We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments
were given by inspiration of God and were without error in the words
of the original manuscripts.
We believe that Godís inspiration extended to the words of
the text and to all parts equally and fully.
We believe that the Bible is Godís complete message to us and
the final authority for our faith (II Tim. 3:16, Acts 17:11, II
Peter 1:20-21, Rom. 15:4, Heb. 2:1-4).
We believe in the One Triune God, eternally existing, in
three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being,
co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and
perfections but distinct in person and role (Gen. 1:26; 3:22, Matt.
3:16; 22:43; 28:19, I Peter 1:2).
God the Father:
We believe in God the Father (Matt. 6:9, Eph. 3:14), Creator
(Gen. 1:1), an infinite personal Spirit (John 4:24, Rev. 4:8),
perfect in holiness (Isa. 6:3), wisdom (Romans 11:33-36), justice
(Deut. 32:4), power (Job 42:2, Isa. 44:24, Mark 14:36, Rev. 19:6),
patience and love (I Chron. 16:34, Jonah 4:2, Eph. 2:4).
We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs
of men (Isa. 55:7, Micah 7:18, Eph. 2:4); that He hears and answers
prayer (Heb. 4:16); and that He saves from sin and death all who
come to Him through Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:21-23, Eph. 2:4-8).
God the Son:
We believe that Jesus Christ has always eternally existed with the
Father (John 1:1, 14) and was born into the world as a man (John
1:30; 8:40), being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the
virgin Mary (Matt. 1:21-23).
We believe that Christ is perfectly sinless (Isa. 53:9, Heb.
4:14-15, II Cor. 5:21) being fully God and fully man (Phil. 2:5-11).
We believe that He died a substitutionary death on the cross bearing
the sin of all mankind by His shed blood (Heb.
9:22; 10:12). We
believe that Christ rose bodily from the dead (I Cor. 15:3-8) and
ascended to the right hand of the Father where He continues to live
eternally (Acts 1:9, Heb. 1:3, 13; 8:1; 12:2)
God the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person (Rom. 15:30, Eph.
4:30, II Cor. 12:11) who convicts the world concerning sin,
righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-11); and that He is the
Supernatural Agent in regeneration (John 3:5-6), baptizing all
believers into the body of Christ (I Cor. 12:13, Eph. 4:5, Titus
3:5); indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (Eph.
1:13-14). We believe
that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth
(Gal. 5:18, 25, Acts 16:6); and that it is the privilege and duty of
all the saved to be filled with the Spirit by which we are able to
walk in obedience (Eph. 5:18).
We believe that the final evidence for the baptizing and
indwelling work of the Spirit is the promise of Godís Word and that
no external or supernatural sign is necessary (Eph. 1:13-14).
We believe that sign and revelatory gifts of the Spirit such
as tongues and prophecy were for the most part limited to the
Apostolic age and are not to be considered a normative part of
church life today (I Cor. 13:8-10, Heb. 2:1-4).
We believe that, at conversion, the Holy Spirit sovereignly
gifts each believer for serving the Body of Christ (ICor. 12:11).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of
God (Gen. 1:26) and as such demands our respect for all human life.
We believe all human life to be sacred including, but not
limited to the unborn, newborn, handicapped and elderly (Psalm
139:1-18, Gen 9:6). We
believe that in Adamís sin the human race fell into sin through
disobedience (Rom. 5:12), inherited a sinful nature (Rom. 5:12), and
became alienated from God (Isa. 59:2).
We believe that man is totally depraved, spiritually dead
(Eph. 2:1, Rom. 3:9-18) and as a natural result of his condition,
destined for condemnation (Eph. 2:3).
We believe that he is utterly unable to remedy his lost
condition (Eph. 2:4-9).
We believe that the saving work of Christ on the cross is
appropriated only by faith (Eph. 1:13; 2:8, John 3:16), as one
believes in the Lord and His substitutionary atonement.
We believe that such faith necessitates a comprehension of
personal guilt and sin and a turning from any confidence in good
works, sacraments, religious deeds, or any other human effort as
ground for salvation (Rom. 3:28, Phil. 3:4-9, I Thess. 1:9).
We believe that all who possess such faith are born from
above (John 3:3) and are at once rendered justified (Rom. 3:26, 28),
redeemed (I Peter 1:18-19), reconciled (II Cor. 5:18), and adopted
(Gal. 4:4-6) by God. We
believe that all who are born of the Holy Spirit through faith in
Jesus Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally
secure in Him (Eph. 1:13-14).
We believe that the true Church is composed only of those persons
who have experienced saving faith in Christ Jesus (Matt. 16:18, Col
1:18). We believe that
Christians are commanded to assemble together for the purpose of
worship, prayer, fellowship, and instruction (Heb. 10:24-25, Acts
2:42). We believe the
Church is called to be ambassadors of Christ to a world of
unbelievers through godly conduct and an active verbal witness (II
We believe that Christ commanded every believer to be
baptized by immersion after conversion (Matt. 28:19) as a testimony
of faith and discipleship.
We believe that Christ commanded His followers to regularly
remember Him by observing the Lordís Supper (I Cor. 11:23-26).
Baptism and the Lordís Supper (Communion), however, are not
to be regarded as a means of grace or salvation (Rom. 3:28, Eph.
The Second Coming:
We believe in the literal, physical return of our Lord Jesus
(John 14:6) in which believers are raptured (caught up) to be with
Him forever (I Thess. 4:17, Rev. 22:20).
We believe that His coming will begin a period of judgment
for unbelievers (II Thess. 1:3-10, II Peter 3:10-13).
The Millennial Kingdom:
We believe that Christ will personally reign over the earth
with His glorified saints for 1000 years following His return to
earth (Rev. 20:4-5). We
believe that during Christís reign Satan will be bound and the earth
restored to a state of blessedness (Rev. 20:1-3, Isa. 65:17-25).
We believe that the kingdom will conclude with the crushing
of one final Satanic rebellion (Rev. 20:7-10).
The Final Judgment:
We believe that Satan and the fallen angels will be judged
before Godís throne and eternally banished to the Lake of Fire (Rev.
20:10). We believe that
the unsaved of all times will be raised to be judged according to
their works (Rev. 20:11-12).
We believe that all those so raised and judged will be
confined and condemned to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire
(Rev. 20:13-15). We
believe that the saved of all times will escape this judgment and
remain in the presence of God forever (Rom. 8:1, Rev. 22:1-5).