Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

THE BIBLE:

  • The Word of God
  • The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments
  • Verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God
  • (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

THE ONE TRUE GOD: Existing eternally as three persons the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:

  • His preexistence and deity (John 1:1-3)  
  • Incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23)
  • Sinless life (Heb. 4:15)
  • Substitutionary death (2 Cor. 5:21)
  • Bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43)
  • Ascension into heaven and present ministry (Heb. 4:14-16)
  • And coming again (Acts 1:11)

THE HOLY SPIRIT:

  • His personality (John 16:7-15)
  • and deity (Acts 5:3-4)
  • and His work in each believer:
    baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration  (1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9)
  • and filling (Eph. 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service
    (Eph. 3:16; Acts 1:8; Gal. 5:22-23)

MAN:

  • his direct creation in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-28)
  • his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 5:12)
  • and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5)

SALVATION:

  • A complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone
  • Received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work
  • (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-19)

THE CHURCH:

  • One true church, the body and the bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-32)
  • Composed of all true believers of the present age (1 Cor. 12:12-13) and
  • the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world wide gospel witness
  • Each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph. 4:11-16)

CHRISTIAN LIFE:

  • A life of righteousness, good works and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Rom. 12:1-2) 
  • Manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:12)
  • Maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph. 5:22-6:4)
  • Settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God
    (1 Cor. 6:1-8)
  • Not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ like attitude toward all men (Rom. 12:17-21)  
  • Exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)
  • And maintaining a life of prayer (Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18)

ORDINANCES:

  • The Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ which are:
    • Baptism of believers by triune immersion (Matt. 28:19) and
    • The threefold communion service, consisting of the washing of the saints’ feet (John 13:1 17), the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:20-22, 33-34; Jude 12), and the communion of the bread and the cup (1 Cor. 11:23-26).

SATAN:

  • His existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people
    (Rev. 12:1-10)
  • his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Rev. 20:10).

SECOND COMING:

  • The personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His church from the earth (1 Thess. 4:16-17) before the tribulation (1 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 19:11-20:6).

FUTURE LIFE:

  • The conscious existence of the dead (Phil. 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31)
  • The resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29)
  • The judgment and reward of believers (Rom. 14:10 12; 2 Cor. 5:10),
  • The judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15)
  • The eternal life of the saved (John 3:16) and
  • The eternal punishment of the lost (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:15).