The Scriptures Inspired
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, believed to be placed on the hearts of men for the edification and teaching of others.
The One True God
God has been revealed as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM” (Ex 3:14).
Jesus is the begotten Son of God whom God appointed as THE high priest (Luke 1: 35; Hebrews 5:5). Jesus was voluntarily crucified for the sins of all humanity.
The Holy Spirit
The Spirit of God exists in what Christians refer to as the Holy Spirit. According to the Nicene Creed the Holy Spirit proceeds from God. The Holy Spirit came upon Mary prior to the birth of Jesus (Luke 1:35) and was also sent back by Jesus as an advocate for humanity (John 14:26).
God’s spirit also exists in all of humanity (1 Corinthians 6:19).
The creation of Humanity
Humanity, both men and women, were created equally in the image of God when God stated, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).
The Salvation of Man
As Christians, our hope must not be in the salvation of humanity by the means of converting the world into Christians by our hands or our own timescale. Instead, as followers of Christ, our hope must be placed in the cleansing and restoration of the world (past, present and future) by God regardless of any religious affiliation, according to the time and plan of God.
Through God, and the resurrection of Jesus, the last enemy to be destroyed will be death (1 Corinthians 15:25-26). In turn, all of humanity will be restored to God.
Baptism in Water
Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference; but it is also a sign of regeneration, or the new birth. The baptism of young children is to be retained in the church.
The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial of Jesus’ suffering and willingness to die for the sins of humanity. (John 6:48,51,53-57; Luke 22:19,20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25). All are welcomed at the table.
In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus speaks a quote from Isaiah stating, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” As followers of Christ we assume his mission in the flesh since Jesus is no longer present in the flesh. As we live out the mission expressed by Jesus in Luke 4:18-19, we must remember that although we may begin to form Christian communities, we must not form exclusive communities. As we gather in the church (the building), we must remember that our mission is not complete by being in attendance. Our mission rests on being sent out to the world to express the gospel.
As new Christian’s join the kingdom and are developed and trained, they should also be sent out to do the work of Christ in the fashion that Jesus sent out the 70 (Luke 10:1-20).
The ordinance of water baptism (Matt. 28:19) shall be administered by all established places of worship to all those as an act of initiation into the universal Christian Church. Water baptism (whether done through immersion, pouring or sprinkling) will be offered to adults after fully learning what it means to be baptized. After learning what it means to be baptized and understanding the different beliefs behind baptism, a parent can choose to either have their infant baptized or dedicated.
The Lord’s Supper
The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper shall be observed regularly by all established places of worship, as enjoined in the Scriptures (Luke 22:19, 20; 1Cor. 11:23-26).