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The Scriptures Inspired. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, and the infallible rule of faith and conduct.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12)
 
The One true Godhead.  The triune Godhead is comprised of three (3) distinct personalities, the Father, the Son, the HolySpirit, who are eternally self-existent, self- revealed and function as one entity. One God in three- persons. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and Holy Spirit.
 
The Father. We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Author and Creator of all things.  The Old Testament reveals God in diverse manners, by manifesting his nature, character, and dominions.  The Gospels in the New Testament give us knowledge of God the “Father” or “My Father”, showing the relationship of God to Jesus as Father, or representing Him as the Father in the Godhead, and Jesus himself the son (St. John 15:8; 14:20.)
 
The Son. We believe that Jesus was and is eternal in his person and nature as the Son of God who was with God in the beginning of creation (St. John 1:1).  We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin called Mary according to the scripture (St. Mathew 1:18), thus giving the rise to our fundamental-belief in the Virgin Birth and to all the miraculous events surrounding this phenomenon (St. Matthew 1:18-25).  We believe that Jesus Christ became the “suffering servant” to man; this suffering servant came seeking to redeem man from sin and reconcile him back to God, his Father (Romans 5:10).  
 
The Holy Ghost. We believe that the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity proceeds from the Father and the Son, is of the same substance, equal in power and glory, and is, together with the Father and the Son, to be believed in, obeyed, and worshiped.  The Holy Ghost is a gift bestowed upon the believer for the purpose of equipping and empowering the believer, making him a more effective witness for service in the world.  He teaches and guides one in all truth. (John 16:13; Acts 1:8; 8:39)
 
The Promise of the Father.  All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the commandment of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ.   This was a normal experience in the early church. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost brings the endowment of power for life, service, along with gifts of the spirit and their uses in the ministry.  (Luke 24:49;Acts 1:4-8;1Corinthians 12:1-31).  This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 2:38;10:44-46;11:14-16;15:7-9).
 
The evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service.  (Acts 2:4;10:44-46;19:2,6;1:8) 
  
Man, His Fall and Redemption.  Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in Our image and after Our likeness.  “But, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31,3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)
 
Salvation.  Salvation deals with the application of the work of redemption to the sinner with his restoration to divine favor and communion with God.  This redemptive operation of the Holy Ghost upon sinners is brought about by repentance toward God and faith toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Romans 6:4; 5:6; Col 2:12; 3:1.)  
 
The Salvation of Man. 
(a)  Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalm 103:3), being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  For by grace we are saved through faith.  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.  For with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10) Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Romans 10:9-10, 1Corinthians 5:10).
 
Baptism in Water. The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord.  In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.  (Matthews 28:19;Acts 10:47-48;Romans 6:4) 
 
The Church.  The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission.  Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the first born, which is written in Heaven. (Ephesians 1:22;2:19-22;Hebrews 12:23)
 
Ministry Offices. We believe that the ministry consists of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers [Ephesians 4:11; Titus 2:3-4], Bishops [1 Timothy 3:1], Elders [Titus 1:5], Deacons [1 Timothy 3:8-10] and Deaconesses. [Romans 16:1] We do believe that all believers have a part in ministry as witnesses unto others of God’s grace and power. [Acts 1:8]
 
Divine Healing. We believe and do practice divine healing.  It is a commandment of Jesus to the Apostles (St. Mark 16:18).  Jesus affirms his teachings on healing by explaining to his disciples, who were to be Apostles, that healing the afflicted is by faith (St. Luke 9:40-41). Therefore, we believe that healing by Faith in God has scriptural support and ordained authority.   
 
Miracles. We believe that healing occurs to convince men that the Bible is God’s Word.  A miracle can be defined as an extraordinary visible act of Divine power, wrought by the efficient agency of the will of God, which has as its final cause the vindication of the righteousness of God’s Word.  We believe that the works of God, which were performed during the beginnings of Christianity do and will occur even today where God is preached, and Faith in Christ is exercised. (Acts 5:15; 6:8; 9:40; Luke 4:36; 7:14-15; 5:5-6; St. Mark 14:15).
 
Marriage. Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. He performed the first marriage, joining these two, the epitome of His image, to make them one.  Scripture describes marriage as a decisive act of both detachment and attachment: One shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh, leaving and cleaving. (Genesis 2:24).  In scripture the promise by which married couples are bound together, is spoken of as a “covenant” which is a binding agreement. 
 
Tithes. One tenth of all material things we get belongs to God.  Scripture tells us that the tithe is “holy to the Lord,” symbolizing God’s ownership of everything (Leviticus 27:30, 32; Malachi 3:8-10).  It is to be returned to Him as His own.
 
Offerings. Grateful Christians cannot limit their contributions to the church to tithes.  In Israel the Tabernacle, and later the Temple, was built from “free will offerings” – offerings given from willing hearts (Exodus 36:2-7); 1 Chronicles 29:14).  
 
Total Prosperity.
(a) Spiritual -  John 3:3,11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21;Romans 10:9-10.
(b) Mental - 2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2;Isaiah 26:3. 
(c) Physical -  Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthews 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24. 
(d) Financial -  3 John verse 2; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14. 
(e) Social -  Proverbs 3:4
 
Blessed Hope. Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to Heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17and 2 Thessalonians 2:1)
 
The Lake of Fire.  Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from God.  This is the second death, the lake of fire (Revelations 19:20; 20:10-15).
 
The Millennial Reign of Jesus.  The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the scriptures promised (Romans 11:25,27; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Revelations 19:11-16;20:1-7).  After this, there shall be a new heaven and new earth.  (Revelations 21)

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