We believe in the Almighty God, in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is the sole basis of our faith. The forgiveness of sins, baptism and the Lord’s Supper (communion) are the fundamental elements of our faith. According to God’s Word, we should “bear fruits worthy of repentance” after we have received the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 3:8; Acts 26:20)
We believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, that He was born of the virgin Mary, and that He rose from the dead on the third day, as it says in the Bible. The Bible also teaches that Jesus Christ was a man like us, born “of the seed of David.”
In Hebrews 4:15 it says, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Understanding that Jesus denied sin when He was tempted, gives us faith in complete victory over the sin in our own lives.
Jesus overcame in every temptation through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 4:15-16) Therefore, we believe that when we also are tempted to do what is wrong in God’s eyes, we can get power to deny ourselves and overcome. (Romans 6:1-2) We believe in victory over all conscious sin, and in spiritual growth and development in all that is good, just as the Bible tells us.
After being converted and receiving the forgiveness of sins, the Bible tells us there is a way to go as disciples in Jesus’ footsteps. This is the way of obedience to the Holy Spirit, leading to transformation and divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4) The Bible calls this process sanctification.
We believe that the spiritual fellowship that grows up between those who live in accordance with the light and guidance in God’s Word, is the church, also called the body of Christ, with Christ as the head. All those who live their lives “crucified with Christ” belong to Him and are a part of this body—regardless of time or place, race, background, culture or tradition. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:15-16).
We practice baptism of believers, that is, adult baptism. Baptism is “the answer of a good conscience toward God.” 1 Peter 3:21. Baptism doesn’t remove sin, but by being baptized we testify before God and people that we want to live a new life. We enter a covenant, an agreement, with God, that from now on we no longer want to live according to our own will, but live for Him and do His will.
Communion is a gathering where we examine ourselves and remember the great work of salvation that Jesus did for us, and the work that He wants to do in us.
Communion is also a confession. We confess that we share in the same death as Jesus did in our daily lives; death over the sin that lives in our human nature. By sharing one bread we testify that we are all members of one and the same body.
“The Lord Jesus … took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” 1 Corinthians 10:16-17.