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The Scriptures are inspired, both the Old and New Testaments of God, and are the revelation from God to man, the infallible, and authoritative rule of faith and conduct.  (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Pe. 1:21)

There is but one true God, and He is eternal and self-existent, the Creator of heaven and earth and all that is, and is the Redeemer of mankind.  He reveals Himself in the persons of God the Father, God the Word (the Son), and God the Holy Spirit.  (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10-14; Matt. 28:19: Lu. 3:22)

The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed through His Son-ship of the Father.  He is the embodiment of the eternal Godhead in the person of His only begotten Son.  (Jn. 14:9; He. 1:3-9

The Salvation of Man comes only through the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is not by works, but by grace, through faith in the shed blood and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Jn. 14:6; Ro. 10:9-13)

The Ordinance of Baptism by immersion in water is commanded in Scriptures.  All who repent and believe on Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord are to be baptized.  (Matt. 28:19; Ac. 2:38; 10:47)

The Ordinance of Holy Communion, the partaking of the Lord’s Supper, which consists of un-leaven bread and the fruit of the vine, is commanded in Scriptures.  It is an ordained means of expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of His suffering and death; a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers until He comes again.  (Jn. 6:53-56; 1 Cor. 11:26; 2 Pe. 1:4)
Baptism in the Holy Ghost is a gift of which all believers are entitled, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek.  It is the promise of our Lord.  With it comes the endowment of power for life and service; the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.  (Lu. 24:49; Ac. 1:4, 8: 2:42, 43; 4:8; 8:12-17; 1 Cor. 12:7)

Sanctification is an act of separation from evil and worldliness, and of dedication unto God.  By the power of the Holy Spirit believers are able to walk in the Spirit and obey the command:  “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”  For without holiness, no man shall see the Father.  (Ro. 12:1-3; 1 Thes. 5:22, 23; He. 12:14; 1 Pe. 1:15:, 16)

The primary Call of the Church is to:  (1) Worship the Lord, which speaks of all that we do in recognition of God’s love and power and sovereignty.  (2) Evangelism, which speaks of a concentrated effort to seek the un-reached, and preach and teach the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.  (3) Discipleship, which speaks of educating believers in an effort to bring all into a state of Christian maturity as mentioned at Ephesians 4:12, 13.  (4) Fellowship, which is included in the Great Commission at Matthew 28:19 (baptizing them), means “to baptize into the possession and protection of the Godhead, and to establish a vital union between God and the believer” [The Interpreter’s Bible, Exegesis on Matt. 28:19].  We are charged to establish godly fellowship with new believers and to maintain it with mature Christians.  This is done as we embrace them in love according to the spirit of the teachings and commandments of Lord Jesus along this line.  (5) Ministry, which speaks of the Great Commandment, “love,” which means agape in action.  That “God so loved the world…” was revealed in His acts of mercy and grace.  Jesus did not come to bring eternal life only, but that we may have life more abundantly.  In addition to salvation, Jesus ministered to our physical, educational and moral needs.  Loving our neighbor encompasses having a heart to do whatever we find necessary and are able to perform on his or her behalf.

Divine Healing is an integral part of the gospel.  Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.  (Isa. 53:4, 5, Matt. 8:16, 17; Ja. 5:14, 15)

The blessed Hope of the Saints is the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord.  (Ro. 8:23; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 1 Thes. 4:16, 17; Tit. 2:13)

The Millennial Reign of Christ is the second coming of Christ which includes the rapture of the saints, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years.  This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel, and the establishment of universal peace.  (Ps. 72:3-8; Isa. 11:6-9; Eze. 37:21, 22; Mic. 4:3, 4: Zeph. 3:19, 20; Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27, 30; Ro. 11:26, 27; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6)

There will be Final Judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works.  Whoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet (and all ungodly), will be consigned to eternal punishment in the lake of fire, which is the second death.  (Matt. 25:46; Mk. 9:43-48; Rev. 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8)

There will be a New Heaven and a New Earth.  “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”  Also, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:  for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”  (2 Pe. 3:13; Rev. 21:1, 2; 22)