Doctrine

The Scriptures

We believe that the sixty six books of the Bible are all given by the inspiration of God in the sense that the Holy Spirit guided holy men of old (2 Peter 1:20-21) in their choice of the very words of the sacred writings (verbal plenary); and that His divine inspiration is not in different degrees, but extends equally and fully to all parts of these writings, historical, poetical, doctrinal, and doctrine 1prophetical, and to the smallest word, provided such word was present in the original manuscripts. We believe, therefore, that the whole Bible in the originals is without error and is the only authority for faith and practice. We believe all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness: That the man of God may be adequate, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

God

We believe that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19), Who are co-equal in their essential nature, attributes, and perfection; and each of Whom is to be honored and worshiped as God. (John 1:1-4; 14:7-21; 17:3; Hebrews 1:1-3)

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

His Person: We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son (John 1:1-3, 14, 5:18, 8:58; Colossians 2:9), the promised Messiah, conceived in the flesh by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:34-35), born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), true God and true man (Philippians 2:5-11), without sin, and the only mediator between God and Man. (I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:2-9, 2:14-15; 4:15)

His Work: We believe that Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross, paid for all sin (Isaiah 53:5-6), completely satisfied the righteous wrath of God against sin (Romans 3:21-26), and provided redemption and forgiveness for all who believe (Colossians 1:13-14). After His death, Jesus Christ was raised bodily from the dead in victory over sin (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), was seen by many during a period of forty days (Luke 24:36-43; 1 Corinthians 15:5-8), and then ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:6-11) where He is seated at the right hand of God as our Advocate (1 John 2:1-2) and High Priest (Hebrews 4:15), from which place He will some day return to establish His Kingdom on earth. (John 3:16; I Peter 1:18- 19, 2:24; Revelation 20:6)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

His Person: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity. In all the divine attributes He is equal with and of the same essence and nature (coequal and consubstantial) with the Father and the Son. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

His Work: We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment (John 16:7-11) and regenerates the sinner upon belief in Christ (Titus 3:5), baptizing the believer into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13), of which Christ is the head (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18). The Holy Spirit indwells (1 Corinthians 3:16), guides (Mark 13:11), instructs (John 14:26), fills (Ephesians 5:18), comforts (John 14:16), and empowers (Ephesians 3:16) the believer for godly living. We believe that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to every believer for the purpose of building up the body (the Church). (Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:7-12)

Man

We believe that man was created by God (Genesis 2:7, 18-24) in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28; 9:6) and is not the product of evolution. The first man (Adam) fell from his sinless state through personal disobedience to the revealed will of God (Genesis 3:1-24), and as a result, all mankind is sinful in nature and practice (Romans 5:12), is unable to save himself (Romans 3:10-12, 23), and faces eternal separation from God. (Romans 1:18; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3)

Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of all humanity according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:2-4), as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice (Romans 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21). We believe that each person who by faith believes on Him as personal Savior is justified on the basis of Jesus Christ’s shed blood on Calvary. This salvation is by faith in Christ alone and not received by, nor based upon, any sacrament, merit, or good work on our part (Ephesians 2:8-9). Each person who believes on Christ as personal Savior is born again of the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-9) and nothing shall be able to separate him or her from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39). We believe the Holy Spirit baptizes each believing person into the body of Christ and indwells them at the moment of salvation (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13).

The Church

We believe that upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, a believer becomes part of His body, the church, of which Christ is the head (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18). There is one church universal, composed of all those throughout the world who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe that the New Testament teaches the establishment and continuance of a local body of believers known as the local assembly or local church of born again believers. The Scriptures command believers to gather in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts (Acts 2:42-47), and outreach to the world in fulfillment of the command of Christ to make disciples of all believers (Matthew 28:18-20). Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church under the oversight of elders and other supportive leadership (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9). The church’s members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Ephesians 4:16)

Angels

Holy Angels: We believe that an innumerable company of sinless angels were created by God, and are therefore not to be worshipped (Revelation 19:10; 22:9). Although they are a higher order of creation than man, they were created by God, to worship Him and act as servants and messengers on God’s behalf. (Luke 2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Revelation 5:11-14)

Fallen Angels: We believe that “Lucifer, Son of the morning” – the highest in rank of the angels, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19). He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator. In his rebellion he took numerous angels with him in his fall (these are referred to as fallen angels or demons) (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:1-14), and introduced sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve (Genesis 3:1-15). We believe that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Isaiah 14:13-14; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 12:9-10); that he is the prince of this world (John 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2), who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20); and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:10)