Tenets of Faith:
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 New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
Our God is one, but manifested in three persons -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Philippians 2:6).
God the Father is greater than all; the sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14).
The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14).
The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 15:26).
Man, His Fall and Redemption
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. (Romans 5:14; Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23; 1 John 3:8)
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Ephesians 2:8)
Eternal Life and the New Birth
The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life. (2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5)
Baptism in water is by immersion, 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. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost 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 speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance. (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4)
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, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ's return. (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4)
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today. (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5)
Resurrection of the Just and the 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." His coming for the church is imminent. When this "catching away" or "rapture" of the church occurs... "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." (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) Following the Tribulation, Jesus shall return to earth the second time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)
Hell and Eternal Retribution
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting," used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God. (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20)
Heaven is a real place -- referred to as the Heaven of heavens where God is, not the atmospheric or celestial heavens. (Revelation 4:1-2) Heaven is the eternal dwelling place of God; and where Jesus Christ is seated. Heaven is also a place that God has prepared for those who believe in Jesus Christ. When a believer dies he immediately goes to Heaven - absent from the body, preset with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8) To the one who believes in the redemptive work of Jesus, Heaven is their eternal home. "There shall be no curse, no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain." (Revelation 21:1-8)