1. The Scriptures. The Bible is the infallible, inspired, authoritative Word of God. (2 Peter 1:20,21) The full counsel of God is found in all of the Scriptures – it is not up to man to decide which parts are valid. (2 Timothy 3:16) The Bible consists of 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. We believe the Canons of the Old and New Testaments were inspired by the Holy Spirit, and then closed by the leading of the Holy Spirit, and no other books should be added to them. However, we believe other history and prophecy books do exist, and were kept for our learning outside these canons.
2. The Godhead (Trinity).
We believe in the Holy Trinity: God is one, yet exists in three persons, namely the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (See Article) They are co-equal, co-substantial, and co-eternal.
3. Man, his fall and redemption
. Man is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26,27). Adam’s disobedience introduced sin into the world, and all born of him fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23). But Jesus “was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. (Romans 4:25). “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
If a believer sins, he has an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, and all he has to do is confess his sin and he will be forgiven and cleansed of all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
5. Divine healing.
Jesus took our illnesses upon Himself to make physical healing of the body available to us. (1 Peter 2:24)
Anyone who looks to Jesus for salvation is born again and becomes a new creation with eternal life. (John 3:3-19, 2 Corinthians 5:17) Salvation is received by faith alone by grace alone, without works of any kind. (Ephesians 2:8)
7. Water baptism.
Baptism is administered upon a personal request following faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Baptism happens by immersion in water as an outward expression of the burial of thew life of sin and resurrection into newness of life. (Romans 6:1-11) Water Baptism is NOT salvation, it is a step of obedience AFTER salvation.
8. Baptism in the Holy Spirit
. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a promise of God to all believers. The experience is evidenced by the speaking in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. (Acts 2:38)
. Without holiness no man can see God. Sanctification is a definite, yet progressive work of grace commencing at the time of the new birth, and continuing until the consummation of salvation. (Philippians 1:6)
10. The resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where He took up His seat at the right hand of the Father, from where He also intercedes for us. (Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25)
11. The rapture of the church. The Lord will descend from heaven and the church will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
12. The return of the Lord. After the Tribulation of seven years the Lord will return to set up His millennial kingdom on earth. (Revelation 20:4-6)
13. Hell and retribution. The one who dies in sin without Christ is hopelessly lost in a literal hell. (Revelation 19:20)
14. Some other rejected teachings.
- We reject the doctrines of Contemplative Prayer, also called Meditation, which teaches the emptying of the mind through mantras as an acceptable form of prayer. We believe this is a sin, and biblically called sorcery. Biblical Meditation is to fill the mind with the word of God.
- Oneness Theology, also known as Jesus Only or Modalism
- Calvinistic Predestination (The false doctrine that teaches some individuals are born predestined for heaven and others for hell, and that mankind has no choice in the matter)
- Mid-tribulation Rapture and Post-tribulation Rapture