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Statements of Belief

The SCM accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts these Statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine.

The Inspired Scriptures. 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 (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).

The One True Godhead. 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.

Humankind, Their Fall and Redemption. Human beings were created good and upright, for God said, 'Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.' But, Adam and Eve, by voluntary transgression, fell and their only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

Humankind's Salvation.

  • Human beings' 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' (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).
  • The Evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of His Salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 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.' (1 John 3:23); ' while you are waiting for these things to happen and for him to come, try hard to live without sinning; and be at peace with everyone so that He will be pleased with you when He returns (2 Peter 3:14 LB).
  • Faith and Works. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Romans 10:9-1 and 2 Cor. 5:10).

Water Baptism. 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 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; Romans 6:4).

The Lord's Supper. 'And when He had given thanks, He broke bread, 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' (1 Cor. 11:24, 25,28).

The Promise of the Father. 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 service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-8; 1 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 Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The full consummation of 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. 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 (Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23).

Total Prosperity.

  • Spiritual. John 3:3, 11; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10.
  • Mental. 2 Tim. 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3.
  • Physical. Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24
  • Financial. 3 John 1:2; Malachi 3:10-11;Luke 6:38;2 Cor.9:6-10; Deut. 28:114.Social. Proverbs 3:4.

Blessed Hope. Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to Heaven (1 Cor. 15-52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; and 2 Thess. 2:1)

Eternal Separation. Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. These, along with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name is not found written in the book of life, shall partake of the second death, the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).

The Millennial Reign of Jesus. The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised (?Romans. 11:25, 27; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-7). After this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21)

Christian Life: Scriptural Conduct.

  • Personal Ethics. 'I can do anything I want to if Christ has not said no, but some of these things aren't good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I'll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can't easily stop when I want to' (1 Cor. 6:12 LB). 'We can always 'prove' that we are right, but is the Lord convinced' (Proverbs 16:2 LB) 'And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you' (1 Thessalonians 5:12).
  • Obedience to Law. 'Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not exceeded their power. So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God and punishment will follow' (Romans 13:1-2 LB). 'Obey the laws, then, for two reasons: first, to keep from being punished, and second, just because you know you should. Pay your taxes too, for these same two reasons. For government workers need to be paid so that they can keep on doing God?s work, serving you. Pay everyone whatever he ought to have; pay your taxes and import duties gladly, obey those over you, and give honor and respect to all those to whom it is due. Pay all your debts except the debt of love for others ' never finish that. For if you love them, you will be obeying all of God's laws, fulfilling all His requirements. Another reason for right living is this: you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for the coming of the Lord is nearer now than when we first believed' (Romans 13:5-8, 11, LB).
  • Family: Household. Honor your father and mother. This is the first of God's Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. Children, obey your parents if they are good, non-abusive parents; this is the right thing to do because God has placed them in authority over you. And now a word to you parents. Don't keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful. Rather bring them up with the loving discipline the Lord himself approves, with suggestions and godly advice.'(Ephesians 5:22-31, 33-6:4 LB). Wife, respect your husband in God's ordained order for the home, just as the Church obeys Christ. And you husbands, have the same kind of love to your wives as Christ showed to the Church when he died for her, to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's Word: so that He could give her to himself as a glorious Church without a single spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, being holy and without a single fault. That is how husbands should treat their wives, loving them as part of themselves. For since a man and his wife are now one, a man is really doing himself a favor and loving himself when he loves his life. No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body the church of which we are parts. (That the husband and wife are one body is proven by the Scripture that says, 'A Man must leave his father and mother when he marries, so the two shall be one.') 'So again, I say, a man must love his wife as a part of himself: and the wife must see to it that she deeply respects her husband ' loving, respecting, and honoring him.
  • Control and Habits. 'For a man is a slave to whatever controls him' (2 Peter 2:19 LB). 'Even if we believe that it makes no difference to the Lord whether we do these things, still we cannot just go ahead and do them to please ourselves; for we must bear the burden of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others ' of those who feel these things are wrong. Let's please the other fellow, not ourselves, and do what is for his good and thus build him up in the Lord' (Romans 15:2-3 LB). God wills to keep His creation free from mind-altering and body-harming habits.
  • Adultery: Immorality. 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.' (Exodus 20:14). 'try hard to live without sinning; and be at peace with everyone so that He will be pleased with you when He returns' (2 Peter 2:14 LB). 'You shall not commit adultery. But I say: Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart' (Matthew 5:27-28 LB). 'Don't fool yourselves. Those who live immoral lives, who are idol worshipers, adulterers or homosexuals will have no share in his Kingdom '(1 Cor. 6:9 LB). 'But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortionist: with such a one no not to eat' (1 Cor. 5:11, LB).
  • Homosexuality. God ordained that marriage be a Holy union between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27). (Leviticus 18:22) (Romans 1:27-29) (1 Cor. 6:9-10) He created Adam and Eve and like peoples before them in pairs: male and female as He did the animals. Holy Scripture emphasizes that God's plan for His creation is to preserve and sanction the family as the strongest of foundational units in society with a father and mother (or single if one deceases or divorce is mandatory) and children.