(These statements of faith do not exhaust the entirety of our belief. They serve to capture the essential Christian beliefs, bring unity, and help stand against error. )
We believe the Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments only, to be the plenary, verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original manuscripts, authoritative, infallible and God-breathed; and that they are the only supreme and ultimate authority for faith and practice. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. (2 Tim. 3:16; Psalm 119; 2 Peter 1:3)
We believe in one triune God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and are eternal in being identical in essence, equal in power and glory and having the same divine attributes.(Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26)
We believe 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 men. (Matthew 1:18-20; John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35; II Corinthians 5:19-21)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all that put their faith in Christ are justified on the ground of His work on the Cross. (Romans 3:24, 26; 4:25; I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21).
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ and that our redemption and salvation is guaranteed to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead; in His bodily ascension into heaven; and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Intercessor. (Matthew 28:5; I Corinthians 15:12-19; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:23-25, 9:24; I John 2:12).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son and the same substance and nature; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; bears witness to the truth; is the agent of the new birth; and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies and helps the believer; that He baptizes them into the Church, the Body of Christ, indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon each one, and fills for service those yielded to Him. (John 3:8; 14:16; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Acts 5:1-4; Romans 8:9 I Corinthians 12:4-13; 13:8-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18).
We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27; I Corinthians 2:14)
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit, and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all mankind have inherited a sinful nature, are totally unable to regain their former position, and are without excuse before God. (Gen. 1:26; 3:1-2; Rom. 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-16).
We believe that salvation is a gift of God brought to men by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. Salvation is solely through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins and, being a free gift, is not earned by any good works whatsoever. All those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are regenerated and become sons of God. (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; John 1:12; 3:5-7).
We believe the salvation of every believer is secure for all eternity from the moment of regeneration. This security is guaranteed to each believer by the fact that the life received is eternal life, by the keeping power of God, by the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit, and by the interceding ministry of Christ (John 5:24; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 29, 30, 38, 39; Ephesians 4:30).
We believe the Church is a spiritual body of which Christ is head and of which all regenerated people are members (Mt. 16:l8; 1 Cor. 12:12,13; Eph. 1:22; 4:15; 5:23,30; Col. 1:18). We believe that a local church is an assembly of born again believers in the gospel (Acts 2:38-42) who are baptized on an acceptable confession of faith (Acts 10:47-48); associated for worship, service, and fellowship (Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:25); and having two offices: pastor and deacon (1 Tim. 3:1-13). To the local church is committed the ordinances of believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper (Mt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26), the responsibility to proclaim the gospel of Christ (Acts 1:8; Mt 28:18-20), and the discipleship of believers (Mt. 28:20; Eph. 4:7-16; Jude 3). We believe the local church is to be self- governing and free from hierarchical interference from outside ecclesiastical organizations (Acts 6:1-6; 15:1-4; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; 6:1-6)
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but, that the soul of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery unto the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the end of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15; 14:9-14)
We believe that civil government is established by God.(Gen. 9:6; Rom. 13:1) Government officials are to be prayed for, honored, and obeyed except in any matter which forces us to personally or corporately violate the will of God. (Dan. 3:17-18; Acts 4:19; 5:27-29)
We believe that God created Adam and Even in His Image. Each were equal in God’s eyes, but were distinct in their manhood and womanhood. We believe that marriage is between one man and one woman bound together for life through covenant. Differences in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created order; thus, Adam’s headship in marriage was established by God before the Fall and was not a result of sin. Both Testaments manifest the equally high value and dignity which God attaches to the roles of both men and women. The Bible also affirms the principle of male headship in the family and in the church (1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:22–33; 1 Tim. 2:11–14)