Basic Teachings of the Bible

1. There is only one true God who is eternally self-existent, infinitely perfect, and almighty. God’s name is I AM, meaning: “I AM, I WAS, I WILL BE” (Exodus 3:14) and He is the Creator of everything. We believe in the Doctrine of the Trinity – that God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit are each equally and eternally the one true God. Each is necessary, each is distinct, and yet, all are one. The three Persons appear in a logical and causal order. The Father is the unseen, omnipresent Source of all being who is revealed in and by the Son and experienced in and by the Holy Spirit. With reference to God’s creation, the Father is the Thought behind it, the Son is the Word calling it forth, and the Spirit is the Deed making it a reality.

Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross as the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of God the Father on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness, and peace.

God the Holy Spirit is sent by God the Father and God the Son to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the believers, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

2. The Holy Bible, which contains 66 books of The Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. The Holy Bible is verbally inspired by God, is inerrant as originally given, and is a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.

3. Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God: he fell through disobedience, thereby incurring both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.

4. Salvation is provided through Jesus Christ for all men; those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.

5. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly; it is His will that we should be separated from sin, the world, and are fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving the power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.

6. Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.

7. The Church consists of all those who truly repent their sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into the entire world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, edification through the Word of God, prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the Gospel, and observance of the Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

8. The Holy Bible does not provide authorization for Churches to band together in some kind of mid-level organization with any particular denomination brand. Each local Church is an independent congregation governed by its own local shepherds as they submit to the Chief Shepherd (I Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:4-8; I Peter 5:1-5). The Holy Bible teaches about neither congregational hierarchy nor denomination nor mother churches.

9. There will be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, there will be a resurrection unto life; for the latter, there will be a resurrection unto judgment

10. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent, and it will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This vital truth is the believer’s blessed hope and is an incentive to holy living and faithful service. [1].

01/07/2017

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