Statement of Faith

The Holy Scriptures

We teach the Bible is God's written revelation to man. It is verbally inspired in every word, and absolutely inerrant in the original documents (2 Timothy 3:16). We affirm the infallibility, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture (Psalm 119:89; 2Peter 1:20-21; John 17:17). 

We teach the literal, grammatical historical interpretation of Scripture which affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal days (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17). 


 

God

We teach that there is but one Living and True God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14) - each having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections.

 

God the Father

We teach that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6).  He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9).  As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36).  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). He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11).  In His sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47), nor does He  abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1 Peter 1:17). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own (Ephesians 1:4-6); He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as his own all those who come to Him; and He becomes, as He adopts, Father to His own (John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9).

 

God the Son

We teach that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father (John 10:30; 14:9). We teach that God the Father created according to His own will, through His Son, Jesus Christ, by whom all things continue in existence and in operation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2).  We teach the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; Col 2:9), His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23, 25), His sinless life (1 Corinthians 5:21), His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

 

God the Holy Spirit

 We teach that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity and as such is fully God in essence possessing all the attributes of personality and deity.  As the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration (Titus 3:5), the Holy Spirit in this church age baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation (1Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:1). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption (Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13).

 

Man

We teach that man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self determination, and moral responsibility to God (Genesis 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9). 

We teach that God's intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God's fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God's purpose for man in the world (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11). 

We teach that in Adam's sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his innocence; incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death; became subject to the wrath of God; and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost. Man's salvation is thereby wholly of God's grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Psalm 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 5:10-12).



 

Salvation

We teach that the salvation of man, who is sinful and lost (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3), is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God when the repentant sinner (Acts 17:30-31)- enabled by the Holy Spirit - responds in faith (Romans 5:1). This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8-9). All the redeemed are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever  (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30).

 

The Church 

 We teach that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:1), of which Christ is the head (Romans 12:5; Colossians 1:18). The purpose of the church is to glorify God (Ephesians 3:21) by building its members up in the faith (Ephesians 4:13-16), by instruction of the Word (2 Timothy 2:2, 15), by fellowship, prayer, by keeping the ordinances, (Acts 2:42) and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world (Matthew 28:19). The formation of the church, the body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-3) and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11).

 

Satan & The Fallen Angels

We teach that the fallen angel known as Satan was originally perfect in his ways; that he rebelled and drew with him a large number of other angels; that he, together with his demons, is active in opposition to God and His work; that Satan and his emissaries were defeated at the cross of Christ; that they will be bound for a thousand years at the return of Christ to the earth; and that ultimately they will be cast into the lake of fire where they will be punished eternally (Ezekiel 28:15, 17; Isaiah 14:12-16; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:10, 12; John 12:31-32; Mark 4:15; Ephesians 6:12).

 

Future Things  

We teach the imminent, pre-tribulational return of Jesus to rapture His church, both dead and living believers, and to reward each individual believer according to his works.  During this time Israel will be spiritually reconstituted as God’s witnesses upon the earth. We believe that at the end of the Tribulation, the Lord Jesus Christ will bodily return with His saints and reign together over the nations for a literal thousand years while at the same time  believing Israel will be living in the fulfilled promises to Abraham;  Satan will then be loosed at the end of the millennial reign after which, the unbelieving dead will be raised and judged and, together with Satan and his emissaries, cast into the lake of fire to bear the burden of their choice, eternally, consciously apart from God. Believers, however, will share eternal joy with the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev 20:1; 1 Thess 4:16-17, 5:9; 1 Cor 15:51-53; Acts 1:11). 

 

The Resurrection

 We teach the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved unto the resurrection of life and the unsaved unto the resurrection of damnation (Romans 14:10-13; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15).