The Bible Doctrine of Salvation
- Salvation comes only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6)
- “Saving faith” requires…
- Repentance from sin – “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
- Belief in Christ’s atoning work on the cross – “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:15)
- Confession of Christ as Lord and Savior – “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9)
- Commitment to serve and follow Him – “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15)
- Spiritual rebirth is a work of the Holy Spirit, “according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5)
The Bible Doctrine of Baptism in the Holy Spirit
- The disciples of Christ received salvation when He “breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” (John 20:22-23)
- Jesus commanded those who believed on Him to remain in Jerusalem until they had received the fullness (baptizo / immersion) of the Holy Spirit. Jesus “commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” (Act 1:4-5)
- At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon those who obeyed. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Act 2:4)
- Speaking with “other tongues” was the initial evidence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit in the early church as recorded in Acts 2:4; 10:44-46 and 19:1-6 and remains so today.
The Bible Doctrine of Holiness
- The church of Jesus Christ are those who have exercised “saving faith” in Him and have been made holy by His sacrifice. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:27)
- This state of holiness or sanctification is a gift of God received at salvation. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1Co 6:10-11)
- The Christian remains holy until when and if he or she chooses to sin. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. (Gal 2:17-18)
- Anyone who sins subsequent to salvation must choose to repent of sin and put his or her faith in the sacrifice of Christ to once again be made holy – cleansed and forgiven of sin. In the 3rd Book of John, we read “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1Jn 1:9)
The Bible Doctrine of Material Provision
- God has provided covenant promises of material/financial provision for His people. Abraham referred to the Lord as Jehovahjireh – meaning the Lord will provide (Gen 22:14). David said, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want [lack]” (Psa 23:1), and “they that seek the Lord shall not want [lack] any good thing” (Psa 34:10).
- Material blessings (food, clothing, shelter) are a benefit of serving the Lord. Jesus said, “take no (anxious) thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Mat 6:31-33)
- God has promised to supply for the material needs of His people – not make them rich. My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Php 4:19) But the Apostle James cautioned…. ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (Jas 4:3)
- Jesus taught His disciples that they should give to others. Give, and it shall be given unto you… For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luk 6:38)
We do not preach or teach that Christians should give in order to get a blessing. Neither should the child of God give out of necessity (compulsion by others) or O.T. law (tithe) or hardship (their own need/lack).
We do preach and teach that Christians should give out of a heart of love toward God and compassion for their neighbors – not looking to receive anything in return. The child of God should give as the Holy Spirit leads for the furtherance of the gospel and to help meet the material / financial needs of others. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. (2Co 9:7)
The Bible Doctrine of Divine Healing
- God has provided a covenant promise of healing for His people. God said, “I am the LORD that healeth thee” (Ex 15:26).
- Healing is a benefit of serving the Lord. David said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Psa 103:2-3).
- God’s word is a medicine or cure for all of our needs (spiritually, physically, materially). This includes healing for our bodies. We read in Proverbs, “My son, attend to my words… they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh” (Pro 4:20-22).
- Christ has provided this covenant blessing of healing through His atoning work at the cross. This was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah and confirmed by the apostle Peter, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isa 53:5 / 1 Pe 2:24)
- God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), and He is able and willing to heal all who come to him in faith. We read in the gospel of Matthew, “… he (Jesus) healed all that were sick” (Mat 8:16)
We do not preach or teach that Christians should not seek out doctors, hospitals, medication, herbs, diets, or exercise as a natural means of treatment for injury, sickness, or disease. These remedies may be expedient, beneficial, or needful. All such decisions should be left to the individual to make.
We do preach and teach that Christians should look to God for healing regardless of their decision to use other means of treatment for injury, sickness, or disease.
The Bible Doctrine of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- There are nine supernatural gifts of the Spirit in operation in the church today as described by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter twelve, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant” (1Co 12:1-11)
- The gifts of the Spirit are special, temporary divine impartations of knowledge, ability, or power that God gives to His church for the benefit of mankind and to accomplish His will and purposes in the earth.
- All Christians should desire these gifts, “desire spiritual gifts” (1 Co 14:1).
- The Christian may pray for gifts of the Spirit, but those gifts are not covenant promises that may be obtained by faith and prayer alone. It is the Holy Spirit who gives these gifts to “man severally (individually) as He wills” (1 Co 12:11)
We do not preach or teach that gifts of the Spirit may be obtained by faith alone. They are not covenant promises. Each gifting is unique, given by God for a specific occasion as He wills. Such gifts, once exercised, are not something one continues to possess there after. It is the Holy Spirit who decides whether a gift will be bestowed, and it is the Holy Spirit who decides to whom a gift may be given.
We do preach and teach that the church should desire the gifts of the Spirit, and that an individual must be in a general state of faith to receive (i.e. believing that God will hear and consider his or her request). When a gift of the Spirit is not given in answer to prayer at a specific moment in time then it was not the will of God to do so, and without question the judgement of God is true and just (Isa 5:16)