1. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God, the all-sufficient source of our faith, the New Testament being our rule of practice.
2. The Godhead
The Lord our God is one Lord, a being of three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent. (John 3:34-35; Luke 3:22).
a. The Father
In the beginning God created all things (Genesis 1:1), The Lord Jesus Christ called Him Father when He was here on earth and taught His followers to call God “Our Father” (John 17:1; Matthew 6:9).
b. Jesus Christ The Son
From eternity the Son has been one with the Father in all things (Hebrews 1:1-4). He became flesh and lived upon the earth as the “only Begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
c. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is sent into the world from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin and to comfort the church (John 16:7-15).
Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a spotless, sinless life on earth, teaching the truth of God to men. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified on Calvary, died and was buried. On the third day, He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven from whence He will come again to judge the unrighteous living and dead.
Man was created good and upright for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”. But man, by voluntary transgression, fell since which time men have been born with a depraved nature. Man’s only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Genesis 1:25-31, 3:15; Romans 5:19; Galatians 4:4-5).
5. Christ’s Ministry
He is . . . .
a. The Saviour from sin who offered Himself on the cross as a ransom for all (1 John 2:2). We receive His salvation through faith (John 1:12-13; Titus 3:5). Salvation is evidenced by the witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16) and by His transformation of our lives (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
b. Our Healer from sickness (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14).
c. The Baptizer in the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49; Mark 1:7-8).
d. Our Justifier. We are not saved by any works of righteousness, which we may have done, but by faith in Christ, who was raised from the dead for our justification (Romans 4:24-25, 5:9, 8:30).
e. Our Sanctifier. God expects His people to live holy lives (Matthew 5:48). He purchased holiness for us on the cross (Hebrews 10:14) and our experiences of sanctification is not only by complete surrender to His will (Romans 12:1-2) but also by a process of His working within us (Ephesians 4:12-13; Hebrews 12:14).
f. The Fulfiller of the Law. The Law is no longer binding as a means of salvation (Colossians 2:13,17; Galatians 3:10-13). The law of love is now binding upon the church (John 13: 34-35).
g. The coming King. He will come and gather us to Himself in the air. Then we will come with Him to set up His millennial reign (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:1-7)
6. Baptism In Water
The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who really repented and in their hearts have truly believed in Christ as Saviour and Lord (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:4).
7. The Lord’s Supper
This ordinance is to be observed by all believers “until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26). It consists of the bread, which is a symbol of His body, broken for us, and the fruit of the wine, which is a symbol of Christ’s blood, which was shed for the remission of sins (Luke 22:14-20).
8. The Promise Of The Father
All believers are entitled to receive this promise of the Father. They should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8:1; 1 Corinthians 12: 1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9).
9. The Evidence Of The Baptism In The Holy Spirit
The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives the utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10,28), but different in purpose and use.
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith, reckoning daily upon the fact of that union and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Peter 1:15).
11. The Church
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the First-born, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
12. The Ministry
A divinely-called and Scripturally-ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose, ie, the evangelization of the world and the edifying of the Body of Christ.
13. Divine Healing
Divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
14. The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16 -17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
15. The Millennial Reign Of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6). This millennial reign brings salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21-22; Zephaniah 3:19-20; Romans 11:26-27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalms 72:3-8; Micah 4:3-4).
16. The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophets, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43 – 48; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8).
17. The New Heaven And The New Earth
“We, according to His promise, look for a New Heaven and a New Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:22).