Preamble  We recognize that any doctrinal statement is only a fallible human attempt to summarize and systematize the riches of an infallible divine revelation. However, this in no way undermines the importance of such a statement, which helps provide an anchor to protect the church from losing sight of the truths of the Holy Scriptures. Following statements explain our position and teaching about main Biblical doctrines.

  1. Holy Scriptures We believe that the entire Bible (66 books of the Holy Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments) is the inerrant, uncorrupted, living, powerful, and true Word of God in its original form and languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek). It is forever settled in the Heavens. It is God’s message to humanity, although it contains not only the words of God but also the words of humans and spiritual beings. Those words have been written in the Bible by the will and inspiration of God through God’s holy men and prophets for our knowledge, salvation, and perfection. All Scripture is divinely inspired and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. The Holy Scriptures are the only true foundation for every Christian belief and practice. Every belief and practice must be checked against the truths revealed in the Holy Scriptures. (Ps. 12:6; 119:89; Is. 8:19–20; 55:11; Deut. 13:1–4, 18:18–22; Jer. 1:12; John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:15–17; Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:23–25; 2 Pet. 1:19–21)
  2. One God, the Father We believe in one God, the Father—eternal, holy, glorious, almighty creator, sustainer, king, and righteous judge of the universe, including heaven and earth and all that is in them. God is Spirit. He gives life to all and sustains all things in life. He is the King of those who reign and Lord of those who exercise lordship. He is the only immortal one, dwelling in unapproachable light, Whom no human has seen nor is able to see, to Whom belongs glory and power forever. He is God and Father of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and He is Father of spirits. He is the one of Whom are all things; and we are for Him, Who is above all and among all and in all of us. (Gen. 1:1; 2:25; 17:1; 18:14; 18:25; 21:33; Ps. 96:1–13; Neh. 9:6; Is. 6:1–3; John 3:16; 4:24; 1 Cor. 8:4–6; 2 Cor. 1:2–3; Eph. 4:4–6; 1 Tim. 6:13–16; Heb. 12:9)
  3. One Lord, Jesus Christ We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed King), God’s only begotten Son, in Whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, because by Him were created all things—both in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, including thrones and lordships and principalities and authorities. He created all things for Himself. He is before all, and all things exist because of Him. He is the head of the body of the Church. He is the beginning, firstborn from among the dead, that He may be first in inheriting all things, for in Him all the fullness of the Godhead was pleased to dwell bodily. He was born on Earth through the virgin Mary, conceived of the Holy Spirit without the participation of a man. He is fully God by His divine nature and fully man by His human, bodily nature, which He took upon himself. He was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good, healing those oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. He was crucified on the cross, but God raised Him up from the dead on the third day and allowed Him to appear to His apostles and disciples. He died for our sins according to the Scriptures and was buried and raised the third day, according to the Scriptures. He was literally resurrected in a glorified, immortal body and ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God. He is our High Priest and our Advocate with God the Father. To Him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him will receive by His name the remission of sins. He is appointed by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. (Mt. 1:18–25; Lk. 1:26–38; John 1:1–18; 3:16; Acts 10:34–43; 17:30–31; 1 Cor. 15:1–8; Col. 1:14–20; Phil. 2:5–11; 3:21; 1 Tim. 2:5; 3:16; Heb. 1:1–14; 2:14)
  4. Holy Spirit We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is the eternal Spirit of God and Spirit of Christ, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father. By His Spirit God is present in the whole universe and in special ways in the bodies of true believers, as in His temple. All true believers who received the gift of the Holy Spirit have been baptized, in one Spirit, into one body, and have all been given to drink of the same Spirit. The Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit comforts, teaches, guides believers into all truth, gives power to believers, and announces what is coming in the future. The Holy Spirit bears witness concerning Jesus Christ and glorifies Him. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers, distributing separately to each as He wills. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have not ceased after the time of the Apostles and can be manifested among believers today. (Ps. 139:1–12; John 14:26; 15:26–27; 16:7–14; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 3:16–17; 6:19; 12:1–14:40; Eph. 4:4–6; 1 Pet. 1:10–11; Heb. 9:14)
  5. Humankind We believe that God created humanity for His glory and for fellowship with Him. The first people, Adam and Eve, sinned against God and lost God’s glory and fellowship with God, which they enjoyed before. Since then, all their descendants, that is, all people in their natural state, are sinners, dead, without hope in the world and without God. We believe that a human consists entirely of a spirit, soul, and body. Unsaved sinners are dead in their sins and transgressions before God, unable to have fellowship with God, communicate with Him, worship Him in spirit and truth, or fully do as He wills. They are unable to save themselves. (Is. 43:7; 43:21; Gen. 3:1–24; Rom. 3:9–24; Eph. 2:1–3; 2:11–12; Thess. 5:23; Heb. 4:12; 1 Cor. 6:17; John 4:23­–24; Ps. 49:6–9)
  6. Salvation We believe that a person can be saved from his or her sins and from eternal punishment and condemnation in the lake of fire only by God’s grace through faith, not by works, so that no one can boast. A person receives this salvation by repenting of one’s sins, having (obedient, true) faith in Jesus Christ, and confessing Jesus as Lord. Continued living under Jesus’ lordship must follow such faith and confession. (Mt. 25:41–46; Rev. 20:10–15; Eph. 2:1–10; John 3:1–18; 3:36; Acts 2:38; 17:30–31; 20:20–21; James 2:14–26; 1 Jn. 3:1–10; Rom. 3:21–28; 10:9–13; 1 Cor. 15:1–4; 2 Cor. 13:5)
  7. The Church, God’s Assembly Every person who truly repented of his or her sins, has living faith in Jesus Christ, and confesses Jesus as Lord is born again of God by the Spirit of God and the Word of God, and becomes a child of God. God’s born-again children comprise the Church of God (the Assembly of God) and are spiritually bound together as members of one Body of Jesus Christ. In the same way that no member of a body can live by itself without connection to the body, no member of the Body of Jesus Christ (His Church or Assembly) can live by itself, without connection to the Body. The universal Assembly of God consists of local assemblies of God under the leadership of God-appointed apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Deacons help church leaders. The head and foundation of the Church is Jesus Christ. The primary purposes of the Church are preaching the Gospel, teaching those who believed to do all God’s will and everything Jesus commanded, fellowship of believers, communal prayer and praising God, and mutual serving of each other with material and spiritual gifts. (Mt. 16:13–19; 18:15–20; Acts 2:36–47; 1 Cor. 12:1–31; 14:1–40; Eph. 1:22–23; 2:11–22; 4:11–16; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:15)
  8. Commandments of God We believe that every person saved by God’s grace through faith is created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand so that we should walk in them. Primarily, these good works are obedience to God’s will, revealed in His commandments. Every saved person must love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind, and love their neighbor as themselves. We believe that to love God is to keep His commandments. We believe that the Ten Commandments are the main and basic explanation of what it means to love God and your neighbor. They are the revelation of God’s will and character. We believe that every disciple of Christ must obey all the commandments of the Bible, applicable to us in the realities of the New Covenant and our circumstances (Eph. 2:8–10; Mt. 7:21­–27; 19:1–26; 22:34–40; Ex. 20:1–17; 1 Cor. 7:19; 1 Jn. 5:3)
  9. Sabbath We believe in keeping all of the Ten Commandments, including the Fourth Commandment, to remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. We believe that the Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week, which God blessed and sanctified forever at the completion of all creation. God instituted this day as a day for all people to worship Him. Jesus and His apostles kept the Sabbath and set an example for us to follow. The Sabbath is commemoration of creation of the world by God, and the shadow of the future Kingdom of Christ (Gen. 2:1–3; Ex. 16:22–30; Is. 56:1–7; 58:13–14; 66:23; Mt. 5:17–19; 24:20; Lk. 4:16; 23:54–56; Acts 17:1–2; 18:1–4; 25:8; 1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1, Col. 2:16-17, Heb. 4:1-11)
  10. Holiness We believe that all God’s people must be holy, because God is holy and requires holiness of His people. The word holy, when speaking about people, means separated from sin, uncleanness, abomination, and common things, and set apart to serve God. We become holy or sanctified by the blood of Jesus when we are saved. After that, we must continue to be holy by living holy lives. A life of holiness and obedience to God is not optional to Christians but is commanded by Jesus Christ and the apostles as a requirement for those who will enter God’s kingdom. Holiness is not a prerequisite to but is evidence and a result of salvation, and therefore it must always be present among those who are saved. We must be holy in all our conduct—in how we walk before God, how we treat other people, how we dress, and how we treat our own bodies. The book of Leviticus is the primary book of God’s standards of holiness. (Mt. 7:21; 16:27; Rom. 12:1–3; 2 Cor. 6:17; Gal. 6:14; Eph. 5:11; Col. 3:17; Rev. 14:12; 20:12; 22:11; 1 Pet. 1:14­–17; 3:1–5; Lev. 11:1–47; 19:1–20:27)
  11. Clean Food We believe that there is a difference between clean and unclean animals, which is present from the book of Genesis through the book of Revelation. The book of Leviticus teaches us that we must be holy even in what we eat. We believe that God appointed only clean animals as food for His people. We can see from the Bible that Noah, before the flood and long before the giving of the Law to Israel on Mt. Sinai, knew the difference between clean and unclean animals. We can also see that apostle Peter, long after the death and resurrection of Christ, did not eat anything unclean. Therefore, we follow their examples. (Gen. 7:1–9; Rev. 18:2; 1 Pet. 1:14­–17; Lev. 11:1–47; 19:1–20:27; 8:20; Acts 10:1–28)
  12. Water Baptism We believe that every person who has repented of his or her sins and believes in Jesus Christ must be baptized (fully immersed) in water in the name of Jesus Christ. This is one of Jesus’ commandments. Water baptism is one of the first acts of obedience to God’s will by the repented person. Therefore, water baptism is necessary for salvation, because only those who do God’s will will enter His Kingdom. We believe that any person who rejects, despises, or ignores water baptism will not be saved. Exceptions are special cases when a person wanted to be baptized but could not do it because of extreme circumstances, illness, or death. (Mt. 3:13–15; 7:21; 28:18–20; Mk. 16:15–16; Lk. 7:29–30; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 8:36–39; 9:17–19; 10:44–48; 19:1–6; 22:12–16; 1 Pt. 3:18–22; Rom. 6:1–5)
  13. Baptism in the Holy Spirit We believe that every disciple of Jesus Christ must be baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit. The evidence of receiving baptism in the Holy Spirit is a supernatural ability to speak in other tongues (languages), as the Spirit enables one. The evidence of continued infilling of the Holy Spirit is love. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the testimony and seal of God, proving that the person who received it is a child of God. The promised Holy Spirit guarantees our inheritance. Through baptism in the Holy Spirit, a person receives the potential of God’s power and a special ability to be a witness of Jesus Christ. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the first necessary step toward receiving various gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Lk. 4:1–14; 24:44–49; Acts 1:8; 2:1–4; 2:38–39; 8:12–19; 10:42–48; 15:8; 19:1–6; 1 Cor. 12:1–31; 14:1–40; Eph. 1:13–14; 1 Jn. 3:23–24; 4:12–13)
  14. Lord’s Supper We believe that every Christian who has received water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ must regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper, which Jesus Christ instituted at His last Passover supper with His disciples. The unleavened bread of the Lord’s Supper symbolizes Christ’s body, which was given to death for us. The red wine of the Lord’s Supper symbolizes the blood He shed for our sins. By participating in the Lord’s Supper, we remember what Jesus did for our salvation and proclaim His death until He comes. Every person who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Every person participating in the Lord’s Supper must test (or examine) himself or herself and thus eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone eating and drinking unworthily eats and drinks judgment on himself or herself, not discerning the body of the Lord. For doing this, a person can get weak and sick and may even die. We wash one another’s feet before the Lord’s Supper, following Jesus’ example and obeying His words about this practice. (Mt. 26:17–29; Mk. 14:12–25; Lk. 22:7–27; John 6:27–58; 13:1–17; 1 Cor. 5:7–8; 10:16–22; 11:20–34)
  15. Marriage We believe that marriage is a God-instituted union and covenant between one man and one woman, who have right to be married according to the Word of God. Believers must marry only believers with the same or similar understanding of Biblical truths. The main purposes of marriage include to glorify God, reflect God’s image and likeness, reflect the relationships between Christ and the Church, complement one another, avoid fornication and raise godly children. We believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and New Testament about marriage, that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery. In addition, whoever divorces his wife for reasons other than sexual immorality and marries another commits adultery. And whoever marries a person who is divorced (without a Biblical reason given in the New Testament) commits adultery. A wife must not depart from her husband; however, even if she does depart, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. In the same way, a husband must not divorce his wife. Nevertheless, if an unbelieving spouse wishes to depart, he or she may; the other person is no longer bound in such cases. (Gen. 1:36–21; 2:7–8, 18–25; Lev. 18:1–30; Ps. 150:6; Ezek. 16:8; Pr. 2:16–17; Mal. 2:10–16; Mt. 5:31–32; 19:3–9; 1 Cor. 7:1–17; 7:25–40; 2 Cor. 6:14–18; Deut. 7:1–4; Eph. 5:22–33; 6:1–4; Col. 3:18–21)
  16. Military Service We believe that Christians should not kill people, observing the sixth of the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus and His Apostles. Jesus Christ came to save people and not to destroy them. As His disciples, we are commissioned to continue His work of saving people. We believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and New Testament that all who take the sword will perish by the sword, that those who lead into captivity will go into captivity, and that those who kill with the sword are to be killed with a sword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints. Therefore, we believe that Christians should not serve in the armed forces or police or work in jobs that require bearing and using weapons against people. When forced to serve, they must conscientiously refuse to bear arms and participate in combat, but they may participate in non-combative service. (Ex. 20:13; Mt. 26:53–54; 28:18–20; Lk. 9:51–56; 19:10; James 2:8–11; Rev. 13:10)
  17. Second Coming of Christ We believe in a visible, literal, bodily, premillennial return of Jesus Christ to this earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, to gather His Church (His Bride), to reign and judge the world. We believe that He will return in manner similar to how He ascended to heaven. (Mt. 24:27–31; 25:31–46; Mk. 13:24–27; Lk. 21:30–36; John 14:1–3; Acts 1:4–11; 3:18–21; Zech. 14:1–9; 1 Thess. 4:13–18; 2 Thess. 1:6–10; 2:1–12; James 5:8; Rev. 1:7; 11:15; 19:6–20:6)
  18. Resurrection of the Dead We believe that all of the dead will be raised, both the righteous and the unrighteous. We believe that the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live again. All who are in the graves will hear His voice and come out—those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation. Saints will be resurrected at the Second Coming of Christ in immortal, spiritual, glorified bodies, like Jesus Christ in His glorified resurrection body. They will be resurrected to reign with Christ. Then after the millennial reign of Christ, the rest of the people will be resurrected and judged before the great white throne according to their works. All those whose names will not be written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire for eternal condemnation. (Job 19:25; Dan. 12:2–3; John 5:24–29; Acts 23:6; 24:14–16; 1 Cor. 15:12–55; 1 Thess. 4:13–18; Phil. 3:20–21; 2 Tim. 2:11–12; Rev. 5:9–10; 19:11–20:15)
  19. God’s Judgment We believe that God is the righteous judge of all people. We believe that those who have obedient (living) faith in Jesus Christ will never come to the judgment of condemnation together with the rest of the world. They will come before the judgment seat of Christ at His Second Coming either to receive a reward or to suffer loss, but their salvation will not be compromised. At that judgment, Jesus Christ will test the quality of their ministry and service to Him and His Church and not decide their eternal destiny. All unrighteous people, including believers who lived in sin and never truly repented, will be judged before the great white throne according to their works. All those whose names will not be written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire for eternal condemnation. Perhaps at the judgment the names of some people will be found in the Book of Life. Among those people might be the queen of Sheba and the people of Nineveh who repented at Jonah’s preaching. (Gen. 18:25; Ps. 96:1–13; Heb. 12:22–23; John 3:18; 5:24; Rom. 14:10–12; 1 Cor. 3:11–15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Acts 17:30–31; Rom. 1:18–32; 2:1–16; 1 Cor. 6:9–10; Gal. 5:19–21; Mt. 12:41–42; Rev. 19:11–20:15)
  20. New Heaven and Earth We believe in the teachings of God’s Word about the new heaven and the new earth. We believe that the previous world, having been flooded by water, perished at the time of Noah. But the current heaven and the earth being conserved by the Word of God are being kept for fire, for a day of judgment and destruction of ungodly humans. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, when the heavens will pass away with a rushing sound, and the elements will be burned by fire and dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be burned up. On the Day of the Lord, the heavens, having been set afire, will be dissolved; and burning, the elements will melt. But according to God’s promise, we look forward to a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (Is. 65:17–25; 66:22–24; 11:1–16; 32:1–5; 35:1–10; Mt. 8:11; 13:40–43; 19:28–29; 2 Pet. 3:1–13; Rev. 19:11–22:21)
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