We believe God is not the author of confusion, but of peace
(1 Corinthians 14:33
We believe God has established a Oneness that Christians should endeavor “to keep…in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3 ).
"There is One Body, and One Spirit, even as you are called in the One Hope of your calling; One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Ephesians 4:4-6 ).
We believe this is God’s doctrinal program for this age.
Desiring to be in full accord with the Mind of the Spirit, we hold the following beliefs:
The entire Bible, in its original writings, is verbally inspired of God and is our absolute authority (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ; 2 Peter 1:21
). As believers, we are instructed to study the Bible, rightly dividing God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15
The Person of Christ
Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man (Luke 1:35 ; Romans 1:3-4
Personality and Work of the Holy Spirit
All men, due to Adam’s disobedience, are in a fallen state. All men are dead in trespasses and sins and are, therefore, totally unable to do anything pleasing to God apart from Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:1-3 ; 1Corinthians 15:21-22 ; Romans 8:7-8
God justifies ungodly sinners by His Grace, upon the basis of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, through the means of faith. This complete salvation is bestowed as the gift of God apart from man’s works (Romans 5:1 , Romans 5:9 ; Ephesians 2:8-9
In the present dispensation there is only one Church, which is called the Body of Christ. It is composed of all the saved of this dispensation (1 Corinthians 12:13 ; Ephesians 1:22-23
The only gifts necessary for the ministry of the Body of Christ are those enumerated in Ephesians 4:7-16
By reason of Christ’s victory over sin and of His indwelling Spirit, all of the saved may and should experience deliverance from the power of sin and should consider ourselves dead to sin (Romans 6:14 , Romans 12:1-2
). We recognize that sin is never eradicated during this life.
The communion of the Lord’s Supper, as revealed through the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:20-26
, is for members of the Body of Christ to observe “until He comes.” There is no place in scripture where the Lord’s Supper and water baptism are linked together, either as ordinances or as sacraments for the Church.
All saved persons of God’s present program have been made members of the Body of Christ by one divine baptism. By that one baptism every member of the Body of Christ is identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Based on the statement concerning the one baptism in Ephesians 4:5
, the statement concerning baptism in Colossians 2:12
, and Paul’s statement, “Christ sent me not to baptize but to preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 1:17
), we affirm that water baptism has no place in God’s spiritual program for the Body of Christ in this day of grace.
God created the Heavens, the Earth, and everything in them. The six days of Genesis 1
are literal days, consisting of approximately twenty-four hours each as represented by evening and morning
(Genesis 1:31 ; Exodus 20:11
These six days of Genesis 1 occurred no more than ten thousand years ago.
It is the responsibility of all members of the Body of Christ to meet together regularly in their local assemblies for worship, fellowship, and Bible study (Hebrews 10:25