WE BELIEVE the Bible is completely adequate by itself to
serve as the guide for our beliefs and way of living.
These statements of fundamental truths
are intended only as a readily understood common basis for our fellowship
and unity. The truths set forth are held to be essential to a full-Gospel
ministry. No claim is made that they contain all Biblical Truths, only that
they cover our need to these fundamental doctrines.
The Scriptures Inspired - The scriptures, both Old and New Testaments,
are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible
authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
The One True God - The one true God has revealed Himself as the
eternally self-existent "I AM", the Creator of heaven and earth
and the Redeemer of mankind. He further revealed Himself as embodying the
principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ -
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The scriptures declare:
His virgin birth; His sinless life; His miracles; His substitutionary work
on the cross; His bodily resurrection from the dead; and His exaltation
to the right hand of God.
The Fall of Man - Man was
created good and upright for God said, "Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and
thereby incurred not only a physical death, but also a spiritual death which
is separation from God.
The Salvation of Man - Man's only
hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of
God. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.
The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.
The Ordinances of the Church - The ordinance
of baptism by immersion is commanded in the scriptures. All who repent and
believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare
to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been
raised with Him to walk in the newness of life. The Lord's Supper (Holy
Communion), consisting of the elements - bread and the fruit of the vine
- is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus
Christ; a memorial of His suffering and death; and a prophecy of His second
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
- All believers are entitled
to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father,
the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our
Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian
Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the obtainment
of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. This experience
is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. With
the baptism in the Holy Ghost come such experiences as an overflowing fullness
of the Spirit; a deepened reverence to God; an intensified consecration
to God and dedication to His work; and a more active love of Christ, His
Word, and for the lost.
The Evidence of the Baptism in
the Holy Ghost - The baptism of believers in the Holy Ghost is
witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as
the Spirit of God gives them utterance. The speaking in tongues in this
instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but different in
purpose and use.
Sanctification - Sanctification is an act of separation from
that which is evil and dedication unto God. The scriptures teach a life
of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord." By the
power of the Holy Ghost we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy,
for I am holy." Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing
his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection.
The Church and its Mission - The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation
of God through the Spirit with divine appointments for the fulfillment of
her great commission. Each believer born of the spirit is an integral part
of the church. Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and to save
that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers
in the image of His Son. The priority reason-for-being of the Assemblies
of God as part of the Church is to accomplish the following: to be an agency
of God for evangelizing the world; to be a corporate body in which man may
worship God; and to be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints
being perfected in the image of His Son.
The Ministry - A divinely
called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord
for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in: evangelizing the world;
worship of God; and building a body of saints being perfected in the image
of His Son.
Divine Healing - 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.
The Blessed Hope - 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 is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church.
The Millennial Reign of Christ - The second
coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed
hope followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on
the earth for a thousand years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation
of the nation of Israel and the establishment of universal peace.
The Final Judgment - There will be a final judgment in which the
wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever
is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his
angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting
punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone which is the
The New Heavens and the New Earth -
We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein
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