1. The Bible Is Inspired
The Scriptures of the entire Bible are verbally inspired of God. It was not just the ideas that were inspired; even the choice of words was inspired as the original writers were moved by God to write what He wanted them to say. We therefore believe that (1) the Scriptures are God’s revelation of Himself to mankind, (2) they are infallible or never wrong, (3) they are a divinely authoritative guide for our faith, belief, and manner of living.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21
2. One True God
There is one true God. He has revealed Himself as having always exited without any outside cause or agent bringing Him into being. (Isaiah 42:10) He is the creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1) and the One who redeems, saves, or rescues mankind from sin and its painful consequences. (Isaiah 43:11) God has further revealed Himself as a single Being (Deuteronomy 6:4) consisting of three interrelated persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22). This concept of one God or Being of three persons is called the Trinity.
3. Jesus Christ Is Fully God
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God has always existed. He too is without beginning or end (Revelation 1:8). In order to complete His earthly sacrificial mission, He became human by being born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35
4. The Fall of Mankind
Mankind was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, mankind by willful choice, ignored instructions…. choosing to engage in what they knew was wrong and evil. As a result, mankind fell from innocence and goodness 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
5. The Salvation of Mankind
Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death and enslavement from sin. God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness. Mankind’s only home of redemption from the fallen sinful state is through the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son – blood that was shed as Jesus died on the cross.
6. The Ordinances of the Church
Water Baptism and Holy Communion are two ordinances of the church ordained or established by Jesus Himself.
Water Baptism: The ordinance of baptism by immersion in water (not sprinkling) is commanded in the
scriptures (Mark 16:16).
Holy Communion: The Lord’s Supper or communion, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine (grape juice),
is a memorial of Christ’s suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26).
7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and therefore should expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ.
8. Divine Healing
Divine healing from God is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided in the Atonement (Christ’s suffering and death for our reconciliation with God). Healing is a privilege of all believers.
Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16
9. The Blessed Hope
All Christians who have died will one day rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who have not yet died will be raptured, to be with the Lord. Then all Christians of all ages will live with God forever.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17