What I Believe and Practice
1. There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three: God the Father, God the Son, and Holy Spirit of God (Deuteronomy 6:4); (Matthew 5:48, Matthew 28:19).
2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace (Philippians 2:6-11); (Luke 1:34–38); (I Peter 3:18); (Hebrews 2:9); (Romans 5:9); (Acts 2:23–24); (Hebrews 8:1); (Matthew 26:64).
3. By the power of God, His Holy Spirit, was sent to dwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement (John 14:15-18, John 16:7-11, John 16:13); (I Corinthians 14:21); (Acts 13:2), (Acts 1:8).
4. Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent, believe and received Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, He gave the right to become the children of God and receive the gift of eternal life. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Titus 3:4–7); (2 Corinthians 5:12); (John 1:12); (Romans 8:14).
5. After Jesus‘ death, Christianity as doctrine (not religion) originated. Jesus’s apostoles and Paul; His discipules (followers) filled with the Holy Spirit, taught His doctrine and were first called Christians by non-Christians in the city of Antioch, where they had fled and settled after early persecutions in Palestine (Acts 11:19-26).
6. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion (Romans 6:1–14); (I Thessalonians 5:23); (Hebrews 6:1-3; Hebrews 2:4); (I Corinthians 12:13); (Acts 1:8; Acts 8:14-18).
7. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And the Holy Spirit’s manifestation and provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age (Acts 5:12); (Hebrew 13:8); (Matthew 8:16–17); (James 5:13–16).
8. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church. The Church as the body of Christ consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations (Mark 16:16-18). Jesus constituted five ministries for the edification of His Body: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Ephesians 1:22–23); (I Corinthians 12:27-31); (Ephesians 4:11-13); (Acts 2:41–47).
9. There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment (I Corinthians 15:20–23); (John 5:28–29).
10. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service (Hebrews 10:37); (Luke 21:27); (Titus 2:11–14).
11. Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God: he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss (Genesis 1:27); (Romans 3:23); (1 Corinthians 15:20–23); (Revelation 21:8); (Revelation 21:1–4).
12. The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:20–21); (2 Timothy 3:15–16).