The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. It was uniquely, verbally, and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life in every age.
There is but one God, infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love. God is the Creator of the universe, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of whom possesses all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
God created man in His own image, and man, as he was originally created, was innocent before God. Man chose to sin by disobeying God, and therefore was alienated from his Creator and came under divine condemnation. Thus all human beings are born with a corrupted nature and without spiritual life, and are totally incapable of pleasing God in and of themselves.
God the Father, by His own choice and out of love for sinful men and women, sent Jesus Christ into the world to reconcile sinners to Himself. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He was God in the flesh, both true God and true man.
Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily suffered and died as our substitute to pay the penalty for our sins, thus satisfying God’s justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He bodily ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, makes intercession for His own. He will return to earth personally, visibly and bodily to judge all men.
Men and women are freed from the penalty for their sins not as a result in whole or in part of their own works, goodness or religious ceremony, but by the undeserved favor of God alone. God declares righteous all who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict men and women of their sins, and to impart new life to all who place their faith in Christ. He indwells believers from the moment of spiritual birth, sealing them until the day of redemption. The Church of God also believes in a second work of grace, sometimes called the “baptism in or by the Holy Spirit,” that can occur simultaneously at the moment of salvation, or later. The empowerment that comes through this additional outpouring comforts the believer, gives assistance in prayer, and provides power to live a life pleasing to God. Through the Holy Spirit, believers are bestowed spiritual gifts to assist the church in its mission.
The Resurrection of the Dead
At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord. At physical death, the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his or her body to everlasting suffering, judgment and condemnation.
Baptism, Child Dedication, and the Lord’s Supper
Jesus Christ has instructed those who believe in Him to be baptized in water as a symbol of their new birth in Christ. Baptism is only for those who have personally believed in Christ. Children and infants that are younger than the age of accountability are often brought by their parents, as Jesus was, and dedicated to the Lord in a public declaration.
The Lord also instituted the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of His suffering, death and resurrection. Neither baptism nor the Lord’s Supper have any merit in helping a person obtain eternal life.
All true believers make up the church worldwide and should assemble together in local churches for worship, prayer, fellowship and teaching – to be conformed to the image of Christ and to become equipped to carry out the “Great Commission” that Christ gave His followers in Matthew 28:18-20.