Articles of Faith

Contents

Trinity

We believe there is one living and true God. In the unity of this Godhead there are three distinct persons of one substance - the Father, the Son (the Word), and the Holy Ghost.

Gen. 1:1, 17:1; Exod. 3:13–15, 33:20; Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:2, 104:24; Isa. 9:6; Jer. 10:10; John 1:1-2, 4:24, 5:18, 10:30, 16:13, 17:3; Acts 5:3, 4; Rom. 16:27; 1 Cor. 8:4, 6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:18; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:16; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 19:13; etc.

The Son of God

We believe the only begotten Son of God was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried - to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for the actual sins of men, and to reconcile us to God.

Mark 15; Luke 1:27, 31, 35; John 1:14, 18, 3:16-17; Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:10, 18; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; Gal. 1:4, 2:20, 4:4-5; Eph. 5:2; 1 Tim. 1:15; Heb. 2:17, 7:27, 9:28, 10:12; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 John 2:2, 4:14; etc.

The Resurrection of Christ

We believe Jesus Christ, after being crucified, rose from the grave on the third day and is now sitting at the right hand of God the Father. We believe this to be a bodily resurrection.

Ps. 16:8–10; Matt. 27:62–66, 28:5–9, 16-17; Mark 16:6-7, 12; Luke 24:4–8, 23; John 20:26–29, 21:1–25; Acts 1:2, 2:24–31, 10:40; Rom. 8:34, 14:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:6, 14; Heb. 13:20; etc.

The Holy Ghost

We believe the Holy Ghost - proceeding from the Father and the Son - is one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.

Job 33:4; Matt. 28:19; John 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 4:6; etc.

The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures contain all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any person in order to be saved. We believe the Scriptures to be fully inerrant in their original manuscript and superior to all human authority.

The canonical books of the Old Testament are:

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

The canonical books of the New Testament are:

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts, The Epistle to the Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude and Revelation.

Ps. 19:7; Matt. 4:4, 15:1-9; Mark 7:9-13; Luke 4:4, 24:27; John 17:17; Acts 17:2, 11; Rom. 1:2, 15:4, 16:26; Gal. 1:8; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:15–17; Heb. 4:12; Jas. 1:21; 1 Pet. 1:23; 2 Pet. 1:19–21, 3:14-16; Rev. 22:14, 19; etc.

Love

We believe the two great commandments, which require us to love the Lord our God with all the heart, and our neighbors as ourselves, contain the sum of the divine law as it is revealed in the Scriptures: they are the measure and perfect rule of human duty, as well as the ordering and directing of families and nations, and all other social bodies, as for individual acts, by which we are required to acknowledge God as our only Supreme Ruler, and all men as created by Him, equal in all natural rights. Wherefore all men are bound so to order all their individual, social, and political acts as to render to God entire and absolute obedience, and to secure to all men the enjoyment of every natural right, as well as to promote the greatest happiness of each in the possession and exercise of such rights.

Lev. 19:18, 34; Deut. 1:15–17; 2 Sam. 23:3; Job 29:16, 31:13, 14; Jer. 21:12, 22:3; Matt. 5:44– 47, 7:12; Luke 6:27–29, 35; John 13:34, 35; Acts 10:34, 35, 17:26; Rom. 12:9, 13:1, 7, 8, 10; Gal. 5:14, 6:10; Tit. 3:1; Jas. 2:8; 1 Pet. 2:17; 1 John 2:5, 4:12-13; 2 John 6; etc.

Sin

We believe whatever someone does with the doctrine of sin will determine the rest of one's belief system. That being said, we believe that there are three aspects of sin:

Actions: We believe sin to be a willful transgression of a known law of God. One needs to know something is a sin, and still willfully choose to do it. These are the actions of sin: the things we do that we are to repent of. Thus, mistakes are not sin.

Gen. 3; Psa. 119:105; Rom. 3:23, 6:23; Jas 4:17; etc.

Nature: We believe in a nature of sin which we are born with. This we have inherited from the fall of Adam and Eve. Terminology includes "carnal nature", "sin nature", "bent towards sin", etc. This nature wants to pull our way, being selfish, rather than going God's way. This nature persists even when we are saved and needs to be taken care of subsequent to salvation.

Gen. 3:1-24, 6:5, 8:21; Job 15:14; Ps. 51:5; Jer. 17:9-10; Mark 7:21-23; Rom. 1:18-25, 3:1-12, 5:12-14, 18-19; 1 Cor 3:1-4; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 John 1:7-8; etc.

Effects: We believe the effects of sin will be around until we die and go to Heaven, or until Jesus returns. Jesus prayed that the Father would not take us out of the world, but would keep us from the evil of it (referring to the actions and influences of sin). Examples of some of the effects include, but are not limited to, sickness, sorrow, pain, and death.

Gen. 2:17, 3:6, 12, 17; John 17:15; Rom. 5:12, 15, 17, 19, 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:21; etc.

Deliverance From Sin

We believe that God has provided a cure for each of the three aspects of sin. It is not that God cannot take care of them all at once, but that each aspect of sin is a separate disease.

Actions: We believe that Jesus died and rose again from the dead in order to deliver us from the actions of sin. To receive this deliverance, we need to confess our sins, repent of (meaning to turn away from) our sins, and believe that we are forgiven of the sins that are past. We call this work "salvation."

This provision is available to all people. We also believe, since sin is a willful transgression of a known law of God, once we are forgiven of our sins, we do not have to sin again; yet, if we do commit a sin, we have an advocate with God - Jesus Christ - by Whom we confess, repent and believe for forgiveness of that sin.

We are not saved by works, but by God's grace through faith.

Other terms include: "justification', being "born again", being made a "new creature" in Christ Jesus, etc. We are not saved by works, but by God's grace through faith.

Matt. 1:21, 5:27-28, 7:22-23; John 3:1-21 (3, 5, 16), 5:14, 12:32; Acts 3:19; Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:17-19; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:8-9; Jas. 1:13-16, 4:17; 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 John 1:9, 2:1-2; etc.

Nature: We believe that, even after salvation, there remains a nature within us that leans toward sin. This nature needs to be, and can be, removed in this life, by fully surrendering to God's will and being baptized with the Holy Spirit, that our hearts may be purified. This is seen in the disciples, in that, they walked with Jesus, who had power on earth to forgive sins, and after Pentecost, they were completely transformed in their boldness. This work, we term "sanctification" or "entire sanctification."

Sanctification is provided by the blood of Jesus, wrought instantaneously by faith, preceded by complete surrender when the believer presents himself a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, and is thus enabled through grace to love God with all the heart and to walk in His holy commandments blameless; and to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness.

This does not mean we stop growing in grace. We are pure in heart, but not fully mature and may make mistakes in judgement.

Other terms include: "Christian perfection", "perfect love", "heart purity", "baptism of the Holy Spirit", "Christian holiness", etc.

Matt. 3:11, 5:8; Acts 1:5, 2:1-2, 15:8-9; Rom. 5:12, 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 4:3-5; 1 John 4:17-18; Jude 24; Rev. 21:4-6; etc.

Effects: The effects of sin will continue to be a part of our lives until we die, or until Jesus returns. We will then receive a glorified body and will no longer experience the effects of sin. This we call "glorification."

Isa. 25:8, 35:10, 61:3, 65:19; 1 Cor. 15:26, 54-57; Rev. 7:15-17, 20:14, 21:4; etc.

Heaven and Hell

We believe in a literal Heaven and Hell. We believe that, at the end of one's life, they will give an account to God which will determine where they will spend eternity.

There are only two options:

Heaven: Eternal life in Heaven where we will worship God. There is no sin, no hatred, no pain, but love, peace and joy.

Hell: Eternal death, or sometimes called the "second death" in Hell where there is torment, weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What we do in this life determines where we spend eternity in the next life. The way to make it to Heaven is to be delivered from sin, and to continue live according to God's Word, the Bible. If we do not choose Jesus, we automatically choose Hell.

Matt. 3:12, 8:12, 25:41, 46; Luke 16:23; John 14:2; Rev. 20:15, Rev. 21:4, 23, 22:3, 5; etc.

Creation

We believe God created everything as recorded in Genesis. We believe that God created everything in six literal, 24 hour days, and rested on the seventh day.

Gen. 1, 2; Exod. 20:8-11; Matt. 19:4; 2 Pet. 3:4; etc.