Jesus said in Matthew 24:11 "and many false prophets will appear and deceive many." How do we avoid them? How do we recognize "the spirit of truth" and "the spirit of error" ? Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 "all Scripture is God breathed." Therefore, the Scriptures must be our basis and our directive. Here is a brief summary of what we believe:

The Bible is the inspired word of God. (2 Tim 3:16)

 

In the external Godhead who has revealed Himself as One God existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; distinguishable, but indivisible. (Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14)

 

In the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of Men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very man. (Lk. 1:26-35, Jn. 1:18, Isa. 7:14, 9:6, Rom. 14:9)

 

Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to his disciples. (1 Cor. 15:4, Rom. 4:25) 

In the bodily Ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation, and personal, literal and bodily coming again the second time for His Church. (Jn. 14:2-3, 1 Thess. 4:13-18)

 

In the Salvation of sinners by Grace, through Repentance and Faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the Cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins. (Eph. 2:8-9, Heb. 9:12, 22, Rom. 5:11)

 

Man is spirit, soul, and body and that upon acceptance of Christ, man's spirit is eternally justified. (Jn. 10, Rom, 8, 1 Jn. 5:12)

 

In water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ as an act of obedience and public confession. (Acts 2:34-38, 1 Peter 3:18-21)

 

In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience subsequent to Salvation, generally evidenced by one or more of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4, 8:14-17, Gal. 5:22-23,1 Cor. 12:1-11)

 

In the present-day expression of Gifts of the Spirit as mentioned in 1 Cor. 12-14 and as manifested in the Early Church.  In the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world and perfecting of Holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian Faith. (Eph. 5:18, 2 Cor. 6:14, 7:1)

 

In the Table of the Lord, known as Communion, or the Lord's Supper, for believers. (1 Cor. 11:28-32)

 

In Eternal Life for the Believer and Eternal Punishment for the Unbeliever. (Jn. 5:24, 3:16, 2 Thess. 1:9, Rev. 20:10-15)

 

In the present-day operation of the fivefold ministries of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher (Eph. 4:11) for the perfection of the Church, as well as the local governmental ministries of Elders and Deacons. (1 Tim. 3, Titus 1, Acts 6)

 

In the ministry of laying on of hands for healing and impartation of the gifts of the Spirit. (James 5:14, 1 Tim. 4:14)

 

That Christian parents are required by the Word of God to train up the children in the way in which they should go.  (Prov. 22:6, Prov. 19:27)

 

That Jesus Christ is to be glorified by His church. We are to be a "complete" body adequately expressing the Kingdom of God to the world. This involves a lifestyle of discipleship as well as equipping and maturing believers to minister the truths and principles of God's Work in love and service.
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