What We Believe

The Bible is the Word of God

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We believe that the Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture, true of error for its matter. It is our rule for faith and practice and thus our “manual” for living. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:9-2

 

 

The True God

We believe there is only one living and true God, and infinite Spirit, and the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. We believe in the Triune God; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit., equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct by harmonious offices. Exodus 20:23; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 44:6; I Corinthians 8:6; Isaiah 6:8-10; John 12:37; Acts 28:25-27

 

 

The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Godhead, and as such eternally existent; that without any change in His Divine person, He became man by the virgin birth, and thereby became the God-man; that He lived a sinless life; that as the perfect Lamb of God He voluntarily gave Himself in death upon the cross as our substitute; that He rose from the dead on the third day and was glorified in the same body and later ascended into heaven to the right hand of God the Father, where He makes intercessions for the saints.   John 1:1; Hebrews 13:8; Philippians 2:5-6; Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 53:7; Luke 24:6; John 20:28; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 4:14-16

 

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God the Spirit, the third member of the Godhead; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.  He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel and is the agent of the new birth.  He indwells, seals, guides, teaches, and sanctifies the believer.  The “sign gifts” (speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, and miracles) were valid and evident at Pentecost and in the early apostolic period, but they are no longer in existence today. Acts 5:3-4; John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26; Genesis 1:1-3; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:14, 16, 26-27; II Corinthians 12:2; Hebrews 2:4

 

 

The Fall of Man

We believe that sin entered the human race through the voluntary transgression of Adam when he rebelled against God's standard in the garden; that all men sinned in him; that all are, therefore, totally depraved and spiritually dead as the partakers of his fallen nature and are sinners by nature and conduct, and are therefore under God's just condemnation. Genesis 3:1-16, 24; Romans 3:10-19, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1; Romans 1:18

 

 

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through Jesus Christ, God the Son, who, without sin, freely took upon Himself our nature, and fulfilled the Divine law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior; that by the shedding of His blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of a Holy God regarding sin; that His sacrifice was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just for the unjust; that having risen from the dead and ascended into heaven, He is now qualified to be our all-sufficient Savior.  We believe that exclusive faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition for salvation.  Repentance is a manifestation of this faith and is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit through the hearing of the Word of God. Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-25; II Corinthians 5:21; John 3:16; Isaiah 53:4-7; Hebrews 2:14; I John 4:10; Romans 10:17

 

 

New Birth

We believe that in order to be saved, a sinner must be born again, that in the new birth the one dead in transgressions and sins is made a partaker of the Divine nature and receives eternal life as a gift from God; that the birth is brought about solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with the Word of God, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel, that all who are truly born again are kept by the power of God until they are received into heaven. John 3:3; II Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 1:6; John 10:28

 

 

The Local Church

We believe the universal church or Body of Christ consists of those who have believed in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers associated by fellowship in the Gospel and a covenant of faith, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His law; that its offices are pastors (elders) and deacons, whose qualifications are defined in the New Testament; that the mission of the church is found in the great commission; that the local church has absolute right of self-government apart from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that Christ is its only Superintendent. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2; I Timothy 3:1-3; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 11:22

 

 

The Security of the Saints

We believe that all who are truly born again are eternally secure in God (“once saved, always saved”), and that there is no way one can lose his salvation. John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 1:13-14;  Philippians 1:6

 

 

Things to Come

1. The pre-tribulation return of Christ to raise His church to be with Him.
 John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-18
 
2.  The judgment seat of Christ at which time all believers will be judged according to their faithfulness. 
I Corinthians 3:11-15; II Corinthians 5:10
 
3.  The seven-year tribulation and the rise of the antichrist.
Daniel 7:8, 24-25; 11:36-45; II Thessalonians 2:3-4; Revelation 13:1-10
 
4.  The second coming of Christ and the millennial reign on earth.
Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:4; Matthew 24:29-30; Revelation 19:11-14; 20:4-6
 
5.  The Great White Throne judgment of the unsaved.
Revelation 20:11-15
 
6.  The eternal state. 
Revelation 22