What We Believe

We Believe

Scripture

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Since the Scriptures are God-breathed, inspiration extends to the very words of the Bible so that the entire Bible, and only the Bible, is the Word of God. As such, the Bible is infallible and inerrant, our only rule of faith and practice (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; Mat. 5:18; John 10:35; Rev. 22:18-19).

God

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing as one in His essence, yet three in His persons. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, and co-equal in power and glory (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:2; Mat 28:19; II Cor. 13;14; I Cor. 8:6).

The Father

He is eternal, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is the sovereign God of the universe, the Creator and Preserver of all things. He is holy, righteous, just and loving. Having extended His grace and mercy to men by sending His Son to die in their place. He desires to have fellowship with them (Ps. 65:2; 139:1-24; I Chr. 29:11; John 1:12; 3:16; Eph. 1:3-9; Rom. 11:36).

The Son

Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is one Person, with both a divine nature (He is truly God) and a human nature (He is truly man). He existed from everlasting with the Father, was born of a virgin when He took on human flesh, lived a sinless life, and gave Himself willingly on the cross for the sins of men. He arose from the tomb on the third day, ascended to the Father, and will return to earth one day as Judge and King (John 1:1-3, 18; 5:22-23; 20:28; Rom. 9:5; Heb. 1:3, b, 8; 9:24; Phil 2:6-11; Col. 1:15-20; II Cor. 5:21; Mat. 25:31; Rev. 19:11-20:6; I John 2:2).

The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit is a divine Person and not an impersonal force. He is fully God, having proceeded from the Father and the Son. The work of the Holy Spirit included creation and the inspiration of the Scriptures. Today He calls men to salvation through Christ and dwells in the hearts of believers (Mat. 28:19; John 16:7-14; Tit 3:5; Eph 1:13; 5:18; Rom. 8:9-16, 26).

Satan

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan as the father of lies and deceiver of mankind, and in the existence of demons (Mat. 4:1-11; John 8:44; Job 1-2; Luke 4:33-36; Matt 25:41).

Creation

We believe the Genesis account of the creation of the world as a literal, historical record of the direct creative acts of God, without the involvement of any evolutionary process (Gen. 1:2; John 1:3-10; Col 1:16; Heb. 11:3).

Man

We believe that man was created holy, but that when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, sin entered into the world and has passed to all men. Thus, all men are sinners by nature and by choice and deserve eternal punishment in hell (Gen. 1-3; Rom. 3:10-12, 23; 5:12; 8:7-8; Eph. 2:1-3; John 6:44; I John 4:19; Is. 64:6; Jer. 17:9).

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and that all who receive Him as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become children of God (Eph. 2:8-9; John 1:29; I John 2:2; Is. 53:4-12).

Regeneration - When an individual responds in faith to the Gospel, turns to Christ for salvation, and repents of his sin, the Holy Spirit regenerates that person so that he is born again into God’s family (John 3:3-7, 16; 1:12; II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:22-28; I Pet. 1:23; Tit. 3:5; Acts 2:38, 17:30).

Justification - This is the act of God whereby He declares the sinner to be righteous in His sight. On the basis of the work of Christ, God does not impute sin to the individual, imputing instead the righteousness of Christ (Rom. 3:22-28; 4:1-8; 5:1-2; Gal. 2:16).

Sanctification - Whereas regeneration is a one-time event in the life of the believer, sanctification is a continuing process by which God gradually transforms him into the image of Christ. This process will be completed when believers join Christ in heaven, perfected in holiness (John 17:17; II Cor. 3:18; Eph. 5:26; I John 3:2; Acts 20:32).

Preservation - Since salvation is based solely upon the grace of God and not on the merit of the individual, everyone who truly trusts in Christ as Savior is eternally secure in his salvation and is kept by God’s power. Scripture, however, gives a solemn warning to those who profess salvation but whose lives give no evidence of change because of the willful, continual practice of sin (John 6:37, 39; 10:27-30; Rom. 8;38-39; I Pet 1;5; II Pet. 1:10; I John 3:7-10; James 2:14-26).

The Church

We believe that the church, composed of all who have trusted Christ as Savior since Pentecost, is the body of Christ. Christ Himself is the Head of the Church. This spiritual organism is the universal aspect of the church (Mat. 16:18; Eph. 1:22-23). The local church is an organized assembly of baptized believers, voluntarily associated in the faith for fellowship, worship, and service. Its mission is to spread the Gospel to all men and to edify the saints. The local church has the absolute right of self-government. As such, the local church should be free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, religious or governmental. Jesus Christ is the Head and Chief Shepherd (Eph. 4:11-16). Christ instructed the church to observe two ordinances, both of which are symbolical rather than sacramental or efficacious.

Baptism

All who profess faith in Jesus Christ should be baptized by immersion in water as a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord (Mat. 28:19; Rom. 6:3-4). Baptism after salvation is an act of obedience and is a prerequisite for local church membership (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 6:4; Acts 2:41; 8:12, 26-39).

The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a memorial service in which the bread and juice represent the body and blood of Christ broken and shed for us (Mat. 26:26-29: I Cor. 10:16; 11:23-34).

Last Things

We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ, the rapture of the church, and the eternal punishment of unbelievers in hell and eternal blessings for believers in heaven (I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-20:15, 21-22).