Core beliefs

What we believe

The Godhead

The One True God

JESUS IS THE ONE TRUE GOD
• We believe there is only one God, who is eternal, infinite in power, holy in nature, and His deity is indivisible. (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:2; 1 Cor. 8:6; 1 Tim. 1:17; Levi. 19:2, Levi. 20:7, 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Jer. 10:10; 1 Tim. 6:16)
• In the Old Testament, at various times God manifested Himself in different ways (Heb. 1:1) as seen with Adam (the voice of the Lord), with Abraham (as  a man), with Moses (as a burning bush, in a pillar of a cloud and in a pillar of fire), and Joshua (as captain of the host of the Lord), just to name a few. In the New Testament, God became a man – Jesus Christ – while on earth He was Emmanuel, “God with us” (Matt. 1:23).
• The very same God of the Old Testament, Whom Israel knew as Jehovah, was and is the same God in the New Testament: Jesus. The name of Jesus means “Jehovah is salvation.” Jesus is Jehovah simply revealed as our Savior, observe: “For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour” (Is. 43:3) “I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no saviour” (Is. 43:11). “That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that [there is] none beside me. I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none else” (Is. 45:6), “and [there is] no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; [there is] none beside me” (Is. 45:21).
• We do not believe nor teach a trinitarian doctrine or creed. We believe a simple and clear monotheism, numerically Gos is one, just as the Bible declares. The Godhead is not compromised of three persons, but the fullness of the Godhead dwelled within Christ (Col. 2:9); Who was “the express image of his person” (Heb. 1:3), and “Who is the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15).
• “And without controversy, great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Tim. 3:16).
• God was manifest in the flesh, as Jesus Christ, born of Mary who conceived by God’s Spirit (Luke 1:15). This one and only God “came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11). “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” (2 Cor. 5:19). Jesus on his Father’s side was divine, and on His Mother’s side was human. Thus, He was known as the Son of God, and also as the Son of man. Jesus in His humanity was man, in His deity was and is God.
• Jesus unequivocally declared to His disciples “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” (John 14:7). When Philip desired to see the Father, Jesus reiterated His previous pronouncement, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father” (John 14:9)?
• Failure to see Jesus Christ as the invisible God manifested in flesh, is caused by spiritual blindness. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor, 4:4,6).
• Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14, 19:16; 1 Tim. 6:15). “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one” (Zech. 14:9). “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:5-6). “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble” (Jam. 2:19).

The Son of God
  • The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon himself the form of man, and as the Son of man was born of the virgin Mary. As Paul says, “And without controversy, great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).
  • “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11). This one true God was manifest in the flesh, that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, (2 Corinthians 5:19).
  • We believe that, “in Him (JESUS) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). “For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell” (Colossians 1:19). Therefore Jesus in His humanity was man, in His deity was and is God. His flesh was the lamb, or the sacrifice of God. He is the only mediator between God and man. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
  • Jesus on his Fathers’ side was divine and on His Mothers’ side, human. Thus, He was known as the Son of God, and also the Son of man. “For He hath put all things under his feet. When he saith all things are put under him. It is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:27-28).
  • “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelations 1:8).
The Name

Scripture records numerous names or titles for God, yet He still remains the one and only God. Throughout the
Old Testament, God progressively revealed Himself. The array of names and titles are a means to help reveal
something about God’s nature, His attributes, or how He interacts with people. However, in the New
Testament, God disclosed His name greater than all the others – Jesus Christ!
• One such prophesy of the Messiah’s birth declared the Son would be called “the Everlasting Father.” “Unto
us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon his should: and His name shall be
called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6). Isaiah’s
prophecy was fulfilled when the Son of God was named, “and she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shall call
His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Isaiah’s prophesy is further
brought to pass when Jesus announced, “I am come in my Father’s name” (John 5:43).
• “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the
name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth”
(Phil. 2:9-10). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under Heaven given among
men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of
the Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17). “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the
name of the LORD our God for ever and ever” (Micah 4:5). We are thankful we know the wonderful name of
the Lord Jesus Christ.

Salvation

Repentance and Conversion
  • Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Because all have sinned, all are in need of repentance. Thankfully, God offers humanity the ability to confess and forsake their sins Repentance is more than feeling sorrow for doing wrong. True repentance involves the changing one’s heart, their mind, their view and purpose, resulting in a changed life. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom. 12:2)
  • Repentance was a consistent message of Old Testament prophets. “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn [yourselves] from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Ezek. 18:30).
  • John the Baptist preached, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2)
  • Jesus preached, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel,” and, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish,” and, “for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, and Matt. 9:13).
  • Jesus sent out His disciples and instructed them to preach “that men should repent” (Mark 6:12).
  • The great commission of Jesus, spoken just prior to His ascension, included instructing “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name” (Luke 24:47).
  • After Jesus ascended, the call to repent was preached on the day of Pentecost by Peter (Acts. 2:38).
  • Many years later, the Apostle Paul continued proclaiming God’s call for “men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).
  • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you” (Jer. 26:13). “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Is, 55:7).
Water Baptism
  • The scriptural mode of baptism is immersion and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world. It should be administered by a duly authorized minister of the Gospel, in obedience to the world of God, and only in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Acts of the Apostles 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5. Thus obeying and fulfilling both Matthew 28:19 and Luke 24:47.
  • Jesus declared, “Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Baptism in Jesus name is essential to being born again.
  • “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16)
  • “The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” (1 Pet. 3:21)
  • “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Rom. 6:3-4)
  • “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” (Col. 2:12)
  • “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Eph. 4:5)
  • “Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men [and] brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:37-38)
  • “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27).
Baptism of the Holy Ghost
  •  John the Baptist, in Matthew 3:11 said, “… He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with Fire”.
  •  Jesus, in Acts 1:5, said, “…ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence”.
  • Luke tells us in Acts 2:4, “… they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and begin to speak with other tongues (languages), as the Spirit gave them the utterance”.
  • The terms “baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire”, “filled with the Holy Spirit”, and “the gift of the Holy Ghost” are synonymous terms used interchangeably in the Bible.
  • It is scriptural to expect all who receive the gift, filling or baptism of the Holy Ghost to receive the same physical, initial sign of speaking with other tongues.
  • The Lord, through the Prophet Joel said, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh” (Joel 2:28).
  • Peter, in explaining this phenomenal experience said, “…having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He (Jesus) had shed forth this, which ye now see and hear” (Acts 2:33). Further, “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).
  • Being filled with the Holy Ghost is essential for being born again. Jesus clearly taught, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” and, “Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:3, 5-6).
Speaking in Tongues
  • The speaking with other tongues, as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46 and 19:6, and the gift of tongues, as explained in I Corinthians Chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose.
  • The gift of tongues as mentioned in Corinthians is a means by which the Lord uses to at times directly speak to the Church; a person cannot have this gift operate until they have first received the gift of the Holy Ghost evidenced by speaking in other tongues.
  • The Book of Mark instructs us that tongues are a sign of believers, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (Mark 16:17)
  • Isaiah prophesied about it in Isaiah 28:11, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.”
  • But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8) Speaking in other tongues is a sign of surrendering to God the hardest member of the body to control. Matthew 12:34 says “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
 
The Grace of God
  • “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and Godly in this present world.” (Titus 2:11-¬12)
  • “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
  • A Christian, to stay saved, must walk with God and keep himself in the love of God (Jude 21) and in the grace of God. The word “grace” means “favor”. When a person transgresses and sins against God, he loses his favor. If he continues to commit sin and does not repent, he will eventually be lost and cast into a lake of fire. (Read John 15:2,6 and 1 Peter 2:20¬-21) Jude speaks of the backsliders of his DAY, and their reward. (Also, read Hebrews (6:4¬6)
  • “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God:” (Eph 2:8).
  • “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” (Hebrews 12:28)

Other Topics

Worship
  • Why we worship the way we do. 

    We sing with all our hearts because in the Bible we read…

    • “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High,” Psalms 9:1-2.
    • “Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation,” Psalms 111:1.
    • “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Psalms 98:4

    We play musical instruments because in the Bible we read…

    • “And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments.” II Samuel 6:5

    We clap our hands and give worship unto God because in the Bible we read…

    • “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph,” Psalms 47:1

    We pray together out loud because in the Bible we read…

    • “I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude,” Psalms 109:30
    • “The lifted up their voice to God with one accord.” Acts 4:24

    We lift our hands in praise because in the Bible we read…

    • “Lift your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.” Psalms 134:2

    We dance in the Spirit because in the Bible we read…

    • “Praise him with the timbrel and dance.” Psalms 150:4

    We anoint with oil for divine healing because in the Bible we read…

    • “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the LORD.” James 5:14

    We allow the operation of the Spiritual gifts to edify the Church, because in the Bible we read…

    • “Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church,” I Corinthians 14:12.
Divine Healing
  • The first covenant that the Lord (Jehovah) made with the Children of Israel after they were brought out of Egypt was a covenant of healing. The Lord said “… If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord (Jehovah¬ Rapha, the Lord that heals) thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: For I am the Lord that healeth thee.” (Exodus 15:26).
  • Some translations read: “For I am Jehovah, the physician,” He being our physician or doctor, we have the most capable in the whole world. Our Lord Jesus Christ went about Galilee, preaching the whole Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people (Matt 4:23-¬24).
  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The vicarious suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ paid for the healing of our bodies, the same as for salvation for our souls, “But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5).
  • Matthew 8:17 reads, “…Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sickness” (See also 1 Peter 2:24).
  • We see from this that divine healing for the body is in the atonement. That being true, then it is for all who believe. Jesus said of believers, “… they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:18). Later, James wrote in his Epistle to all the churches: “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5:14-15)
  • All these promises are for the church today.
Creation of Man and His Fall
  • In the beginning God created man innocent, pure and holy, for man was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27).
  • Through the sin of disobedience; Adam and Eve (The First of the Human Race) fell from their Holy state and were banished by God from Eden (Gen. 3:23). Hence, by one man’s disobedience, sin entered into the world (Rom. 5:12).
  • “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Ps. 51:5).
  • “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Eph. 2:2-3).
  • “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe” (Gal. 3:22).
Holiness
  • Godly living should characterize the life of every child of the Lord, and we should live according to the pattern and example given in the Word of God. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and Godly, in this present world.” (Titus 2:11¬-12). “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps; Who did no sin neither was guile found in his mouth; Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not: but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.” (I Peter 2:21-¬23).
  • “Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord;” (Hebrews 12:14).
  • “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, be ye holy for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear; Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from you fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of the lamb without blemish and without spot;” (I Peter 1:15¬10).