TENETS OF FAITH

CONCERNING SALVATION:

Salvation is the focus of the Bible.  It implies the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness, while covering all redemptive acts and processes, such as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification. (Luke 7:50; II Corinthians 2:15; Ephesians 2:5-8; Galatians 2:19-20; Romans 1:16-17; 3:27-28; 10:9-10; Titus 2:11)

CONCERNING SANCTIFICATION:

Sanctification is a three-fold process, with a uniform meaning to set one’s self and possessions apart for God.

1.  The believer is set apart by redemption.

2.  The believer is continuously being sanctified by the works of the Holy Ghost,      the scriptures, and the mortification of the deeds of the flesh.

3.  The believer completes the process by awaiting the glorious appearing of the              Lord Jesus Christ.

(Hebrews 10:10; I Thessalonians 5:23; Leviticus 11:44; Romans 6:6;

I Corinthians 6:9-11; II Corinthians 3:18; Titus 2:12; John 17:16-19;

I John 3:2; Colossians 3:5; Gal. 5:19-21; II Corinthians 6:14-18)

CONCERNING THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST:

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 (Luke 3:16).  With the baptism comes the endowment of power for life and service, the speaking of tongues, and the bestowing of the gifts for use in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 2:4; 4:1-13; I Corinthians 14:22; Acts 10:45-46; Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 11:13)

CONCERNING BAPTISM IN WATER:

Baptism by immersion is commanded in the scripture.  All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized.  Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ, and that they also are raised with Him to walk in newness of life.  This ordinance should be administered by immersion in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:3-4)

CONCERNING A HOLY LIFE:

The scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).  It is a lifestyle that should be exhibited by the believer.  By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command:  “Be ye holy for I am Holy.”  (Leviticus 11:44)

(I Peter 1:15-16; 2:4-12; Psalms 1:1-6; Romans 6:12-14)

CONCERNING THE CHURCH:

The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission.  The church constitutes born-again, blood-washed, and spirit-baptized believers under the headship and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The church will not cease, because the gates of hell will not prevail against it. (Ephesians 1:20-23; 5:23-24; Hebrews 12:23; Matthew 16:18; 28:16-20; Colossians 1:18)

CONCERNING DIVINE HEALING:

Divine healing is provided for through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

(Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16; James 5:14-16; Mark 16:18)

CONCERNING HEAVEN:

Through the scripture we know that God has prepared for us a new heaven and a new earth.  (II Peter 3:13; Revelations 21:1-6; Philippians 3:20; John 14:2-3)

CONCERNING HELL:

There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works.  Those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.  (Revelations 20:10-15; Luke 16:19-31; Mark 9:43-48; Revelations 19:20; Luke 10:17-20)

CONCERNING THE BLESSED HOPE:

There will be a resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord.  This is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; I Corinthians 15:51-52; I John 3:2-3; Acts 1:10-11; Titus 2:13)

CONCERNING THE LORD’S SUPPER:

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements – bread and the fruit of the vine – constitutes the theological basis of fellowship by which the assembled church commemorates the death and resurrection of Christ as its source of spiritual life.  (II Peter 1:4; I Corinthians 11:23-29; Matthew 26:28)

CONCERNING TITHING AND OFFERING:

All members of the church are expected, according to the word of God, to

pay a tenth of their increase unto the Lord known as tithes, and be supportive

of the church with offerings.  Through the obedience of its membership, the

church will be self-supporting “if” we give to God as He prospers us. (Numbers 18:21, 24, 32; I Corinthians 9:13; 16:2; Deuteronomy 14:22; Nehemiah 12:44; Malachi 3:8-12; Leviticus 27:30, 34; Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Matthew 23:23)

CONCERNING MARRIAGE:

In Genesis, Chapters 1 and 2, God instituted the marriage covenant between male and female.  Jesus taught concerning this subject, and we regard the instruction of the Apostle Paul. (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18, 20-25; Matthew 5:32; Mark 10:2-10; I Corinthians 7; Hebrews 13:4)

CONCERNING THE HOLY TRINITY:

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost (Ephesians 4:4-6)

CONCERNING THE DEITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

His Pre-eminence (Colossians 1:15-19)1

His Incarnation (John 1:1-4, 13-14)

His Virgin Birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35)

His Sinless Life (Hebrew 7:26; I Peter 2:22)

His Miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:30)

His Vicarious and Atoning Death (I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 13:4)                           

His Bodily Resurrection from the Dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Corinthians 15:4)

His Ascension to the Right Hand of God (Acts 1:9; Hebrews 1:3)

His Personal and Future Return to the Earth (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-18)