A. The Scriptures. The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God, the all-sufficient source of our faith, the New Testament being our rule of practice.
B. The Godhead. The Lord our God is one Lord, a Being a three person: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent. John 3:34-35, Luke 3:22.
- God the Father. In the beginning God created all things. Gen 1:1, The Lord Jesus Christ called Him Father when he was here on earth and taught His followers to call God “our Father”. John 17:11; Matt. 6:9.
- Jesus Christ the Son. From eternity the Son has been one with the Father in all things. Heb. 1: 1-4, He became flesh and lived upon earth as the “only begotten, from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.
- The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is sent into the world from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin and to comfort the church. John 16:715.
C. Man. Man was created good and upright; for God said, “ Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”. But man, by voluntary transgression fell, since which time man have been born with a depraved nature. Man’s only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God. Gen. 1: 26-31; Gen. 3:1-15; Rom. 5:19; Gal. 4:4-5.
D. Redemption. Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a spotless, sinless life on earth, teaching the truth of God to men. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified on Calvary, died and was buried. On the third day He rose again from the dead, ascended into Heaven, from whence He will come again to judge the unrighteous living and dead.
a) He is the Saviour from sin, having offered Himself on the cross as a ransom for all. I John 2:2. We receive His salvation through faith. John 1:12-13. Titus 3:5. Salvation is evidenced by the witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16) and by His transformation of our lives (I Cor. 6:9-11).
b) He is our healer from sickness. Isaiah 53:5; Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:14.
c) He is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit. Luke 24:49; Mark 1:7-8.
d) He is our Justifier. We are not saved by any works of righteousness which we may have done, but by faith in Christ, who was raised from the dead for our justification. Rom. 8:30; 5:9; 4:24-25.
e) He is our Sanctifier. God expects His people to live holy lives. Matt. 5:48. He purchased holiness for us on the cross (Heb. 10:14) and our own experience of sanctification is not only by complete surrender to His will (Rom. 12:1-2) but also by a process of His working within us. Eph. 4:12-13; Heb. 12:14.
f) He is the fulfiller of the law. The law is no longer binding as a means of salvation. Col. 2:13-17; Gal. 3:10-13. The law of love is now binding upon the church. John 13:34-35.
g) He is the coming King. He will come and gather us to Himself in the air. Then we will come with Him to set up His millennial reign. Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4: 16-17; Rev. 20:1-7.
E. Baptism in water. The ordinance of Baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the scriptures, by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Saviour and Lord. Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16 Rom. 6:4.
F. The Lord’s Supper. This ordinance is to be observed by all believers “until He comes”. I Cor. 11:26. It consists of the bread, which is a symbol of His body, broken for us, and the fruit of the vine, which is a symbol of Christ’s blood, shed for the remission of our sins. Luke 22: 14-20.
G. The promise of the Father. All believers are entitled to receive this promise of the Father. They should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. Luke 24: 49; Acts 1:4,8; I Cor. 12:1-31. This wonderful experience is distinct from the subsequent to the experience of the new birth. Acts 10:44-46; 1:14-6; 15:7-9.
H. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives the utterance. Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6.
I. Good works. While we believe that we are saved by faith, and not by any works which we may have done, yet we acknowledge that we are new men in Jesus Christ, and created by Him for good works. We therefore mean to be active in every good work, to remember the poor and to try by all our actions to bring glory to our Lord.