There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Mark 12:29; Matthew 28:18, 19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Holy Spirit is equal in the trinity of the Father and the Son, thus making him God. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and is to convict men of sin, regenerate the believer, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
(Acts 5:3, 4; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 14:16, 17; 16:7-15)
The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors, who were under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is without error in the original writings, and is the complete and only supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)
Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is now our High Priest and Advocate.
(John 1:1, 14, 18; 5:17, 18; 8:58; 10:30-33, Romans 3:24, 25)
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his own sin and failure by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ, as God's offering of forgiveness, can man experience justification and forgiveness of sin.
(Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter1:18, 19; 2:24; Titus 3:5,6)
All mankind will be bodily resurrected. Everyone will either exist eternally in union with God through forgiveness and salvation or exist eternally separated from God by sin and self choice.
(John 5:29; Mark 9:43-48; 2Thessalonians 1:8, 9; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:1-4)
Man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and became alienated from God, acquired a sin nature and incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God.
(Genesis 1:26; 3:1-17; Romans 5:12; 3:22, 23; Ephesians 2:12)
The Lord Jesus Christ will return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His return will be personal and visible. The expectation of this, our Blessed Hope, has a vital bearing on our personal life and service as believers.
(1Thessalonians 4:13-18; Acts 1:11; John 14:1-4; Revelation 20: 6)
God has given two sacraments for believers to share in. One is "Water Baptism" as a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to new life. The other is the "Lord's Supper" which is a memorial service, setting forth in a symbolic manner the life and death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Acts 8:38, 39; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:24-32)
The true Church of Jesus Christ is a spiritual organism made up of all persons who, through faith in Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This spiritual organism is called the body of Christ of which Jesus Christ is the Head. In addition, all members of this spiritual organism are directed by Scripture to associate themselves in local assemblies for the purpose of edification and evangelism.
(Ephesians 1:22, 23; Colossians 1:17-18; Hebrews 10:25)
COMMITMENT TO CHRISTIAN LIVING
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:16-20 ESV)
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV)
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
(Mark 12:28-31 ESV)
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
(1 Corinthians 6:18-20 ESV)
Legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as “porneia”) including but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing pornography, are incompatible with the biblical witness.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:19-26 ESV)
Marriage is a sacrament (or ordinance or rite) of the Church. This church defines “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found in these articles.