We believe, and use as our foundation, the Bible as the supreme and infallible revelation of God's word to mankind. Every promise is for today, every principal contained therein, when properly applied, will lead to a more rewarding and enlightened life. There are three major revelations that the early church experienced:
REPENTANCE: ABOUT FACE
It's not enough to say "I'm sorry". The word repentance truly means to "turn around". We are all born into sin, with a human nature that is inherantly self-destructive. It is only when we realize that our own self-centered ways will lead us further into trouble, that we can make a decision to turn around and seek a higher path.
BAPTISM BY WATER: CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET
Once we have recognized our sin and asked God for forgiveness, we are still left to deal with the guilt and shame that accompany this awareness. But, good news! When we are baptized in the name of Jesus, His blood is applied to our lives and covers the stain of sin to give us a clean slate. The Bible teaches us that the apostles always baptized in the name of Jesus, and that they always immersed their disciples under the water. This is symbolic of the burial of Christ and His resurrection.
BAPTISM BY SPIRIT: PLUGGING IN TO A NEW SOURCE OF POWER
Jesus told Nicodemus that one must be born of the water and of the spirit to enter the kingdom of Heaven. The early church experienced not only water baptism in Jesus name, but on the day of Pentecost, received a baptism of the spirit that transformed their very character forever. Every person in the upper room, and all accounts throughout the book of Acts afterward, are recorded to have spoken with tongues as an initial evidence of this baptism. It was not a product of what they believed, it was a product of who they believed in. Not a religion, but an experience. The same is available to us today! While it is controversial for some, it has become a worldwide phenomenon. It is produced by worship and it results in greater worship to the true and living God. Paul asked the disciples of John the Baptist, "Have ye recieved the Holy Ghost since ye believed?". What he was asking them was, have you plugged in to your new source of power? Jesus told the apostles that they would recieve power after the Holy Ghost had come upon them. This power is necessary in every believer's life in order to overcome the obstacles that sin has placed in our lives.
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Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
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