved by confessing and forsaking sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible teaches that sin originated in the angelic world (Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-20), and was transmitted into the blood of the human race through disobedience and deception motivated by unbelief (I Timothy 2:14). The transgression and disobedience of Adam the world became depraved and separated from God, we believe this refers to original sin. The definition of sin is depicted as a willing transgression against God and a lack of conformity to the will of God. We, therefore, conclude that mankind by nature, is sinful and has fallen from a glorious and righteous state and has become unrighteous and unholy. Therefore mankind must be restored to the state of holiness by being born again (St. John 3:7).
We believe salvation is the application of the work of redemption restoring sinners to communion with God. This redemptive operation of the Holy Spirit is brought about by repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ which brings conversion, faith, justification regeneration, sanctification, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe that repentance is the work of God, which results in a change of mind (St. Matthew 3:1-2, 4:17; Acts 20:21). We believe that faith is the conviction performed in the heart by the Holy Spirit, as to the truth of the Gospel and a heart trust in the promises of God in Christ ( Romans 1:17, 3:28; St. Matthew 9:22; Acts 26:18). We believe that conversion is an act of God whereby He causes the unregenerated sinner, in his conscious life, to turn to repentance and faith (II Kings 5:15; II Chronicles 33:12-13; St. Luke 19:8, 9; Acts 8:30). Regeneration is an act of God by which the principle of the new life is implanted in mankind, and the governing disposition of soul is made holy and the first holy exercise of this new disposition is secured.
We believe that sanctification is the gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Spirit that delivers sinners from the pollution of sin, renews the whole nature in the image of God and enables them to perform good works (Romans 6:4;5:6; Colossians 2:12; 3:1).
We believe the term angel (a heavenly body) refers to spiritual messengers or ambassadors of God which indicates their duty in heaven to praise God (Psalm 103:20), to do God’s will (St. Matthew 18:10) and to behold his face. We believe that angels are sent from heaven must come down to earth and have a mission in the earth. We believe that angels assist Christian believers against the forces of darkness to maintain a victorious life.
We that the name demons denote uclean or evil spirits also referred to as devils or demonic beings. The Old Testament refers to the prince of demons, sometimes called satan (Adversary) or devil, as having power and wisdom, taking the habitation of other forms such as the serpent (Genesis 3:1). The New Testament speaks of the devil as tempter (St. Matthew 4:3) and it goes on to tell the works of satan challenging righteousness and good in any form, proving to be an adversary to the saints. Their chief power is exercised to destroy the mission of Jesus Christ. It can well be said that the Christian Church believes in demons, satan, and devils. We believe in their power and purpose. We believe they can be subdued and conquered as in the commandment to the believer by Jesus. “In my name they shall cast out Satan and the work of the Devil and to resist him and then he will flee from you. (St. Mark 16:17).
We believe in the Church — a living, spiritual body in which Christ is the Head and the body serve as the members. We believe that a visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, and associated for the purpose of leading believers toward maturity through worship, instruction, fellowship and evangelism. We believe that Christ has committed to the local church, the ordinances of Baptism and Communion to be observed until He comes, and that Christ has committed to the church the responsibility to proclaim to a lost world their need to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to recognize Him as Lord. We believe that mankind and social improvement are essential products of the Gospel. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; and John 8:31-32)
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ; that He shall come from heaven to earth, personally, bodily, visibly (Acts 1:11; Titus 2:11-13; St. Matthew 16:27; 24:30; 25:30; Luke 21:27; John 1:14, 17; Titus 2:11) and that the Church, the bride, will be caught up to meet Him in the air (I Thessalonians, 4:16-17). We admonish all who have this hope to purify themselves as He is pure.
We believe in the practice of Divine Healing as a commandment of Jesus to the Apostles (St. Mark 16:18). Jesus affirms his teachings on healing by explaining to His disciples that healing comes by faith (St. Luke 9:40-41). We believe that healing by faith in God has scriptural support and ordained authority. St. James’ writings in his epistle encourage Elders to pray for the sick, lay hands upon them and to anoint them with oil, and that prayers with faith shall heal the sick and the Lord shall raise them up.
We believe that miracles occur to convince men that God does exist. A miracle can be defined as an extraordinary visible act of divine power initiated by the efficient agency of the will of God, which has as its final cause the vindication of the righteousness of God’s word. We believe that the works of God, which were performed during the beginnings of Christianity, do and will occur even today where God is preached, Faith in Christ is exercised, The Holy Spirit is active, and the Gospel is promulgated in the truth (Acts 5:15; 6:8; 9:40; Luke 4:36, 7:14-15; 5:5-6; St. Mark 14:15).
THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
We believe that the ordinances of the church were instituted by Jesus Christ as an outward sign of an invisible grace. We recognize three ordinances as having been instituted by Jesus Christ and therefore, binding upon the church to practice.
A. THE SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
The Lord’s Supper symbolizes the Lord’s death and suffering for the benefit and in the place of mankind. Further, it symbolizes the believer’s participation in the crucified Christ. The Sacrament of Communion represents the death of Jesus Christ as the object of faith which unites the believers to Christ, but also the effect of this act as the giving of life, strength, and joy to the soul. The believer by faith enters into a special spiritual union of his soul with the glorified Christ.
B. THE SACRAMENT OF WATER BAPTISM
We believe that Water Baptism is necessary as instructed by Christ in St. John 3:5, however, we do not believe that water baptism alone is a means of salvation, but is an outward demonstration that one has already had a conversion experience and has accepted Christ as his personal Savior. We practice immersion because immersion corresponds more closely to the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord (Colossians 2:12). Further, immersion symbolizes regeneration and purification more than any other mode. We believe that we should use the Baptismal Formula given us by Christ for all in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20).
We believe that Feet Washing is practiced and recognized, but is not considered an ordinance of the Church. We practice and recognize feet washing because Jesus Christ, by His example, showed that humility characterized greatness in the Kingdom of God, and that service, rendered to others gave evidence that humility, motivated by love, exists. These services are held subsequent to the Lord’s Supper; however, its regularity is left to the discretion of the Pastor.