1. THE NATURE AND UNITY OF THE GODHEAD
There is one god who is eternal personal spirit. He is infinite in power, wisdom,
holiness and love. God is triune in essential being and revealed to us as father,
son and Holy Spirit.
2. THE DEITY AND HUMANITY OF CHRIST
Jesus Christ as the second person of the godhead is eternally one with god the
father of whose person and glory Jesus is the accurate expression. to become
human he was conceived of the holy spirit and born of the virgin Mary, so that
two whole and perfect natures, the nature of god and human nature, were united
in one person; truly god and truly human.
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit as the third person of the trinity is eternally one with the father
and the son yet he is sent by them to achieve the divine purpose in the world and
in the church.
4. THE DIVINE INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES
The scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the old and new testaments,
are the infallible Word of God. They were written by holy people of god inspired
by the Holy Spirit and have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
5. THE SINFULNESS OF PEOPLE
People were made in the image of god and for fellowship with god. By
transgression of god’s command humankind fell from fellowship with god and
their nature was corrupted. As a consequence all people are spiritually dead
under Satan’s dominion and control and subject to god’s wrath and
condemnation. Therefore, apart from god’s grace, people are helpless and
6. CHRIST’S ATONEMENT FOR HUMAN SIN
In order to redeem people from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, Jesus Christ
became human and died a sacrificial death as our representative substitute. By his
resurrection, god’s acceptance of his atoning death was demonstrated. This
atonement is sufficient for the whole world, but effective only in those who
receive it. The sinner is justified and reconciled to god, not through any personal
merit, but solely on the basis of god’s gracious gift of salvation in Jesus Christ
received through faith.
7. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN SALVATION
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is necessary for the acceptance of god’s provision
of salvation. The Holy Spirit convinces sinners of their sinfulness, leads them to
personal faith in Jesus Christ as lord and savior and so brings them to spiritual
birth as god’s children and to fellowship in Christ. working within the life of
believers the holy spirit makes real the presence of Christ, witnesses to their
relationship with God, leads into all truth, bestows gifts for effective service and
produces graces for holy living. We believe in the operation of the gifts of the
Holy Spirit and the gifts of Christ in the church today.
8. THE CHURCH
The church is the body of people whom god has separated from the world
through faith in Jesus Christ as their lord and savior. All regenerate persons are
members of the universal church of god which takes local forms wherever groups
of believers unite for worship, fellowship and service in accordance with scriptural
principles. All believers are called to a priestly ministry in the offering of spiritual
sacrifices and sent into the world to be witnesses. God calls individuals to
positions of oversight and leadership or to special ministries. The church
recognizes such by ordaining pastors, commissioning missionaries, appointing
deacons and other leaders, following New Testament practice.
9. THE BAPTISM OF BELIEVERS ONLY BY IMMERSION
Baptism is an ordinance of the lord Jesus Christ. It is a public declaration of a
person’s faith in Jesus Christ as lord and savior. In accordance with New
Testament scripture it should be administered only by total immersion which
symbolizes the believer’s identification with Christ in death, burial and
resurrection, the remission of sins and the believer’s dedication of himself to god
to live and walk in newness of life.
10. THE COMMUNION
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the lord Jesus Christ instituted by him to be
celebrated with the elements of bread and wine by believers in Christ until the
end of the age. It commemorates and declares our thanks for the lord’s
substitutionary death. The celebration of the ordinance expresses our fellowship
with and in the lord Jesus Christ as members of the body of which he is the head.
11. THE RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
At the end of this age, according to his promise, Jesus Christ will return personally
and visibly in his glory to the earth. The full consummation of the kingdom of god
awaits his return.
12. THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD
At the end of the age, there is to be a resurrection both of the righteous and the
unrighteous. After death people’s bodies return to dust, but their spirits return
immediately to god – the righteous to be with him and the unrighteous to be
reserved for the judgment.
13. REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS IN A FUTURE STATE
God has appointed a day of final judgement for the world. At that time Jesus
Christ will judge every person and each will receive reward or punishment
according to their deeds. Those judged righteous, in their resurrected and
glorified bodies, will receive their reward and will dwell forever in heaven with
the lord. The unrighteous will be consigned to hell, the place of everlasting
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