Our Beliefs

Scriptures:

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 rule of faith and practice, the only standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.

2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21.

 

Trinity:

God has revealed Himself as the only One True and Living God, Who exists in three distinct persons in one coequally and coeternally possessed essence without division or multiplication (Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; the Father is God John 6:27, the Son is God Heb 1:8; the Spirit is God Acts 5:3–4). The three distinct persons in the Godhead are God (John 14:10–11; 1 Cor 3:16; Rom 8:9, John 14:16, 18, 23) and are equal in power and glory.

Mark 12:29; John 1:1, 4; 4:24; 5:23; 10:20; Matt. 28:18, 20; Acts 5:3, 4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1, 3; 1:8; Rev. 1:4-6;17:11; Gen. 1:26; 3:22; Is. 44:6; 48:16; 61:1; Rom. 9:5; 1 Tim. 1:17; Phil. 2:5-6; Ps. 110:1.

 

God, the Father:

We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power, that He loves the world and concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and the second death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. It is our supreme purpose to glorify Him through worshipful obedience.

1 Cor. 8:6, Matt. 6:26; Matt. 7:11; John 15:8; John 20:17.

 

God the Son, Jesus Christ:

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ: the Second Person of the Triune God; that, without any essential change in His divine person, He became man by the miracle of the virgin birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and man; that as man, He was tested as we are, yet without sin; that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing there the sin of the world, and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He rose again from the dead and was glorified in the same body in which He suffered and died; that as our High Priest He ascended into heaven, there to appear before the face of God and to continue as our Advocate and Intercessor.

John 1:1; Matt. 1:23; Col. 2:9; Heb. 4:15; Gal. 3:13; John 20:25-28; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1.

 

God the Holy Spirit:

We believe in the Holy Spirit: Who is the Third Person of the Triune God, that divine agent in

nature, revelation, and redemption.

In relation to the world, the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Spirit convicts the world of its sinful condition, that is, the fact that it stands guilty before God because the world does not believe in Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of its false righteousness based on the true righteousness of the ascended and accepted Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts the world in light of its impending judgment from God based on its relationship to Christ, Whom God condemned on the cross. The Holy Spirit accomplishes His conviction through the Word of God.

Regenerates believers, 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 gifts for the foundation of the nascent church, confirming God’s Word, but are not applicable today.

Acts 1:28; 5:3, 4; 1 Cor. 2:10; John 16:8-11; 1 Cor. 6:11-19; 1 Cor. 14:21, 22; 2 Cor 12:12; Eph 2:20; Heb 2:1–4; Jas 2:9

 

Man, Creation and Fall:

We believe in the Creation and the Fall of Man: that he was the direct creation of God, not in any sense the product of animal ancestry, but made in the divine image; that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God man sinned and thus brought physical and spiritual death to the entire race, who are universally sinful both in nature and practice, alienated from the life and family of God, and have no possible means of recovery of salvation within themselves.

Gen. 3:6, 24; Eph. 2:1, 3; Rom. 1:18, 20, 28, 32; 3:10-19; 5:12, 19; Gal. 3:22.

 

Satan:

We believe in the existence of Satan: who rebelled against God, but was defeated at the cross and resurrection, making certain his final doom.

John 8:44; Rev. 12:9-11; Matt. 12:24-26; John 16:11; Eph. 6:12-18.

 

Salvation:

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith; that it is wholly a gift from God, neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man; that it is offered to all people based solely upon the atoning work of Christ on the cross. All believers have as present possessions the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish

Rom. 3:24; Titus 3:5; John 3:16; John 10:27-29; 1 John 5:13; Colossians 1:21-23; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:3, 28; 3:6, 9-10.

 

Eschatology:

We believe in the Second Coming of Christ: that His return will be personal, visible, premillennial, and glorious.

Titus 2:11- 13; 1 Thess. 1:10, 4:16-18, 5:9; Rev. 3:10, 20:11-15.

 

Christian Conduct:

We believe that the same grace that saved a Christian also teaches him to grow in living out a godly life. Growth in godly living does not procure man right standing before God but instead is proper evidence that a man has spiritual life and right standing before God through his Savior Jesus Christ.

Eph. 2:8-10; John 14:23; Col. 3:1; Tit. 2:11-14; 1 John 2:6; Acts 1:8.

 

Church:

We believe in the Church: the body and bride of the Lord Jesus Christ into which all true believers of the present age are placed; that the members of this spiritual body should assemble themselves together in local churches, which consist of baptized believers. These believers have 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

Eph. 4:4; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; Heb. 1:25; Matt. 18:15-18; Matt. 28:19; Acts 8:26-39; 1 Cor. 11:23-28; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5.

 

Separation:

We believe that the holiness of God demands separation in certain specific instances.

The church has a responsibility of principle similar to the individual believer to maintain doctrinal and practical purity. This involves extrapolating the concept of church discipline within the church to an external principle involving remaining free from groups that compromise this purity through doctrinal error, divisiveness, or disobedience

2 John 9-11; Rom 16:17; 2 Thess 3:6, 14

We believe in the separation of church and state: that governmental authorities are the divine appointment of the establishment of peace and order in society, and the punishment of evil doers; that they are to be prayed for, honored, and obeyed except in things contrary to God’s Word.

Rom 13:17; Matt 22:21; Acts 5:20, 29