What We Believe:

The Nature of God

The Bible describes the nature of God in many ways, which makes it clear that He desires that we know who He is and understand Him to the extent He reveals himself in His Word. “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10-11) God reveals himself as eternal, all powerful, all knowing, Creator, holy, loving, compassionate, just and true.

We believe there is only one God, and this Creator God exists as one essence in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The existence of one God in three distinct persons is known as the Trinity (derived from “triunity”). While the word “Trinity” is not found in Scripture, it is clearly biblical. Although we refer to three distinct persons, we believe that they are all the one eternal God. Three distinct persons are represented at the baptism of Jesus in God’s voice from heaven, in Jesus being immersed, and in the Spirit as a dove descending on Jesus (Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:7; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Titus 3:4-6). 

For more information, please refer to the following booklet.

Walking in the Teachings

 

Plan of Salvation

 

God’s love
The love of God makes the salvation of mankind possible.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ
Christ’s blood paid a debt we could never pay.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

“…and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22

Free to all and not dependent upon works
The good news is that the gift is free to all who will believe and it cannot be earned by turning over a new leaf, denying ourselves or by performing any number of good works.

“Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:14

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us,… being justified by his grace…” Titus 3:5-7 

 

Evidence of a new life in Christ
Salvation through Christ leads to creation of a new person who loves the Lord and desires to serve and obey Him with all his heart.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Matthew 22:37

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3
 

Principles of Salvation

 

Recognition of sin
Admit that you are a sinner.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8

The wages of sin is death
Unless you recognize your sinful state and make a change, your soul will be eternally lost.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

 

Believe God and receive Him by grace through faith
You cannot save yourself. You need the Savior. Believe God and His Word.

“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Repent
Feel regret for sin, change your mind, and turn from sin to God. Demonstrate the change in your heart by your actions.

“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3

“Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” Matthew 3:8

“…repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." Acts 20:21

 

Confession of sin and forgiveness
Confession of sin is a fruit of repentance and it brings to light those deeds that keep you in bondage.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” James 5:16

 

Be converted. . . and born again
This is what God does for you. This is the new birth – a miracle of spiritual life performed by the Holy Spirit through faith in the sacrificial, atoning blood of Jesus Christ.

“...Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

“...Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3:19

 

Restore peace with others
Restoring peace with others means going back to someone we have offended to acknowledge our wrong doing, ask for forgiveness and if appropriate repay for the loss. Because you recognize Christ has paid the price for your sin, you will desire to be at peace with man as well as with God, which includes forgiveness of others.

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18

“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace…” Romans 14:19

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15 

 

Be baptized with water
Baptism is an outward testimony of an inward transformation and a symbol of the burial of the old nature.

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:16

“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him...” Colossians 2:12

 

 
Statement of Faith

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ACCA Statement of Faith

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