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Doctrinal Statement

Holy Scriptures      Total Depravity of Man
The Godhead    Salvation
Jesus Christ    The Church
Holy Spirit    Last Things
Angels   

Holy Scriptures to top

We believe the Holy Scriptures, the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament alone, to be the inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed. The inspiration of the Scriptures extends equally to every word and part. We believe the Scriptures should be interpreted literally, grammatically, contextually, and historically and this interpretation will naturally lead the interpreter to the conclusion that God progressively reveals Himself in dispensations. II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12-13; Heb. 1:1-2 [KJV/NASB]

The Godhead to top

We believe in one Triune God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3,4

We believe God is spirit, infinite and perfect, the beginning and end of all things, and has created all things both seen and unseen. John 4:24; Isa. 6:3; Psm. 145:3; Rev. 1:8; Gen. 1:1

Jesus Christ to top

We believe that Jesus Christ exists eternally as the second person in the trinity and is fully God and fully man. He is God and is equal in essence with the Father, and has neither beginning or end. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:25; Isa. 7:14

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who receive Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. I Cor. 15:3-4; II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:21-26; I Peter 2:24

We believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures; in His bodily ascension into heaven; and that He is presently our High Priest and Mediator. Matt. 28:5-6; Acts 1:9; Heb. 7:25-26; Rom. 8:34

We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal, visible, pretribulational, premillenial, and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I John 3:2-3; I Thes. 4:14-17; I Cor. 15:51-53; Titus 2:13; Acts 1:11

Upon Jesus Christ's subsequent return to earth, with His saints, He will establish His Millennial Kingdom. Rev. 19:11-16

Holy Spirit to top

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who is God. He is the same essence as the Father and the Son. Acts 5:3-4; I Cor. 3:16

We believe that among His ministries are included the following: the restraining of evil in the world; the convicting of the world regarding sin, righteousness, and judgement; the regeneration of all believers; and the indwelling of all who are saved. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truths. It is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. John 3:6; 16:7-11; Rom. 8:9; Titus 3:5; Eph. 1:13,14; John 16:13; I John 2:20,27; Eph 5:18

We believe that the Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts upon individual believers for various purposes. Some of the gifts: apostles, prophets, evangelists, prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues, and revelatory gifts, to the early church were temporary. Other gifts continue for the purpose of edification of Christ's body until the rapture. I Cor. 12:8-11; Eph. 4:11; Eph. 2:20-22; I Cor. 13-8-10; Rom 12:4-8

Angels to top

We believe that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshiped. Although they are a higher order of creation than man, they are created to serve God and to worship Him. Luke 2:9-14; Heb. 1:6-7,14; 2:6-7; Rev. 5:11-14; 19:10; 22:9

We believe that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator, by taking numerous angels with him in his fall, and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve. Isa. 14:12-17; Ezk. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:42; Rev. 12:1-14; Gen. 3:1-15

We believe that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man, the prince of this world who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. Isa. 14:13-14; Matt. 4:1-11; Rev. 12:9-10; Rom. 16:20; Heb. 2:14-15; Isa. 14:12-17; Ezk. 28:11-19; Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10

We believe that Satan and his demons attempt to lead men astray through temptations and various schemes, but that we can and should resist Satan's power since we are not ignorant of his devices. James 4:7; I Peter 5:18; II Cor. 2:11

Total Depravity of Man to top

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that man, through Adam, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God. All human beings are born with a sinful nature, and those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed and thus are condemned to eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Rom. 5:13; Eph. 2:1-6; Rom. 7:7-9; Rev. 20:12-15

We believe sin is the failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, disposition, or state. Rom. 3:23; 8:7; Ps. 51:5; Eph. 2:5

Salvation to top

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to men by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins. Salvation is solely through faith in that shed blood and is not earned by any good works whatsoever. Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; John 1:12; 3:5-7; I Peter 1:18-19

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour are "born again" of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God. John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; 7:23; Acts 13:39; Rom 5:1; Eph 2:4-6,13; I John 4:17; 5:11,12

We believe that God the Holy Spirit sets the believer apart positionally for heaven, and begins a process to progressively overpower sin in the believer's life and that the believer will attain perfect holiness at the rapture of the Church. This process of sanctification can be hindered by the quenching of the Holy Spirit or disobedience to the Word of God. Heb. 10:10; I Thes. 5:23; I John 3:2; I. Cor. 3:1-3

We believe that those "born again" possess two natures and that the new may be victorious over the old through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, but that eradication of the old nature in this life is unscriptural. Rom 6:13; 8:12, 13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:10; I Peter 1:14-25; I John 3:5-9; I John 1:8-10

We believe that all the saved are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever. John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:31-39; John 14:16; Heb. 9:11-12; John 6:37-40; I Cor 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5; John 3:16,36; John 5:24

We believe that when a saved person dies, he is taken immediately into the presence of the Lord. II Cor. 5:6,8

We believe that in eternity past God sovereignly selected certain individuals to be recipients of salvation in the working of His own knowledge, purpose, and grace. By various means He leads these to exercise faith in Christ as Saviour by an act of their own volition. All those who are not thus elected by God will persist in their sin of their own will, having no natural desire to repent.

John 15:16; Acts 13:48; Eph. 1:4; II Thess. 2:13; I Peter 1:1-2; John 6:37, 44; 12:32; Rom. 8:28-30; Acts 13:48; John 3:18-20; II Peter 3:9; Rev. 22:17

The Church to top

We believe the Church is a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all "born again" people in this age, both living and dead, are members. We believe that a local church is a group of believers in Jesus Christ who meet for the purpose of worship, work, and fellowship. The local church recognizes Christ as their supreme Lord and Lawgiver, taking His Word as their only and sufficient rule of faith and conduct in all matters of conscience and religion. Matt. 16:16-18; I Cor. 12:12-17; Acts 2:42-47; I Tim. 3:15-16; Acts 2:38, 41, 47; I Cor. 1:2; Eph. 1:1-2; Acts 2:42, 46; 6:2-4; 13:1-3; I Cor. 11:17-34; Eph. 4:11-16; Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22-23; II Tim. 3:16-4:2; Col. 3:16

We believe that the Church is unique to this dispensation, having been formed during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ and empowered on the Day of Pentecost. The local church is the divinely appointed institution for performing His work during this dispensation. All other organizations striving to fulfill the great commission ought to be subject to its direction and discipline. Matt. 16:18; Eph. 3:4-10; Matt. 18:17; Acts 1:1-8; 2:2-4, 41; I Tim. 3:15

We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called "believer's baptism." It sets forth a beautiful and solemn way of identifying with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord's Supper is the remembrance of the Lord's death until He comes and of our continual fellowship with Him, and should be preceded by careful self-examination. Acts 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-32

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has commissioned the Church to take the Gospel to the world and that evangelism at home and abroad should be primary in the program of the local church. Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8

Last Things to top

We believe in the Rapture, which is the imminent return of Jesus Christ to take His church to heaven; at that time there will be a physical resurrection of our bodies. Following this shall be a period of tribulation (7 years) upon the earth. At the end of this time of tribulation, Jesus Christ will come back to earth in power and glory with His Church to establish the Kingdom of God. He shall reign for 1,000 years, during which time peace and righteousness will cover the earth, Satan shall be bound and put into the bottomless pit, and Israel shall be established in her own land. At the end of this glorious reign, Satan shall be loosed and will lead a rebellion against Christ, but shall be forever banished to the lake of fire. The wicked dead shall be judged at the Great White Throne and shall be condemned to everlasting, conscious punishment in Hell. The righteous shall enjoy the eternal, conscious blessedness of presence with the Lord. John 14:3; Matt 24:21; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-15; I Thes. 4:17

This doctrinal statement is only a guide. It should never be placed on the level of scripture. The Bible is the final authority for faith and practice (II Tim. 3:15-17).

 

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