WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT GOD
God is revealed in nature, providence, conscience and the Word. He is revealed in nature as a Creator and a Sustainer; in providence as the Administrator and Regulator; in conscience as Law Giver and Arbiter and Word as Redeemer; Savior; Lord and King. The author of the revelation as recorded in theWord is the Holy Spirit, who originates, interprets, illuminates and irradiates the Person of Christ and thus the Person of God. In doing this, He shows God to be self-existent, ever-existent, unchangeable, omnipresent, omnipotent, holy, faithful, just, compassionate and long-suffering. Salvation comes from God through Christ. He is our strong deliverance. (Daniel 3:17 and Ephesians 2:8). It comes to us through faith in God. We believe that God is infinitely great, intelligent and free, being of perfect goodness, wisdom and person. He is transcendently glorious in holiness. He made the universe and continues to support it, as well as to govern and direct it by His providence and laws. (Genesis 1:31, Matthew 15:13, Job 11:7-9 and Romans 11:33). The two principle names in Hebrew for the Supreme Being are Jehovah and Elohim. Other names are enumerated but they belong rather to His attributes. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24). Man is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT THE TRINITY
The conception of the Divine Trinity may only be approached through revelation. Man, through conscience and apart from revelation, may perceive God. However, he may only know that this One Being consists of the Three Persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Ghost), as he finds this stated and portrayed in Holy Scriptures. The doctrine of the Trinity, therefore, cannot be explained, but it can be evermore believed. And through faith, all of the blessings which pertain thereto and are derived there from may fully and continually be enjoyed. First, the use of the plural, “Let us make man” (Genesis 1:26); “Behold the man is become one of us” (Genesis 3:22); and “Who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8). Second, the three persons specified in one passage: God, Spirit and Lord (Genesis 1- 2; 2:4).
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT FALLEN NATURE
Man, by nature, is sinful. He has fallen from a glorious and righteous state from which he was created and became unrighteous and un holy. The Hebrew word for man is “enosh”, meaning “sorry and wretched” and denotes his condition in his apostasy from God. Since by nature, he hath become a child of wrath, and incapable of being subject to the law of God. (Ephesians 2:3; Romans 8:7). Man is born in sin, and in order for him to be restored to his state of holiness, from which he has fallen, he must be born again. (John 3:7)
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT CREATION
Such a creation, as is visible to us, necessitates a personal Creator who is omnipotent, intelligent, beneficent and compassionate. And such a creation demands a personal Maintainer who, being omnipotent, intelligent, beneficent and compassionate, continues and fulfills what He has begun. Creation may be apprehended scientifically, that is, by discovery, examination, analysis, synthesis and deduction. But scientific apprehension as related to creation has to do with results, not process. This is particularly true of the creation of the world, the Creator alone knowing what there and then took place. It is manifest, therefore, that these first processes must continue unknown, unless God has been pleased to make a revelation concerning them. This revelation has been made in the first and second chapters of Genesis which, in the nature of the case, is the one authoritative ststement as to how the world was made.
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT SALVATION
Salvation comes when a man or woman believes the truth of the Gospel. “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”(St.John 8:32). “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16). “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16).
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT THE CHURCH
The word “church” comes from the Greek “ekklesia” and signifies literally a called – out body. For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles,whether bond or free; and have been all made to drink