Beliefs

The Bible

The books which form the Canon of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, are plenarily inspired and free from all error in the whole and in the part. These books constitute the written Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21.

One God

There is one living and true God, infinite in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally substantial in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The three persons of God (The Trinity) – Genesis 1:26-27; 11:7; 18:1-19:29; Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; Acts 1:7-8; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2.

The Oneness of God – Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; James 2:19.

The Father is God – Matthew 11:25; John 4:23; 6:27; 20:17; 1 Corinthians 8:6a; Galatians 1:1; Ephesians 4:6; Philippians 2:11; 1 Peter 1:2.

The Son is God – Matthew 16:16; John 1:1; 10:30; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Titus 2:13.

The Holy Spirit is God – Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, possesses all the divine excellencies, being co-substantial and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 16:16; John 1:1; 10:30; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Titus 2:13). In His incarnation, He united to His divine nature a true human nature, and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; 2:15). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18-25), fulfilled the requirements of the Law by His sinless life (Galatians 3:10-14; 1 Peter 2:21-25), suffered under Pontius Pilate, poured out His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for sin in satisfaction of the divine justice (Isaiah 53:1-12; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:13-15; 10:19), and on the third day was raised from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding in glory for His redeemed (Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; 3:8).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit possesses all the divine excellencies, being co-substantial and co-eternal with the Father and the Son. He eternally proceeds from the Father (John 14:26) and the Son (John 15:26). The Holy Spirit regenerates (John 1:12-13; 3:1-15), seals believers (Ephesians 1:13-14) and applies salvation in them in all its aspects here on earth (2 Corinthians 1:21-22), sanctifies, guides and comforts the children of God, indwells (Ephesians 5:18), directs (Romans 8:14), empowers (Acts 1:8), and anoints believers in Christ (1 John 2:20,27) in fulfillment of the Great Commission (John 15:26-27; Romans 8:9). He also convicts the world of sin, convicts believers of righteousness, and judges the rules of this world (John 16:7-15).

The baptism of the Holy Spirit – Believers can receive the Holy Spirit freely by faith in all of His fullness and power as a second experience, at the moment of regeneration, or soon after it (John 3:34; 20:21; 7:38; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 19:2; 1 Corinthians 6:17; Galatians 3:5,14; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:4). The infilling of the Spirit can be sometimes (but not always) accompanied by an overwhelming, tangible physical manifestation like in Acts 2. After the new birth, Christians have the primary responsability to keep themselves constantly being filled with the Holy Spirit through worship, learning and meditating on the Word, and prayer (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:18; Jude 1:20).

The gifts of the Holy Spirit – The ministry of the Spirit in signs and wonders continues to be as broad, tangible, and powerful among believers today as it was in the early church. All the biblical gifts of the Spirit continue to be distributed by the Spirit today through the agency of the believer. These gifts are divine provisions for spiritual growth and effective ministry. They are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines (John 14:12; Acts 2:14-21; 4:29-30; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 12:28-31; 14:1-33; Galatians 3:1-5).

Speaking, singing and praying in tongues – Speaking, singing, and praying in tongues for building oneself in faith (1 Corinthians 14:4), while it is not a necessary condition for salvation, or a proof of salvation, it is a vital tool for believers’ worship to God, spiritual growth and efficiency in ministry, as well as a powerful spiritual weapon. This kind of speaking in tongues for personal edification (which is not the same as the spiritual gift of tongues used primarily in public and needing interpretation – 1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:13) consists usually of tongues that are not known to humans (Isaiah 28:9-13; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4; 10:46; 1 Corinthians 14:2-4, 14; Ephesians 6:17-18; Jude 1:20).

The Old Creation

God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27), righteous and without sin, having God’s breath of life (Genesis 2:7), but not possessing the knowledge of good and evil, and neither eternal life (Genesis 3:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:45). In consequence of his voluntary disobedience, Adam fell from the glory of God, became spiritually dead and then, died physically as well. He became guilty, inherently corrupt, and subject to divine wrath. Adam’s descendants are born subject to sin and moral corruption, and are therefore by nature and choice the children of wrath, justly condemned in the sight of God, wholly unable to save themselves or to contribute in any way to their acceptance with God (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:9-18; 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3).

The New Creation

Salvation consists of:

  1. the remission of all past, present, and future sinful actions – this representing the legal part of salvation (Romans 6:10; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 9:28; 10:12, 14);
  2. the vital and substantial impartation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and of the gift of eternal life in the spirit of the new creation (John 3:16,36; 5:24; 6:47; Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 5:13);
  3. and of the concomitant blessings thereof (Romans 8:32), which are a free gift of God, and received by faith alone apart from human works of merit (Ephesians 2:8-10). Even the ability to believe is a gift of God. 

This blessing of salvation in no way relieves men of their responsibility to repent and believe (Mark 16:15-16; John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10). At adulthood, following the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the repentance towards God, the new believer is to publicly proclaim his new identity in Christ, by full immersion in water baptism, in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16).

The practical application of salvation and of the gift of eternal life in this present life includes (but it is not limited to):

  • No condemnation – The new creations are free of condemnation forever from all past, present, and future sins, eventhough they still do sinful actions while on earth. They are not just considered righteous by God, or have righteousness imputed to them, but they have become vitally righteous in their spirit (Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21).
  • Sanctification – the ability of God through Holy Spirit and by the renewal of the mind to progressively and consistently walk in holiness and be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 6:11, 14, 18; 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:10).
  • Divine physical healing – it is freely and fully included in the Gospel and in Jesus’ sacrifice, side by side with forgiveness of sins, justification, and sanctification. The perfect will of God for those who are in Christ is to walk in continuous health for themselves and to heal anybody, anytime, anywhere (Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:2-3; Psalm 107:20; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 4:23; 8:16-17; 9:35; 10:1,8; 18:19-20; Luke 5:20-25; Romans 8:32; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 3:8; 3 John 1:2).
  • Raising the dead – supernatural ability to raise the dead (Matthew 10:8; Luke 7:22; John 12:1; Acts 9:40; 20:9-10).
  • Freedom from generational curses – Immediate and complete freedom from ALL possible generational curses (Ezekiel 18:1-32; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:13).
  • Complete authority over the devil – Supernatural authority and ability to cast out demons and deliver other people from the power of the devil (Matthew 10:8; Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19; 1 John 3:8).
  • Divine prosperity and success – it is freely and fully included in the Gospel and in Jesus’ sacrifice, side by side with forgiveness of sins, justification, and sanctification. The perfect will of God for the new creation is to prosper in all aspects of life (marriage, finances, job, business, children, education, etc.) and to endure with joy ONLY the suffering of persecution for the sake of Jesus’ name (Genesis 13:2; 17:6; 26:12-14; 30:43; 39:2-3; Deuteronomy 8:9, 11-14, 18; 28:8; Psalm 1:3; 112:3; Proverbs 8:18; 10:16, 22; 15:6; 2 Corinthians 8:9; 9:8; Philippians 4:11; 3 John 1:2).
  • Supernatural joy – John 15:11; 16:24; Romans 14:17; 1 John 1:4.
  • Supernatural wisdom – Supernatural practical and even unconscious wisdom in the affairs and decisions of life (1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:8, 17; 3:10; Colossians 2:3; James 3:17).
  • Supernatural peace – John 16:33; Romans 8:6; 14:17; 15:13.

The practical application of salvation in the future life includes preservation from hell and eternal life in the presence of God.

Eternal security – This salvation, once truly received, can never be lost. The new creation is eternally secure (John 10:27-28; 1 Corinthians 1:8-9; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1 John 2:19; Jude 1:1; Jude 1:24).

The Church

The church is the Bride of Christ and is comprised of all believers in every age. The church is also God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes and advancing His kingdom on earth (Matthew 16:17-19). God has called the church to preach the Gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 4:18), accompanied by signs and wonders (healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers, casting out demons – Matthew 10:8), and to remember the poor and minister to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service (Isaiah 58:6-12; 61:1; Luke 21:1-4; Galatians 2:10; 1 Timothy 6:8). All believers are kings and royal priests in the kingdom of God (Romans5:17; 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10; Revelation 5:10) and it is vital for every Christian to be joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints (Acts 2:17-18,42; Ephesians 3:14-21; 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:23-25).

Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper – Water baptism at adulthood (by full immersion in water and public confession of faith), and the Lord’s Supper (Communion) are the two ordinances of the church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a means of salvation, but are sacramental channels of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is to be taken frequently only by those who have personally and consciously placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Lord’s Supper elements are symbols of Christ’s body and blood, and are useful to the exercise of faith in the person of Jesus Christ as the only means of absolving guilt, shame, sickness, and punishment of sin (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Peter 3:21).

Perspective on marriage – God’s original creative design, as set forth in Scripture, is for complete fidelity (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) within heterosexual and monogamous marriage. Regardless of one’s marital status, Christians  should pursue purity and abstain from sexually immoral practices such as adultery, premarital sex, and pornography (Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:18-32; 13:13-14; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; 10:8; Ephesians 5:3-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; 1 Timothy 1:8-10; Hebrews 13:4).

The End Times

The Kingdom of God and Christ’s return – The Kingdom of God came in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, it continues to expand by the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Church, and it will be consummated in the glorious, visible, and triumphant appearing of Christ when He returns to the earth as King. After Christ returns, He will bring about the ultimate defeat of Satan, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and the eternal blessing of the righteous. At that time, the Kingdom of God will be completely fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, in which righteousness dwells and in which He will be worshipped forever (1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 50-58; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 19:1-21).

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