1. The Scriptures
- The Bible which comprises of 66 books is God’s unalterable source of revelation to all mankind.
- The Bible is divinely inspired [breathed out by God], infallible, inerrant, supreme and therefore is the final authority for faith and life.
Scripture References: 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 17:17
- There is only One true and living God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect and flawless in all of his attributes; One in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Each of the three Persons are equally deserving of our worship and obedience.
Scripture References: Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
a. God the Father
- God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, as the Creator, is the Father of all people, but is the spiritual Father of believers only.
- It is God the Father who chose from eternity past to send his Son to be a sacrifice for sins.
Scripture References: Ephesians 4:6; Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Acts 2:23; 1 Peter 1:20
b. God the Son
- Jesus Christ is God, the second Person of the Trinity, who became a Man, born of a virgin and lived a sinless life.
- In all of his miracles and in his willing, sacrificial and substitutionary death on the cross.
- He physically rose from the dead on the third day as the guarantee of our justification, ascended to the right hand of the Father and is currently mediating as the Advocate and High Priest for His people.
Scripture References: Matthew 1:22; John 14:9; Hebrews 1:3; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Peter 2:22; Isaiah 53:4; John 10:15; Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:16-20; Acts 1:9; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1
c. God the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, regenerates, draws the sinner to Christ and baptizes the repentant sinner into the body of Christ at the time of conversion.
- In the Spirit-filled life and that the Holy Spirit indwells, sanctifies, instructs, comforts, guides, empowers and seals all believers until the day of redemption.
- The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to every believer. These gifts are solely meant for the purposes of glorifying Christ, building up of the Church and are to be exercised for the profit of all.
- The sign gifts such as tongues, etc., were given for temporary purposes and passed away after the apostles.
Scripture References: John 3:5-8; Titus 3:5; John 16:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 14:16; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 John 2:20; 1 Corinthians 12:18; 1 Peter 4:10; John 16:14; 1 Corinthians 14:12; 1 Corinthians 12:7; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:3-4
- Angels are created beings and hence are not to be worshiped.
- Satan is a created angel, originally created holy, but became evil by rebelling against God with several other angels and thereby incurred God’s judgment.
- Satan, the unholy god of this age who is presently deceiving people with his demons, has been defeated through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and in future will be eternally punished in the lake of fire along with his demons.
Scripture References: Matthew 4:10; Colossians 2:18; Revelation 19:10; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 3:8; Romans 16:20; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:7-10
- The creation details as given in Genesis that this universe including humans were created in six successive 24-hour days.
- Human beings are a direct creation of God and not a product of evolution.
Scripture References: Genesis 1-2; Exodus 20:11; John 1:3; Acts 17:24-26; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3
5. Fall of Man
- Man was created in the image of God, holy and free of sin with intelligence and moral responsibility; that he willfully sinned, lost his innocence and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God.
- Since the time of the Fall, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and when they reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word and actions.
Scripture References: Genesis 1:26-27, 3:6, 24; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:10-19, 5:2
- Salvation of a person is completely by God’s grace and is solely based on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
- Salvation is in no way contributed to nor accomplished by any merit or work of the individual.
- Regeneration, or the new birth is instantaneous and solely a work of God’s grace whereby sinners become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit who through the word of God brings conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The converted or born-again person naturally bears fruit in keeping with the new-birth.
- Salvation is a free offer made to all mankind and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth except personal willful rejection of the gospel.
- Since salvation is completely the work of the Lord, those who are saved are eternally kept by God’s power, secure in Christ forever and will also persevere in the faith till the very end.
- This assurance of salvation does not give license for the believer to lead a sinful life, but on the contrary enables the believer to pursue a life of holiness with an attitude of love and gratitude towards the Lord and stays away from all kinds of sinful practices and associations.
Scripture References: Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18-19; John 3:5-8; 1 Peter 1:22-23; Acts 3:19, 11:18; Romans 10:9-10; Philippians 2:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 3:8, 7:17-23; Ephesians 2:10; Mathew 11:28; John 3:16, 6:37; Romans 1:18-20; 1 Peter 1:5; John 6:40, 10:28-29; Romans 8:1, 31-39; Hebrews 10:39; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 John 2:19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5
- Jesus Christ established His church, which is made up of all that have truly placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The Church, also called as the body and bride of Christ, has Christ only as its head and obeys his word as found in the Bible.
- The Scriptures clearly teach the establishment of local churches and that each believer should be actively involved in such a fellowship.
- We believe that the teachings and functioning of the local Church is to be free from any external human authority or control and is led by elders (men, also known as pastors, bishops, overseers) that are assisted by deacons who fit the biblical qualifications.
- We also believe that it is biblical for like-minded churches to work together for the spread of the gospel.
- We believe that the purpose of the Church is to:
- Worship God through Christ
- Preach and teach the whole counsel of God
- Communicate the gospel to the entire world
- Build up one another
- Practice the ordinances of water baptism of new disciples by immersion which is the outward sign of the inward new-birth
- Partake in the Lord’s supper (after serious self examination) as a continual reminder of Christ’s death and his imminent return
- Practice church discipline in order to protect the sinning Christian from pursuing a lifestyle of sin as well as to maintain the purity of the Church
Scripture References: Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:7; Acts 14:23, 20:28; Philippians 1:1; Ephesians 4:12; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Ephesians 3:21; Matthew 28:20; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 20:27; Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:13-16; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-5; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5; Galatians 6:1-2; James 5:19-20
8. Second Coming and Judgment
In the physical bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ as occurring in two phases:
- The first phase of his return, which can occur at any moment, is for taking his church to heaven.
- After this event, there will be a 7-year period called the Tribulation when God will pour out his judgment on the earth.
- The second phase of his return will occur following this period of Tribulation when Christ will physically come to earth with all his people to destroy all unbelievers and establish his kingdom on the earth for a thousand years.
- At the end of the thousand years, Satan and his demons will be cast into the eternal lake of fire called hell; that all who have not believed in Christ will stand before him in judgment, called the Great White Throne Judgment, and as a result of their unforgiven sins will be committed forever to hell, which is a real, conscious and eternal place of torment.
- After this judgment, the entire universe including earth will be destroyed by fire and will be replaced with a new earth completely free of any sin or curse and a new heavenly city that will be a part of this earth.
- Only those that have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for their salvation will live forever in this new heaven and new earth under the protection and care of the One God eternally existing in three Persons.
Scripture References: John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 6-18; 1 Corinthians 6:2; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 19:1-20:6, 20:7-15; John 5:22, 28-29; Matthew 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 21-22
- God establishes the local government and that we are to honor, pray for and submit to them except in those things opposed to the will of God as stated in Scriptures.
Scripture References: Acts 4:19, 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 2:13-17