Our Doctrinal Statement

What we Believe

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God; that as originally written, it is God-breathed and is profitable for fully equipping the man of God; that the God-breathing extends equally to all its parts and to the very words. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21, Jn. 17:17)

We believe that as the Word of God, Scripture is the sole and sufficient authority for faith and practice, and that it is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, experiences, creeds and opinions should be tried. (Ps. 19:7-11; Jn. 10:35-36; Mat. 22:29; Mat. 4:4, 7, 10; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12)

We believe that there is one Triune God who eternally exists in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--who are coequal, coeternal, and of one essence, yet having distinct personal functions. (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Ex. 20:3; Ps. 139:8; Isa. 43:10; 44:6; Mat. 28:18-19; Eph. 4:6; 1 Pet. 1:2; Jn. 1:1, Acts 5:3-4)

We believe Jesus Christ, the second person of the trinity, is the eternal Son of God and the virgin-born Son of Man who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. In the incarnation He retained His absolute deity, being at the same time fully God and fully man, united without mixture, change, division, or separation in one person, forever. He was without sin as to nature, unable to sin in principle, and did not sin in fact. (Isa. 7:14; Lk. 1:35; 2:40; Jn. 1:1-2, 14; 8:46; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 2:5-8)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice in the most absolute sense, the just for the unjust, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. (Isa. 53:4-11; Rom. 3:24-25; 5:1, 8-9; 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; 1 Pet. 1:18-19)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the grave and in His ascension to the Father's right hand where He is now performing the intercessory aspect of His high priestly work and is an advocate for all believers. (Mat. 28:1-17; Lk. 24:38-39; Acts 1:8-11; 1 Cor. 15:4-9; Heb. 1:3; 4:14-16; 1 Jn. 2:1)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, possessing all the distinctively divine attributes. He convicts men of sin and regenerates the believing sinner. He places believers into the body of Christ by His baptism at the point of salvation. He seals each believer unto the day of redemption. He indwells every believer, guides, instructs and empowers them for godly living and service. (Jn. 16:7-11; Ti. 3:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14; Rom. 8:16-17; Gal. 5:16)

We believe that Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts upon believers at the time of salvation, some of which are temporary and some of which are permanent for the entire church age. The temporary gifts (apostles, prophets, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, tongues, interpretation of tongues, healings, and miracles) were given for the primary purpose of giving or authenticating revelation until the New Testament was completely inscripturated. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4:7-14; Heb. 2:3-4)

We believe man was a product of direct creation according to the Genesis account and not evolution. He was originally created in the image of God with a rational nature, great intelligence and moral responsibility to God for the purpose of glorifying God, enjoying God's fellowship, and fulfilling God's will and purpose on earth. Man subsequently fell into sin by voluntary act of personal disobedience to the revealed will of God.

As a consequence, man became subject to the wrath of God, inherently corrupt, and incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. All human beings, with the exception of the Man Christ Jesus, are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word and deed. Thus he is hopelessly lost apart from the salvation which is in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Gen 1:26-30; 2:15-25; Isa. 43:7; Col. 1:16; 1 Tim. 2:13-15; Rev. 4:11; Gen. 3:1-19; Jn. 3:36; Rom. 3:23; 6:23; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1-3; Ti 1:15-16; 1 Jn. 1:8)

We believe that all who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone as Savior, apart from works, are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-16; Acts 16:31; Rom. 4:5; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Jn. 5:11-12)

We believe that the believer is eternally secure and it is impossible for one born into the family of God ever to be lost. Once saved, he is kept saved forever because of the new birth brought about by the power of God, the indwelling and sealing of the Holy Spirit, and the intercession of Christ. (Jn. 5:24; 6:37, 39-40; 10:28-29; Eph. 1:13; Rom. 8:29-30, 35-39; Heb. 7:25; 1 Pet. 1:3-5)

We believe that angels were created simultaneously by God as a great host of sinless spirit-beings, most of whom kept their first estate of holiness and presently worship God and serve His purposes. Some fell by rebelling with Satan against God's authority. One of the angels, Lucifer, Son of the Morning, sinned through pride, and thereby became known as the Devil, or Satan. Satan is temporarily the prince of this world. He was judged at the cross, though the sentence was not then executed, and he will finally be consigned to the lake of fire at the end of the Millennium.

During this age, Satan and his subordinates, other fallen angels and demons, are active as his agents and associates in prosecution of his unholy purposes and wage spiritual war against all believers. (Ezek. 28:11-19; Isa. 14:12-17; Gen. 3:1-19; Mat. 4:1-11; Eph. 6:10-12; 1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 20:14; 21:8)

We believe that the church, the Body of Christ is a new creation into which all believers are baptized individually by the Spirit of God from the day of Pentecost to the Rapture. We also believe that the local expression of the Body of Christ is the local church which is a group of immersed believers organized to meet. (Acts 1:4-5; 2:41; 1 Cor. 12:13; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Cor. 11:18)

We believe that the mission of the church to the world is to provide a witness through the life of the church, and to carry out the great commission in the world wide proclamation of the gospel and the establishment of the local, indigenous, New Testament churches. (Acts 1:8; Mat. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15-16; Lk. 24:46-48)

We believe that the blessed hope of the church is the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to rapture the Church; that after this event God shall pour His wrath upon an unbelieving world for seven years of tribulation, then Christ shall come down to earth with His saints to deliver Israel, judge the nations, and set up the millennial kingdom.

We believe that the millennial reign of Christ is for a period of 1,000 years; and that at the end of the millennium Satan shall be loosed out of the abyss and by his deception gather a great army to war against the saints and Jerusalem; that this army shall be destroyed by a fire from heaven and Satan himself shall be cast into the lake of fire, his ultimate judgment and destiny.

Then the great white throne shall be set up where all the wicked shall be judged according to their works and after this heaven and earth shall be destroyed by fire and the new heavens and new earth shall be created wherein dwell righteousness. (Rev. 20:3, 7-10, 11-15; Rev. 21:1-5; 2 Pet. 3:10-13; Isa. 65:17; 66:22)

We believe man was a product of direct creation according to the Genesis account and not evolution. He was originally created in the image of God with a rational nature, great intelligence and moral responsibility to God for the purpose of glorifying God, enjoying God's fellowship, and fulfilling God's will and purpose on earth. Man subsequently fell into sin by voluntary act of personal disobedience to the revealed will of God.

As a consequence, man became subject to the wrath of God, inherently corrupt, and incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. All human beings, with the exception of the Man Christ Jesus, are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word and deed. Thus he is hopelessly lost apart from the salvation which is in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Gen 1:26-30; 2:15-25; Isa. 43:7; Col. 1:16; 1 Tim. 2:13-15; Rev. 4:11; Gen. 3:1-19; Jn. 3:36; Rom. 3:23; 6:23; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1-3; Ti 1:15-16; 1 Jn. 1:8)