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Beliefs & Statement of Faith - Tenets of Faith

 

 

 

A.   Basic Faith of Church.
We believe in one God Co-existing in three persons, the father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

B.   Articles of Faith.
(a) The Scripture are inspired.
The Scripture, both Old and New testament are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible authorative rule of faith and conduct (II Timothy 3:15-17, IThess 2:13,
II Peter 1:21)

(b)        The One Living aiid True God.
The one, living and true God has revealed Himself as the eternal self existent "I AM the creator of heaven and earth and the redeemer of mankind.  He has further revealed Himself as embodying and the principal of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut 6:4,lsa 43:10-11, Mat 28:19,Lk3;22)

(c)        The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. 
The scripture declare,
(i)       His Virgin birth (Matt 1:23)
(ii)      His Sinless life (Heb 7:26) .
(iii)     His Miracles (Acts 2:2.2)
(iv)      His Substitutionary work in the cross ( ICor 15:3).
(v)       His bodily resurrection from the dead  (Matt 28:6).
(vi)      His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11, 2:23, Phil 2 : 9, Heb Chap 1 - 3)

(d)        Diety of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God, co - equal with the Father and Son, yet a distinct person in eternal Godhead.

(e)        The Fall Of Man.
Man was created good and upright for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fall and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God (Gen 1:26 -28, 2:17, 3:16, Romans 5:12 -19).

(f)         The Salvation of Man.
Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the son of God (Matt 26:27-28, Heb 9:22)

(g)  Condition of Salvation.
Salvation is received through repentance towards God and Faith towards that Lord Jesus Christ.  By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit being Justified by, Grace through faith, man became heir  of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke  24:47, John 3:3, Romans 10:13-15, Eph 2:8,Titus 2:11, 3:5-7).
(ii) The evidence of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is direct witness of the Spirit (Rom 8:16).     The outward evidence to all men is life of righteousness and true holiness (Eph 4:24 Titus 2:12).

(h)  The Ordinances of the Church.
(i)  Water Baptism.
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is Commanded in the scripture.  All who repent and believe on Jesus Christ as saviour and Lord are to be baptised.Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have raised with him to walk in newness of life (Matt 28:19,Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47, 48  Romans 6:4).
(ii) Holy Communion.
The Lord's supper consisting of bread and wine (the fruit of vine without alcohol) is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, and memorial of his suffering and death until (He comes ICor 11:26).

(iii)Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
All believers are entitled to and should seek the promise of the Father, and   baptism in the Holy Ghost.  according to the command of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  This is a normal experience of all Christian Church.  With it comes the endowment of power for life and service,  the bestowment of the gift and their uses in the work of the Ministry (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-8, ICor 12:1-31).  This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 4:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9)  with the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39) a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43, Heb 12:28), Intensified consecration to God and dedication to his work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His word and for the lost.

(iv)THE EVIDENCE OF BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism of believers in the holy Ghost is witnessed by initial physical sign of speaking in tongue as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4).  The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gifts of tongue (ICor 12:4-10,28) but different in purpose and use.

(v) SANCTIFICATION;
Sanctification is an act of separation from which is evil and of dedication to unto God (Rom 12:1-2, Heb 13:12, IThes 5:23).  The scriptures teach of life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (Heb 12:14)  By the power if the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command " Be ye holy for 1 am holy" (Peter 1:15-16).

i    THE CHURCH
The Church is the body of Christ the habitation of God through the Spirit with divine appointment for the fulfilment of her great commission.  Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and Church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven (Eph 1:22-23, 2:22, Hebl2:23).

j     MINISTRY
A divinely called and scriptural ordained Ministry has been provided by our Lord for two fold purposes:
1)         The Evangelization of the world
(Mark 16:15 -20).
2)         Edifying of the body of Christ (Eph 4:11-13).


 

 




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