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OUR DOCTRINE

The Holy Bible places great emphasis on doctrine and we desire to teach, preach and live what the Apostles taught, preached and lived. The Bible says in Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship…”

 We certainly do not want to miss heaven, so let us take heed to the prophet’s words: “Stand ye in the ways, and seek, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16) Wise men still seek Him.

 

The Bible

The Bible is the inspired Word of God that gives a true history of the creation of heaven, earth, and humanity. It contains the correct prophecy of the ages to come regarding heaven, earth and the destiny of humanity. But most importantly, there is no salvation outside of what is taught in its pages of truth.

There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is Jehovah in the Old Testament and gave Himself a name which is above all names in the New Testament; and that name is JESUS.(Philippians 2:9,10) Jesus was the Father of creation, Jesus was the Son in redemption and Jesus is the Holy Ghost in the church…and these three are one.

 

Sin

Sin is the violation of the moral laws or commandments of God (1 John 3:4). Man is born into sin. The guilt of sin has been upon humanity since Adam until now (Romans 3:23). The outcome of sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:14) to all those who refuse to accept the gospel plan of salvation as set forth in the Holy Bible.

 

Salvation

Salvation is the deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ. The New Testament experience of salvation is repentance from sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sin, and the infilling of God’s spirit ( the Holy Ghost) in you, after which the Christian is to live a Christ-like righteous life (Acts 2:36-41).

 

Water Baptism

Water baptism is an essential part of New Testament salvation and is not merely a symbolic ritual. It is a must for entering into the kingdom of God. It is not merely a part of local church membership (John 3:5, Galatians 3:27).

Mode of Baptism

Water baptism is to be by immersion. Paul said, “We are buried with Him (Jesus Christ) by baptism (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12). Jesus came up “out of the water” (Mark 1:10), and Phillip and the eunuch went down “into the water” and came up “out of the water” (Acts 8:38-39). Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection are applied to our lives when we experience New Testament salvation: “Repent (death to sin), and be baptized (burial) everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (resurrection).” (See Acts 2:39, Romans 6:1-7, 8:2) Sprinkling, pouring, or infant baptism of any kind cannot be substantiated by the Word of God, they are merely human traditions.

Formula for Baptism

The name in which baptism is administered is vitally important…and the name is JESUS. Jesus gave His disciples this last command; “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). We should notice that He said name (singular) not names. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names of separate persons, but titles of positions held by God. An angelic announcement revealed God’s saving name in the New Testament: “She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The apostles understood that Jesus was the name to be used at baptism, and from the day that the church of God was established (the Day of Pentecost) until the end of their ministry, they baptized all nations (Jews -- Acts 8:16, Gentiles -- Acts 19:5) in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only name given for our salvation. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

 

Baptism of the Holy Ghost

The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the birth of the Spirit (John 3:5). This spiritual baptism is necessary to put someone into the kingdom of God (God’s church, the bride of Christ) and is evidenced by speaking in other tongues (other languages) as the Spirit of God gives the utterance. It was prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:28 & 29) and Isaiah (Isaiah 28:11), foretold by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11) and promised by Him to His disciples (John 14:26; 15:16). The Holy Ghost was first poured out on the Day of Pentecost upon the Jews (Acts 2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (Acts 8:17), and later upon the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46, 19:6). “The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:39).

Speaking In Tongues

Speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance is the manifestation God has given as the definite, indisputable, supernatural witness or sign of the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6). It was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah as the rest and the refreshing (Isaiah 28:11-12), foretold by Jesus as a sign that would follow believers of the Gospel (Mark 16:17), and experienced by the Jews and Gentiles alike.

The gift of “divers kinds of tongues”, mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12: 1-12 is one of the nine gifts of the Spirit and is used for both self-edification (1 Corinthians 14:4) and for the edification of the church (1 Corinthians 14:27,28). In church meetings, the gift of tongues is used to give a public message from God and it is to be interpreted. Not all believers exercise the gift of tongues, which is a different function from tongues given by God as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Paul said, “Forbid not to speak with tongues” (I Corinthians 14:8). Who dares to teach or preach to the contrary? Speaking in tongues means speaking miraculously in a language unknown to the speaker, as the Spirit gives the utterance. Tongues can be classified in two ways according to the function: (1) Speaking in other tongues as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and (2) The gift of tongues as mentioned in 1 Corinthians.

 

Holiness

After we are saved from sin, we are commanded “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). We are commanded to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world (Titus 2:12) and warned that without holiness no one shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). We must present ourselves as holy unto God (Romans 12:1), cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (2 Corinthians 7:1), and separate ourselves from all worldliness (James 4:4). If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

(I Peter 4:18). No one can live a holy life by his own power, but only through the Holy Spirit. “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:8).

 

Second Coming of Christ

Jesus Christ is coming back to earth in bodily form, just as He went away (Acts 1:11). He will catch away a holy people (His bride, His church) who have accepted redemption through His blood, by being born again of water and of the Spirit (John 3:3&5), and who are found faithful when He comes. “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet with the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord

(I Thessalonians 4:16-17). “One shall be taken and the other left” (Luke 17:36). Will you be ready? The signs of His coming are everywhere. The days of peril are here indeed, with forms of godliness void of the power of God; society and politics corrupted; people’s hearts filled with pride, blasphemies, unholiness, love of evil, and love of pleasures (II Timothy 3:1-3). These things, together with multitudes running to and fro, the increase of knowledge (Daniel 12:4), the persecution of the Jews and their return to Palestine (Luke 21:24), and the scores of other things are glaring signs that Jesus’ coming is near. Wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, storms, floods, distress of nations, people’s heart failing them for fear are all sounding the alarm that Jesus’ coming is upon us. (Matthew 24:6; Luke 21:25-28). Prepare to meet they God (Amos 4:12).

 

Judgment

“It is appointed unto  men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:28). For this reason there will be a resurrection for everyone. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ: that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10). The eternal destiny of every soul shall be determined by a just God who knows the secrets of everyone’s heart. “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall set them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Then he shall also, say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, the Devil and His angels…And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous unto life eternal” (Matthew 25: 32-34, 41, 46).

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Baptism, Salvation, Sin, God, The Bible, Judgment, Second Coming of Christ, Holiness, Tongues,

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