What is our doctrine?
What do we preach and believe?
First of all we acknowledge the historic declaration known as the Apostles Creed which states:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy christian Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. AMEN.
in the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ - the hypostatic union of two persons in one.
in the triune God head - Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Three persons in one - divided in unity.
in the new birth experience as declared by Jesus Christ in
John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,"
essential to becoming a son of God.
in water baptism as an essential sacrament required by Jesus as a measure of washing away original sin.
John 3:5 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." ;
Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." ;
Matthew 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" ;
Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" and
Acts 10:44-48 "44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."
in Holy Communion as ordained by Christ at the last supper. This is an essential sacrament to us as believers as we seek to experience the life promised by Jesus.
John 6:53 "Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you."
in the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.