What We Believe

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

I. We believe literally in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as inspired of God, inerrant in the original writings, and of supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).

II. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14). Father: Ephesians 4:6; Son: Hebrews 1:8; Holy Spirit: John 14:16-17.

III. We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:35-36; Hebrews 10:12; Philippians 2:5-8; John 14:8-12; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).

IV. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as our substitutionary sacrifice according to the Scriptures, and all who receive Him by faith are justified on the basis of His shed blood (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:4-9; Romans 5:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 1:15).

V. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His bodily ascension into Heaven, and His present ministry as High Priest and Advocate for us (Hebrews 7:25, 9:24,10:21; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 John 2:1; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Acts 1:9-11).

VI. We believe the Holy Spirit existed eternally with the Father and the Son; His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. During this present age He convicts men (John 16:8); regenerates the believing sinner (Titus 3:5); places believers into the body of Christ by His baptism (1 Corinthians 12:13); and indwells (1Corinthians 6:19); and seals (Ephesians 4:30); and fills (Ephesians 5:18) every believer. He guides (Romans 8:14), instructs (John 16:12-15), and empowers the believer for godly living and service.

VII. We believe angels were all originally created holy; but under the leadership of Satan, some angels now exist in a fallen state (Jude 6).

VIII. We believe that the first man Adam, created in the image of God, sinned. Man thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Consequently, all human beings are born with the sinful nature (Romans 3:23, 5:12; Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 51:5).

IX. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:12-15, 21:8; Acts 24:14-15; John 5:28-29; Luke 16:19-31).

X. We believe that believers in Christ are sanctified and set apart unto God for His service:

      A. At the moment a person trusts Christ for salvation (1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11; Hebrews 10:10, 14).

     B. Daily by the reading of the Word and by the teaching of the Holy Spirit (Psalm 119:11; Ephesians 5:25-26;   John 17:17; Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:4).

    C. Ultimately when the believer comes into the actual presence of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 John 3:2; 1 Peter 1:4-6; Jude 24-25).

XI. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, which is His Body, the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:1-16; Colossians 1:15-18; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27).

XII. We believe water baptism and the Lord’s Table are the two main ordinances of the church and are for all born-again believers:

A. The ordinance of baptism is for those who have personally accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Baptism is an outward manifestation and testimony of the spiritual change, which occurred in the believer’s life when he accepted Jesus Christ as His personal Savior. Our mode of baptism is immersion because it more closely typifies the believer’s relationship with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-38).

B. the Lord’s Table will be observed regularly. It is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and is open to all Christians who are walking in fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).   We believe in the imminent, personal, and pretribulational return of Christ to rapture out His Church (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10, 4:14-18, 5:9) and the premillenial return of Christ to the earth with His Church to redeem Israel (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).