OUR BELIEFS

 

We hold the Christian faith, which is common to all Christian believers (Titus 1:4; Jude 1:3). Our faith is composed of the following beliefs concerning the Bible, God, Christ, the Spirit, the work of Christ, salvation, and the church:

 

Bible

Our belief is based on the Holy Bible, which is the word of God written under His inspiration word by word (2 Tim. 3:16) and which contains the complete divine revelation;

 

God

God is uniquely one (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4b; Isa. 45:5a), yet a Trinity— the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, who coexist and co-inherent equally and simultaneously, from eternity to eternity, and are each fully God (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14);

 

Christ

Eternally Christ is the only begotten Son in the Godhead (John 1:1, 18). In time He became a genuine human being through incarnation (John 1:14). He is like us in all respects, yet He is without sin (Heb. 4:15;1 John 3:5; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22). Christ is complete God and perfect man, possessing both the divine nature and the human nature. He is the Son of God, even God Himself, became incarnated to be a man by the name of Jesus, born of the virgin Mary, that He might be our Redeemer and Savior;

 

The Spirit

After resurrection and in His resurrection, the Lord became the pneumatic Christ who is identical to the Spirit. Now the Lord is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17), and He has become the life-giving Spirit who gives life (1 Cor. 15:45). The Lord, the pneumatic Christ, the all-inclusive, life-giving, compound, processed, and consummated Spirit is actually the Lord Himself. The Lord and the Spirit are one, so He is also called the Lord Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18).

 

The Work of Christ

In dying on the cross for our sins, Christ accomplished an eternal redemption for us (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 1:7;Heb. 9:12) and brought usback to God (1 Pet. 3:18). After His resurrection He ascended bodily to the Father, who exalted Him to His right hand as Lord of all (Acts 5:31; 10:36). Today He is in glory as the ascended Lord and as the Son of Man (Acts 7:56), still human and always God. After His ascension Christ poured down the Spirit of God to baptize His chosen members into one Body and that the Spirit of God, who is also the Spirit of Christ, is moving on this earth today to convict sinners, to regenerate God’s chosen people, to dwell in the members of Christ for their growth in life, and to build up the Body of Christ for His full expression; at the end of this Age Christ will come back to take up His members, to judge the believers and the world, to take possession of the earth, and to establish His eternal kingdom;

 

Salvation

Every human being is constituted a sinner by birth and by action (Rom. 5:19, 12). To be saved from the righteous judgment of God, a person must repent to God and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38;Acts 16:31; 26:20; John 3:15-16) to be forgiven of his or her sins and to be redeemed, justified, and regenerated (Acts 10:43; Rom. 3:24; Acts 13:39; John 3:6). Through regeneration we become the children of God (John 1:12) and members of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27). It is our great privilege as co-laborers with God to preach this gospel to all peoples.

 

The Church

Finally, we believe that for the accomplishment of His purpose and to make known His multifarious wisdom, God produced the church (Eph. 3:10), which is the Body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:24), composed of all persons irrespective of time and space who are believers in Christ. It is God’s intent that this mystical, universal Body be practically manifested on the earth in time and space as local churches, each of which encompasses all of the believers in a given city (Acts 2:44; 8:1).