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Tenents of Faith and Doctrine


The Church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts these statements of fundamental truths and doctrine. 


SECTION I - THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED 

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason but not contrary to reason 

(11 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12) 


SECTION 2- THE ONE TRUE GODHEAD 

The triune Godhead is comprised of three separate and distinct personalities; the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self- revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal; with the Father and the Holy Spirit. 


SECTION 3- MAN, HIS FALL & REDEMPTION 

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 and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 4:12-21). 


SECTION 4- THE SALVATION OF MAN 

A. Man's Only Hope of Redemption is Through the Shed Blood of Jesus Christ. 


On the cross, Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind, (Psalm 103:3) being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart - that is the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting 

in salvation" (Romans 3:24, Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10). 


B. The Evidence of Salvation 


The inward evidence, to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). 

The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. "And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He commanded us (I John 3:23). 


C. Faith and Works


Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the reward in eternity (Acts 16:3; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesian 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 14:20-21; and II Corinthians 5:10). 


SECTION 5 - BAPTISM IN WATER 

The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed, as commanded in the Scriptures, by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed in Christ as Saviour and Lord. In so doing, they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:10; Acts 10:47-48 Romans 6:40).


SECTION 6 - THE LORD'S SUPPER 

"And when He had given thanks, He broke it, an said, 'This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also the cup after supper, saying, 'This is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' Let a man examine himself and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup" 

(I Corinthians 11:24, 25, 28). 


SECTION 7 - THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER 

All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly see, the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, 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 for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry 

(Luke 24:29; Acts 1:4-8; I Corinthians 12:1-31). 


SECTION 8 - THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 


The full consummation of the baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service 

(Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2-6; 1:8). 


SECTION 9 - THE CHURCH 

The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Eact 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; 2:19-22 Hebrews 12:23). 


SECTION I0 -TOTAL PROSPERITY 


A. Spiritual - John 3:3, 11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10. 


B. Mental . - 11 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3. 


C. Physical - Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; Peter 2:24. 


D. Financial -II John 2; Malachi 3: 10-11; Luke 6:38; 11 Corinthians 9:6-10; 


Deuteronomy 28:1-14.


SECTION II - BLESSED HOPE 

Jesus is coming again to gather His saints to Heaven 

(1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1). 


SECTION 12 - THE LAKE OF FIRE 

Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet and anyone whose name was not found in the Book of Life, shall be consiqned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. This is the second death, the lake of fire 

(Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15). 


SECTION 13 -THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST 

The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised (Romans 11:25-27; 11 Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-7). After this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21).


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Scriptural Answers to Questions You May Have


WHY DO WE STAND WHEN WE SING? 

"And the Levites ... of the children of the Korhites stood up to

praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high." (II Chronicles 20:19) 


WHY DO WE CLAP OUR HANDS? 

"O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph." 

(Psalms 47:1) 


WHY DO WE LIFT OUR HANDS? 

"Thus I will bless Thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy name." (Psalms 63:4) 

"Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord." (Psalms 134:2) 

"I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." (I Timothy 2:8) 


WHY DO WE HAVE AUDIBLE PRAISE TO GOD? 

"Bless the Lord, 0 my soul: and all that is within me bless His holy name." (Psalms 103:1) 

"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."

(Psalms 34:1) 

"And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God." (Acts 4:24) 


WHY DO WE HAVE THIS TYPE OF WORSHIP? 

"But the hour cometh, and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and Truth for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth." (John 4:23-24) 

"For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh." (Philippians 3:3) 


WHY DO WE SING CHORUSES AND HYMNS? 

"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:18-19) 

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Colossians 3:16) 


WHY ARE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS A PART OF THE WORSHIP SERVICE? 

"And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps." (Revelation 14:2) 

"Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the psaltry and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance. Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals." (Psalms 150:3-5)


WHAT IS PROPHECY? 

"...the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" (Amos 3:8) 

"But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort." (I Corinthians 14:3) 

"Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy." 

(I Corinthians 14:1) 

"But the manifestations of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal... To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy." 

(I Corinthians 12:7 & 10)

"Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge." 

(I Corinthians 14:29) 


WHY DOES THE WHOLE CHURCH PRAY AT ONCE FOR SPECIFIC NEEDS? 

"And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, Thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth..." (Acts 4:24) 


WHY DO WE ANOINT WITH OIL AND PRAY FOR THE SICK? 

"Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him." (James 5:14-15) 


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE "SAVED" OR "BORN AGAIN"? 

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." 

(Romans 10:9) 


WHY DO WE HAVE TITHES AND OFFERINGS? 

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse..." (Malachi 3:10)


WHY DO WE HAVE SPEAKING WITH TONGUES AND INTERPRETATION OF THOSE TONGUES? 

"Wherefore brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues." 

(I Corinthians 14:39) 

'But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal... To 

another diverse kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues."

(I Corinthians 12:7 & 10) 

"I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for 

greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he

interpret, that the church receive edifying." (I Corinthians 14:5) 

"If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, 

and that by course, and let one interpret." (I Corinthians 14:27)


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Some Scriptural Terminology


THE ANOINTING: 

The presence and the work of the Holy Spirit in a person's life. "But the anointing which 

you have received of Him abideth in you..." (I John 2:27) 


TO MINISTER: 

To serve or help another by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. 

"...but our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament..." (2 Corinthians 3:5-6) 


TO GLORY:

The manifestation of God's presence and splendor to man's spiritual and physical senses. "

And it came pass ... for the glory of the Lord had filled the house the Lord." 

(I Kings 8:10-11) 


REVELATION: 

Our understanding of God's will and purposes. "Wherefore I also ... making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him...' 

(Ephesians 1:15-27) 


THE BODY:

The Church the body of Christ on the earth. (I Corinthians 12:12-15) 


EDIFY.:

"Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church." (I Corinthians 14:12) 


SPIRITUAL GIFTS: 

Supernatural gifts given by the Holy Spirit to believers as the Spirit wills. 

(I Corinthians 12:1, 4:11, 14:1)


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