The New Birth is necessary for all men, and when experienced produces eternal life.
ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH: Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary for all men, and when experienced produces eternal life (2 Corinthians 7:10; I John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD: The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “…the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air…” (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
WATER BAPTISM:Baptism in water is 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 (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
THE SCRIPTURES: 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 doctrines (2 Timothy 3:16; I Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
THE GODHEAD: Our God is one, but manifested in three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Mark 12:28; Matthew 28:19). The Father sent the Son (John 20:21). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:14; John 1:18). 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, Rom. 3:10, Rom. 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 (Ephesians 2:8).
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord.
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST: The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire 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 other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).
SANCTIFICATION: The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation of Christ’s return (Hebrews 12:14; I Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; I Corinthians 1:30).
DIVINE HEALING: Healing is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15; I Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4,5).
LAYING ON OF HANDS: According to God’s Word, the laying on of hands is in obedience to Jesus’ command, “They shall lay hands on the sick and they sell recover.” (Mark 16:18)