What We Believe
The Holy Scriptures
The Bible is our sole authority for faith and conduct because it is inerrant and inspired in the original manuscripts. The written material is referred to in 2 Timothy 3:16.
We believe in the verbal-plenary inspiration of Scripture, that is, the 39 books in the Old Testament and the 27 books in the New Testament are God-breathed.
God used men (2 Peter 1:21) along with their personalities, cultural surroundings, intellect, etc., to write His Word. God by the agency of the Holy Spirit, guarded the very words so that they constitute God's inerrant revelation to men.
We believe that since the Bible is infallible and without error, it is, therefore, totally trustworthy and reliable in all matters it addresses (e.g. science, history, etc.) and totally sufficient for man's needs. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
With the conclusion of the book of the Revelation by the Apostle John, Biblical inspiration ceased (Revelation 22: 18-20).
The Doctrine of God
We believe in the only living and true God to Whom all true worship is due. God is a person possessing the personal attributes of intellect, sensibility, and will. God is eternal, infinite, all powerful, Holy, creator and supreme ruler of heaven and earth. He is called a Spirit in John 4:24.
We believe the God-head is composed of 3 distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. None is less God than the other; however, different functions are exercised by each.
The one God yet 3 persons which make that one God-head. They are one essence or substance (John 10:30)
The Doctrine of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the God-head who has eternally existed as God (Micah 5:2, Hebrews 1:8). We believe He became flesh by means of the Virgin Birth described in the Scriptures (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23; Luke 1:35)
We believe Jesus Christ committed no sin but was impeccable in His life. The two natures of God and man are inseparable in the person of Jesus Christ.
We believe Jesus Christ died on the cross as God's perfect substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of mankind and arose three days later. We believe He arose in the same literal body in which He suffered but it was changed into a glorified, resurrected body.
We believe that in same body He is now at the right hand of the father in the third heaven as our great High Priest, Intercessor, and Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).
We believe that He will personally and literally return from the third heaven to remove the church and (7 years later) to rule in ?power and great glory? on this planet earth.
The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity who is equally God with the Father and with the Son. We believe He is a person, possessing all of the essential elements associated with personality; intellect; will; sensibility and self consciousness. He is not a force or influence (Zechariah 4:6). He convicts of sin (John 16:8); indwells (1 Cor. 3:16); seals (Ephesians 1:13); sets the believer apart (1 Peter 1:2); raises the mortal body of the believer (Romans 8:11).
The Doctrine of Manuscripts
We believe man was created by a direct creative act of God on the 6th 24-hour day of creation. Man is not the result of an evolutionary process (Genesis 2:7). God created him in His ?image? and ?likeness?. He is the crown of God's creative work and is to be distinguished from the rest of God's creation in that he is an eternal being. Every man should be respected and treated with dignity (Genesis 9:6).
We believe that before the Fall, man enjoyed total dominion over creation (Genesis 1:28) and had unbroken fellowship with God (Genesis 3:8-10).
After man's disobedience his right standing with God was lost. As a result, sin entered the human race (Romans 5:12,19), and all became sinners because Adam's sin nature has been passed toall men. Man is totally depraved and unable to save himself (Ephesians 2:5,9; Romans 3:20; Titus 3:5). Only by regeneration by God through faith in Christ can a man's state be changed from condemnation to blessing (Romans 8:1; Ephesians 1:3).
The Doctrine of Salvation
We believe man is saved ?by grace through faith? placed solely on the merits of jesus Christ's death and resurrection in his behalf (Romans 4:25, 11:5-6). Salvation is instantaneous and apart from any effort or good work man can do because its sole condition is faith (belief).We believe that it is not only possible but clearly taught in the scripture that every believer can and should have full assurance of their salvation (1 John 5:13). God imparts to the believer, at the time of their salvation, eternal life. All who are truly born again can never lose that life. A person is eternally secure in Christ. (John 10:28; Romans 8:29-39; Ephesians 1:5-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5). At the time of salvation, the believer is also given the Holy Spirit who dwells in him (John 14:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
A believer in Christ is:
Justified (Romans 5:1) Sanctified (set apart; positionally, progressively, ultimately when with Christ: 1 Cor. 1:2) Adopted (Galatians 4:5) Reconciled (Romans 5:10) Forgiven (Colossians 3:13) Redeemed (Ephesians 1:7) Predestined (Romans 8:29) Accepted (Ephesians 1:6) Regenerated (Ephesians 2:5; Titus 3:5)
We believe the believer's ideology, relationship with the saved and unsaved, and life-style should be consistent with the teachings of Scripture, which is the sole absolute standard by which Christian conduct is judged.