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 contray to reason. 2 Tim 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Heb 4:12.
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.
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. Gen, 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom 5:12-21
THE SALVATION OF MAN
Conditions of Salvation.
The grace of God, which bringth salvation, hath appeared to all men, through the preaching towards 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; Rom 10:13-15; St Luke 24:47; Titus 3:5-7.
THE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of sprit. Rom 8:16. The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.
BAPTISM IN WATER
The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the scriptures, by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed in Chirst as Saviour and Lord. In so doing, 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. Matt 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Rom 6:4.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s supper, consisting of the elements, bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of his suffering and death and a prophecy of his coming, and is enjoined on all believers until he returns. John 6:48, 51, 53-57Luke 22:19, 20 2 Peter 1:4; 1 Cor 11:26.
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 our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early christian church. With it come the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of gifts and there uses in the work of the ministry. Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor 12:1-31. The wonderful experience is distinct from subsequent to the new birth. Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9.
THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST
The full consummation of the baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service. Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2, 6 Acts 1:8; 2:42, 43 Mark 6:17.
The scriptures teach a life of holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command, “be ye holy, for Iam holy”. Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s word. Heb 12:14; 1 Pet 1:15, 16 1 Thes 5:23, 24 1 John 2:6; Rom 8:3-4.
The scriptures teaches that condemnation is the result of man’s sin in the garden of Eden Gen 3:1-24; Rom 1:18; 3:20. Because Adam’s sin all was made sinners, but by the obedience of one all can be made righteous through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The scriptures teach that justification is the result of what God has done for man to set him free. Rom 3:21; 5:21. Man need not stay under the sentence of condemnation because through faith he can be justified in Christ. Justification is the work of Jesus Christ who died at Calvary that we might have life in him.
Consecration is found in Rom 12:1-15, 33 consecration is the work of man as he removes his own human restraints from his life in order that God may have complete control.
Glorification is found in Rom 9:1-11, 36 God is sovereign, working his will for both the nation of Israel and the household of faith. Glorification is the work of God the father as he brings to successful conclusion his divine plan for the ages.
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 first-born, which are written in heaven. Eph 1:22; 2:19-22; Heb 12:24.
THE MINISTRY AND EVANGELISM
A divinely called and scriptural ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: (1) the evangelization of the world, and (2) the edifying of the body of Christ. Mark 16:15, 20 Eph 4:11-13.
Deliverance from sickness is provided for the atonement and is the privilege of all believers. Isaiah 53:4; Matt 8:16, 17 Mark 16:18; John 5:14.
THE 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 imminent and is the blessed hope of the church.
THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS
The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ is from heaven, the salvation of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth is the scriptural promise and the world’s hope. 2 Thess 1:7; Rev 19:11-16; Rom 11:25, 27 Rev 20:1-7.
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 burn with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Rev 19:20; 20:10-15.
THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH
We “according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteouness.” 2 Peter 3:13; Rev 21:1.