“God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchanging in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.”
We teach that there is but one living and true God: an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each equally deserving worship and obedience.
GOD THE FATHER
We teach that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. He is the Creator of all things. As the only absolute and omnipotent ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption. His Fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men but He is Spiritual Father only to believers. He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass. He continually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and events.
GOD THE SON
We teach that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is co-equal, consubstantial, and co-eternal with the father.
We teach that in the incarnation (God becoming man) Christ surrendered only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine essences, either in degree or kind. In his Incarnation, the eternally existing second Person of the Trinity accepted all the essential characteristics of humanity and so became the God-man.
We teach that our Jesus Christ represents humanity and deity in invisible oneness.
We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was Virgin-born, that He was God-incarnated and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men and rule over God’s Kingdom.
We teach that, in the incarnation, the second Person of the Trinity laid aside His right to the full prerogatives of the coexistence with God, assumed the place of a Son and took on an existence appropriate to a servant while never devastating Himself of His divine attributes.
We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the Cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory and redemptive.
We teach that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical Resurrection from the dead and that He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Advocate and High Priest.
We teach that at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, God confirmed the deity of His Son and gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the Cross. Jesus’ bodily resurrection is also the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all believers.
We teach that Jesus Christ will return to receive the Church, which is His body, unto Himself at the Rapture and, returning with His Church in glory, will establish His millennial kingdom on earth.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We teach that Holy Spirit is a divine person, eternal, un-derived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect, emotions, will, eternality, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence and truthfulness. In all divine attributes He is co-equal and consubstantial with the Father and the son.
We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. We recognize His sovereign activity in the creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, and the work of salvation.
We teach that a unique work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father as promised by Christ to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ. His activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ.
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God’s revelation, the Bible. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (controlled by) the Spirit.
We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the Church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious displays, but he does glorify Christ by implementing his work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most Holy faith.