The Holy Scriptures
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The Old and New Testaments are written to know God and be known by Him. Through them God grants practical instruction and we accept the Scriptures, enlightened in the New Covenant as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to faith, conduct, and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
The Trinity or Godhead
It is the testimony of both the Old and New Testaments and of the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation testifies that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
GOD THE FATHER
God the Father is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.
Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures---fully God and fully man---in one person. Jesus, out of His great love voluntarily became the divine sacrifice to take away the sins of the world by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead in the same body, yet became glorified. He departed earth, yet remains accepted alive with His Father, at His right hand, providing all those who believe the final assurance of salvation perfectly accomplished. Jesus became Head over all things to the Church, whom He ministers through today by the Holy Spirit. He continually intercedes and advocates on the Church’s behalf (Luke 1:30-35; John 1; Rom. 3:25-31; 2 Cor. 5:14; Heb. 1,10:5-14; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 1:23; Phil. 2:6-8).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He dwells in the believer immediately upon them placing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ (Acts 1:8-2:4; Rom. 5:5, 8:9-11; Gal. 5:16-25).
Christ’s vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior. Divine healing— body, soul, and spirit--- and all of God’s provisions are available for all His saints in the atonement, but these must be appropriated according to scriptures instructions. We recognize the importance of the power of God made available through the prayer of faith and by the laying on of hands according to Scripture (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4, 5).
Mankind, Salvation, and Eternal Life
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, separating man from God. The Word of God declares Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to destroy the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (atonement). Salvation (New Birth, Being Born Again) is the gift of God to man, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by the grace of God through a repentant heart confessing faith in Jesus Christ as Lord (justification). Salvation is available as an act of free will in response to God, allowing a person to pass from spiritual death into spiritual/eternal life. This enables fellowship with God and should produce “good works” acceptable to God (Rom. 3:23, 5:14; 1 John 3:3-8; Eph. 2:8; 2 Cor. 5:21, 7:10; Gal. 3:13; Rom. 4:4-5; John 1:12, 5:24; 1 John 5:12).