Man, His Fall & Redemption
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression, sin came into the world.“ All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to undo the work of the devil and He gave His life to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:14, 3:10, 3:23; 1 John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, and is made possible by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8).
Eternal Life & The New Birth
Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life (2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
Resurrection of the Just & The Return of Our LORD
His coming is imminent. When He returns, “…the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air…” This is also known as The Rapture (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).
Hell & Eternal Retribution
The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost and, therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. Their eternal destiny is the Lake of Fire, or Hell, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20, 20:12-15; Matthew 13:40-42; Luke 16:19-31).
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
Our God is One, but manifested in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Philippians 2:6). God the Father is greater than all, the Source of the Word (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son, Jesus, is the Word in the flesh, the only begotten one, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14). The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead and is eternal (John 15:26).
Baptism in water is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers. It is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Baptism in the Holy Ghost is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers and is received following the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8, 2:38-39, 19:1-7, 2:4).
To “sanctify” something is to set it apart for special use. Sanctification has a lot to do with the Christian life and lifestyle: the believer in Christ being “set apart” to be a reflection of Christ in the earth and in doing so fulfilling the Great Commission. God made us holy inwardly, so that, in time as we grow and mature spiritually, we would also reflect His holiness in how we think, speak and act (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
Healing is manifested by the power of God and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is available to anyone who believes that they can be healed (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-20; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5).