The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. (II Tim. 3: 15-17; I Peter 1: 23-25; Heb. 4: 12)
The Triune Godhead is comprised of three (3) separate and distinct personalities, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with The Father and The Holy Spirit.
Man was created good and upright, for God said “Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness” But, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Gen. 1: 26-31, 3: 1-7; Rom. 5: 12-21).
Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalm 103: 3), being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart-that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 2: 8; Rom. 10: 8-10).
The evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8: 16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (I John 3: 23).
Faith and Works. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Rom. 10: 9-10 and II Cor. 5: 10).
The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt. 28: 19; Acts 10: 47-48; Rom. 6: 4).
The Lord’s Table also called Holy Communion. “And When He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (I Cor. 11: 24; 25)
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24: 49; Acts 1: 4-8; I Cor. 12: 1-31). This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 2: 38; 10: 44-46; 11: 14-16; 15: 7-9).
The Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 2: 4; 10: 44-46; 19: 2, 6; 1: 8).
The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven (Eph. 1: 22; 2: 19-22; Heb. 12: 23).
(a) Spiritual. John 3:3, 11; II Cor. 5: 17-21; Rom. 10: 9-10.
(b) Mental. II Tim. 1: 7; Rom. 12: 2; Isa. 26: 3.
(c) Physical. Isa. 53: 4, 5; Matt. 8: 17; I Pet. 2: 24.
(d) Financial. III John 1: 2; Mal. 3: 10-11; Luke 6: 38; II Cor. 9: 6-10; Deut. 28: 1-14.
(e) Social. Proverbs 3: 4
That the tithe (10% of one’s individual gross earnings) is holy unto God. We believe that “bringing all the tithe into the store house” of the local Church and giving freewill offerings is to be practiced continually by all believers and is an outward expression of the Lordship of Christ in the believer and the unity of the Church, the Body of Christ, as it joins together in support of the work of the Lord (Gen. 14:18-20; 28:20-22; Heb. 6:20; 7:1-10; Lev. 27:30-32; Prov. 3:9, 10; Mal. 3:6-18; Mt. 23:23; I Cor. 16:1-2)
Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to Heaven (I Cor. 15: 51-52; I Thes. 4: 16-17; and II Thes. 2: 1). Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. This is the second death, the lake of fire. (Rev. 19: 20; 20: 10-15)
The marriage rite is a sacred covenant made between a man and woman, and God. The marriage covenant between the man and the woman requires the married couple to be faithful, loving and helpful to each other as long as they both shall live. First Community Triumphant Cathedral, under the mandate of Holy Scriptures, cannot sanction believers marrying unbelievers; and cannot sanction marriages that are not heterosexual; and cannot sanction divorce except for Scriptural allowances. (Eph. 5:21-22; Heb. 12:14; II Cor. 6:14; Lev. 18:22, 26, 30; Mt. 19:4-6; Rom. 1:18, 24-32; I Cor. 5:9-10; 7:10-11; Gal. 5:19-21; Col. 3:5-6; Mal. 2:13-16; Mt. 5:32; 19:9; Rom. 7:2, 3)
The rite of dedicating children is the presentation of a child to God, thus making covenant between God and the parents or guardians. God promises blessings of peace, health, understanding and protection to the child whose parents are faithful to rear children for the service of the Lord. They are made holy and become participants in the New Covenant by faith of their parents until they reach the age of accountability whereupon they are convicted by the Holy Spirit to repent and be baptized. (Ps. 34:11; Isa. 54:13; Mt. 1914; Mark 10:16; 1 Cor. 7:14)
Confirmation is the sacred rite administered by the laying on of hands by an assemblage of elders. Elders confirm the believer in the faith and to be established in the doctrine of Christ which was learned during a period of instruction. (Acts 14:21, 22; 15:32, 41; 16:5; 2 Tim. 2.15; 3:14)