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What We Believe
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine.
Our God is one, but manifested in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Phil. 2:6). God the Father is greater than all; the Source of the Word and the Begetter (John 14:28; 16:28; 1:14). The son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; 1:18; 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 15:26).
Man, His Fall and Redemption
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world; all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:14; 3:10; 3:23; I John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8).
Eternal Life and the New Birth
Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life (2 Cor. 7:10; I John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Acts 8:36-29).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,29; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).