Our Beliefs

+ The Bible
+ God
+ Creation
+ Man
+ Salvation
+ Sanctification
+ The Church
+ Atonement For Sin
+ Justification
+ Repentance and Faith
+ Ordinances
+ Civil Government
+ The Family
+ Satan/The Devil
+ The Resurrection and Return of Christ

The Bible

 


+ We believe that the Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of God through Spirit controlled men. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16, 28:25)

+ We believe it is truth without admixture of error. (Psalm 119:105, 130, 160; Luke 24:25-27, 44, 45; John 17:17)

+ We believe it will remain to the end of the age as the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man and the supreme authority by which all human conduct, creed and opinions should be tried. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Matthew 7:21-23; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 30:5, 6; Romans 3:4; 1 Peter 1:23; Revelation 22:19; John 12:48; Isaiah 8:7-11; John 1:45-47; John 5:39)

*NOTE:
By “Bible” we mean the collection of the sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written, not only contains and conveys the Word of God but is itself the very Word of God.

By “inspired” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally inspired and free from error as no other writings have ever been or ever will be.


God

+ We believe that there is only one living and true God, Maker and Ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all worship, confidence, and love. (Exodus 15:11, 20:2, 3; Revelation 4:11)+ We believe in the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are equal in every Divine perfection and perform distinct but harmonious offices. (Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 2:18; 2 Corinthians 3:14)

Jesus Christ:

  1. He has existed for all eternity and is co-equal with God the Father and God the Spirit. (John 1:1-3; Colossians 2:8-10; Hebrews 1:2, 3, 8; Micah 5:2)
  2. He did not lay aside His Deity. (Matthew 1:21-22, 28:1; Mark 14:61, 62; John 10:30, 32, 33, 14:9, 20:28; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:15-17; 1 John 1:1, 2, 5:20)
  3. At his incarnation He was given the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary as no other man can or will ever be born. (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14)

The Holy Spirit:

    1. He is a Divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature. (John 14:16, 17, 26; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14)
    2. He was active in creation. (Genesis 1:1-3)
    3. He restrains Satan until God’s purposes are fulfilled in the world. (2 Thessalonians 2:7)
    4. He convicts of sin, judgment, and righteousness. (John 16:8-11)
    5. He witnesses to and empowers the Gospel in preaching and testimony. (John 15:26, 27; Acts 5:30-32)
    6. He indwells, seals, baptizes, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps believers until the return of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:13, 14, 4:30; John 14:26, 16:13; Acts 11:16; Romans 8:9, 14, 16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; Romans 8:26, 27)
    7. He bestows gifts to every believer. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
    8. Some of the gifts He bestows such as speaking in tongues and the working of miracles are not normative and temporary in nature:
    9.    + They were bestowed for the purpose of authenticating the Apostles as the ministers of God’s divine truths. (II Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:1-4)

+ They are not, nor were they ever intended to be the qualifying characteristics of a true believer, a sign of the baptism of the Spirit, or a sign of the filling of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; Ephesians 4:7-12;)


Creation

+ We believe in the Genesis account of creation.+ We believe that the Genesis account of creation should be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively. (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jeremiah 10:10)

+ We believe that man was created directly by God and in God’s own image and after His own likeness. (Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 11:7)

+ We believe that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through long periods of time from lower to higher forms. (Genesis 2:7, 21-23; John 1:3)

+ We believe that all animal and vegetable life were created directly and to reproduce “after its own kind.” (Genesis 1:11, 24; Colossians 1:16, 17)


Man

 


+ We believe that man was created in innocence. (Genesis 1:27)

+ We believe that both men and women were created in the image of God and therefore have equal value and purpose. (Genesis 1:27)

+ We believe that man is responsible for his fall. (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12, 19)

+ We believe all men are sinners because of Adam, and by individual choice, remain in sin until salvation. (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:10-13)

+ We believe all men by nature are utterly void of the righteousness required by the law of God and inclined to evil. (Romans 3:11; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-3; Psalm 40:12)

+ We believe man is under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Romans 3:9-20, 23; Romans 1:19, 20, 2:1, 12-15)

+ We believe man’s only hope of eternal life is through redemption in Jesus Christ. (John 3:3, 5; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Galatians 3:26)


Salvation

 


+ We believe that salvation is freely offered to all by the Gospel. (Romans 10:9-13; Revelation 22:17)

+ We believe in God’s electing grace. (1 Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 1:2)

+ We believe you cannot lose your salvation. (John 10:28-29, Philippians 1:6, Romans 8:35-39)

+ We believe that nothing prevents the salvation of even the greatest sinner on earth. (John 3:18, 36; Romans 1:18, 20, 2:1, 4, 5)

+ We believe salvation is man’s greatest need. (John 3:15-18; 1 Timothy 1:15; Acts 2:37-41; Romans 10:8, 9)

+ We believe one must be born again. (John 3:3; Galatians 3:26)

+ We believe the new birth is a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

+ We believe the new birth is instantaneous and not a process. (John 3:5-7; Acts 16:30-33)

+ We believe at the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made partaker of the Divine Nature and receives eternal life. (2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1, 4-9; Colossians 2:13; Titus 3:5)

We believe that after the new birth, a new creation is brought about in a manner beyond comprehension. It’s not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of The Holy Spirit in connection with Divine Truth. (John 1:12, 13, 3:8)


Sanctification

 


We believe that sanctification is the process by which a believer is set apart unto Christ:

1. Believers are set apart positionally at salvation. (1 Corinthians 1:30, 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 10:10, 14)

2. Believers are being set apart progressively day by day as they grow in grace. Growing in grace is accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit and a by-product of the Word of God, self-examination, watchfulness, prayer and yielding to the Spirit through Biblical change. (John 17:17; Romans 8:13; 2 Peter 3:18; Romans 8:28, 29a; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 4:7b; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 John 3:3; Romans 12:1,2; Ephesians 4:22, 24)


The Church

 


We believe the church universal is a New Testament institution established by Jesus Christ who is its Head. It’s Jesus Christ’s “body” for service and His “bride” for glory. It began at Pentecost and will be consummated at the second coming of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:8, 2:1-13, 41-47, 15:14; Ephesians 1:22, 23, 3:21, 5:23-32; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

We believe that the local church is the embodiment of the universal church and is:

1. A congregation of baptized believers. (Acts 2:41, 42)

2. A congregation that observes the ordinances. (1 Corinthians 11:2)

3. A congregation that is governed by Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 23)

4. A congregation that uses its spiritual gifts. (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8:11)

5. A congregation that maintains the Scriptural offices: pastors (elders and bishops) and deacons. (Acts 14:23, 6:5, 6, 15:23, 20:17-28; 1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 8-13)

6. A congregation that believes the mission of the church is found in the following verses: Matthew 28:19, 20 and Ephesians 4:11-16…To make individual disciples…To baptize them into a properly organized and functioning local church…To teach them to obey His Word as He has commanded.

7. A congregation that agrees the local church has the right of self-government, and that the only superintendent is Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23, 24; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

8. A congregation that believes churches of like faith should cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel and that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. (Acts 15:22; Jude 2, 3; 2 Corinthians 8:23, 24;1 Corinthians 16:1-3)

9. A congregation that believes that in matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the local church following the Word of God is final. (Malachi 3:10; Leviticus 27:32; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13)


Atonement For Sin

 


+ We believe that the salvation of man is wholly of God’s grace. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24, 25)

+ We believe our atonement was accomplished by Jesus Christ who voluntarily took upon Him the form of a man, was tempted in all points as we are yet without sin in nature or deed, honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. (John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7, 8; Hebrews 2:14, 4:15; Romans 3:25; 1 John 4:10; Isaiah 53:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

+ We believe His atonement was not to set an example by His death as a Martyr, but as a substitute for man. He was the Just dying for the unjust and bearing all of humanity’s sin and guilt in His body on the cross. (John 10:18; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 3:18)

+ We believe after having risen from the dead, Christ is now enthroned in heaven. He is in every way the suitable, compassionate, all sufficient Saviour and the mediator for believers. (Isaiah 53:12; Hebrews 7:25, 9:12-15, 10:10, 12, 14, 18; 1 John 2:2)


Justification

 


+ We believe that justification is the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on the basis of Christ’s righteousness and atonement. (Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Romans 5:1, 9, 8:1)

+ We believe His righteousness is imputed to believers solely through faith in Jesus Christ. Titus 3:5-7; Romans 4:24, 25, 5:1, 17; Galatians 3:11)


Repentance And Faith

 


+ We believe they are inseparable grace. (Mark 1:15)

+ We believe they are obligations. (Acts 20:21)

+ We believe the Spirit of God brings them about. (Acts 2:27, 28; Romans 10:9-13

+ We believe repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of actions. (Ezekiel 14:6, Acts 26:20).


Ordinances

 


Baptism

1. It is the immersion in water of a believer. (Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:6; John 3:23; Romans 6:4, 5; Matthew 3:16)

2. It should be done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

3. It identifies a believer with Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:3, 5; Colossians 2:12)

4. It does not save nor is it necessary for salvation. (Titus 3:5)

The Lord’s Supper

1. It is a commemoration of Christ’s death until He returns in the partaking of bread and juice; the bread symbolizing Christ’s body that was broken for us and the juice, symbolizing His blood that was shed for us.

2. It is a commemoration that should be preceded by personal self-examination. (1 Corinthians 11:23-28)

3. It does not save nor is it necessary for salvation. (Titus 3:5)


Civil Government

 


+ We believe that civil government is divinely appointed for the interests and good of human society. (Romans 13:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21, 22)

+ We believe that those in civil government are to be prayed for, honored, and obeyed: (Matthew 22:21; 1 Timothy 2:1, 2; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13, 14, 17: Daniel 1:8-15) unless they oppose Jesus Christ: (Acts 4:19, 20, 5:29; Daniel 3:17, 18, 6:10, 11)

+ We believe there should be a separation of church and state. (Matthew 10:28, 22:21, 23:10; Revelation 11:16; Philippians 2:10, 11; Psalm 72:11)


The Family

 


+ We believe that the marriage of one man to one woman is God’s plan for the human race and is a sacred union in His sight. (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-9; Ephesians 5:18-32; 1 Timothy 3:4, 5, 12; Malachi 2:13, 14)

+ We believe that the roles and responsibilities of a husband, wife, parent, and child are clearly defined in Scripture. (Ephesians 5:21-32; Colossians 3:16-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7)

+ We believe that sexual relations are sacred and only permissible within the marriage relationship. Sexual relations are forbidden outside the marriage relationship. (1 Corinthians 7:3, 4; Hebrews 13:4)

+ We believe that children are a blessing from God. The responsibility for them rests upon the parents who should bring them up in the truths of God’s Word. (Psalm 127:3; Ephesians 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:6, 7; Psalm 78:4-7; Proverbs 22:6; Proverbs 17:6)


Satan/The Devil

 


+ We believe he was once holy; his pride and ambition to be as the Almighty caused him to fall. (Isaiah 14:12-13; Ezekiel 28:15-17)

+ We believe he drew a host of angels after him. (Revelation 12:9; Jude 6; 2 Peter 2:2; John 14:30)

+ We believe he is the evil prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. (1 Thessalonians 3:5; Matthew 4:1-3)

+ We believe he is man’s tempter. (1 Peter 5:8)

+ We believe he is the enemy of God. (Zechariah 1:3; 1 John 3:8; Matthew 13:25, 37-39; Luke 22:3, 4)

+ We believe he is the believer’s accuser. (Revelation 12:10)

+ We believe he is the author of every false religion. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Mark 13:21, 22)

+ We believe he is the lord of the Anti-Christ. (1 John 4:3; 2 John 7; 1 John 2:22)

+ We believe he is the author of the powers of darkness. (Revelation 13:13, 14; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11)

+ We believe that although he is powerful and to be respected, he is not omniscient, omnipotent, nor omnipresent and cannot overcome the believer who is obedient to Jesus Christ and His Word by faith. (James 4:7; 1 John 4:4)

+ We believe he is destined to be defeated by Christ because of His death on the cross, (Genesis 3:15; Revelation 19:11, 16, 20: Revelation 12:7-9; 20:1-3) and is destined to face eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. (Revelation 20:10-15; Matthew 25:41)


The Resurrection And Return Of Christ

 


+ We believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection from the tomb. (Matthew 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4-8; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6; Acts 2:24, 32, 3:15, 4:2; Romans 4:25)

+ We believe in Christ’s ascension to Heaven. (Acts 1:9, 11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 10:12)

+ We believe Christ is our High Priest. (Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 7:24, 25, 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1)

+ We believe in Christ’s future appearing in the air to receive believers. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:28)

+ We believe in the resurrection of the dead in Christ. (1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 15:52)

We believe that the believer’s response to God’s Word will be evaluated at the Judgment Seat of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Romans 14:10; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 22:2)

+ We believe in the White Throne of Judgment for unbelievers. (Revelation 20:11-15, 21:1, 2)

+ We believe in Christ’s bodily return to earth to reign from David’s throne. (Matthew 24:29-32; Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Acts 2:29, 30; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1, 11:4, 5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:1-4, 6)

+ We believe in a new heaven and new earth. (Revelations 21:1-2)