We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the very Word of God: the product of the breath of God and thus verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given by God, complete in sixty-six books of the Bible, altogether infallible, and sufficient in themselves as our only authority for faith and practice. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:13; Mark 12:26, 36; Acts 1:16
We believe that God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, righteousness, justice, goodness, and truth. God supports and maintains by his decree everything external to himself, and all things exist to show his greatness and to bring him pleasure. We believe the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience. Rom 11:36; Col 1:16-17; Rev 4:11; Gen 1:26, Gen 3:22 Mark 12:29 John 1:1, 4 John 5:23; Matt 28:18-20; Act 5:3-4
- We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and is truly God and truly Man, one Person with two natures, divine and human (Matt 1:18-20; John 1:1-2,14).
- We believe the Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and died as a substitutionary sacrifice for sin according to the Scriptures, and all who receive Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood (2 Cor 5:21; Rom 3:21-26; Heb 2:9; 1 John 2:2).
- We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His bodily ascension into Heaven; and in His present life there as High Priest for all believers (Matt 28:1-10; Acts 1:9; Heb 7:25-28).
- We believe in the imminent return of Christ, at which time all believers in Christ will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and be kept from the promised period of divine wrath upon the earth (1 Thes 4:14-17; 1 Cor 15:51-53; 1 Thess 5:6; Rom 5:9).
We believe in the Holy Spirit: the Third Person of the Triune God, that divine agent in nature, revelation, and redemption; that He convicts the world of sin, restrains evil, regenerates those to be able to repent of their sins and exercise faith in Christ, and indwells, seals, empowers, guides, teaches, and sanctifies all who become the children of God through Christ; that He enables individual members of the body of Christ to be used in the church; that the gifts of tongues and healing were given to some early Christians as a sign to unbelieving Israel, confirming God’s Word, but are not applicable today. Acts 5:3-4; 1 Cor 2:10; John 16:8-11; 1 Cor 6:11-19; 1 Cor 12:11; 1 Cor 13:8; 1 Cor 14:21-22
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, the prince of all powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. Ezek 28:13-17; Isa 14:12-15; 2 Cor 4:4; Rev 12:9-10; Rev 19:11, 16, 20; Rev 20:10
We accept the Genesis account of Creation and believe that man came by the direct creation of God and not by evolution. Gen 1:2; Col 1:16-17; John 1:3; Acts 4:24; Heb 11:3; Rev 10:6; Rom 1:20
We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also the spiritual death which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are alienated from the life and family of God, and have no possible means of recovery of salvation within themselves. Gen 3:1-24; Rom 5:12;19; Eph 2:1,3; Eph 4:18; Rom 1:18, 32; Rom 3:10-19
- We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of sins (Jn 3:16; 14:6; Acts 16:31; Rom 10:9-10; Eph 2:1-9; Titus 3:5-6).
- We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He pardons sin and declares the person righteous on the basis of the applied righteousness of Christ. It is accompanied by sanctification, which is the work of God in setting apart the believer unto Himself. This is accomplished in a three-fold manner: positionally-each believer is placed in a position of holiness the very moment he trusts Christ as Savior; progressively- each believer enters into a process of continued spiritual growth throughout his lifetime as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to his life; and ultimately- each believer will be freed from the presence of sin at the return of the Lord (Rom 5:1-11; Rom 8:1; 2 Cor 7:1; Tit 2:11-13; Heb 10:10, 14; 2 Pet 3:18; 1 Jn 3:1-2).
We believe in the eternal security of the true believer in Jesus Christ (John 10:27-30). Since salvation is by grace, it is impossible for any believer to lose his salvation (Eph 1:13-14; Rom 8:35-39). We believe that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from the superficial professor (1 John 2:27-28); that a special Providence watches over their welfare (Rom 8:28; Jer 32:40); and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (1 Peter 1:3-5).
We believe in the One True Church (Eph 4:4;) the body and the bride of Christ (Eph 1:22-23; 5:23-33), which He began to build on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41-47), and will complete at His second coming (1 Thes 4:13-18), and into which all true believers of the present age are placed. We believe that the members of this spiritual body (1 Cor 12:12-13) should assemble themselves together in local churches (Heb 10:25), which consist of believers associated by a covenant of faith, for worship, evangelism, prayer, fellowship, teaching, united testimony, and the observance of the two New Testament ordinances, namely baptism by immersion as a public testimony of faith, and the Lord’s Supper as a commemoration of the death of Christ (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 8:36; 1 Cor 11:23-28).
We believe in the imminent rapture of the church to Heaven (1 Thess 4:15-18; John 14:3) followed by a seven year period of tribulation upon all the earth (Matt 24:21). At the end of this period of tribulation, Jesus Christ shall come back to earth in power and glory with His church to establish the promised Davidic Kingdom (Rev 19:11-16). He shall reign for one thousand years (Rev 20:4), during which time peace and righteousness will cover the earth, Satan will be bound (Rev 19:20), and Israel shall be established in her own land (Ezek 39:25-29). At the end of this glorious reign, Satan shall lead a rebellion against Christ (Rev 20:7-8), shall be defeated, and shall be forever banished to the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:10). The wicked shall be judged at the Great White Throne and shall be condemned to everlasting conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:11-15; 2 Peter 2:9). The righteous shall be in eternal righteous blessedness in the presence of the Lord (Rev 21:1-27).