PROFESSION OF FAITH & COVENANT
Inerrancy and Infallibility of the Holy Bible
We believe in the absolute inerrancy and infallibility of the Holy Bible as the true Word of God; that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” and that “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The Holy Bible, as the revelation of the Person and will of God, is the only rule of faith, doctrine, and practice for the Christian Church (Ps. 119:105, Acts 17:11, Ps. 68:11, I Cor. 11:2, Jer. 15:16, I Thes. 2:13, Isa. 55:11, I Tim. 6:3, Ex. 34:27, II Tim. 3:16, Josh. 24:26, II Pet. 1:21, I Sam. 10:25, I Cor. 14:37, Jer. 30:2, II Pet. 3:16, Lk. 1:3, Jn. 1:1).
One True and Living God
We believe in one true and living God, supreme and infinite in being, perfect, holy, eternal, omnipotent, immutable, omniscient, pre-existent before all things, and the Creator of all (Gen. 1:1, Deut. 6:4, Jude 25, Jer. 23:24, Pr. 28:5, Jer. 32:17, Lk. 1:37, Ps. 90:2).
We believe that there exists in the Godhead, a trinity of distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and that they are One in power, in purpose, in essence and in eternity (Gen. 1:26, Isa. 42:1, Mt. 28:19, I Jn. 5:7, II Cor. 13:14, Gen. 18:2,. Deut. 6:4, Mt. 3:16,17, Heb. 1:8, Mt. 22:43, Isa. 35:4,5, Mt. 11:3-6, Jn. 8:24, Acts 5:3,4, Jn. 5:19, Jn. 16:13-15).
Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of God
We believe Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of God. In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Beloved Son for the Salvation of the world. He was immaculately conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of a Virgin (Isa. 7:14, Lk. 1:27,35, Mt. 3:17, Jn. 3:16, Mt. 1:18). He lived a life of sinless purity, revealing God to a lost and fallen mankind. He performed the complete will of God, doing all things pleasing to the Father, being obedient, even unto death, on the Cross. He was slain for the sins of mankind. At the Cross, God laid the iniquity of us all upon Him. He partook of sin, infirmity and death for all men. As a Lamb without blemish before God, He was the propitiation for our sin. It is through His shed blood that we have atonement, the forgiveness of sin, and there is salvation in no other (Isa. 53, Jn. 1:29, II Cor. 5:21, Rm. 5:9, Acts. 4:12).
Upon His death He was buried in a tomb and was in the earth for three days, and rose again physically from the dead on the third day, overcoming sin, hell and death. He showed Himself alive after His passion to witnesses, by many infallible proofs. This is the Gospel, the power of God unto Salvation,
which is sent to be preached unto all mankind (Mt. 12:40, Lk. 24:39, Acts 1:3, I Cor. 15:1-8, Mt. 27:63, II Cor. 5:15). When He had thus by Himself purged our sins, Christ ascended bodily into Heaven, there to sit down at the right hand of God and be retained until the restitution of all things spoken by the prophets since the world began (Heb. 1:3,13, Acts. 1:9, Acts 2:33-35, Acts 3:21, I Tim. 3:16).
Return of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven to this earth in power and glory, and that He will receive His bride, His elect, unto Himself, that He will judge the living and the dead, and that He will establish the everlasting Kingdom of God upon the earth (Acts 1:11, Mt. 24:30,31, Eph. 5:27, II Cor. 11:2, Rev. 5:20, Dan. 7:14, II Tim. 4:1, Rm. 14:10).
The Holy Spirit
(1) We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, that He is God Himself, co-eternal with the Father and the Son (Gen. 1:2, Jn. 4:24, Acts 5:3,4, Mk. 3:29).
(2) When Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, He sent forth the Holy Spirit, to fulfill the promise of the Father, for the washing and regeneration of believers, and that He might abide with and empower believers to be witnesses unto Christ, and that He might lead and guide the church into all truth (Acts 1:4,8, I Pet. 1:12, Titus 3:5, Jn. 14:16, Jn. 16:13).
(3) The Gift of the Holy Ghost is given to believers, subsequent to the salvation experience, with the manifestation of speaking in tongues. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is at work in the present age of the church, with the manifestations and gifts distributed by Him according to the Scriptures (Acts 2:4, 10:45,46, 19:6, I Cor. 14:2,4,14,18,21, I Cor. 12:1-11).
Historical Christian Church
We believe in the Historical Christian Church, which was begun and is being builded by Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The church, as established by our Lord and nurtured by the Apostles of Christ, entered a state of decline and darkness by the third century A.D., until it bore little or no resemblance to the early church. But with the breaking forth of light on Justification by Faith, in the 17th century, and through many subsequent outpourings of Biblical truth, Christ has been building up and restoring His church to its ancient purity and power, that the Scriptures regarding the church might all come to fulfillment in these last days (Mt. 16:18, Eph. 2:20, II Tim. 2:2, Ps. 102:16, Joel 2:23,24,25, Hag. 2:9, Eph. 5:27).
We believe in water baptism, identifying and uniting the believer with Christ’s own death, burial and resurrection into newness of life. Begotten of God at salvation through faith in Christ, the believer is born again through the faith of the operation of God at water baptism, wherein the old nature is done away through circumcision of the heart, which is the spiritual token of our covenant with God (Mt. 28:19, Mk. 16:16, Acts 2:38, John 3:5, Rm. 6:5, II Cor. 5:17, Col. 2:11,12, Deut. 10:16, Ezek. 36:26, Ezek. 11:19).
The Lord’s Supper
We believe in the Lord’s Supper, instituted by Him before His passion, as a holy sign and seal of the new covenant of grace, containing the divine mystery of our partaking of Him, the communion of the body of Christ (Mt. 26:26-29, Mk. 14:22-25, Lk. 22:19,20, Jn. 6:48-58, I Cor. 10:16).
Principles of the Doctrine of Christ
We believe in the Principles of the Doctrine of Christ as the foundation of our Christian faith, according to Hebrews 6:1-3, principles essential for the growth of the church unto perfection:
We believe in the worship of God in praise, in song, in dance, with the lifting up of hands, with clapping hands and musical instruments, as a spiritual sacrifice, that an atmosphere of glory unto Him may be formed for Him to inhabit (Ps. 134:2, Ps. 150, Ps. 63:4,5, Ps. 22:3, Heb. 13:15, Ps. 149:3, Ps. 47:1, Ps. 87:7, Acts 24:14, I Tim. 2:8, Heb. 12:12, Rev. 8:4, Ps. 141:2, Mal. 1:11).
Jesus Christ is the Supreme Head of the Church
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Supreme Head of the Church Universal, His body. When He ascended on high, He gave the gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers unto men, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ. These ministries are men and women ordained of God and empowered to direct and govern the affairs of the church in matters both spiritual and natural, by Divine Guidance of the Holy Spirit as demonstrated by the Word of God (Acts 4:35, II Thes. 3:10, II Cor. 8:14,20, Eph. 6:1-9, Mt. 19:21,22, Num. 16:13, Mt. 10:40).