WE BELIEVE

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God from Genesis through Revelation, that it is God’s revelation to man, inerrant in the original writings, and that it is, therefore, the supreme and final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith, and life. (II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:160; II Peter 1:19-21)

THE TRINITY OF THE GODHEAD

We believe in one God, holy, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, manifested in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and eternally co-exist. The Son, in His incarnation, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is wholly God and fully man with no sin of His own. In the economy of the Godhead, the Son accomplished the work of redemption at Calvary. The Holy Spirit, as the third person of the Godhead, convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; regenerates the sinner by the Word of God; permanently indwells, seals, enlightens, instructs, and guides every born-again person; and provides the sufficient power for godly living, Christian service, and spiritual worship. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-19; John 3:5-7; John 14:16-17 and 26; John 16:7-15; Acts 5:3; Romans 1:7; Ephesians 4:30; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; I Peter 1:23; I John 5:7).

THE CREATION AND FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and are responsible for sin in thought, word, and deed, and must be born again to be accepted of God. We further believe that the days of creation were literal six 24 hour days and we believe in the world-wide Noahic flood. (Genesis 1:26; John 3:1-21; Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Romans 10:9; Revelation 3:20).

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who put their faith and trust in Him for salvation are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. We believe that He rose bodily from the dead on the third day in the same body in which He suffered and died. We also believe that our Lord ascended into Heaven, that He is now seated at the right hand of the Father and is our High Priest and Divine Advocate with the Father. We believe that, by His finished work on the Cross and His unceasing ministry of intercession in Glory, Jesus Christ has procured for every believer Eternal Redemption, Eternal Salvation, and Everlasting Life. (Mark 16:19; John 3:16; John 20:27; Romans 5:9; I Cor. 15:3-4; Hebrews 5:9; 7:25; 8:1; 9:12; I John 2:1)

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church began at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit descended from Heaven and indwells the believers. The church is composed solely of born-again people who have been called out from among the Jews and Gentiles to become the body and bride of our Lord; that Christ glorified in Heaven is the Head, and that the Holy Spirit on earth is the active agent of the Godhead who ever seeks to bring about within its ranks conformity and obedience to the Word of God and the will of God; that the one body unites believers to each other and all to Christ, and that the members should edify one another in the Lord; and that the chief purpose of the body’s existence is to evangelize the world and to complete itself through the winning of lost souls to Christ (Mark 16:15-16; John 3:29; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16; I Cor. 12:12-13; II Cor. 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; I Thes. 5:8-13; Rev. 19:7; 21:2; 22:7).

ORDINANCES

We believe there are two ordinances that Christians are commanded to observe: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Water baptism has no saving merit, but is the next step following salvation in obedience to Christ. Scriptural baptism is the baptism of believers by immersion only. The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus Christ to commemorate His death until He returns. While water baptism is observed only once, as identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed often as a memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:4; Col. 2:9-13; I Cor. 11:23-33)

OUR LORD’S SECOND ADVENT

We believe in the Blessed Hope, the personal pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, and imminent return of Jesus Christ to receive His bride, the church. This return is known as the Rapture of the Church. We also believe in the personal, visible, and glorious return of Christ to the earth with His saints at the end of the Great Tribulation. This phase of His coming is known as the Second Coming when He will establish His millennial kingdom and reign on earth for one thousand years. (Titus 2:11-15; I Thes. 4:13-17; John 14:3; Rev. 19:11-21; and II Thes. 2).

THE RESURRECTION AND DESTINY OF THE SAVED AND LOST

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just at the Rapture and of the unjust at the end of time. We believe in a Heaven and a Hell; Heaven being the place of eternal conscious joy for all who receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour; Hell being the place of eternal conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire for all who reject Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. (Psalm 16:11; Phil. 1:21-23; Psalm 9:17; John 5:28-29; John 8:24; John 14:1-6; Acts 24:15; I Cor. 15:51-57; I Thes. 4:16; II Thes. 1:7-9; and Rev. 20:10-15).

THE PERSONALITY AND JUDGMENT OF SATAN

We believe that Satan is a personal being. The Scriptures refer to him as a fallen angel, the prince of demons, the god of this world, the great enticer and deceiver, the adversary of Christ and His people, and the accuser of the brethren. Christ has defeated Satan at Calvary by His death, burial, and resurrection, and will ultimately judge Satan at the Great White Throne Judgment. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19; II Cor. 4:3-4; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-10; Matt. 25:41; Col. 2:14-15; I John 3:8; Eph. 1:22-23; Gen. 3:15; Rev. 20:10-15).

SEPARATION AND SANTIFICATION

We believe that Scripture clearly teaches nonconformity to the world for every believer, that believers are to live lives of separation from all worldly and sinful practices and to be holy as He is holy. We believe that positional sanctification occurs at the moment of regeneration, that practical sanctification is to be progressive throughout the entire life span of a believer here on earth, and that final sanctification is to take place at the Rapture. God’s provision for holy living is in the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension; in the indwelling person and power of the Holy Spirit and the believer’s yieldedness to Him; and by the powerful Word of God. (John 17:17; Romans 6:1-14; Romans 12:1-2; I Cor. 6:19-20; II Cor. 1:10; 3:18; 6:14-17; 7:1; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 1:15; 2:6; 5:25-27; Col. 1:13, 3:1-4; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:1 & 14; I Peter 1:14-16; II Peter 3:18).

STATEMENT OF MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.   We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church.