STATEMENT OF BELIEFS:
God is the supreme creator and sustainer of the entire universe who is eternal, all present, and all powerful. God is a single spirit family presently consisting of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. God is a loving, kind, and merciful being who is sharing His magnificent and eternal existence by reproducing Himself through humankind. Psalm 19:1,
Psalm 50:6-7, Isaiah 44:6, Nehemiah 9:6, Nehemiah 16-17,
John 1:12-13, John 3:16, John 4:10, Romans 1:20, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:1-2, 1 John 3:1-2
2. The Bible
The entire Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God which contains His plan of salvation and the record of God’s participation in history. The Bible is God's method of revealing knowledge that humankind cannot discover for itself and is the foundation of knowledge and the guidebook of life. God's written Word is revealed in two parts, the Old and New Testaments. Together they form the basis of Christianity as taught by the church and as practiced by the true Christian. Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4, John 17:17, Romans 8:16, 1 Corinthians 2:7-11, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20
Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man. He is the Messiah who was prophesied in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ has existed throughout eternity as the "Word" and is the second member of the God family. He divested Himself of His power and His majesty to become a human being in order to live a perfect life, thereby re-qualifying for eternal life, but then died anyway as a sacrifice for the sins of all humankind as our loving and merciful Savior. Jesus Christ was resurrected and ascended to heaven to become our Lord and High Priest. In due course Jesus Christ will return to earth to establish the Kingdom of God where He will rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, with His saints as co-rulers, forever. Deuteronomy 18:15, Matthew 16:15-17, John 1:1-14,
John 3:16, Acts 2:32-33, Romans 5:8, Philippians 2:7,
Hebrews 4:14-15, Revelation 1:13-16
4. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the essence, power, and mind of God. God uses His Holy Spirit to beget Christians as His sons and daughters. The Holy Spirit spiritually strengthens Christians, converting their minds to be more like God's mind. The Holy Spirit also serves as an earnest or guarantee of future eternal life. Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38, Romans 8:9, Romans 8:14,
1 Corinthians 2:16, Ephesians 1:13-14
Humans have no inherent immortality as flesh and blood physical beings; however, they can receive eternal life as a free gift from our loving and merciful creator God. Although humankind was created by God as flesh and blood, He created humans in His own image and added a spiritual component to the human brain to enable the human mind to think, reason, and ultimately to have a relationship with God. Genesis 1:26-31,
Genesis 2, Job 32:8, 1 Corinthians 2:11, 1 John 5:11-13.
6. Angelic Realm
The angels were created by God as powerful spirit beings then used by God as His agents and messengers. These spirit beings also function as ministering spirits, helping humankind attain salvation, and have done so since the creation of Adam and Eve. Like humankind, angels also have free moral agency. Although angels were created to help God, some of them, led by Satan the devil, rebelled against God and His government. Their rebellious acts caused them to be transformed into demons.
Psalm 91:11-12, Ephesians 6:12, Hebrews 1:7
The penalty for sin is death, but salvation is the means by which God saves humankind from the penalty of sin so that humans may be given eternal life. God’s salvation process through Jesus Christ includes one's calling, repentance, baptism, justification, and receiving of the Holy Spirit. Then follows a life of faith and obedience, and finally, birth into God's Kingdom as a spirit being. Salvation is a gift freely given through grace by God with our ultimate reward given according to our works.
Matthew 16:27, John 3:16-17, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9,
Faith is the absolute knowledge that God exists and that He can and will fulfill His promises. Faith is necessary for salvation with basic elements including courage, action, and risk. Romans 1:17, Romans 10:17, Ephesians 3:17, Hebrews 11:1-2, James 2:22-24
Repentance is the act of acknowledging one's sins and then resolving to fully obey God. Obedience is manifested through positive change. It begins when God opens a person's mind to see himself or herself in comparison with God and His law. True repentance is the first step toward reconciliation with God and ultimate salvation. Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19-21, Acts 8:22, 1 John 3:4
Baptism is a ceremony, symbolizing the renunciation of one’s past sinful way of life, the burial of the old person in a watery grave, and the emergence of a new, Spirit-led individual living with Christ's mind and following in His footsteps. The ceremony should take place only after true repentance and acceptance of Christ's sacrifice. Scriptural baptism is by full immersion in the symbolic watery grave. After this ceremony, and as a result of all these actions, one receives the Holy Spirit following the laying on of hands. Matthew 3:13-16, Colossians 2:12
11.Laying On of Hands
The laying on of hands is an act performed for the receiving of God's Holy Spirit after baptism, at ordinations, in anointing the sick, or for other special purposes. Matthew 19:13-15, Acts 6:5-6, Acts 8:17-18, Acts 13:3,
1 Timothy 4:14, Hebrews 6:2
12. Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is the government of God ruled by the family of God.
It will be the world ruling government set up by Jesus Christ upon His return. Jesus Christ will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and will rule together with the resurrected spirit-composed saints for a thousand years, i.e., during the Millennium. At the end of the one thousand year reign will be a great resurrection, the Great White Throne Judgment. After the destruction of those rejecting God, the everlasting Kingdom of God will be complete with the New Jerusalem established and God the Father dwelling on the New Earth. Mark 4:11, Revelation 5:10, Revelation 20:4, Revelation 21:1-3, 7, 10
The gospel is the message preached by Jesus Christ and His church about the history of Jesus Christ, the coming Kingdom of God to be established by Jesus Christ, the restoration of God's government on earth, and how humankind can enter that Kingdom and government. It includes the message of what Jesus Christ has done in the past, is doing now, and will do. Ultimately, it is the message of the entire Old and New Testaments. The primary purpose and commission of God's church is to "Go ye therefore, and teach [make disciples of] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 24:14, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:15, Luke 24:47
The hope of all humankind and the promise to the Christian is that all who ever lived, are living, or are yet to live will be resurrected from the dead, but each in his or her own order. The Bible actually refers to multiple resurrections. The first is the resurrection of Jesus Christ - the firstborn of God - from the dead to become the pioneer and captain of our salvation. The next resurrection is that of the saints at the return of Jesus Christ when all true believers who have died will become spirit-composed members of God's family. This is called the "first resurrection.” A tremendous resurrection will occur at the end of the Millennium, a resurrection known as the Great White Throne Judgment. It will be the resurrection of all who died down through the ages without having understood God's way of life. Unlike the first resurrection, this resurrection is to physical life and represents the first and only opportunity for the uncalled of all ages and times to receive salvation. The Bible also speaks of the resurrection of those who have refused to repent and have rejected God's way of life. These are known as the incorrigibly wicked, who will be consumed in the lake of fire. This is called the "second death” from which there apparently is no resurrection or further chance for salvation.
John 5:28-29, Acts 2:32, Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 15:20,
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Revelation 20:4-6, 13-14
The period of a person's judgment is the time frame of his opportunity for salvation. The clock starts when a person is called by God and stops at his or her death or when the person is changed into spirit composition upon Jesus Christ's return. The overwhelming majority will qualify for God's Kingdom and will inherit eternal life, but those who deliberately reject God's way will suffer the second death and be consumed in the lake of fire. Matthew 13:49-50, Matthew 25:34, 1 Peter 4:17, Revelation 20:15, Revelation 21:8
16. Law of God
The law of God is a perfect expression of God's love toward humankind. It is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God's character and love. God's law teaches humankind how to properly worship God, how to love fellow humans, how to live an abundant life, and how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life as a full member of the family of God. The law of God is taught in both the Old and the New Testaments. It requires both physical actions and spiritual.
John 14:15, John 14:21, Romans 7:12, 1 John 5:2-3
17. Biblical Covenants
Both the Old and New Testaments record that God made certain specific "contracts" or promises called "covenants" with humankind. These covenants define the terms of God's relationship with individuals and groups in various circumstances and eras throughout history. The best known covenants were made with the physical nation of Israel. That covenant was re-established as the New Covenant with "better promises" and will be fully confirmed with spiritual Israel after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God's law even more relevant by expanding it to include one's mental attitude and spiritual intent. It also applies to the New Testament church from the time of the original apostles. Matthew 5:21-22, 2 Timothy 3:15-16, Hebrews 8:6-13
18. Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments were revealed by God to Moses who then codified them. They were then ratified and magnified by Christ and are the perfect expression of God's love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching and much of humankind’s law. They show us how to express love toward God and our fellow humans and are consequently the focal point of Christian life. Exodus 20:1-26, Deuteronomy 5:1-33, Matthew 5:17-19, Romans 13:10, 1 Corinthians 7:19, Revelation 12:17, Revelation 22:14
The seventh-day Sabbath was instituted at creation. It is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with biblical instruction. The Sabbath was reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Messenger of the New Covenant. The keeping of the Sabbath is fundamental to a Christian's relationship with God.
Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 16, Exodus 20:8-11, Exodus 31:12-17,
Mark 2:27-28, Luke 4:16
20. Annual Holy Days
The seven annual holy days or "appointed feasts" depict God's plan of salvation for humankind. They are ordained by God and were kept by the ancient Israelites. Keeping the holy days was continued by the early New Testament Christians and is a practice kept by God’s Church today.
Leviticus 23, Zechariah 14:16, John 7:8-10, Acts 2:1, Acts 12:3,
Acts 20:6, 16, Acts 27:9, 1 Corinthians 5:8, 1 Corinthians 16:8
Tithing is a private matter between the individual and God because it is an act of worship. It is not the job of the church to "enforce" or "police" tithing but simply to teach one’s responsibility to support God’s Work. Individuals have the responsibility to "honor the Lord with [their] substance and with the ‘first fruits of all [their] increase." Tithing and free will offerings are central means by which the gospel is proclaimed to the world.
Malachi 3:8-10, Matthew 6:21, Matthew 23:23, 2 Corinthians 9:7
Sin is the transgression of God's law. It is failing to meet the standards set by the character of Jesus Christ. The penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire; however, all sin can be completely forgiven by God who desires that all humans be saved. God forgives sin upon the repentance of the sinner. God therefore accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of a person's repented sins.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 1:14, 1 John 3:4
23. The Christian
A true Christian is one who has repented of past sins, was baptized, and in whom the Holy Spirit now dwells. Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:13
24. The Christian Family
The core of a stable society is the family, and the marriage relationship is the basis of the family. Although man’s and woman's roles are clearly defined in the Bible, both have equal spiritual potential before God. The husband, wife, and children form the family, which is the primary physical analogy of God's plan for mankind. As a consequence, marriage, child rearing, and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church. Exodus 20:12, Malachi 4:5-6, Ephesians 5:22-29, Ephesians 6:1-3, 1 Peter 3:7
Divine healing is a miracle and gift of God. He may bestow it in His mercy and love upon those who call upon Him in time of need, but often only according to their faith. The healings of Jesus Christ described in the Bible depict and represent His power to express compassion, to forgive sin, and ultimately, to resurrect the dead and eventually to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth. Matthew 9:1-7, James 5:14-15
27. The Church of God
The church is the spiritual body of Christ. Physically, it is a group of persons called out by God and impregnated with His Holy Spirit. As a spiritual body, the church is made up of baptized, Spirit-led people scattered all over the world. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14,
1 Corinthians 12:27, Colossians 3:15