Our Tenets Of Faith
These are Biblical doctrines we as a Church hold to be true, and that form a foundation for our Christian faith and practices.
The Bible has been given to us by the inspiration of God. It is the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. We accept the New Covenant, as revealed in the New Testament Scriptures, as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to doctrine and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
Our God is one, manifested in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is one in essence and three in person. (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30; John 1:1; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 Corinthians 2:11)
Man’s Sin And Redemption
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression, sin came into his world (Rom. 5:14; Rom.3:10; Rom 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world and gave His life to redeem man from the power of sin and restore his relationship with God. (2 Cor. 5:21). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from the works of the law or any human merit, and is given by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
The New Birth And Eternal Life
When a person exercises faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, they receive eternal life and experience a new birth. (John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:23;1 John 5:1,11-13).
The Ordinances Of The Church
The two Ordinances of the local church are symbolic observances commanded by Jesus, which set forth essential Christian truths.
- Water Baptism—Baptism in water is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Acts 8:36-39).
- Communion—Jesus at His last Passover, instituted the ordinance of the taking of the bread and the fruit of the vine as a memorial of His Sacrificial Death on our behalf. (Luke 22:17-20; 1 Cor.10:16; 11:23-26)
Baptism In The Holy Spirit
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation, and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of the believer speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives him or her the words. (Matt. 3.11; John 14: 16,17; Acts 1.8; 2:38; Acts 2:4; 10:44-48; 19:6-7)
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, beginning at the time of salvation and continuing until Christ’s return. (1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 12:9-14; 2 Cor 3:18; Phil. 3:12-16)
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is brought to pass by the power of God through the prayer of faith, by the laying on of hands, and gifts of healing. It is provided for in the sacrificial death of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today. (Mark 16:18; James 5:14, 15; Isa. 53:4,5 > Matt. 8:17;1 Peter 2:24)
Resurrection Of The Just And Return Of Our Lord
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “… this same Jesus… shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Jesus’ coming is imminent. When He comes, “… the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air …” (1 Thess. 4:16-17) Following the Tribulation, Jesus shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints who shall be kings and priest under Him, He shall reign a thousand years. (Rev. 2:11, 20:6)
Hell And Eternal Retribution
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. Therefore they are hopelessly and eternally lost to eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire and Brimstone. (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 20:11-15).