“..God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit & Truth..” John 4:24
The church of Jesus Christ is the people, not the building. That is one of the primary differences between the Old Testament and the New. In the Old Testament time, there was one place the people of God could gather to worship: the temple in Jerusalem. But Apostle Paul tells us, “Lord of Heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands “(Acts 17:24). But He dwells in a human temple built from “living stones” in a “spiritual house” where “spiritual sacrifices” are offered “to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). In other words, the people of God are the church of God in whom the Spirit of God dwells. The power of God can be seen manifested in His church through changed lives, answered prayer, and worship in the anointment of the Holy Spirit. Our responsibility as believers is to be strong in Christ, and bring others to Christ.
Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 4:11-12: “He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” All Christians are called to fulfil the last commission of Jesus Christ, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.”
Your body needs food to nourish it and so does your spirit. That’s why the word of God is given to us. Apostle Peter says, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” The prophet Jeremiah said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). Ezekiel testified, “He said to me, ‘son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.’ So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness” (Ezekiel 3:3). Our Lord Jesus Christ quoting from Deuteronomy said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4). So also in our worship, we need to spend more time to meditate on the word of God.
Baptism is an important decision for each believer that occurs after salvation. It is an outward expression that declares one’s intention and commitment to follow Jesus. We practice full immersion in water (as opposed to sprinkling or pouring) in keeping with the original meaning of the word “baptism” in Scripture. We offer opportunities for water baptism throughout the year.
Communion is an event that reminds us of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As often as a person eats this bread, and drink the cup, he/she proclaims the Lord’s death until He comes. Anyone who is saved, Baptised in water, and having a good conscience may partake of communion when it is served.
In the divine inspiration of the Scripture
The Holy Bible, having sixty-six books, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and is the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation for men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
In the one true and living God
Father is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. God is holy, righteous and just. His love and mercy was manifested in the atoning death of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin was crucified and died on the cross for our sins, buried in a tomb but rose again on the third day, as the Scriptures foretold, and is now sitting on the right hand of the Father. Angels, and principalities, and powers have been made subject unto Him. Having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Ghost that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. The Holy Spirit the Comforter was sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to dwell, to guide, to teach believers, and to convince the world of sin of righteousness and of judgment (John 1:18; Luke 1:35; John 15:26; Hebrew 1:1-13; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Romans 14:11).
The Salvation of Man
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. By confession of the mouth and belief in the heart, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19; Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15).
Baptism in water after repentance
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. All who repent and believe in Christ as their Savior and Lord are to be baptized after have they removed all their ornaments (Matthew 28:19; mark 16:16; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4: Job 22:23-28; James 5:3; Ezekiel 23:39-41).
The holy communion, consisting of the elements- bread and the fruit of the wine- is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of His suffering and death, a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers until He comes (1 Corinthians 11:23-32; 2 Peter 1:4).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and seek to fill in the Holy Spirit. The baptism of believers in the Holy spirit is evidenced by speaking in other tongues (other languages) as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 15:7-9).
Sanctification is an act of separation
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and of dedication unto God. The Scriptures teach a life of holiness and without it no man shall see the Lord (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 12:14; Romans 6: 1-13; Galatians 2:20).
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52; Titus 2:13).
The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second 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 a thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 19:11-14; Revelation 20:1-6).
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 will be consigned to everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:11-15).