Doctrinal Statement

[1]          We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (66 books) are the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original languages and the complete, sufficient, and final authority in faith and life. We hold to a literal, historical, grammatical and contextual interpretation of Scripture (II Peter 1:20, 21; II Timothy 3:16, 17). 

 

[2]          We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14). 

 

[3]          We believe that God created the universe without pre-existing materials, in six literal days, according to the Genesis account (Gen. 1-3; John 1:1; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3). 

 

[4]          We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary; lived among men; suffered, bled, and died; was buried; raised from the dead; ascended to the right hand of the Father; intercedes for us; and is true God and true man (Luke 1:35; Luke 2:6, 7, 52; Matthew 27:29, 30, 35, 50; Luke 23:50-56; Acts 2:24, 33; I John 2:1; John 10:30; I John 4:2, 3). 

 

[5]          We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity (Acts 5:3, 4; John 14:16, 17; John 16:13). In His ministry of exalting Christ, He fills, empowers, and gives service gifts to every believer at salvation (Romans 12:6-8), but the sign gifts of 1 Cor. 12 were only for the apostolic period (Heb. 2:3-4; Eph. 2:20; 1 Cor. 13:8-13). 

 

[6]          We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word and deed (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3). 

 

[7]          We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as our representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who repent and believe on Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (I Cor. 5:3; I Peter 3:18; Romans 3:24-26; Luke 13:3-5). 

 

[8]          We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God; that they are indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit; and are secure in Him until the day of redemption (John 1:12; John 3:5; Ephesians 1:13). 

 

[9]          We believe that the Church is composed of all believers; that we are baptized by the Holy Spirit into His body, thus being members of one another.  We believe in the establishment of independent local churches; that the local church is God's institution commissioned with the responsibility of world evangelization (Ephesians 1:22, 23; I Cor. 12:12, 13; Acts 13 & 14).

 

[10]       We believe that Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: The Lord’s Supper to commemorate His death until He comes; and water baptism by immersion to publicly portray the believer’s spiritual union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (I Cor. 11:23-26; Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 6:3, 4). 

 

[11]       We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal, imminent, pretribulational, premillennial coming of the Lord into the air for His saints.  We believe in the personal, visible, and glorious return of Christ to the earth with His saints.  We believe that Christ will establish His millennial kingdom on earth (Titus 2:13; I Thes. 4:13-17; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 11-15; Rev. 20:1-10). 

 

[12]       We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved in a literal heaven and the everlasting punishment of the lost in the Lake of Fire (John 5:28, 29; John 14:1-3; Rev. 20:11-15). 

 

[13]       We believe in the personality of Satan; that he is the god of this age, the adversary of Christ and His Church, and that his destiny is eternal punishment (Job 1:6, 7; II Cor. 4:4; I Peter 5:8; Rev. 20:10).