We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the verbally, inspired Word of God, authoritative (2Peter 1:21; 2Timothy 3:16,17), and without error in the original manuscripts (Ps.19:7; 119:160).
We further believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are designed for our practical instruction in faith and conduct (Rom.15:4; 1Cor.10:11).
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists (Ps.90:2) in three Persons (Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Is.48:12-16)--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19), and that these three are one God (Deuteronomy 6:4).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal (Rev.2:8) Son of God (Lk.1:30-35), came into the world that He might manifest God to man (Jn.1:18), fulfill prophecy (Mt.5:17), and become the redeemer of a lost world (20:28). To this end, He was born of the Virgin Mary (Is.7:14; Lk.1:26-37), received a human body (Phil.2:6-8) and a sinless human nature (1Jn.3:5), without ceasing to be Deity (Jn.1:1,14).
We believe that in infinite love for the lost, He voluntarily accepted His Father's will (Jn.10:17,18; Phil:2;8) and became the divinely provided sacrificial Lamb and took away the sins of the world (Jn.1:29).
We believe that He arose again from the dead (1Cor.15:3-8) in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died (Jn.20:24-29) and that His resurrected body is the pattern of that body which ultimately will be given to all believers (1Jn.3:2; Phil.3:20,21; 1Cor.15:49).
We believe that on departing from earth, He was accepted of His Father (Act.5:31) and that His acceptance is a final assurance to us that His redeeming work was perfectly accomplished (Heb.1:3b; 10:12).
We believe that He became Head over all things to the Church, which is His body (Ephesians 1:22,23), and in this ministry He does not cease to intercede and to be an advocate for the saved (Rom.8:34,35; 1John 2:1).
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person in the Trinity, dwells in every believer immediately after he places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph.1:13) and God provides, through the Holy Spirit, power to live the Christian life (2Pet.1:3; Gal.5:16,17). We believe that every believer receives grace from God, in the form of a spiritual ability (1Cor.12:1,4,7), which enables him to function as a member of the body of Christ. (Rom.12:4-8).
We believe Satan, or the devil (Rev.20:2), is the prince of demons (Matt.12:24-26) and is the declared adversary of God and man (Matt.13:24-28,37-39; 1Pet.5:8). However, when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross, He limited the power of the devil (Heb.2:14).
We believe that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again spiritually (Jn.3:3-6), and that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gal.3:26).
We believe, also, that the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished our redemption (Eph.1:7) and that this redemption is by the grace of God, an unmerited gift, given in love by God and not the result of any human works (vv.2:8,9).
We believe that upon receiving the Lord Jesus Christ, by faith, the believer passes immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life (Eph.2:5; Rom.5:12-21) and into fellowship with God (1Jn.1:1-3).
We, also, believe that once this salvation is accomplished, we and all believers everywhere shall be kept saved forever (Jn.10:27-29).
We believe that election is the sovereign choice of God (Eph.1:11)—in which He chooses some to escape the eternal condemnation (Dan.12:2) that all humanity deserves as a direct result of Adam’s sin in the garden (Rom.5:18). In other words, all of humanity was born into sin (Ps.51:5; Rom.5:19) and destined for hell [spiritual death] (Rom.6:23a), but simply because of God’s gracious mercy (Rom.9:15, 16; Eph.1:4-8), He chose to give some, through His son (Rom.5:17b), the gift of eternal life (Rom6:23b). (Matt.22:1-14)
We believe that grace is an unmerited, undeserved gift of love (Eph.2:8, 9), and that even though the world (mankind) was lost in their sins (Is.64:6; Rom.3:23), it was through grace that God gave His Son (Jn.3:16), and the Son (Jesus) gave His life (Rom.5:6-8) to reconcile sinful mankind to a Holy (sinless) God (2Cor.5:18,19a).
We believe that redemption is only possible through the blood of Jesus Christ (1Peter 1:18, 19; Heb9:11, 12, 22), and that involves three ideas—that the shedding of His blood:
We believe that regeneration, or the new birth (Jn.1:12,13; 3:3,5-8), is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit (Act.15:8,9), whereby we become partakers of the divine nature (1Thes.4:8b) and a holy disposition is given (Tit.3:3-5; 2Cor.5:17), leading to the love and practice of righteousness (1Jn.3:9,10). It is the work of God's free grace conditioned upon faith in Christ (Eph.2:8,9) and manifested by the fruit (Eph.2:10; Matt.7:16-20) which we bring forth to the glory of God. (Phil.1:9-11; Matt.5:16).
We believe that adoption is a gracious act of God which places the believer in His family (Eph.1:3-6) as an adult son/daughter, and he/she is entitled to all of the rights, privileges, and promises of children and if children (Gal.4:1-7), then heirs—heirs of God, and co-heirs with Jesus Christ (Rom.8:16,17), to the heritage of the saints on earth, and an inheritance reserved in heaven for them (1Pet.1:3,4), and at the same time he/she is born into the family of God as an infant who needs to grow and develop (Heb.5:11-6:3).
We believe that justification is God's gracious (Rom.3:22-24) and full acquittal upon principles of righteousness and assures that everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Savior stands before God as a just and righteous person adorned with the perfection of Christ (2Cor.5:21). That person has the innocence of one who has committed no transgression (Rom.5:18,19), not because of any consideration of works of righteousness which was done (Rom.4:4,5), but because his/her sins were covered under the blood that was shed on the cross of Calvary (Rom.5:9). In short, God declares the believing sinner to be righteous while still in a sinning state.
We believe that sanctification is a process by which, according to the will of God, we are set apart for God and His service (2Tim.2:20,21) and we are made clean in a moral sense (1Cor.6:9-11) by: submitting to the control of the Holy Spirit (Eph.5:18), studying the Word of God (Jn.17:17), self examination (1Cor.11:28), self denial (1Thes.4:3-5), watchfulness, and prayer (Matt.26:41); that it takes place in the hearts of believers (Act.15:8,9) by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit (Rom.15:16); that it is a progressive work (Ephesians 4:11 13); that it is begun in regeneration.
We believe that all believers should seek to walk by the Spirit separating themselves from worldly practices (Gal.5:16-25); witnessing by life (Mt.5:13-16) and by word to the truths of the Holy Scripture (1Cor.9:16, 17).
We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the Church which is the body of Christ (1Cor.12:12,13,27).
We believe that the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has saved is to make Christ known to the whole world and that this is the purpose of the Church as individuals (Act.1:8).
We believe that the Church as a group gathers together for practical instruction in the scriptures, fellowship with God and with other believers, and for corporate witness to the unsaved (Act.2:42-47).
We believe that Christianity is a persuasion of enlightenment and intelligence, and in Jesus Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col.2:2, 3). Sound learning is, therefore, a part of our heritage (Matt.28:20; Jn.8:31,32; Tit.2:1). The new birth creates a thirst for knowledge, and an adequate Christian Education program is necessary for a Church (and its congregation) to mature spiritually (Hos.4:6; Matt.22:29; 2Tim.3:16, 17). The cause of Christian Education in the Body of Christ is coordinated with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these liberal support of the Church (Act.2:42-46).
We believe that the Old Testament Law was a God given Standard in regards to man's responsibility toward God and man (Matt.22:37-40), and was and is good and Holy (Rom.7:7-12), but neither could it justify or was it intended to justify mankind (Gal.3:10,11). It's purpose was threefold: first, to demonstrate the Holiness (sinlessness) of God; second, to demonstrate the sinfulness of mankind; and last, to bring sinful mankind to a Holy (sinless) God through Jesus Christ (Gal.3:24), and once a person has believed and trusted in Christ he/she is no longer under the bondage of the law (Gal.3:25).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of Baptism (Matt.28:19), the Lord's Supper (Matt.26:26-28), and Foot Washing (Jn.13:3-5, 12-14) to be observed by all believers until His return.
We believe that the ordinance of Baptism is immersion of the believer in water as it sets forth the essential facts in redemption—the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and the essential facts in the experience of the believer—death to sin and resurrection to newness of life (Rom.6:3-7).
We believe that the Lord's Supper is a privilege accorded to all believers, in commemoration of our Lord's death until He comes (1Cor.11:23-26).
We believe that on the night our Lord was betrayed, He demonstrated for us a visible illustration of humility and servant leadership (Lk.22:24-27), by washing His disciples’ feet (Jn.13:1-20), and that the Lord’s instruction, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you…Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (Jn.13:14-17) was a command—not just merely a suggestion—for us to follow.
We believe that at death the spirits of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, pass immediately into His presence (2Cor.5:6-9) and there remain in conscious bliss (Lk.16:22-23) until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own, whereupon spirit and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory. (1Thes.4:14 17).
We believe that a future period of great tribulation on the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth (Rev.19:11-21) as He went in person in the clouds, and with power and great glory (Act.1:9-11). But prior to this tribulation (1Thes.5:9; Rev.3:10), we believe that there will be the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to receive Himself (the Church) unto Himself into Heaven—both His own who are alive and remain until His coming and also all who have died in Christ Jesus (1Thes.4:13-17).