What We Believe About:
The Scriptures are the very Word of God from Genesis to Revelation (2 Tim 3:16). They were verbally inspired at the time of their writing, are completely inerrant, providentially preserved, and entirely sufficient. Verbal inspiration is a supernatural event whereby God, through the Holy Spirit, moved men to write the Scriptures (2 Pet 1:21). Since the Scriptures are the very words of God, and He is perfect, it is completely inerrant in the original documents. Although God spoke through men, incorporating their personalities and styles of writing, no Scripture was a matter of the writer’s own initiative; therefore the Bible is considered to be completely truthful (Titus 1:2; 2 Pet 1:21-22).
Providential preservation refers to the sovereign act of God by which His Word has remained throughout time. Although there are no longer copies of the original manuscripts, the full meaning and all of the words of the original have been preserved by God’s providential work through men.
Since the Scriptures are the very words of God, they are authoritative and completely sufficient (2 Tim 3:16). They are sufficient in that they contain God’s revelation of His will for the salvation of men and address all issues pertaining to life (2 Pet 1:2-4). No further revelation is needed for the child of God to live a life that is in accordance to the will of God, nor is there needed revelation for any other reason.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Duet. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14)
God The Father:
We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from eternal death and from hell all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 13:14 with Matthew 28:19; Revelation 4:8; Romans 11:33; Genesis 17:1; Exodus 34:6, 7; Psalms 10:17; Titus 1:2 and Titus 3:7 with John 3:16 and 18.
God The Son (Jesus Christ):
We believe in the absolute deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth; His perfect humanity; His vicarious death through the shedding of His blood for the remission of sins; His bodily resurrection and ascension; His present high priestly ministry in heaven for believers; His being the only sufficient mediator between God and man; and in His second coming in the air for His saints and to the earth with His saints. John 1:1; Matthew 1:20-23; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:31; Hebrews 9:26; Luke 24; 1 Timothy 2:5; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 12:19-22; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; Revelation 20:4
God the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; that He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He is the agent of the new birth; that He baptizes all true believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sanctifying all of them, sealing and thus securing them unto the day of redemption; that He endues, guides, teaches, and helps believers; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be yielded to the Spirit. John 14-16, 17, 26; John 16:7-11; John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:30.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death which is eternal separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are sinners in thought, word, and deed, absolutely guilty and lost and incapable of saving themselves by their own works (saved man will have works) being dead in trespasses and sins and are in need of being born again. Genesis 2, 3; Romans 5; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; John 3:3, 7.
We believe that salvation is a gift of God in grace, wholly apart from any human merit and is received by man through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12; Romans 4:5; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 9). We believe that the sacrifice of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ was sufficient to pay for the sins of all who have or shall ever live but that it becomes efficacious only for those who will put their faith and trust in Him. We believe that all true believers, once saved are sealed and kept secure in Christ forever. We reject the teaching that a saved man can lose his salvation (Romans 8:1, 27-30, 38, 39; John 6:37; John 10:27-30). We further believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in virtue of His redemptive work on the cross, and that neither baptism, the Lord’s Supper, nor any other rite, ceremony, or work can avail one whit for the sinner’s salvation. Christ alone saves (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 9).
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures; that he has the old nature for the duration of his earthly life, but that provision is made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Romans 7; I John 3:1-2.
We believe that sanctification for the believer is immediate, upon acceptance of Christ as Savior, and progressive, continuing to the end of earthly life; and that the progressive phase of sanctification is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer. 1 Peter 1:2; Ephesians 4:24; Romans 6:6; John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 6:17; 7:1
Before Christ returned to Heaven, He promised that He would come again and take those who believe on Him (John 14:1-3). This return of Christ for His church is known as the Rapture. At the time of the Rapture, which is known only to God, Christ will descend from Heaven with a shout and with the sound of the trumpet of God (1 Thess 4:16). At the same moment, all of those in Christ will be caught up to be with Him; those who have already died will precede those who are still living (1 Thess 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:51-55). The Rapture of the church initiates what is described as Daniel’s seventieth week or the Tribulation. The purpose of the Tribulation is the fulfillment of God’s prophesied work with Israel. This is a literal seven-year period during which the wrath of God will be poured out upon the whole world (Dan 9:27; 2 Thess 2:7-12; Rev 3:10; Rev 6-19). During this time, New Testament believers will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ where each will receive rewards according to that which they did on earth (2 Cor 5:10).
The time of tribulation will come to an end with the second coming of Christ and the initiation of His millennial reign (Matt 25:31; Rev 19:11-16). At this time Christ, will judge the nations and send the wicked into the everlasting fire (Matt 25:31-46). Also, at this time the Old Testament saints and the tribulation saints will be resurrected to reign on earth with Jesus Christ for a literal one thousand year period. During this time, Satan is bound and cast into the bottomless pit (Rev 20:1-6). Following the one thousand year reign of Christ, Satan will be released from the bottomless pit and allowed to gather the nations to battle the saints (Rev 20:7-9). At that battle fire will come down from Heaven and devour Satan’s army and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:9-10).
Then the unbelieving dead will be resurrected so as to stand in judgment before God at the Great White Throne. Those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life are cast into the literal lake of fire (Rev 20:11-15).
Good Works Are The Result of Salvation.
Living a moral life, praying, going to church, giving to the poor and other good deeds is honorable and to be respected. But, according to God, it will not guarantee eternal life because we are still, by nature, imperfect. A person must first accept God's gift of salvation, i.e., belief in Christ's sacrificial death on the cross as payment for one's sins. The result of salvation, however, is that the sinner becomes a "new creation." This new creation is a life lived in obedience to God's Word which is evidenced not only by good deeds, but an effort to tell others about God's gift of salvation.Ephesians 2:8-10; and James 2:26
Satan Exists And Is A Literal Being.
God created Satan, but like Adam, Satan rebelled against God through prideful disobedience. Becoming depraved in character, Satan is the great adversary of God and His people, the leader of all other evil angels and spirits, the ultimate deceiver and the "god" of this present world. Satan's powers are vast, but strictly limited by the permissive will of God. Satan was essentially defeated and judged at the moment Christ died on the cross to pay for our sin, so his final doom is certain. In the meantime, we can only resist and overcome Satan through the power of the Holy Spirit, which we can only receive after we have accepted God's gift (i.e., the forgiveness of our sins as a result of Christ's sacrificial death on the cross). Isaiah 14:12-14; Job 1:17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6; and Revelation 2:20
All Believers Are In A "Priesthood".
Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access to God without the need of a human priest. The believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Bible guided by the Holy Spirit.Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:1, 7:11-28, 8:1-5, 9:7-28, 10:1-25 and 13:9-14; and 1 Peter 2:1-10
The Lordship Of Jesus Christ.
Christ alone is the Head of all true believers who, together, form the vast membership of Christians known as the "Body of Christ." All members of this one spiritual body should assemble and identify themselves in local churches. Colossians 1:13-22; Hebrews 7:14-18; and Revelation 12:10-11 and 19:6
The Local Church Is Of Utmost Importance.
The church is a local assembly of born again baptized believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, and a united testimony. Through the local church, believers are to actively engage in carrying out the "Great Commission," i.e., spreading the "Good News" about God's gift of salvation. Matthew 16:15-19; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 5:4-5; Ephesians 1:22-23 and 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; and 1 Peter 5:1-4
The Local Church Should Be Independent.
Each New Testament church is free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference and should cooperate with other New Testament churches as the Holy Spirit leads. We have a responsibility to follow the pattern of the New Testament church and to be directly accountable to God.
Baptism and "Communion" Must Be Observed.
The local church is responsible for administering Baptism and "Communion" (i.e., The Lord's Supper). Believers are baptized by total immersion in the water. Baptism is not a method by which one can get to Heaven. It is simply an act of obedience to God that symbolizes Christ's death (standing in the water), burial (total immersion in the water), and resurrection (being raised from the water). In obedience to God, believers must also participate in the bread and cup of the Lord's Supper -- again, not as a way to get to Heaven but as as memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ.Matthew 3:13-17, 26:26-30 and 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; and 1 Corinthians 10:16; 11:23-29