The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The new Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. No one or no institution has the authority to establish doctrine contrary to the Scriptures which were accepted as canon by the early Church (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
Our God is One but manifested in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, neither being created but infinite and eternal, each being co-equal (Philippians 2:6). God the Father is greater than all, the Source of the Word (logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; 16:28; 1:14). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One begotten and has existed with the Father from the beginning, not created, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world, resurrected bodily for our justification and now reigns in glory until all things are put under His feet (John 1:1; 1:18; 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son (John 15:26).
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
Man is a created being made in the likeness and image of God. But through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” “As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 5:14; 3:23). Man is now, by reason of the fall, spiritually depraved and alienated from his Creator. Apart from God,’s grace, he has no ability to attain to His high calling (Psalm 8:4-6; Ephesians 2:8-9). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (1 John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and the confession of Him as Lord, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).
THE CHURCH OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST & THE BODY OF CHRIST
There is one holy Christian Church, imperfectly represented on earth by various Christian institutions. We confess as brethren all who are truly born of God (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). The identity of the body of Christ on earth is primarily perceived through the local Christian church. While encouraging the voluntary association of local churches, we recognize the need to consensus on matters of fundamental doctrine and conduct (Revelation 2-3).
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is an integral part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ today (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5).
Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4).
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT & HIS MANIFESTATIONS
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the New Birth. The experience is an endowment of power given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification and evangelism (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9, 16-17; Acts 1:4-5,8). The supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit are active within the body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. The development of these spiritual manifestations ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church authorities (1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 1 Peter 4:10).
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 commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST
“He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ that His soul was not left in hell neither His flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up…”. Christ did truly rise again from the dead and ascended into Heaven and is seated at the Father’s right hand where “he ever liveth to make intercession” for all believers (Acts 2:31-32; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 7:25).
THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD
The angels said, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner.” His coming is imminent. When he comes, ‘the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air …” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Following the Great Tribulation, He will return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Then He lovingly formed the crown of His creation – man – both male and female and brought them together thus establishing marriage and the family unit. God instituted and sanctioned marriage between one man and one woman. Marriage is the most sacred covenant a man and a woman can enter into with one another (Genesis 1:1, 27-28; 2:18-25). Sexual activity outside of marriage is against the will and plan of God (Hebrews 13:4).
Children are a gift from God and that parents are to raise them to know Jesus Christ for themselves. Children are a part of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and are the leaders of the future.
• Baptism by immersion in water (Matthew 28:19) shall be administered to all those who have repented of their sins and who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls and who give clear evidence of their salvation (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12).
• The Lord’s Supper shall be observed regularly as set out in the Scriptures (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).