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We are founded upon the belief in God, who is the supreme ruler of the universe. We believe that he robed himself in flesh, and suffered and died on the cross for the sins of mankind. After three days, he arose from the grave, thereby providing mankind the opportunity to be saved from destruction by being born again.Jesus told Nicodemus in St. John 3:5 (KJV) 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. Therefore we believe a person must be born again in order to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven! This method was followed by the early New Testament Church, as evidenced by Acts 2:38.Acts 2:38 (KJV) 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. We are born of the water when the blood is applied through baptism in Jesus Name. We are born of the spirit upon receiving the Holy Ghost (evidenced by speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance).After the saint is born again, God requires that we live Godly, continue in the Apostles’ Doctrine, and continue in our church fellowshipActs 2:42 (KJV) And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Our Creed, Discipline, Rules of Order and Doctrine:
is the Word of God as taught and revealed by the Holy Ghost (John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:9-13).”All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for Doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2nd Timothy 3:16-17”’Record of Membership”’The names of members are kept on record in Heaven (Luke 10:20). For it is written, “The Lord shall count, when He writeth up the people, that this man was born there” (Psalms 87:6). All must be “born of water and Spirit” in this dispensation, if they desire their names to be written in Heaven (Hebrews 12:22-23). However, for the matter of legal record we recommend that the name of each individual who is recognized as being subject to the rule of a local organization should be kept in the record of such congregation.
”’God’s Standard of Salvation”’
We earnestly contend for God’s standard of Salvation. In the Word of God, we can find nothing short of a Holy, Spirit-filled life with signs following as on the day of Pentecost (Mark 16:16-17; Acts 2:4, 8:14-17, 9:17-18, 10:44-48, 19:1-6; Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:15-16).
”’Repentance and Remission of Sins”’
The only grounds upon which God will accept a sinner is repentance from the heart for the sins that he has committed. A broken and a contrite heart, He will not despise (Psalms 51:17). John preached repentance and remission of sins be preached in His name, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47). Peter fulfilled this command on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38).
We fully believe in the mystery of the Godhead. We believe that Jesus was both human and divine, and further, that the Godhead be understood to mean all of the fullness of God (Colossians 1:19, 2:9). We believe that Jesus was Mary’s son and Mary’s God, Creator and creature, God manifest in the flesh; that the flesh of Jesus was the same as ours with the exception that it had no sin; that Jesus was the Eternal Father made visible, apart from whom there is no God. We believe that at the final consummation of all things there will be only one God, and that will be our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord is our Healer (Exodus 15:26; Psalms 30:2-3). The Lord made our bodies. Should it be thought a thing incredible that He can heal us? With His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:14-17; John 14:12; Mark 16:18; James 4:14).
”’The Coming of Christ”’
That Jesus is coming to earth in person is a doctrine clearly set forth in apostolic times. Jesus taught it. The Apostles preached it, and the saints accepted it (Matthew 24:1; Acts 1:11, 3:19-21; 1 Corinthians 1:7-8, 11:26; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; Titus 2:13-14).
The old method of begging, rallying, giving socials, shows and concerts to carry on God’s word is not God’s plan. We believe that if the people of God would obey His word there would be plenty on hand to carry on His work without scheming and grafting.
“Tithing, and Freewill offering”
is God’s Plan (Genesis 15:20, 28:22; Malachi 3:8-12; Exodus 25:2, 35:5, 21, and 29).
”’Translation of the Saints”’
We believe that the time draweth near for the coming of the Lord to make a change in the present order of things, and at that time all the righteous dead shall rise from the graves, and “we that are alive” and living righteous before God shall be translated or “caught up to meet the Lord in the air” ([[Matthew 24:36]]; Luke 17:20 and 37; 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 54; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13 and 17).
Moreover we believe that the distress upon the world is the “beginning of sorrows” and will become more intense until there “shall he a time of trouble such as there never was since there was a nation even to that time,’ (Matthew 24:3-8; Daniel 12:1), and that period of tribulation will be followed by the dawn of a better day on earth, and that for one thousand years there shall be “peace on earth, good will toward men” (Revelation 20:1-5; Isaiah 65:17-25; Matthew 5:5; Daniel 7:27; Micah 4:1-2; Habakkuk 2:14).
When the thousand years are finished there shall be a resurrection of the dead, who shall be summoned before the Great White Throne for their final judgement, all those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, burning with brimstone, which God hath prepared for the devil and his angels. Satan being cast in first (Revelation 20:7-15; Matthew 24:41-46; Revelation 21:8).
”’Wholly Sanctified Life”’
We believe that in order to escape the judgement of God and to have the hope of enjoying the glory of life eternal, one must be thoroughly saved from his sins, wholly sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost. And that a wholly sanctified life is the only true standard of Christian life (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-17).
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October 14, 2015
Rev. Ronnie Lowry
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