Doctrinal Statement

We believe all Scripture (Old and New Testaments) is given by inspiration of God as the Holy Spirit guided His appointed men of old in their choice of the very words of the sacred writings; and that His divine intention extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings. They are completely inerrant in the original writings and serve as the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

(Romans 5:4; 2 Peter 1:20 -21; 2 Timothy 3:16 -17; 1 Cor. 2:13; Matt. 5:17-20; John 10:35.)

 

We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; co-equal in power and glory; identical in their essential nature, attributes and perfection. God created all things and upholds all things by the word of His power.

(Genesis 1:1; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Acts 5:3-4; Rev. 1:18, 4:11; Hebrews 1:3; Acts 17:28; Deu. 32:4; Psalms 9:8.)

 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, who exists eternally, was begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true man. He died upon the cross, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him will be justified on the ground of His shed blood. He rose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest interceding for us before God.

(Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-23; Luke 1:30-35; Php. 2:5-8; Hebrews 4:15 -16; John 1:1-18; Romans 3:21-26; Hebrews 1:1-3, 2:7;

1 Peter 3:18; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9-11; 1 John 2:1-2.)

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is sent to unify all believers into one body, the church, and to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He indwells and empowers believers for a life of victory and service. He seals the believer at the moment of salvation unto the day of redemption. His presence in the lives of believers is promised in His Word and is revealed by His fruit in their lives. He manifests Himself through believers for the edification of the church and as a sign to an unbelieving world.

(John 14:16-26, 16:5-11; Eph. 1:13-16; Php. 1:13-16; Acts 1:5; 1 Cor.12:13; John 7:38-39, 15:26, 16:13-14; Acts 1:8;

Rom. 8:9; Gal. 5:22-23, Joel 2:28-29, Mark 16:17-18, John 14:12, 1 Cor 12:7-11.)

 

We believe that man was created by God in His image but through disobedience, sinned and thereby incurring both physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil; We believe all men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Genesis 1:26-27, 2:17; Romans 3:10-23, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 John 3:8; Acts 4:16; Romans 1:18-20, 6:23.)

 

We believe that man is reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and that by his blood our sin has been atoned. We believe that Christ died for the sins of all men and there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. We believe those who repent and believe in Him, receiving Him as personal Savior and Lord, are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life and become the children of God.

(Romans 3:21-26, 4:5, 5:1, 5:8, 10:9,10; Titus 3:5,6; 1 Peter 1:3-5, John 3:36, 5:24, 14:6, 17:23; Acts 2:38, 4:12, 13:39; Eph. 2:4-6, 13; 1 John 4:17, 5:11-12; 1 Cor. 15:1-6; Col. 1:21-22; 1 Peter 1:18-21; 2 Thess. 1:9.)

 

We believe that salvation is not of works but by grace alone, and that all who repent of their sin and receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith as their personal Savior and Lord are born from above by the Holy Spirit and the evidence of this birth will be seen in their lives.

(John 1:11-13, 3:3; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 5:16-25.)

 

We believe that believers are baptized into the spiritual body of Christ called the church, and that Christ is Head of the Church. The church is composed of all who are united by the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God. By the same Spirit we are all baptized into one body, and thus, being members one of another, we are responsible in good conscience to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, loving one another with a pure heart, fervently. The local church is joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, and fellowship. We have been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations, and making disciples.

(Matt. 28:18-20; Col. 1:18; Matt. 16:16-18; Acts 2:32-47; Romans 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 4:3-10; Col. 3:14-15.)

 

We believe in the imminent, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ first to receive His own to Himself and then to establish His Kingdom. This blessed hope has a vital bearing on our personal life and service.

 

We believe there shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, an everlasting blessedness of the saved and an everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.

(John 5:24-29, 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:13 -18; Titus 2:13 -14; Rev. 20:4 –15.)

 

We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only ordinances of the church and that they are symbolic of the believer's identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and of His completed redemptive work.

(Matt. 28:19; Romans 6:1-5; 1 Cor. 11:26.)

 

Creation / Historicity of the Old Testament:

 

We believe in a literal interpretation ofScripture, which affirms the understanding that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal 24-hour days and a created earth that had the appearance of age. This view is reinforced in the Ten Commandments where in reference to the instruction of keeping the Sabbath, literal 24-hour days are clearly aligned with the days of creation. God spoke the universe into existence by His powerful word (ex nihilo) and the universe is dependent upon Him for its continued existence and function.

 

We believe Adam and Eve were real persons (along with all other individuals mentioned in the Old Testament) and the account of the Fall in the Garden of Eden, a real historical event. (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 20:11; 31:17; I Cor. 15:45; I Timothy 2:13-14.)

 

We deny that the universe was uncreated, or that it was created from the substanceand being of God, or that it was created out of pre-existing material, or that it operates independent of God’s control.