OUR BELIEFS

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OUR BELIEFS

THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED

We believe in the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testament, that they are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

ONE GOD IN TRINITY

We believe in  one true God who  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 FALL OF MAN

We believe that the man was created in God’s image.  However, by voluntary transgression, he  felt  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

We believe that the man can be saved in accepting  Jesus’ atoning death, and that  his blood takes away our sins  when we believe in Him. ( Yoh.1:36).

ETERNAL LIFE

We believe that when we repent and confess our sins Christ, we are justified before God. We believe that we have eternal life by the work of the Holly Spirit who sanctifies us. ((Luke 15:7; Acts 2: 38; Romans 4:25; 5:16; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Thessalonians 4: 3).

THE EVIDENCES OF SALVATION

We believe that the inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit  . The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness ((Romans 8:16; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).

THE BLESSED HOPE

We believe in the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52).

THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST

We believe in the second coming of Christ  that includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zech. 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Rev. 1:7;19:11-14; 20:1-6).

THE FINAL JUDGMENT

We believe that there will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of  fire , which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).

THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH

We believe, according to Jesus’ promise, in a  new heavens and a new earth, where we will live eternally with God (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21,22).

THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION

We believe that 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 firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

THE MINISTRY

We believe that a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in:

(1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20),

(2) worship of God (John 4:23,24), and

(3) building a Body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11,16).

ONE COMMUNITY

We believe in the fact of belonging to one community of God  of all  members led by the Holy Spirit  without discrimination based on tribalism, racism or nationality. ( Rom.8:14)

BAPTISM, GIFTS AND FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers with signs following; also in the operation of the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers (Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4;1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Galatians 5:22-23). The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).

We believe that LOVE is the essential fruit of the Spirit (1 Kor:13)

THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

  1. Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior 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).

  1. 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 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”

  1. Marriage

Only marriage between  one man and one woman is allowed ( Gen.2:22-23; Mal.2:15)

CHURCH DISCIPLINE

– Respect for and obedience to authority (Rom. 13:1)

– Total abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and other  drugs and substances. (1 Pet.1:13)

– Submission to corrective measures/policies of the Church ( 1 Tes.5:14)

– Regular fellowship of saints – (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:25)

CHURCH ACTIVITIES

–  THE GREAT COMMISSION: Discipleship is training believers to be like Christ. The emphasis is on holiness, righteousness, faithfulness, honesty, sincerity, humility, prayerfulness and the leading of disciplined and responsible lives. (Mat.28:19)

PRAYER, HEALING AND DELIVERANCE: Prayers are said for divine  healing and deliverance to testify the power and the Love  of Jesus. Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).

– TITHES/OFFERINGS
Believers must  be Faithful  in giving offerings and paying tithes to enhance and support the  ministry of the Church and to get blessing from God. ( Mal.3:7-11)

–  ACTIVITIES OF LOVE : Believers must live in love by supporting one another, and participating in communal work. The Church may  help the entire community by providing social assistance  such as health services, schools, agriculture as well as helping to the needy in society.

SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1,2; 1Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15,16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5).

 

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