Doctrine

1. We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to the human family and is given by inspiration of God, thus making it His infallible and inerrant Word which is the final authority regarding the doctrines we believe and the duties we practice.

2. We believe that God subsists from everlasting to everlasting, manifesting Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, being equal in essence, but different in office and personhood.

3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Without laying aside His deity, He took upon Himself flesh and blood that He might provide an atonement for sin through His death upon the cross. Having arisen from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us as our great High Priest. We also believe that Jesus will return again to rapture His bride, the saints of God, from the earth. The fact of His return is certain, but the time of His coming is uncertain. Therefore, we are admonished to be ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

4. We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, proceeds from the Father and the Son and is Christ’s other Self. He is the Paraclete, the Comforter, the One who reproves the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the Spirit of truth; and guides God’s children into all truth. He also takes the things of the Father and the Son and reveals them unto us. His ministry does not involve the glorification of Himself but rather the exaltation of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Triune Godhead is actively involved in the work of salvation. God the Father planned our redemption. God the Son is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. God the Spirit applies the atoning blood to the seeker who meets God’s conditions.

5. We believe that Christ’s atonement is universally extensive, sufficient for the entire human family. Therefore, Christ is the Savior of all men provisionally, but experientially He is only the Savior of those who repent and believe. The miracle of conversion entails several facets:

  1. There is justification or the forgiveness of all past sins;
  2. There is regeneration or the impartation of eternal life;
  3. There is adoption or a change in family relationship;
  4. There is the witness of the Spirit or an internal assurance.

Conversion or the new birth is sometimes called the first work of grace. It deals with the acts of sin and enables one to live above the practice of sin.
We also believe that the atoning Blood of Christ has a provision for a second definite work of grace wherein the believer who has been justified (and initially sanctified) can be entirely sanctified. This crisis work of grace is wrought instantaneously by the baptism with the Holy Spirit, whereby the believer is cleansed from the carnal mind and filled with the Spirit.
The evidence that one has been either regenerated or entirely sanctified is not found in any kind of external manifestation but rather in the internal witness of the Spirit.

6. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith and not of works lest any man should boast. However, once we are saved, works become an important outflow of a right relationship to God, for faith without works is dead. God’s people are zealous of good works. We are not saved to simply enjoy salvation; rather, we are saved to serve the Lord God and we often serve Him as we serve others.

As servants of God, we are enjoined with various responsibilities as well as privileges.

  1. One of our greatest responsibilities (and privileges) is the exercise of prayer along with Bible study. In order to retain salvation, one must maintain daily devotions, but prayer must go beyond one’s personal needs. It must include intercession in behalf of others.
  2. Another responsibility resting upon all believers is the matter of outreach or winning souls to the Savior. We are our brother’s keeper. We must be missionary-minded for the needs at home and abroad. The world is truly our parish.
  3. We also believe that Christians are in the world, but not of the world. The call of God is clear: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. There must be a clear-cut line of demarcation between the world and the church. The fads and fashions of the world must be renounced. We are separated from the world but to the Savior.