OUR FAITH

The Bible is our all sufficient rule for faith and practice. This statement of fundamental truth is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e. that we all speak the same thing, 1cor.1:10, Acts 2:42). The phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full Gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all Biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines. We should live by every word that comes from the mouth of God (matt. 4:4), that all scriptures are inspired by God  and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be completed, equipped for every good work,( 2Timothy 3:16).

 Righteous saints are to be holy in conduct and in dressing.


CONDUCT: the Christian daily conduct should be above reproach so that he/she will not bring shame upon the LORD’S name and the ministry to which he is called(Heb. 12:14, 1John 2: 15-17, 1cor. 8:9-13, 2Cor 7:1. Therefore, temper quarrels, gossips, jealous, hatred, lies, boastfulness, prides, fornication, lust, etc. are to be controlled or not to be practiced. The word holy means to be separated from all that is unclean and to be consecrated to all that is sacred and pure. God alone is perfect and holy; man is imperfect and sinful. Therefore, man must become holy by putting off the sins of the flesh and by putting on God’s righteousness (Rom. 6:12, 13).


DRESSING: the Christian dressing should be modest, conforming to the standard set forth in the scriptures (1Peter 3:3-5, 1Timothy 2:9, 10). Both in the church and in the respective communities of each Christian; our dressing should be without roach or blame.

 

 THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED: the scriptures both the Old Testimony and the New Testimony are verbally inspired and fulfilled of God and are the revelation of God to man; the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2Tim 3:15-17, 1Thes 2:13; 2Peter 1:21.


THE ONE TRUE GOD: the one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent and the creator of heavens and the earth and redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association (Deut 6:4, Isa. 43:10, 11; matt 28:11; Luke 3:32; 1Tim 3:16.


TERMS DEFINED: (Adorable God head). The term “Trinity” and “person” as related to   the God head while not found in the scripture, are words in harmony with scriptures, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many”. We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God, who is one Lord, as trinity or as one being of three persons and still be absolutely scriptural (example Matt. 28:19; Cor. 11:14; 16;17).


Distinction of persons and relationship in God head: Christ Jesus taught a distinction of persons in head which is expressed in specific terms of relationship, as father, son, and Holy Spirit but that this distinction and relationship as to its made is inscrutable and incomprehensible because unexplained.(Lk 1:35; Cor 1:25, matt. 11: 25-27; 28-19, Cor 1:14; and 1John 1:3,4).

Unity of the  one being of father, son, and Holy Spirit/Ghost accordingly therefore, there is that in the Son, which constitute him the son, and not the father, and there is the begotten and the Holy Spirit is the one proceeding from the father and the son. Therefore, because these three persons in the God head are in a state of unity, there is but one God Almighty and His name is one. He is called on earth when he revealed Himself on earth as Jesus Christ; Emmanuel-God is with us (so we strongly claimed that Jesus is God!). (John 1:18; 15:26; 17:11, 21; Zech 14:19, 1Timothy 3:16).

Identity and God Co-operation in the God head. The father, the son and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to person, nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to God head, not opposed as to co-operation. The son is in the father and the father is in the Son as to fellowship and self nature.

The title Lord Jesus Christ is a proper name. It is never applied in the New Testament either to the father or to the Holy Spirit. It therefore belongs to the father (Romans 1:1-3, 7).

The Lord Jesus Christ, God with us. The Lord Jesus Christ as to His divine and eternal nature is the proper and only begotten of the father, but as to human nature, he is the proper Son of man. He is therefore acknowledge to both God and man who because He is God and man is Emmanuel “God with US”(matt 1:23, 1John 4:2,10,14; Rev 1:13,17).


The title, Son of God:Since the name “Immanuel” embraces both God and man in one person, our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title, son of God describes His proper deity, and the title son of man, His proper humanity. Therefore, the title son of God belongs to order of eternity, and the title, son of man to the order of time(Matt 1:21-23, 2John 3, Heb 7: 3,1:1-13.


Transgression of the doctrine of Christ:Wherefore, it is a transgression of the doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title, the son of God, solely from the fact of the incarnation or because of His relation to the economy of redemption. Therefore to deny that the father is real and eternal father, and the son is a real and eternal son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship in the being of God; a denial of the father and son; is a displacement of the truth that Christ is come in the flesh (2Jn 9; Jn 1:1, 2, 18, 29; 1Jn 22, 23; 4:1-5, Heb 12:2).


Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord:The son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high; angels and principalities and powers having being made subject under him. And been made both Lord and Christ, he sent the Holy Spirit that we in the name of Jesus only might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the father that he was made God in all in all( Heb 1:3, 1Peter 3:22, Acts 2:32-36 Rom 14:11, 1Cor 15:24-28).


Equal honor to the father and to the son: Wherefore, since the father has delivered all judgment unto the son. It is not only the expressed duty of all the heaven and on earth to bow the kneels, but is an unspeakably joy in the HOLY Spirit to ascribe unto the son all the attributes of Deity, and to give Him all the honor and glory contained in all names and titles of the God head(except those which expressed relationship-see paragraph a, b and d) and thus honor  the son as we honor the father(JN 5:22,23; 1Peter 1:18, Rev 1:8; 5:6-14; 7,9,10; 4:8 and 2phil 2:8-9).

 

 The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ: The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal son of God. The scriptures declare His virgin birth. Matt 1:23, Luke 1:31,35), his sinless life(Heb 7;26, 1 Peter 2:22) his miracles (Acts 2;22, 10:38), his substitutionary work on the cross(1Cor 15:3; 2 Cor 5:21); his bodily resurrection from the dead(Matt 28:6; Lk. 24:39; 1Cor 15:4). His exaltation to the right hand of God pleading for us day and night (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Phil 2:9-11; Heb 1:3).


The salvation of man: Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the son of God.

 

CONDITION OF SALVATION: Salvation is received through repentance and faith towards God (Jesus Christ). By washing of the generation and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes the heir of God according to the hope of eternal life(LK 24:47;Jn 3:3; Rom 10;15; Eph 2:8; Titus 2:11,3-7).


EVIDENCE OF SALVATION: The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph 4:24, Titus 2:12).                                

 

 The ordinances of the church: The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus Christ, and that they have risen with him to walk in newness of Life (Matt 28:19; mark 16:16, Acts 10:47-48; Rom 6:4).


HOLY COMMUNION  the Lord supper, consisting of the elements bread and fruit of the vine is the symbol expressing our sharing of the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2pet 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death on the Cross (1 Cor 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Cor. 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “Till He comes”.

 

THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: All believers are entitle to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, and the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire on the last day according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power of life and services, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (LK 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8 ; 1Cor 12:31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth( Acts  8:12-17; 10:44-46; 15:7-9; 11:14-16), With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes such experience as an overflowing-flowing fullness of the Spirit(Jn 7:37-39; Acts 4;8), and a deepened reverence for God(Acts 2:43; Heb 12:23) and intensified and consecration to God and dedication to his works(Acts 2:42); and a more active love for Christ for his work and for the lost which is to the extent of losing one’s life(mark 16:20).


THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit witness by the initial physical sign of speaking in other tongues as the spirit of God gives them utterances(Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Cor 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.


SANCTIFICATION: sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Rom 12:1; 1Thes 5:23; Heb 13:12). The scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Heb 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy for I am holy (1Peter 1:15-16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in his death and resurrection, and faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy spirit(Rom 6:1-11;8:1,2,13; Gal 2:20;Phil 2:12-13,1Pet 1;5).

 

THE CHURCH: The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit with divine appointment of the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer born of the Spirit is integral part of the of the General Assembly and church of the First born, which are written in heaven (Eph1:22-23; 2:22; Heb 12:23).


THE MINISTRY:  A divinely called and scriptural ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: 1. the evangelization of the world and 2. The edifying of the body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20, Eph 4:11-13).


DIVINE HEALING: divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. All healing should be done in the name of Jesus Christ only no in the name of anything else through anything else such as holy oil, holy water, holy salt etc. knowing that  by faith we can please God and acceptance of his will is so perfect to us. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege for all believers (Isa 53:4,5; matt 8:16,17). Healing is never done by the application of holy oil but through or by faith in Jesus Christ all things are possible. We have been anointed by Christ and that anointing lives in us (1Jn 2:22-26); therefore there is no need for any other anointing.



THE MILLENIAL REIGN OF CHRIST: the second coming of Christ includes the rapture of 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(Zech 14:5,  matt 24:27,30, Rev 1:7;19:11-14;20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezec 37:21; Zeph 3:19-20; Rom 11; 26, 27), and the establishment of the universal peace (Isa 11:6-9, Ps 72:3-8, Micah 4:3-4).


THE FINAL JUDGMENT: there will be final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whoever is not found written in the book of life together with the devil and his angles, the beast and false prophets will be thrown into the lake of fire.


THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH: will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burned with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt 25:46, Mark 9:43-48, Rev 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:18). We according to his promise look for a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelled righteousness (2Peter 3:13, Rev 21:22).