What We Belive

THE VERBAL, PLENARY INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES – The Word of God is the sole standard for our faith and practice. It is without error in the original manuscripts (2 Timothy 3:16). ONLY ONE TRUE GOD – There is only one living and true God (1 Corinthians 8:6). THE TRINITY OF THE GODHEAD – Three persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are equal in every divine perfection, but execute distinct offices in the work of redemption (Acts 5:30-32). THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS MINISTRY – The Holy Spirit is the agent in the new birth; He convicts of sin, seals, indwells, endures, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer (John 14:16, 17). THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN – God created the personality of Satan as an angel, but through pride and rebellion he became the enemy of his Creator. He is the unholy god of this age, whose eternal destination is the Lake of Fire (2 Corinthians 4:4). THE GENESIS ACCOUNT OF CREATION – Man was created by a direct act of God (Genesis 1). ORIGINAL SIN AND THE FALL OF MAN – Man was created in innocence. By voluntary transgression of God's law he caused all men to be born in sin and under the just condemnation of God (Romans 5:12). THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST – Christ was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin. He is both fully God and fully human (Matthew 1:18). SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN THE SHED OF BLOOD OF CHRIST - Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is an integral part of saving faith (Acts 20:21). THE BODILY RESURRECTION AND PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST – Christ now sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us (Hebrews 12:2). GRACE AND THE NEW BIRTH – The new birth is an instantaneous act brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17). JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH – Believers are declared righteous solely through faith in the Redeemer's shed blood (Romans 5:1). SANCTIFICATION OF THE BELIEVER – The believer is set apart unto God. This is accomplished in a threefold manner: first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to their life; third, the final accomplishment of this process will be at the Lord's return (1 Thessalonians 5:23). THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER – All who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ (John 10:28, 29). THE LOCAL CHURCH – The local church is an organized, self-governing body of immersed believers (Acts 2:41, 42). All New Testament believers are unified in the Church, which is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 5:23). THE ORDINANCES OF THE LOCAL CHURCH, BAPTISM BY IMMERSION AND THE LORD'S SUPPER – Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer to show his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. The Lord's Supper is the commemoration of Christ's death until He returns (Matthew 28:19-20). BIBLICAL SEPARATION-ECCLESIASTICAL AND PERSONAL – The Bible commands us to separate ourselves unto God from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy (Romans 16:17). OBEDIENCE TO CIVIL GOVERNMENT – God appoints Governments for our interests. Magistrates are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed (Romans 13:1). THE PLACE OF ISRAEL – Israel is God's eternal covenant people by sovereign selection (Romans 11:2). THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH – The church shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of the Tribulation (Revelation 3:10). THE PREMILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST – The revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the thrown of David (Matthew 24:29-31). THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST – The establishment of the millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:1-4). ETERNAL GLORY IN HEAVEN FOR THE RIGHTEOUS – Only those who have been justified by faith are truly righteous in God's sight (Romans 6:23). ETERNAL TORMENT IN HELL FOR THE WICKED – Those who continue in unbelief are under the curse and face everlasting conscious suffering in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15).