TENETS OF OUR FAITH
QUALITIES WE DESIRE IN
MEMBERS AND MENTOREES
The Scriptures Inspired
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).
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 Ghost (Deut. 6:4;
Isaiah 43:10; Matt.28:19; Luke 3:22).
The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus
Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35).
His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22).
His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38).
His substitutionary work on the cross (I Cor. 15:3; 2
His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6;
Luke 24:39; I Cor. 15:4).
His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,
11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1-3).
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; 2:17;
3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
The Salvation of Man
Man's only hope of redemption is
through the shed blood Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Conditions to Salvation
Salvation is received through
repentance toward God and faith toward Lord Jesus Christ. By
the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost,
being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir
of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47,
John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11;
The Evidence of Salvation
The inward evidence of salvation is
the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward
evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true
holiness (Eph. 4:24; Titus 2:12) and walking as one spirit
with His Spirit (1 Cor.6:17).
The Ordinances of the Church
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by immersion
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 with Him to walk in newness
of life. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans
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 (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death
(I Cor. 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (I Cor.
11:26); and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!"
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost
are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly
seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy
Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus
Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early
Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for
life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses
in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; I Cor.
12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to
the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17); 10:44-46;
11:14-16; 15:7-9). With the baptism in the Holy Ghost come
such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit
(John7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts
2:43; Heb. 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and
dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love
for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).
The baptism of believers in the Holy
Ghost is witnessed by the endowment of spiritual gifts (l
Cor. 12) (Acts 2).
Sanctification is an act of separation
from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God
(Rom.12:1,2; I Thess. 5:23; Heb 13:12). The scriptures teach
a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord”
(Heb. 12:14). By the power of the Holy Ghost we are able to
obey the command "Be ye holy, for I am holy" (I Peter
Sanctification is realized in the
believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in
His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily
upon the facts of that union, and by offering every faculty
continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:1-11,
13; 8:1,2,13; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 2:12,13; I Peter 1:5).
The Church is the Body of Christ, the
habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine
appointments for fulfillment of her great commission. Each
believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the
body of Christ, which is written in heaven (Ephesians
1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
10. The Ministry
A divinely called and scripturally
ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the
threefold purpose of leading the Church in: (1)
Transformation of the saints being perfected in the image of
His Son (Eph. 4:11-16) , (2.) Evangelism of the world (Mark
16:15-20), (3.) Worship of God (John 4:23,24).
Since God's purpose concerning man is
to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by
man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His
son, the priority reason-for-being of Cross Walk Life is:
To be a agency for transformation of the saints being
perfected in the image of His Son (Eph.4:11-16
To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world
(Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15,16).
To be an agent to the body in the worship God (I Cor.
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; Matt. 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16).
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 (I Thess.
4:16, 17; Romans 8:23; I Cor. 15:51, 52).
The Millennial Reign of Christ
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 (Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:27, 30; Rev. 1:7;
19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the
salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21,22; Zephaniah
3:19,20; Romans 1:26, 27) and the establishment of universal
peace (Isaiah 11:6-9, Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3,4).
The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in
which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to
their 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 which burns with fire and brimstone,
which is the second death (Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Rev.
19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
The New Heavens and the New Earth
according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new
earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Peter 3:13;
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