What We Belive

"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation where with you are called, with lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ" (Ephesians 4:1-7).
We affirm that the seven-fold unity expressed in this passage is the Holy Spirit's doctrinal statement for the church, which is the Body of Christ. We believe that all the expressions of doctrinal position and requirements for this dispensation of the Grace of God must be in full accord with the Holy Spirit's outline. We recognize other doctrinal unities for other dispensations, but affirm that Ephesians 4:4-6 stands alone as the doctrinal unity for this dispensation.
Desiring to be in full accord with the mind of the Spirit, we hold and require the following beliefs:

1. The Bible

The entire Bible in its original writings is verbally inspired of God and is of plenary authority (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:21).

2. The Godhead

There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4-6; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14)

3. The Person of Christ

Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man (Luke 1:35, Philippians 2:6-9; Romans 3:9-12.

4. Total Depravity

All men by nature are dead in trespasses and sins and are, therefore, totally unable to do anything pleasing to God (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:9-12).

5. Redemption 

God justifies ungodly sinners by His grace upon the ground of the blood of Christ through the means of faith. This complete salvation is bestowed as the free gift of God apart from man’s works (Romans 3:24-28; 5:1,9; Ephesians 2:8-9).

6.  Eternal Security

All of the saved are eternally secure in Christ (Colossians 3:1-4; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:1, 29-34,38-39; John 10:27-29; 5:1,9; Ephesians 2:8-9).

7. Personality and Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin and Who regenerates, baptizes, indwells, enlightens, and empowers (John 16:8; Titus 3:5; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13,17,18; 3:16).

8. The Church

In this present dispensation there is only one true church, which is called the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22,23; 3:6). The historical manifestation of the Body of Christ began with the apostle Paul before he wrote his first epistle (I Thessalonians 2:14-16; Acts 13:45,46; Philippians 1:5,6; Acts 16; I Corinthians 12:13,27; Acts 18).

9. Gifts

The only gifts necessary for the ministry of the Body of Christ are those enumerated in Ephesians 4:7-16. Of these, only the gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are in operation today. All of the sign gifts of the Acts period, such as tongues prophecy and healing, being temporary in character, have ceased (I Corinthians 12:1-31; I Corinthians 13:8-11).

10. Walk

By reason of Christ’s victory over sin and of His indwelling Spirit, all of the saved may and should experience deliverance from the power of sin by obedience to Romans 6:11. But we deny that man’s nature of sin is ever eradicated during this life (Romans 6:6-14; Galatians 5:16-25; Roman 8:37; II Corinthians 2:14; 10:2-5).

11. Lord’s Supper

The Communion of the Lord’s Supper as revealed through the apostle Paul in I Corinthians 11:23-26 is for members of the Body of Christ to observe “until He comes.” There is no place in Scripture where the Lord’s Supper and water baptism are linked together either as ordinances or as sacraments for the Church.

12. Baptism

All saved persons have been made members of the Body of Christ by one Divine baptism (I Corinthians 12:13. By that one baptism, every member of the Body of Christ is identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. In the light of the statement concerning the one baptism in Ephesians 4:5, the statements concerning baptism in Colossians 2:12 and Romans 6:3,4, and Paul’s statement in I Corinthians 1:17 that “Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel”, we conclude that water baptism has no place in God’s program for the Body of Christ in this day of Grace.

13. Resurrection

Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead (Luke 24:39-43). Therefore (I Corinthians 15:21), all men will have a bodily resurrection (Acts 24:15). The saved to everlasting glory and the unsaved to everlasting punishment (John 5:29; Revelation 20:11-15).

14, Second Coming of Christ

The rapture of the Church and the second coming of Christ will be pre-millennial. He will come to receive the Church unto Himself (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21) and then come to receive His Millennial Kingdom, over which He will reign (Zechariah 14:4,9; Acts 1:10-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-6). Because of the nature of the Body of Christ, the resurrection and rapture of the Church, which is His Body, will take place before the Great Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-31) at His appearing in the air (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21; Titus 2:13-14; I Corinthians 15:51-53). The resurrection of the other saved dead will occur after the Tribulation (Revelation 20:4-6).

15. State of the Dead

Nowhere does Scripture extend the hope of salvation to the unsaved dead, but instead reveals that they will ever continue to exist in a state of conscious suffering (Luke 16:23-28; Revelation 14:11; 20:14-15; Colossians 3:6; Romans 1:21-32; John 3:36; Philippians 3:19; II Thessalonians 1:9). The teachings of Universalism, of probation after death, of annihilation of the unsaved dead, and of the unconscious state of the dead, saved or unsaved, are opposed by us as being thoroughly unscriptural and dangerous doctrines (Luke 16:23-28; Philippians 1:23; II Corinthians 5:6-8).

16. Mission

The mission and commission of the Chruch which is His Body, is to proclaim the message of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:14-21), and to endeavor to make all men see what the Dispensation of the Mystery is (Ephesians 3:8,9).  In this, we should follow the apostle Paul (I Cointhians 4:16; 11:1; Philippians 3:17; I Timothy 1:11-16). That distinctive message which the apostle of the Gentiles (Romans 11:13; 15:16) calls “my gospel” (Romans 2:16; 16:25) is also called the “gospel of the grace of God” (II Timothy 4:2; Galatians 1:8,9). And we are to strive to reach those in the regions where Christ is not yet named (Romans 15:20; II Corinthians 10:16).

17. Sanctity of Life

We recognize that all human beings are made in the image of God, created as male and female (Genesis 1:26; 9:6; Psalm 139:13-14) and thus, every human being has been granted by God the right to life from conception, or the functional equivalent thereof, until his or her natural death. The intentional killing of an innocent human being violates Gods lasting commandment, “You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13).

18. Marriage

We recognize that marriage is between one man and one woman for life (Matthew 19:4-6; Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:22-33) and that God has designed sexual relations to be enjoyed only within the God-ordained marriage relationship (Hebrews 13:4)

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