What We Believe

The Holy Bible (Scriptures)

We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” (2 Timothy 3:16) We believe in the verbal, plenary divine inspiration of the Scriptures. We believe the Bible was written by holy men of God who “were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20–21). Therefore the Holy Scriptures are, in the original manuscripts, authoritative, inerrant, and constitute the infallible revelation of God to man. We believe that all Scripture was designed for the believer’s practical instruction, and therefore the all-sufficient and sole authority in all matters of faith, doctrine, rule of life, and practice, for every believer in Christ. (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16–17)

The Triune Godhead

We believe in the one true and living God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; 1 Timothy 2:5) who is the Sovereign Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer and Ruler of all things. While there is one God, there are three distinct and absolutely equal persons in the godhead, existing as Father, Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26; Romans 1:7; John 1:1, 14; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:3-4) Each person in the Godhead is distinct from the other, yet the three are united as one God, which never act independent of one another. (John 5:19; 8:28; 12:49; 14:10)

Jesus the Christ

We believe that Jesus is the anointed Christ (Messiah). He is the begotten Son of God and is from everlasting. He is the Second Person of the Trinity; God the Son and the eternal Son of God. We believe in His miraculous virgin birth (Luke 1:26–32). We believe in the miraculous virgin birth and absolute perfect sinless life of Jesus (John 1:1, 14–18; Colossians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22–24). Although Jesus is perfectly and fully God, He is, through the virgin birth, fully manifested as man. He died as the only perfect substitute and sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, rose bodily from the grave and ascended into heaven where He now mediates as our Great High Priest. He will return one day to take the church from the earth and establish His eternal reign.

Creation

We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, by His will through a deliberate direct act in six literal days. We believe that man did not evolve, but was created in the by God, in His image. (Genesis 1:1–2:1; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3)

Man

We believe that the first man, Adam, although created in the image of God, sinned in rebellion and disobedience to God. We believe the consequence of the fall of Adam in Eden’s garden is that all human beings are depraved, sinners by nature and by personal choice. Therefore man is under condemnation in an unregenerate, fallen, sinful and lost condition. (Romans 3:9-19, 23) We believe that unless one is born again by the Holy Spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3; Romans 3:10, 23)

Atonement for Sin

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He bodily rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3–4). We believe that Jesus Christ satisfied all God’s righteous & just demands, and finished the work of redemption for sin through His atoning sacrifice (John 19:30; Hebrews 9:26; 10:12). We believe in the efficacy of the blood of Christ, apart from which there can be no salvation or forgiveness of sin. (Hebrews 9:22; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:20; 1 John 1:7)

Salvation

We believe when a person believes the “good news” of Jesus Christ, repents of their sin, and puts their personal faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha and His shed blood alone for salvation, he experiences God’s salvation from sin. We believe salvation is by grace alone, received by faith, a free gift and wholly without meritorious works. (Acts 16:30-33; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9) When one places their trust in the Savior, calls upon the Lord for forgiveness and salvation they are forgiven of their sins, are completely justified, (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 5:1; 10:9–10, 13) assurance of spiritual life, (1 John 5:11-13) eternal life, (John 5:24; 6:47; 1 John 5:13) and eternal security. (John 10:28-30; Romans 8:35-39)

Judgment

We believe in the immediate entry into a literal Hades of every soul dying without accepting Jesus as Christ and Lord by rejecting God’s offer of salvation by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ(Luke 16:19-31). We believe in the resurrection of all the lost to stand before the Great White Throne of Judgment of God (John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-13) whereby the consignment of all the lost unbelievers into a lake of fire where there is conscious torment forever and ever. (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:14-15)

The Church

We believe in one universal church, a spiritual body of which Christ is the head, consisting of all regenerated persons since Pentecost until the time the church is caught up to be with Christ. They are members by the spiritual baptizing work of the Holy Spirit of God. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for doctrine, fellowship, the Lord’s Supper, prayer, and corporate testimony to the community in which it is located. We believe God has laid upon the local church the task of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost world and making disciples of Christ. (Matthew 25:31-46; 28:18-20)

The Future

We believe in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His bride, the Church. (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13-14; Revelation 22:7, 10, 12, 20) We believe this event to be imminent. We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of all believers at the coming of Christ in the clouds, and the review and rewards of their works. (Luke 14:14; John 5:28-29; Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 15:22-23) We believe this event will conclude this present church age of grace. This we be followed by the outpouring of God’s wrath on the earth and its inhabitants, known as the Great Tribulation. We believe in Christ’s visible and literal return to earth to establish His Millennial Kingdom. At the conclusion of His Millennial Reign, Christ will deliver up the kingdom to God the Father, so that the Triune God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:24)