Statement of Faith
The Holy Scriptures are true and eternal
We believe the Holy Scriptures, in their original language, to be the Word of God, God-breathed, authoritative, and inerrant. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12-13; Heb. 4:12).
We believe in one Triune God. He exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each is eternal in being, equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the immaterial image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin…
- The race fell,
- We inherited a sinful nature, and
- We became alienated—separated—from God. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:12).
The Person and Work of the Father
We believe the Father is the sovereign planner of creation and redemption and that His plan for us—the human race—is one of grace, eternally centered in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 1:11)
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
- That the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man;
- That He accomplished redemption for all mankind through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that eternal life is made real to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 1:3-5);
- That the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted and seated at the right hand of God, where, as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who ministers to mankind in these ways:
- The unbeliever is convicted of the sin of unbelief, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8-11) and restrained from maximum evil (2 Thess. 2:6-7).
- At the moment of salvation, the believer is permanently regenerated, baptized into the body of Christ, indwelt, and sealed unto the day of redemption. (John 3:3-7; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 1:13; 1 Cor. 12:13)
- The believer is commanded to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18), but the Spirit is grieved or quenched by sin in the life (Eph. 4:30; 1 Thes. 5:19). Control (filling) by the Holy Spirit is restored by confession of sin (1 John 1:9; 1 Cor. 11:31); the result is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), which becomes more apparent as the believer grows in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).
- Spiritual gifts are bestowed by the Holy Spirit on every believer at the moment of salvation (Rom. 12:6-8; 1Cor. 12:7-11,28-30; Eph. 4:11). These spiritual gifts are the means by which every Christian fulfills their full-time ministry in the Christian way of life.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to men by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (1 Pet. 1:18-19; Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7). God does not overrule man’s free will in accepting or rejecting His provision of salvation (2 Pet. 3:9; John 3:16,18). Man appropriates this salvation on the simple basis of belief (Acts 16:31; 4:12; John 20:31; 1 John 5:11-12).
God does not twist arms. He has design life, as it should be lived. We can take it or leave it. He prefers that we take it, but He will allow us to leave it. The choice is ours!
The Eternal Security of Believers
We believe that all believers are kept secure forever; that is, that the believer's salvation cannot be lost or taken away. (Rom. 8; John 10:27-30; 1 Cor. 1:4-9; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; Jude 24; 1 John 5:11-13).
If it is NOT eternal, then it is only “probation” until we sin again. That is NOT Salvation! In Christ, God adopts us into His family forever!
The Church: Universal
We believe that the Church, which is the body of Jesus Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of the Church Age irrespective of affiliation with Christian or ecclesiastical organizations. (Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 5:25-27; Col. 1:18; 1 Cor. 12:12-14).
The Church: Visible, Local, Autonomous
We believe that the body of Christ functions through autonomous organizations that we call local churches. The establishment and continuance of autonomous local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:17; Acts 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11; 1 Cor. 1:1-2; Phil. 1:1).
The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a real created being, the fallen angel, Lucifer, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man. (Matt. 4:2-11; Job 1:6-7; Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:14-18).
The Blessed Hope
We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to receive to Himself the dead in Christ and believers who are alive at his coming, otherwise known as the Rapture of the Church. (1 Cor. 15:51-57; 1 Thess. 1:9-10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14).
We believe that the Rapture of the Church will be followed by the fulfillment of Daniel's Seventieth Week, the Great Tribulation, the latter half of which is the Time of Jacob's Trouble. (Dan. 9:27; Jer. 30:7; Matt. 24:15-21; Rev. 16:1-19, 21).