A. The Holy Scriptures
- We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the verbal, plenary inspired Word of God. Authoritative, inerrant, infallible, and God breathed in the original manuscripts.
(2 Tim 3:16 & 17, 2 Peter 1:20 & 21, Matthew 5:18)
B. The Godhead
- We believe in one Triune God, Creator and Sovereign of the universe, existing in three persons, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Eternal in being, identical in essence, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections.
(Deut. 6:4, 2 Cor. 13:14)
C. The Total Depravity of Man
- We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man, of himself, is totally unable to regain his former state.
(Gen 1:26 & 3:1-24, Romans 3:23 & 5:12, Ephesians 2:12)
D. The Person and work of Christ
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He lived a sinless life and accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation are guaranteed to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead.
(John 1:1, 14, 18, Luke 1:35, Romans 3:24-26, 9:24)
E. The Personality of the Holy Spirit
- We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates believers in Christ, baptizes them into the Church which is the body of Christ, indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon each one and fills those yielded to Him.
(John 15:26, 16:7-15, John 3:8, 1 Cor. 12:4-11, John 14:16, Eph. 4:30, 1 Cor. 12:13, Eph. 5:18)
- We believe that God created sinless, spiritual beings known as angels. A great company of these angels serve God at His throne and minister to men, especially believers.
(Heb. 1:14, Ps 148:5)
- We believe that Satan sinned through pride and led a host of other angels in rebellion. Satan subsequently tempted our first parents to sin, leading to their fall. He is, today, the enemy of God and God’s people, and opposes their efforts at Godly worship and service. Although Satan was judged at the cross, he rules temporarily as the god of this world—as God allows. Ultimately Satan will be defeated and eternally condemned.
(Ezek. 28:11-19, Isaiah 14:12-17)
- We believe that salvation is a gift from God by grace and is received only through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
(Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7)
I. The Eternal Security of the Believer
- We believe that all who have trusted Christ as Savior are kept secure in Christ forever.
(Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39, John 10:27-30)
- We believe that, in Christ, every believer has a perfect standing before God in mortal life. However, our sinful nature remains. Thus, there is a progressive aspect to sanctification that comes as the believer is transformed into the likeness of Christ through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
K. The Church
- We believe that the universal Church is the body and bride of Christ and is a spiritual organism made up of all believers. We believe the local Church is a voluntary assembly of believers united to honor God by proclaiming the gospel, edifying and equipping believers, ministering to the Church and the world and providing worship and fellowship.
(Ephesians 1:22-23 & 5:25-27, 1 Cor. 12:12-13)
L. The Blessed Hope
- We believe the next prophetic event, the rapture, will be the coming of the Lord to receive the Church. Following the rapture, He will return to earth to establish His millennial kingdom.
(1 Thess. 4:13-18, Rev 20:2-7)
M. The Eternal State
- We believe that those who have trusted in Christ pass into His presence immediately at death. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, believers to eternal life with Jesus Christ and unbelievers to judgment with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord.
(Rev 20:11-15, 1 Cor. 15:40-58, 2 Cor. 5:8)
N. The Responsibility of Believers
- 1. We accept the authority of the Scriptures over our lives. We seek to obey its commands and apply its principles as the Holy Spirit enables us.
(Gal 5:16, Phil 4:9, Ephesians 5:18)
- 2. We believe that Christians are commissioned by God to be His ambassadors, to be agents in reconciling the world to Him. Therefore, it is our responsibility to proclaim the gospel, teach the Scriptures and make disciples throughout the world.
(Acts 1:8, 2 Cor. 5:20)
- 3. We believe God uses the believer’s prayer, time and wealth to accomplish His purposes on earth. It is both our privilege and our responsibility to invest all three wisely, generously and, at times, sacrificially as God enables us.
(1 Cor. 16:2, 2 Cor. 8:3-5, 1 Thes. 5:17-18, Ephesians 5:15-16)
O. Church Ordinances
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be observed by all believers until His return.
(Matt 28:19, 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
P. Doctrinal Summary
This Church believes and teaches the following:
- 1. That the Bible is verbally inspired, the Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, and the absolute authority.
- 2. That God exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- 3. That Man, in his natural state, is separated from God and in need of regeneration.
- 4. That Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, born of a virgin, who became man without ceasing to be God and that He accomplished our redemption through His sacrificial death on the cross.
- 5. That God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and He indwells every believer.
- 6. That Satan, a fallen angel, is active today as the enemy of God.
- 7. That salvation is a gift from God received only through personal faith in Christ and that all who trust Christ as savior are kept secure in Him forever.
- 8. That the local Church as a part of the universal body of Christ, is an assembly of believers united for Godly worship and training. All believers are responsible to live under the authority of the scriptures to proclaim the gospel and to support the work of the Church.
- 9. That the Lord will return to receive the Church in the air and ultimately at His second coming establish His kingdom.
- 10. That all men are resurrected then saved to eternal life and the unbelievers to judgment and separation.