16 fundamental truths

  1. 1.  The Scriptures Inspired
    • The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. 
    • 2 Tim. 3:15-17
    • 1 Thess. 2:13
    • 2 Peter 1:21
  2. 2. The One True God
    • The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM;" the Creator of heaven and earth, and the Redeemer of mankind.  He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
    • Deut 6:4
    • Matt. 28:19
    • Luke 3:22
  3. 3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
    • The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  The Scriptures declare:
    • a. His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23, Luke 1:31,35)
    • b. His sinless life (Heb. 7:26, 1 Pet 2:22)
    • c. His miracles (Acts 2:22, 10:38)
    • d. His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Cor. 15:3, 2 Cor. 5:21)
    • e. His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt. 28:6, Luke 24:39)
    • f. His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33, Phil 2:9-11)
  4. 4. The Fall of Man
    • Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness."  However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.
    • Genesis 1:26, 27
    • Genesis 3:6
    • Romans 5:12-19
  5. 5. The Salvation of Man
    • Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. 
    • Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ.  Man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life.
    • The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. (Rom. 8:16)  The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.  (Titus 2:12)
    • John 3:3
    • Eph. 2:8
    • Titus 2:11
  6. 6. The ordinances of the Church
    • Baptism in Water: The ordinance of baptism in water is commanded in the Scriptures.  All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized.  Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised up with Him to walk in the newness of life. (Matt. 28:19, Romans 6:4)
    • Holy Communion--The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements--bread and the fruit of the vine--is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers til he come! 
    • 1 Cor. 11:26, 2 Peter 1:4
  7. 7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
    • All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of the all in the early Christian church.  With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.  This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of new birth. 
    • Acts 1:4
    • Acts 1:8
    • 1 Cor. 12:1-31
  8. 8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
    • The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.  The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but different in purpose and use. 
    • Act. 2:4
    • 1 Cor. 12:4-10
  9. 9. Sanctification
    • Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God.  Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord." 
    • Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ by faith and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. 
    • Romans 12:1-2
    • Heb. 12:14
    • Romans 6:1-11
  10. 10.  The Church and its Mission
    • The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her Great Commission.  Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn. 
    • Eph. 1:22,23
    • Heb. 12:23
    • The priority reason-for-being of the A/G as part of the Church is:
    • a. to be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8)
    • b. to be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Cor. 12:13)
    • c. To be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (1 Cor. 12:28)
    • d. To be a people who demonstrate God's love and compassion for all the world (James 1:27)
  11. 11. The Ministry
    A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the purpose of leading the church in 1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), 2) worship of God (John 4:23, 24), 3) building a Body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Eph. 4:11, 16) and 4) meeting human needs with ministries of love and compassion (James 1:27) .
  12. 12. Divine Healing
    • Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel.  Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.
    • Isaiah 53:4,5
    • James 5:14-16
    • Matt. 8:16-17
  13. 13.  The Blessed Hope
    • The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church. 
    • 1 Thess 4:16,17
    • Romans 8:23
    • 1 Cor. 15:51, 52
  14. 14. The Millennial Reign of Christ
    • The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years.  This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace. 
    • Matt. 24:27, 30
    • Rev. 1:7
    • Isaiah 11:6-9
  15. 15. The Final Judgement
    • There will be a final judgement in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to the works.  Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire, which is the second death. 
    • Matt. 25:46
    • Mark 9:43-48
    • Rev. 21:8
  16. 16. The New Heavens and the New Earth
    • We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 
    • 2 Peter 3:13
    • Revelations 21 & 22
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