Doctrines


The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of both the Old and the New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, and the final authority for faith and life, inerrant and infallible in the original writings. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105) 

 

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-equal in power and glory. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 1:2) 

 

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23; Luke 1:27, 34-35)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to the earth at an hour known only to the Heavenly Father, and that because the time of His coming is hidden, believers should live in a state and attitude of constant readiness for His return. We believe that in God’s proper time there will be a seven-year Tribulation, after which the Lord Jesus Christ will set up His Millennial Kingdom on the earth. (Titus 2:11-14; John 14:3; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

The Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and that He indwells the souls of all believers and seals them until the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14)

We believe that He is the divine Teacher who guides believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with and controlled by the Spirit. (John 16:13; Ephesians 5:18)

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the church to do the work of the ministry. (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28; Ephesians 4:7-12)

We believe that sanctification is the work of God’s grace, through the Holy Spirit, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled step by step to live in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:23-24; Romans 6:6, 14; 8:4; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14)

 

Creation

We believe that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in the beginning made from nothing the heavens and the earth and all things therein within the space of six days, and all very good. (Genesis 1; Exodus 20:11; Jeremiah 10:12) 

 

The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6- 7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10) 

 

The Sinfulness of Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is therefore unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 5:12) 

 

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by repentance from sin and by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His blood on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-10; John 1:12; Colossians 1:14) 

 

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

We believe that once a person is saved, he is kept by God’s power and remains secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1; 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5)

We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh and clearly warns believers to avoid ungodliness and worldly lusts. (Galatians 5:13; Romans 13:13-14; Titus 2:11-15) 

 

The Two Natures of Believers

We believe that throughout this earthly life, every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. We believe that final and complete victory will be accomplished at our glorification after this life is spent. (Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10; Romans 6:13)

 

Obligations of Believers

We believe that it is the obligation of the redeemed to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. All believers are under obligation, therefore, to sustain established witnesses and to contribute by prayers, gifts and personal effort to the extension of the Gospel throughout the whole earth. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)

We believe that the saved should live in such a manner that they should not bring reproach on their Savior and Lord, and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God. (2 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 John 8-11; 1 John 2:15-17)

 

The Church

We believe that the Church, which is the body of the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-24)

We believe that the establishment and continuation of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. (Acts 14:23, 27; 1 Timothy 3:1-13)

We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or controls, and any affiliations, societies, organizations, associations, or agencies this church affiliates with to further the objectives stated in the Purpose are not authoritative in matters of church practice or belief. (Acts 13:1-4; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

 

The Blessed Hope

We believe that the blessed hope of the Church is the resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain, to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-2, 9-10; Titus 2:13)

 

The Millennial Reign

At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel. (Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6)

 

The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved unto eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-15)

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection. (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Revelation 20:4-6; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

We believe that the souls of the unregenerate remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and are cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)