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Tenets of Faith

OUR TENETS OF FAITH

Below are the tenets of our faith:

THE SCRIPTURES

The Bible made up of the Old and New Testaments is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote, as the Holy Spirit moved them. In these we find the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of mankind, and the divine and final authority for the Christian faith and life. (1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;), Luke 1:27-35, (1Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.) (Rom 8:34 who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again…….).

The New Covenant as recorded in the New Testament, is our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. 2Tim 3:16, 1 Thess 2:13……when ye received the Word of God … Ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh in you that believe.) 2Peter 1:21. Both Old and New Testaments constitute the divinely inspired Word of God, inerrant in the originals and the final authority for life and faith. We believe that the Bible is the written and revealed Will of God. Man’s position to God, the way to obtain salvation, woe and destruction awaiting sinners that refuse to repent and everlasting joy that is kept for the born again souls. All the Bible teachings are holy, what the Bible reveals as the will of God are such that we should accept, and whatever God writes in the Bible and His Law are to remain unchangeable; for the Heavens and Earth may pass away but the Word of God stands forever. Deut. 4:22; Rev. 22:18, 19; Matt. 24:34-38.

 

THE GODHEAD

Our God is one but manifests in three persons namely God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit being one in Trinity. (1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one.)

As revealed unto us by the Bible, we believe that there is only one God, Who is the Creator of both visible and invisible creatures -Gen. 1:1; Ps. 86:9-10; Is. 43:10-11; John 1:1-3. Only God will be in existence forever. Ez. 3:14; in God every creature receives life -John 5:26.

God the Father is the sender of the Word (Logos) and the begetter (John 14:28, John 16:28, John 1:14.)

The Son is the Word flesh covered, the only begotten that has existed with the Father from the beginning (1Tim 2:5, John 1:14, John 1:18, John 1:1). Through Him all things were created. (John1:1-14, John 14:9). He is true God and true man. He was conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. Further, He rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is now at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Advocate (Heb. 7:24-25, Rom 8:34, 1 John 2:1)

The Holy Spirit is the third Person in the TRINITY. He has the same power, the same glory with God the Father and God the Son – (John 14:16-17; John 15:26; Matt. 3:16.) He is one with Father and the Son who is to be worshiped and served. The Holy Spirit has a great work to perform. He Teaches, He Speaks to men, and bears witness in us – Acts 16:6-7; He performs the work of regeneration for man- John 3:5-6; He also performs the work of Sanctification in the born again souls until they are fully sanctified – John 16:8; Eph 1:17-19; II Thess. 2:13; I Cor. 6:11. This same Holy Spirit endows believers with gifts – I Cor 12:7; He empowers one in the Lord (Acts 1:8.)

 

MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION

God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul (Gen 2:7). Therefore man is made in the image and likeness of God but through Adams transgression and fall, sin came into the world. Jesus Christ the son of God was manifested to undo the works of the devil and He gave His Life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man to God.(Rom 5:12, Rom 3;23, 1John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, and is made operative by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, producing good works acceptable to God (Eph 2:8). Man is God’s ambassador on earth to take control over all other creatures on His behalf on earth. Gen. 1:26-28.

 

ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH

Man’s first step towards salvation is Godly sorrow that works repentance. The new birth is necessary for all men and when experienced, produces eternal life. (John 3:3-5, 2Cor 5:17.) In the salvation of the human soul, including the new birth; and in a subsequent work of God in the soul, wrought by faith, the heart is cleansed from all sin and filled with the Holy Spirit. This gracious experience is retained by faith as expressed in a constant obedience to God’s revealed will thus giving man perfect cleansing moment by moment” (1 John 1:7-9).

 

THE CHURCH

That the Church is the body of Christ, composed of all those who are born again, united by faith to Christ. This is the assembly of believers, the sanctified souls in Christ Jesus, those who we call the Holy people of God (I Cor. 1:2). Therefore all that God has called to gather together in a place and be fed with the Word of God (Acts 2:41-47); they accept Christ as the Lord and head of the Church. The great assignment is to spread the Gospel of Christ to all Nations (Matt. 28:19). Every Church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs (Eph 4:15-16)

 

WATER BAPTISM

Baptism by immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord, and it is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. It is an outward sign, an example of a true repentance of a sinner from his or her sins (Acts 2:38). Therefore anybody baptized is dead to the world and the evils thereof (Gal. 6:14). However it is not to be regarded as a means of salvation. (Rom 6:4, Col 2:12, Acts 8:36-39)

 

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST

The baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift by God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance. (Matt 3:11; John14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 2:38-39). The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. In this dispensation, He indwells, guides, instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service.

 

SANCTIFICATION

The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite yet progressive work of grace that commences at the time of regeneration and continues until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return. (Heb 12:14; 1 Thess 5:23, 2 peter 3:18, 2 Cor 3:18; Phil 3:12-14; 1 Cor 1:30)

 

ABOUT PRAYER

A Christian without condemnation of heart has a right to thank God and be in adoration and in prayer unto the Lord always (Zech. 12:10). His soul thirsts for God (Ps. 42:2.) The Holy Spirit helps our infirmities in prayer (Rom. 8:26). We must pray only by the Name of JESUS (John 16:23). Without faith our prayer shall be powerless before God (James 1:6-8; Heb. 11:6). Those who are unable to pray annoy God (Isa 64:6-7). We are commanded to pray and not to faint and to pray without ceasing (Col. 4:2; I Thess. 5:17; I Cor. 7:5; Luke 18:1). The Apostles put prayer first in their life and they spent much time in prayer (Acts 6:4; Rom. 6:4; Rom 1:9; Col. 1:9). It is God’s plan and order that we should pray to receive all the goods He has promised in His treasure for us (James 4:2; Dan. 9:3; Matt. 7:7-11). We therefore believe that prayer is the key as demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ in the scriptures.

 

LAYING ON OF HANDS AND ANOINTING WITH OIL

We believe in the laying on of hands and anointing people and things with oil in the Name of the Lord (James 5:14-16; Mark 16:17-18; Deut 34:9.

 

PROPHECY IN THE CHURCH

We believe in all the prophecies in the Bible; likewise we believe that we can be given the gift of prophecy by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – I Cor. 14:29. Despise not prophesying – I Thess. 5:20. But any prophecy that is against the Bible is rejected.

 

HOLY COMMUNION OR THE LORDS SUPPER

It was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ shortly before His death. He commanded all Christians to gather together regularly to share the bread and wine till He comes back again (Luke 22:17-20; Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Acts 2:42; 20:7; I Cor. 11:23-30).

 

DIVINE HEALING

Divine healing is the supernatural process of recovery from all manner of sicknesses and diseases and restoration of total health. Healing without medicine is Biblical – Matt. 4:23; Ps. 103:3. Christ purchased our soul from the curse of sin. He bore our infirmities and carried our sorrow – Matt. 8:15-17. By His stripes we are healed. Is 53:4-5; Gal. 3:13; I Peter 2:24. Healing without medicine is of the Gospel – Matt. 9:35; Mark 6:10-13. We read that the twelve Apostles and the seventy disciples combined healing with their Ministry of the Gospel – Luke 9:1-2; Luke 10:1-9. The Lord commanded us to go into the world, just to teach the nations alone, but that we should also heal the sick – Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 10:1, Mark 16:15-18.

Divine healing is available to all and accessible though ways like:

  1. By individual prayer ( John 14:13-14)
  2. By two people (or a group of people) who have agreed to pray by faith – Matt. 18:19-20.
  3. By the laying of hands on the head – Mark 16:18; Acts 9:17-18; Acts 28:8.
  4. By the Ministry of the Elders, anointing the sick with prayer of faith – James 5:14-15

 

RESURRECTION

As this body is dissolved, immediately we are entering into our Heavenly Home or house not made with hands eternal in the Heavens – 2 Cor. 5:1-8. There is resurrection of the Body from death. Jesus taught us plainly that the buried body will be raised up from the tomb at the last day John 5:28-29. Paul also explained this to us – Acts 24:15; I Cor. 15:22, 42-44; Phil. 3:21; Dan. 12:2. The hour is coming when the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God and shall come forth, they that were holy unto the resurrection of life and they that were evil unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:21-29).

 

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

The Second coming of Jesus Christ will be in physical form and will be visible in like manner as He was seen ascending up to heavens – Acts 1:9-11. His return will be in two stages: A. Christ’s return in the sky – The Saints or Bride of Christ will be raptured to meet Christ in the sky – I Thess. 4:15-17; I Cor. 15:51-52; Matt. 24:40-44; Matt 25:10 B. His return to the earth – He will return to the earth to judge the sinners and the ungodly – Rev. 19:19-21; II Thess. 1:7-10; Jude 1:14-15; Zech. 14:3-4.

 

ETERNAL LIFE AND ETERNAL PUNISHMENT

The Bible teaches us that there is eternal punishment as well as eternal life – Matt. 25:46. The wicked people will be sent to a fiery hell made of Sulphur, to be tormented both day and night. The punishment will continue forever and ever – Rev. 14:10-11; Luke. 16:24; Mark 9:43-44.