Doctrinal Statement

What We Believe and Teach

(1) BIBLE -
 Every word in the original writings of the Holy Scriptures is inspired by God and without error. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21). The Word of God is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Psa. 119:105; Jn. 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12).
(2) GOD - There is only one true God; but in the unity of the Godhead there are three co-equal and co-eternal persons... the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three persons are the same in essence and attributes, but they are distinct in existence and identity. (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 4:24; 10:30).
(3) MAN - Man was created in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners, hopelessly sinful in themselves apart from the grace of God. (Gen. 1:27; 9:6; Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1).
(4) JESUS CHRIST - The eternal Son of God became incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, was born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Luke 1:26-37; John 1:1-14; 18; 5:18; Phil. 2:5-8; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 1:1-9; 5:8; 1 John 5:20). He voluntarily laid down his life, bearing the sins of the world, and he was bodily raised from the dead, providing hope for all who would believe in Him. (Jn. 1:29; 2 Cor. 5:14, 21, 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Jn. 20:20; Phil. 3:20-21).
(5) SALVATION - Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again. Our redemption is accomplished solely by His blood. Eternal life is a free gift, and comes only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. No other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer, walking an aisle, or faithful service, are to be added to believing as a condition for salvation. (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Rom. 4:4-5; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 23).
(6) SANCTIFICATION - Every believer is set apart unto God. However, every believer retains his sinful nature. Therefore, while the believer's standing in Christ is perfect, his present state is not. He is therefore challenged to "grow in grace" and to "walk in the Spirit." When Christ returns the believer will be sanctified in his state as he already is in his standing. (John 17:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; 7:1; 1 Thess. 5:23; 1 John 3:3).
(7) ASSURANCE - All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation based solely on the Word of God. Their assurance of eternal life is based on the facts of God's Word, not on the feelings of their heart, nor on the actions of their life. (Jn. 3:16; 6:37; 10:27-29; Acts 16:31; Rom. 4:4-5; 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9; 4:30; 1 Jn. 5:10-13).
(8) THE HOLY SPIRIT - The Holy Spirit is a divine eternal person. He is not just an influence; He has intellect, emotions, and will of His own. (Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; 16:13-14; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Cor. 2:11; 12:11; 13:14; Eph. 4:7-30; Heb. 1:14). The present ministry of the Holy Spirit is in restraining sin in the world and convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. He also regenerates believers in Christ, baptizes them into the church (the body of Christ), indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon each one, and fills those yielded to Him. (John 3:8; 14:16; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19; 12:4-13; Eph. 4:30; 5:18).
(9) TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL GIFTS - The gifts of apostleship and prophecy were foundational gifts, and available only during the first century as the foundation for the church was being laid. (Eph. 2:20; 1 Cor. 3:11). Gifts such as speaking in tongues and miraculous healing were confirmatory (sign) gifts, and ceased to be available by the time the New Testament Scriptures were completed. (1 Cor. 13:8-10; 14:21-22; 2 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 2: 3-4). The deliverance of the body from sickness and death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection. (Rom. 8:18-23).
(10) CHURCH - The universal church is composed of all those believers, between Pentecost and the Rapture, who trust in Jesus' death and resurrection as the full and final payment for their sins. The local church is a group of believers who physically join together to worship God, teach the Word, fellowship with the saints, observe the ordinances, and reach out to the lost. (Acts 2:42-47; 13:1; 1 Cor. 12:4-13, 27; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:24-30).
(11) CHRISTIAN LIFE - Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit, which service includes the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ. There is promised reward in heaven for faithfulness in such service. (Jn. 14:1-3; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 3:12-17; 2 Cor. 5:9-10; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; 4:10-11).
(12) ORDINANCES - Water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only ordinances of the church. Ordinances are outward symbols of inward realities! They are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Mt. 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
(13) ANGELS - Angels were originally created holy, but now exist as unfallen (angels) and fallen (demons), including Satan. (Job 38:6-7; Psa. 148:2-5; Matt. 25:41; Eph. 6:11-12; Col. 1:16; 1 Tim. 5:21; Jude 6; Rev. 12:9).
(14) SECOND COMING - The blessed hope of the imminent return of the Lord for His Church (the rapture) is to be followed in order by: the tribulation; the second coming of Christ to the earth; the establishment of the reign of Christ on earth for one thousand years; then both the eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing for the saved. (Mt. 24:21, 29-30; 25:46; Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 1:10; Titus 2:13; Rev. 20:1-6; 20:11-15).

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