We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 5:18; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10). The Scriptures are the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the divine, final authority for the faith and life of all Christians (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:3-4). The Bible is inerrant, authoritative, infallible, and the only standard of truth (John 17:17; Psalm 19:7; Isaiah 55:11). The Bible is all the believer needs for holiness and godly living (2 Peter 1:3-4). The Bible is, in fact, the very words of God (Ezekiel 2:7; 3:4).
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (II Corinthians 13:14; Isaiah 48:16,17; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2). The Father is God (Ephesians 4:6; 1 Corinthians 8:6). Jesus Christ is God (John 10:30; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20; Titus 2:13). The Holy Spirit is God (Genesis 1:2; John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 2:10). Though there are three persons in the Godhead, we unequivocally affirm that there is, still, one God (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5; Mark 10:18; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5). We believe that God created the world by the word of His power in six literal, twenty-four hour days because this is clearly affirmed in the Scriptures (Genesis 1:1, 5; Psalm 33:6; Hebrews 11:3). We believe that God is in control and is providentially working out His plan on earth (Psalm 93:1; Ephesians 1:11; Romans 8:28; Genesis 50:20; Isaiah 46:10-11).
We believe that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18, 20). He died on the Cross as a sacrifice for sins according to the scriptures (Romans 6:7, 10). The perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ is accredited only to those who believe for salvation (Matthew 1:21; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Hebrews 10:22-23). Further, He physically, literally, and undeniably rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate (John 1:1; Proverbs 8:28; John 12:34; Philippians 2:5-11; II Corinthians 5:19; Matthew 1:18, 23, 25; John 20:27; Luke 24:39-43; Acts 2; Hebrews 4:14). Jesus Christ is the only savior from sin offered to mankind (Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:4; Acts 13:38-39; John 14:6).
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and not a mere "force" or "thing" (Romans 8:27; 1 Corinthians 2:11). The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men and regenerate the believer for godly living and service (John 16:7-11, John 14:15-18). The Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the hearts and lives of His own (Ephesians 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit is the guarantee for the believer's salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).
We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) but fell into sin and is therefore completely lost and unable to save himself (Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 1 Kings 8:46; Psalm 143:2; Ephesians 2:1-3). Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained (Genesis 1-3; John 3:5-8; 6:63; Romans 8:11; 2 Timothy 1:9). We believe that every single person will life eternally either in heaven or in hell (Matthew 25:46). The Scriptures do not allow the possibility of purgatory, soul-sleep, annihilationism, or extinction (2 Corinthians 5:8; Luke 16:25; Revelation 20:10). Every single person's spirit will live eternally (Revelation 20:11-15).
We believe that because man is radically depraved and totally unable to save himself, the perfect life of Christ, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection provide the only grounds for justification and salvation for all who believe (2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Timothy 1:9-10; Titus 2:13-14; 3:5-7). When a person genuinely believes in Jesus Christ in true repentance and a commitment to obedience, we believe that the sinner is immediately justified as a divine and supernatural act that God accomplishes (Romans 5:1-2; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5-6). Only those who receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God (Romans 3:21-30; 10:9-13; 2 Timothy 1:9; Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 5:1-2). We believe that those who are truly saved will walk in obedience in submission to God and His Word by striving with the help of the Holy Spirit to live a live worthy of the high calling to which he has been called (Galatians 5:16-24; Ephesians 4:1; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 3:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 2:12; Matthew 3:8; John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:8-9). The person who has been redeemed will inevitably live a life of holiness evidencing the fact that a true change has occurred in his life (Ephesians 2:10; 4:1; 5:1-2; Philippians 1:27; 1 Thessalonians 1:9).
Baptism and Communion
We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the church during the present age (1 Corinthians 11:26; Romans 6:4-5; Matthew 28:18-20). We believe that the only proper mode of baptism is immersion symbolizing death to the old sinful life and the raising of new life in Christ (John 3:23; Acts 8:38-39; Matthew 3:6; Romans 6:4-6; Colossians 2:11-14). This is only to take place after a person has professed saving faith in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:12-14; Acts 2:38). We believe that communion (the Lord's Supper) is a memorial act whereby we remember the body and blood of Jesus Christ sacrificed for sinners (1 Corinthians 11:24-25). We believe that they are, however, not to be regarded as means for salvation (Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 12:13; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 Timothy 2:5).
We believe that the true church is comprised of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:1-2). They are united together in the Body of Christ of which Christ alone is the Head (Matthew 16:18; John 15:15; John 17; I Corinthians 12:13). We believe that only those who are members of the body of Christ shall be eligible for membership in the local Church (Acts 2:41-47). We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and head of the church and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs by means of plurality of leadership (Ephesians 1:22-23). We believe that the main purpose of the gathering of God's saints is the preaching, proclamation, and application of God's Word (2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Timothy 4:13; Luke 4:18, 43; Romans 10:15). When the Church regularly gathers together, it must exalt God (1 Corinthians 10:31), equip the saints (Hebrews 10:24-25), and evangelize the lost (2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 2:7).
We believe that, in keeping with the authority of Scripture, marriage is the union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24; I Timothy 3:1-13; Romans 1:24-27; Ephesians 5:22-33; 1 Peter 3:1-7; Colossians 3:18-19).
We believe in the personal and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven year Tribulation period (Revelation 3:10; 1 Thessianians 1:9-10; 4:13-18; 5:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; Revelation 22:20). This "blessed hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believers (Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; Mark 13:33-37; Titus 2:11-13; Revelation 22:20; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Revelation 19:1-20; Matthew 13:24-28). We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead (John 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:20-24). The believer will be resurrected to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord (2 Timothy 2:12; Matthew 25:46). The unbeliever will be resurrected to judgment and everlasting and conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire (Matthew 25:46; I Corinthians 15; John 5:28,29; Philippians 1:21-23; I John 3:2; I Corinthians 3:8-15; Luke 16:19-31; II Peter 2:9; Revelation 20:11-15,Revelation 21:8; Mark 9:43-48; Jude 13).
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