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Our Beliefs

I. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe the Scriptures – both the Old and New Testaments – to be the verbal and plenary inspired Word of God, written by men as they were moved by The Holy Ghost, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts, preserved by God, and are sufficient, and authoritative in all matters of faith and life. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 19:7-9).

II. THE GODHEAD

We believe in one living and true God, who is Holy, infinite and sovereign over all His Creation, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who are identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and possess precisely the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:2; Matt. 28:19; John 4:21; Rom. 1:7; 2 Cor. 13:14).

GOD THE FATHER  

We believe God the Father to be the first person of the Trinity. His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men (Ephesians 4:6), but He is spiritual Father only to believers (Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11).

GOD THE SON  

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might redeem sinful man. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God's righteous judgment against sin. His death was substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive (John 10:15; Rom. 3:24, 25; 5:8; 1 Pet. 2:24).

We believe in His bodily resurrection, which gives proof that His redemptive work was accomplished, and in His physical ascension to the right hand of the Father, where He now is our High Priest and Advocate making intercession for us and ruling as the Head of the Church (Luke 24:39; Acts 1:3, 11; Heb. 8:1; 1 John 2:1; Heb. 7:25; Eph. 5:23). 

We believe in His personal, physical, and imminent return to earth (Rev. 22:20).

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity and that He possesses all the attributes of deity. He was involved in creation (Gen. 1:2), the incarnation of Jesus (Matt. 1:18), the inspiration of the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16), and the work of salvation (John 3:5-7).   

We believe that the present ministry of the Holy Spirit includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-9).

He is the sovereign God who works in regeneration and in baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). He also indwells, sanctifies, and empowers the believer for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:13; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14). 

III. MAN  

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin, in order to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever, and to accomplish the purpose of God in the world (Gen. 2:7, 15-25; Is. 43:7; Col. 1:16). 

We believe that in Adam’s sin the whole human race fell and inherited a sinful nature, thus becoming spiritually dead and alienated from God. In his present condition man, in and of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition (Gen. 1:26; 3: 1-24; John 6:44, 65; Rom. 3:10 -18; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3).

We believe that Adam’s sin has been transmitted to all men of all ages, except for Jesus Christ. Thus all men are sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration (Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12).

IV. SALVATION  

We believe that salvation is wholly of God by His grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His death and resurrection, and not on the basis of any human merit or works (John 1:12; Eph. 1:4-7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19). 

We believe that salvation encompasses election, regeneration, justification, sanctification and glorification. It includes all that God does in saving the elect from the penalty, power and presence of sin and in restoring them to a right relationship with God. Faith and repentance are evidence of true salvation (Eph. 1:4-11; John 6:37-40; 3:3-8; Titus 3:5; Rom. 8:30, 33; 1 Thes. 4: 3-4).

We believe that all who so trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are forgiven and saved from their sins, are declared righteous before God, and are born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. God’s purpose for saving His elect is so that they bring glory to Him by their lives (Eph.1:7; 2:8-9; John 1:12; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 1:6; Titus 2:11-14).

We believe that all the saved – those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace – are kept by His power and are secure in Christ forever. This assurance, however, is not the occasion for sin, for God in His holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love, He corrects them. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life (John 10:27-29; Rom. 8:29-39; 1 John 5:13; Heb. 12:6; Matt. 7:20; James 2:20).

 V. THE CHURCH

We believe that the true Church, called in the Scripture ‘the Body of Christ’, is a spiritual organism. Every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation in this present age has been baptized (placed) into this organism by the Holy Spirit. The local church, as established in the Scripture, is made up of redeemed individuals who have joined together for worship, instruction, fellowship, and service (Eph. 1:22; 1 Cor. 12:13; Acts 2:42; 13:1-2).

We believe that Christ is the head of the universal church and therefore of all true local churches. 

We believe that local church is made of baptized Christians, who exist to exalt the Lord (Philip. 2:9), edify one another (1 Cor. 14:12, 26; Eph. 4:29), equip the saints (Eph. 4:12), and to evangelize the lost (Mark 16:16; Matt. 28:19, 20). 

We believe that there are two biblically defined groups or offices that are to serve in a leadership capacity in Christ’s church: elders (pastors) and deacons, both of whom must meet biblical qualifications (1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:1-5).

We believe that ALL believers are under obligation to join themselves to a local church - when and where they have opportunity to do so. It follows that all who are admitted to the privileges of church fellowship also become subject to the discipline and government of the local church in accordance with the rule of Christ. (1 Thess. 5:14; 2 Thess. 3:6, 14, 15).

VI. SEPARATION

We believe that separation from sin is clearly called for throughout the Old and New Testaments, and that the Scriptures clearly indicate that in the last days apostasy and worldliness shall increase (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace God granted to us and because our glorious God is worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our love toward Him and to avoid bringing reproach upon our Lord and Savior.

We also teach that separation from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us by God (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 1:9-11).

However, such separation is not to be confused with complete withdrawal from unbelievers. While the Christian is not of the world, he remains in the world as a testimony of the light and life offered by Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:13-16, 11:19; Luke 7:34; John 17:14-18; 1 Corinthians 5:9-10).

Believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; Hebrews 12:1-2). We therefore affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness reflecting the teaching of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-12) and a continual pursuit of holiness (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-10).

VII. MARRIAGE

We believe that marriage is an institution created by God between one man and one woman. Therefore, the only Biblically approved act of sexual intimacy that exists is between a man and a woman within the covenant relationship of marriage (Gen.1:27-28; Gen.2:20-25; Mt.19:4-6).

VIII. LAST THINGS  

We believe that all the followers of Christ will be with the Lord forever (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Philip.1:23); and all the unrepentant sinners will suffer forever in hell (Dan. 12:2; John 5:29; Rev. 20:13-15).