Statement of Belief
The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Fundamental
Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., those we all
speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians-1:10; Acts-2:42). The phraseology employed in
this statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held
to be essential to a full-gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all
biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.
The Scriptures Inspired
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and
is the final revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith
and conduct (2 Timothy-3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians-2:13; 2 Peter-1:21).
The One True God
The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,”
the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed
himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy-6:4; Isaiah-43:10, 11; Matthew-28:19; Luke-3:22).
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
- His virgin birth (Matthew-1:23; Luke-1:31, 35).
- His sinless life (Hebrews-7:26; 1 Peter-2:22).
- His miracles (Acts-2:22; 10:38).
- His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians-15:3; 2 Corinthians-5:21).
- His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew-28:6; Luke-24:39; 1 Corinthians -15:4).
- His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts-1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians-2:9-11;
The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby
incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from
God (Genesis-1:26, 27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans-5:12-19).
The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the
Son of God. Refer Luke-24:47; John-3:3; Romans-10:13-15; Ephesians-2:8; Titus-2:11;
3: 5-7; Romans-8:16; Ephesians-4:24; Titus-2:12.
The Ordinances of the Church
- Baptism in Water - The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures.
All who repent and believe in Christ as his / her personal Saviour and Lord are
to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and
that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew-28:19;
Mark-16:16; Acts-10:47, 48; Romans-6:4).
- Holy Communion - The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the
fruit of the vine—is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our
Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians
11:25, 26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined
on all believers “till He comes!”
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes
the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their
uses in the work of the ministry (Luke-24:49; Acts-1:4, 8; 1 Corinthians-12:1-31).
This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth
(Acts-8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Spirit
come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John-7:37-39; Acts-4:8),
a deepened reverence for God (Acts-2:43; Hebrews-12:28), an intensified consecration
to God and dedication to His work (Acts-2:42), and a more active love for Christ,
for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).