Our journey begins with the Word of God. It was in the beginning that God created environments, formations, life and provision with what He said. Different words would have been followed by a different world. However, through providence, our experience is framed within His Divine design. What is known and whatever will be discovered is simply an explanation of this reality.
At the epicenter of our worldview is God’s Word for us, the Holy Bible. Within this accepted canon emerges His story- and His relationship with humanity. Visible histories and quiet whispers preserve His principles for every generation.1 From the two testaments of the Bible we read God’s pleasure in the good of people and even the allowance of our mistakes.
From the very beginning, we were given a choice to remain loyal to God’s plan or sink into depravity through self-interest. As we look around and see the evil present in our world we become profoundly aware of the history that preceded us3. Other’s decisions illuminate the malevolence of one’s own decisions. And it is from the moment of this self-awareness that we are introduced to God- the Creator of all life. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This divine complexity of unity cannot be fully understood by finite intelligence. However, certain truths of this truth are expressed as the eternally constant relationship between these three, who remain as one.2
Throughout the ages we have wandered purposefully in search of fulfillment. Laws enlightened us to a more respectable lifestyle. Ordinances protected us from the evils of disobedience by penalizing such acts and serving justice. But the greater disparity between what we wanted to do and actually did constantly reminded us that we were still falling short of an experience with God. Certain laws and social evolution simply weren’t enough to return humanity to its primordial perfection. It is only the love of the Father through the obedience of the Son by the Power of the Holy Spirit that returns to us the greater gift of life known in the beginning.4 Our participation in the experiences of salvation and baptism signify our acceptance of this truth. 4,5
But now what? Is knowledge enough? Is a belief and a prayer the depth of our return to God? We believe it is not. We believe these experiences are only the beginning in the eternal relationship between God and us. As we now enjoy creation as intended, and live as intended and commune with God as intended, we also have His participation in our journey: His counsel, language, benefits, hope and His warning.6, 7, 8, 9
Nothing ends here- this is only the beginning of our eternity. Our life has a beginning but not an end. We will spend our life with God or separated from Him. The beauty of creation, is that He has given us the choice.10
2 Philippians 2:6.
3 Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:14, I John 3:8.
4 John 3:3-5, II Corinthians 7:10, I John 5:12.
5 Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-39.
6 Matthew 3:11, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 19:1-7.
7 Hebrews 12:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, II Peter 3:18, II Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14.
8 Mark 16:18, James 5:14-16, I Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5.
9 Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 4:16-17.
10 Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 19:20
The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. The New Covenant, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine.
II Timothy 3:16, I Thessalonians 2:13, II Peter 1:21
Our God is one, but manifested in three persons- the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal.
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. 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.
Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:14, I John 3:8
Salvation and Eternal Life
Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. Salvation is necessary to all men, and when experienced produces eternal life.
John 3:3-5, II Corinthians 7:10, I John 5:12
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.
Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-39
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
This is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to Salvation. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance.
Matthew 3:11, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 19:1-7
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe 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 at Christ’s return.
Hebrews 12:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, II Peter 3:18, II Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands and the Gifts of the Spirit. It is provided for in the redemption of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the Church today.
Mark 16:18, James 5:14-16, I Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5
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”. He is coming back soon.
Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 4:16-17
Hell and Eternal Retribution
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and; therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal.
Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 19:20