WHAT WE TEACH
1. The Bible
The Bible (Old and New Testaments) is inspired by God, error-free in its original writings, and is the final authority of the Church. It contains God’s revelation about man’s salvation and is the foundation of the Church’s faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Ex. 34:27, Num. 33:2, Isa. 8:1, Jer. 25:13, Josh 1:8, Matt. 22:43-45, Gal. 3:16, 1 Cor 2:13, 1 Thess. 2:13)
God is one as He revealed Himself in the Bible. The divine being of God is shared by three distinct and equal persons
– Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1-6, Mark 1:9-11, Gen. 11:7/16:7-13, Isa. 48:16/63:9-10, Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14, Luke 3:21-22, 1 Pet. 1:2, 1 Cor. 12:4-6.)
3. Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus is 100% God and 100% Man. He was conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit and was brought to this world through the virgin Mary. (Luke 26:35, Ps. 2:7, Isa 9:6, Jer 23:6, Micah 5:2, Mal. 3:1, Mat 11:27/16:16, 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 4:15, 1 Pet 2:22, Jn 8:46, Rom 5:15, Jn 1:1, Phil 2:6, Heb 1:1-3, Jn 8:40)
4. The Holy Spirit
It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to glorify the Son and He convicts the world of sin. He is the agent of regeneration in the life of those who will repent and believe the Son. The Holy Spirit guides, teaches, and empowers God’s children in the life of holiness and service. (Jn 16:5-14, Rom 8:5-11, Jn 14:16-17/15:26/16:7-15, Rom 8:26, Jn 16:7, 1 Cor. 12:11, Luke 1:35/4:14, Acts 10:38, 1 Cor. 2:4)
The shedding of Jesus blood and His bodily resurrection is the only means for salvation for those who believe in Him. (Heb.9:14-22, 1 Pet. 1:18-21, Isa. 53:6-10, Col 1:19-20, Mark 10:45, 2 Cor 5:21, 1 Pet 2:24, Gal 4:45)
6. The Church
The true church, which is also the Body of Christ, is composed of everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and has been born again by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. The Church exists to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying the people of God. (Matt 28:19-20, Acts 20:27-28, Col 1:15-20, Acts 2:42-47, Mark 16:16, 1 Cor 11:23-30, John 4:1-3, Matt 16:16, 1 Cor 15:1-5)
7. The Second Coming
The Lord Jesus Christ will come to our world for the second time to resurrect those believers who have died and to receive those who are still alive during this glorious event. They will enter into God’s presence forever in Him. Eternal punishment awaits those who remain in their unbelief in the Lord Jesus. (Rev. 20:11-18, Luke 16:19-31, Isa 26:19, 1 Thes 4:13-17, Dan 12:2, Jn 5:25-29, Jn 6:39-40 & 44, Jn. 11:24, 1 Cor 15:12-28, Rom 8:11, 2 Cor. 5:10, Matt 25:46)
Made in the image of God, Man is the reflection of God’s glory and character in his life. Due to the fall, this image has been distorted, not destroyed, and man is headed for destruction unless he is saved. (Gen 1:26-27, Rom 3:23, 1 Cor. 11:7, Col 3:10, James 3:9, Gen 3:1-9, Rom 5:12/6:23)
1. What do we mean by “inspired by God?”
According to 2 Timothy 3:16, the Bible is “God-breathed” which means it has divine origin. The books in the Bible came from God through the writings of men. This is the reason why the Bible can be referred as “God’s Word” because it came from Him.
2. Are not the authors of the books in the Bible humans?
2 Peter 1:19-21 answers this question. The human authors of the Bible were divinely supervised by the Holy Spirit so that what they were writing were “God-breathed” words. The humanity of our Lord Jesus is sin-free due to the intervention of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). In the same manner, the Holy Spirit’s supernatural work made it possible for the books of the Bible to be free from human error.
3. Are the Bible translations we have today divinely-inspired?
No. Divine inspiration applies only to the original manuscripts or autographs. There are no surviving autographs. However, thousands of copies of the autographs exist and through the science of textual criticisms, we can recover what is the original message of the biblical texts. Modern Bible translations relied on the biblical manuscripts we possess today.
1. How can God be one and three at the same time?
The doctrine of the Holy Trinity teaches that the one being of God is shared by three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is God (1 Corinthians 8:6), the Son is God (John 1:1), and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4). Moreover, the Father is not the Son, the Son is the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father (Matthew 3:16-17).
1. How can Jesus be God if He had a beginning (His birth) and end (His death)?
The deity of our Lord Jesus Christ is supported by the fact that He had pre-existence before coming to our world in the human flesh (John 1:1, 14). His incarnation was necessary in order to fulfill God’s plan of salvation. Jesus obeyed God’s laws 100% in order to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins which was accomplished by His death on the cross. When He died, His humanity only died but His divine spirit lives (Luke 23:43).
2. Is believing in Jesus as the God-Man necessary for salvation?
Today there are many false representations of Jesus Christ. From the lips of our Lord Himself we know that believing that He is God in the human flesh is necessary for salvation, “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24) Jesus applied God’s name of “I am” to Himself declaring that He is YHWH of the Old Testament. Any lesser Jesus is unable to save a sinner.
The Holy Spirit
1. What is the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit?”
This is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit to place a believer to the body of Jesus Christ at the moment of salvation. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 the Apostle Paul mentioned this baptism wherein “all” were given the one Spirit to drink. Furthermore, in Ephesians 4:4-5 the same apostle recognized that there is only “one baptism” which may refer to the placing of the believer in union with the rest of believers.
2. Is the gift of tongues a proof that one has received the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs when one is saved by grace through in Jesus Christ. This is not accompanied by any observable “signs” at that very moment. In the Acts of the Apostles the speaking in tongues occur because God is introducing the Church Age to first century believers. There is enough explanation for each speaking in tongues episode in Acts.
1. How can a sinner be saved?
The Bible is crystal clear in its teaching that a sinner can be saved by repentance of sins (Acts 11:18; 2 Peter 3:9) and faith in the Lord Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16). Salvation by faith plus works is not espoused by the word of God (Ephesians 2:8-9) because this gives a person a reason to boast before God.
2. How do good works relate with salvation?
Although good works cannot save a sinner it is necessary to prove the genuineness of one’s salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18). This is consistent with the truth that a saved individual has undergone the born again experience and has been transformed (John 3:1-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17). In salvation, the sinner has been given the ability to respond to God's call to life of holiness and righteousness by relying to the indwelling Holy Spirit. Moreover, good works provide the believer a means to shine to the world for the glory of the Father (Matthew 5:16).
1. How can be a person be part of the church of Jesus Christ?
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the means for a person to be a part of the invisible church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will baptize a repentant sinner to the Body of Christ which refers to His church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
In joining a local church, the Christian may approach the leadership of the church regarding its policy in church membership.
2. Is baptism important to a member of the church?
Yes. In the Great Commission, the Lord Jesus specified the importance of water baptism (Matthew 28:19-20) for those who will become His disciples.
The Second Coming
1. Did Jesus know the exact day of His 2nd Coming?
Yes. This is corresponding to Jesus’ divine nature. He is God in the human flesh and it includes being all-knowing or divine omniscience. Nothing is hidden from Jesus (John 2:23-25; 21:17). His words in Matthew 24:36 were uttered when He was in subjection to God’s plan of salvation. At this particular point in time, He set aside His divine prerogatives. Note in verse 37 Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man. Clearly, His humanity was at work when He said He does not know the exact time of His 2nd Advent.
2. What is the difference between the rapture and the 2nd Coming?
Although both events involve Jesus’ return to our world, there are key differences between the rapture and the 2nd Coming. One major distinction between these momentous events is the rapture involves our Lord meeting His church (from the Earth) in the air. There are two group of believers in the rapture event: one group concerns those who have been died in the church age and have been given resurrected bodies while the other group includes those who were alive when the rapture occurs and these were transformed into their glorified bodies. New Testament passages such as 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 support the rapture.
On the other hand, the Second Coming describes Jesus’ glorious return to defeat the Antichrist, annihilate evil, and established His millennial kingdom. Revelation 19:11-16 explains this.
1. What does “made in the image of God” mean?
Man is God’s special creation because he alone received God’s touch for everything was created by His powerful utterance (Genesis 2:7). Being made in God’s image means man is capable of reflecting, in a lesser degree, some of God’s attributes such as love, creativity, and dominion. Also, man is able to commune with God because, like his Creator, he is a social, moral, and rational being.
2. How did “The Fall” affect the image dei?
Due to the Fall of Man in the garden, man has been cut off from God. Physical and spiritual separation from the Source of life has been experienced by Adam and his descendants. Although, we are still God’s image bearers, sin has greatly scarred the once perfection reflection of God’s image in us. By believing to the Lord Jesus Christ, this image can be restored as the believer will experience spiritual rebirth (John 3:1-7) and spiritual transformation (2 Corinthians 5:17).