Beliefs

Concerning the Scriptures

We accept the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God; that it was written by men divinely inspired; that is has God for its author, salvation for its end,  and truth without any mixture of error for its content. All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded, or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation, or worldly wisdom. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

 

Concerning the True God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God,  personal and intelligent Spirit, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, infinite in all perfections, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there eternally exists Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection and without division of nature, essence, or being; yet each having distinct personal attributes and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, yet each is truly Deity. One God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is the foundation of Christian faith and life. (Matt. 28:19; Jo. 14;16-17; 2 Cor. 13:14).

 

Concerning the Fall of Man

We believe God made Man – male and female – in His own image, and originally free from sin, as the crown of creation, that Man might have fellowship with Him. Through the temptation of Satan and voluntary transgression, Man fell from a holy and happy state. As a consequence of this fall, all of mankind are now sinners, having inherited a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, and are under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse. (Rom. 3:23).

 

Concerning the Way of Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, and is accomplished through Jesus Christ. The good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, and ascension. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the Gospel, His resurrection is the power of the Gospel, and His ascension is the glory of the Gospel. Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. There is no other name by which men must be saved. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and is therefore in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior. (Acts 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5).

 

Concerning Regeneration

We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born-again; that regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickens the dead in trespasses and sins, spiritually and savingly enlightening their minds to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature so that they voluntarily love and practice holiness; that it is a work of God’s free and special grace alone; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and new newness of life. (Jo. 3:1-8; 1 Jo. 5:1-5).

 

Concerning Repentance and Faith

We believe man’s response to the Gospel is rooted and grounded in the free and unconditional election of God for His own pleasure and glory. It is also true that the message of the Gospel is only effectual to those who genuinely repent of their sins and , by God’s grace, put saving faith in Christ. This gospel of grace is to be sincerely preached to all men in all nations. Biblical repentance is characterized by a change of mind, a change of heart, and a change of the direction of one’s life. Repentance is a commitment to walk before God so as to please Him in all things. Saving faith consists of heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in His Word, accepting, relying, and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. (Acts 2:37-38; Rom. 10:9-17).

 

Concerning Justification

We believe that salvation is a free gift of God, provided by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Whosoever turns from sin in repentance and looks to Christ and His substitutionary death receives the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God as a free gift. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to him. He is justified and fully accepted by God. (Rom. 3:23-24, 28).

 

Concerning Sanctification

We believe that Sanctification is a present possession, but also an ongoing process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness. It is begun in regeneration, and is carried on for the duration of the life in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, in the continual use of spiritual disciplines, especially studying the Word of God, prayer, self-examination, self-denial, and through fellowship with the saints. (1 Thess. 5:23; 1 Pet. 1:2; Heb. 10:14).

 

Concerning the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

We believe being filled with the Spirit or the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience subsequent to Salvation. The Holy Spirit empowers the Christian with respect to ministry, witness, and walk with Christ. The Baptism of the Spirit and regeneration are not to be confused. In regeneration the Holy Spirit imparts life or the new birth; in the Baptism of the Spirit there is a supernatural enabling for the Christian walk. The evidence of receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as presented in the New Testament, is speaking with other tongues. (Lu. 11:9-13; Acts 2:1-4, 38-39; 8:14-17; 10:44-46; 19:1-6; Mk. 16:15).

 

Concerning the Perseverance of the Saints

We believe that those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Holy Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end. God, in HIs Providence will watch over their welfare; and they will be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (1 Pet. 1:3-5; Jo. 10:27-29).

 

Concerning the Church

We believe that the Church is a divinely created assembly of baptized believers brought together by the faith and fellowship of the Gospel. The Church exists to exalt God in worship; evangelize the world through proclamation and missions; equip believers through teaching; encounter God in prayer; and encourage one another in fellowship. Upon conversion, newly redeemed men and women are added to a local church, in which they devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper, and prayer. The Church has the right to exercise discipline over its members and its only scriptural offices are Pastor or Elder, and Deacons, whose qualifications and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. (1 Cor. 12:12-17; Heb. 10:25; Acts 2:42; 2 Tim 2:15).

 

Concerning Baptism

We believe that Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is baptized in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; that it is to be done by immersion to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that its only proper subjects are those who do actually profess repentance towards God, and faith in an obedience to the Lord Jesus. (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:1-6).

 

Concerning the Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, to be observed by His churches until the end of the world; that it is to be observed by the eating of bread and the drink of the cup; and that it is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. (1 Cor. 11:20-26).

 

Concerning Marriage

We believe in the Divine Institution of Marriage; that it is a Sacred Covenant between a man and a woman, who as Husband and Wife commit to live in a monogamous relationship for love, procreation, and companionship until death. (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:5; Mk. 10:7; Mal. 2:15; 1 Cor. 7:3-5; Mal. 2:14-16).

 

Concerning the Consummation

We believe  the consummation of all things includes the visible, personal and glorious return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the translation of those alive in Christ, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. In the Consummation, Satan with his hosts and all those outside Christ are finally separated from the benevolent presence of God, enduring eternal punishment, but the righteous, in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with Him forever. Married to Christ as His Bride, the Church will be in the presence of God forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new. (Matt. 25:1-13; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10; Rev. 20: 10-15).