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Christ Pentecostal Church
We believe the Bible to be the infallible, inspired Word of God, giving a true history of the creation of heaven, earth, and humanity, and containing a correct prophecy
of the ages to come regarding heaven, earth and the destiny of humanity. Moreover, there is no salvation outside of what is taught in its pages.
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) He is the creator of heaven and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator),
in the son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit).
God is a Spirit. (John 4:24) He is the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and the Father of all humanity by creation. He is the First and the Last, and beside Him
there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6) There was no God formed before Him; neither shall there be any after Him. (Isaiah 43:10)
Jesus is the Son of God according to the flesh (Romans 1:3) and the very God Himself according to the Spirit. (Matthew 1:23) Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16);
the Creator of all things (Colossians 1"16-17); God with us (Matthew 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:1-14): God manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16); He which was,
which is, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8); the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus himself testified of His
identity as God when HE said, "He that that seen me that seen the Father" (John 14:7-11) and "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30)It took the shedding of blood
for the remission of sins of the world (Hebrews 9:22), but God the Father was a Spirit and had no blood to shed. Thus He prepared a body of flesh and blood
(Hebrews 10:5), and came to earth as a man in order to save us. In Isaiah 43:11 he said, "Beside me there is no Savior." When He came in flesh, the angels
sang "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11)
The Holy Ghost is not a third person in the Godhead, but rather the Spirit of God (the Creator), the spirit of the resurrected Christ. The Holy Ghost comes to dwell
in the hearts and lives of everyone who believes and obeys the gospel, as the Comforter, Sustainer and Keeper. (John 14:!6-26; Romans 8:9-11)
Sin is the transgression of the law, or commandments of God. (I John 3:4) The guilt of sin has fallen upon all humanity from Adam until now. (Romans 3:23)
The wages of sin is eternal death. (Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:14) to all those who refuse to accept salvation as set forth in the Word of God.
Salvation consists of deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ. The New Testament experience of salvation consists of
repentance from sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and baptism of the Holy Ghost, after which the Christian is to
live a godly, overcoming life. (Acts 2:36-41)
The name in which baptism is administered is vitally important, and this name is Jesus. Jesus' last command to His disciples was, "Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." (Matthew 28:19) We should notice that He said name (singular) not
names. As previously explained, Father, Son and Holy Ghost are not names of separate persons, but titles of positions held by God. An angelic announcement
revealed God's saving name in the New Testament; "She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their
sins." (Matthew 1:21) The Apostles understood that Jesus was the name to be used at baptism, and from the day that the church of God was established
(the day of Pentecost) until the end of their ministry, they baptized all nations (Jews - Acts 8:16, Gentiles - Acts 19:5) in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In fact, Jesus is the only name given for our salvation. "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the birth of the Spirit (John 3:5). This spiritual baptism is necessary to put someone into the Kingdom of God (God's church,
the bride of Christ) and is evidenced by speaking in other tongues (other languages) as the Spirit of God gives utterance.It was prophesied by Joel
(Joel 2:28-29) and Isaiah (Isaiah 28:11), foretold by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11), purchased by the blood of Jesus, and promised by Him to His disciples
(John 14:26, 15:16). The Holy Ghost was first poured out on the Day of Pentecost upon the Jews (Acts 2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (Acts 8:17),
and later upon the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46; 19:6). "The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord
our God shall call." (Acts 2:39)