Tenets of Faith

 

 

THE GODHEAD

 

Our God is one, but manifested in three Persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, being equal. 
 
Deuteronomy 6:4 - Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.

Philippians 2:6 - Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.  

†  God the Father is greater than all; the Sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter.
 
John 14:28 - “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 

John 16:28 -  I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.  

†  The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. 

John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  

John 1:14 - The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

John 1:18 - No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. 

†  The Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son and is eternal.

John 14:16 - And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 

John 15:16 - You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 

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 and doctrine. 

2 Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
 
1 Thessalonians 2:13 - And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
 
2 Peter 1:21 - For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 

 

ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH

Man's first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that creates repentance.  The new birth is necessary to all men and, when experienced, produces eternal life.

2 Corinthians 7:10 - Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 

John 3:3-5 -Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

1 John 5:12 -Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

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.  The Bible says..."all have sinned and come short of the glory of God," and ..."There is none righteous, no not one."  

Romans 3:10 - And it is written “There is no one righteous, not even one; 

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Jesus Christ, the son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave his life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God.

Romans 5:14 - Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

1 John 3:8 - The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 

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 2:8-10- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

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 - Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Romans 6:4 - We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Colossians 2:12 - Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

Acts 8:36-39 - As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

 

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 at Christ's return.

Hebrews 12:14 -Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 - May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:18 - But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

2 Corinthians 3:18 - And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Philippians 3:12-14 - Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:30 - It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

 

HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION

The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopeless 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.  The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God.

Hebrews 9:27 - Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

Revelations 19:20 - But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

DIVINE HEALING

Healing is from the physical ills of the human body and 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.

James 5:14-15 - Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

Mark 16:18 - They will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”


Isaiah 53:4-5 - Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Matthew 8:17 - This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:  “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”

1 Peter 2:24 - “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

 

RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD

 

The angels said to Jesus' disciples "...this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall come in like a 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 1:1 - In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 - For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Following the Tribulation, He shall return to the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, and together with his saints, who shall be kings and priests; He shall reign for a thousand years.

Revelations 5:10 - You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Revelations 20:6 - Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.