What We Believe

Concerning the Scriptures

 

We believe that the Bible, all sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is without error in its original manuscripts and that God has preserved His Word in copies of the original manuscripts so that no part is lost.

 

We believe -

  • Inspiration has ceased and that the Bible is complete (Prov. 30:5, 6; John 17:17; Rev. 22:18, 19.)

  • God was the author (2 Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 3:21; Jude 3); ​

  • The Bible was written by men controlled by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:19-21; 2 Sam. 23:2; Acts 1:16; 1 Cor. 2:13, 14.) and is thereby verbally and plenarily inspired (2 Tim. 3:16; Matt. 5:18; Gal. 3:16.) 

  • The Scriptures are the sole authority on all matters of belief and behavior (2 Tim. 3:15; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 10:6-12; Eph. 6:17; 1 Tim. 5:18; 2 Tim. 3:17; 2 Pet. 3:15, 16; John 10:35; Acts 17:11.)

 

It is essential that every believer personally study the Bible and apply its truths to their life.

 

 

Concerning God

 

We believe -

  • There is one, and only one, living and true God (Deut. 6:4, 5; Jer. 10:10);

  • God is an infinite, eternal, self-existing, perfect Spirit (John 4:24; James 1:17; Heb. 1:12);

  • He is a personal Being, the creator and upholder of the universe (Heb. 3:4; Ps. 139:1-16);

  • In the unity of the Godhead there are three distinct persons and yet one, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19; Matt. 3:16, 17; 2 Cor. 13:14; Ps. 2:2; Isa. 48:16); equal in essence and in every divine perfection (John 10:30; John 17:5; Phil. 2:5, 6; 1 Cor. 8:6); but having distinct functions (John 3:16; John 15:26).

  • God’s natural attributes include unlimited knowledge, unlimited power, being everywhere at once and never changing (Gen. 1:1; Malachi 3:6; Ps. 90:2; Ps. 104; Ps. 139:7-13).

  • God’s moral attributes include holiness, love, justice, mercy, grace, goodness, faithfulness, and kindness (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8; Ps. 145:9; Mic. 7:18).

 

It is imperative that every believer worship God and seek to love Him wholeheartedly

 

Concerning Jesus Christ

 

We believe - 

  • The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Second Person in the Triune God, is the eternal Word, Creator, Sustainer of all things, and the only-begotten Son, our great God and Savior (John 1:1-3; 3:16; Titus 2:13; Romans 5:9; Gal. 1:16);

  • Without any essential change in His divine person, He became man by the miracle of virgin birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and man, one person with two natures (Heb. 13:8; John 1:14; Matt. 1:23; Col. 2:9; Rev. 22:16);

  • As man He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15; John 8:46);

  • That Jesus’ primary purpose on earth was to become the one and only way of salvation, and as the perfect Lamb of God, He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing there the sin of the world and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead (Is. 53:5-6; Matt. 20:28; Gal. 3:13; John 1:29); 

  • After three days, He was bodily resurrected from the dead and was glorified in the same body in which He suffered and died (Luke 24:34, 36; Rom. 10:9-10; John 20:25-28);

  • His resurrection demonstrated the completeness of His mission and God’s power to save and impart eternal life to all who would embrace this finished work of Jesus (John 10:17-18; 11:25-26; Matt. 16:21; 1 Cor. 15:12-22);

  • After forty days He ascended into Heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our advocate and our intercessor (Acts 1:1-11; Heb. 4:14; 9:24; 1 John 2:1);

  • Jesus baptizes the believer into the Holy Spirit, placing us into the family of God (Matthew 3:11; Gal. 3:26);

  • At any time Christ will return for His saints “to catch away” (Rapture) His church, and then come again with His saints to earth at His Second Coming; “the blessed hope,” the premillennial return of Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; 2 Tim. 2:13; 1 John 3:2)

 

Every believer is admonished to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus in their life and daily practice it.

 

Concerning the Holy Spirit

 

We believe -

  • In the Holy Spirit, who is the Third Person of the triune God, that the Holy Spirit is God, God the Spirit, and as such possess all the attributes of God. He is a Person, not an impersonal “force” or “influence.” (Matt. 28:18-19; Acts 5:3-4);

  • He is the Author of Scripture; active in creation, revelation and redemption; active in the salvation of people by bringing conviction of sin, testifying to the truth of salvation in Jesus Christ, giving life to those who trust in Christ. (Gen. 1:2; Psalm 104:30; 1 Cor. 2:10; 2 Cor. 3:18; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21)

  • The Holy Spirit indwells the believer, helps the believer by creating a desire to live for God, He empowers, sanctifies, guides and teaches enabling the believer to understand and apply Scripture. Only when we are daily looking to God for grace and strength to live the Christian life, can we be said to be “filled or controlled” by the Holy Spirit. While believers do not get more of the Holy Spirit, as the believer yields his life in submission to God, the Holy Spirit has a greater influence in our lives. (Acts 5:3,4; Gen. 1:2; 2 Cor. 3:17; Eph. 3:2-5; 1 Pet. 1-10-12; 1 Cor. 2:13; Jn. 14:16,17; 16:13; Tit. 3:5; Jn. 3:3-8; Rom. 8:16, 26-27; 1 Cor. 6:19 ).

 

Scripture admonishes us not to grieve the Holy Spirit.   This is done as a Christian lives in disobedience to God’s will. It is essential that every day believers seek to conform to Christ by daily yielding to the Spirit of God. 

 

Concerning Man

 

We believe -

  • Man was the direct creation of God; spirit and body, without sin, made in the image of God (Gen. 1:7, 26-28, 31; Eccl. 7:29; Gen. 2:7, 16, 17; 18:24; Matt. 19:4; 1 Thess. 5:23);

  • By personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature and the originator of a fallen race (Gen. 3:1-24; 5:3; Rom. 5:12, 19); which is universally sinful in both nature and practice (Eph. 2:2, 3; Isa. 53:6; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:9-18, 23; Rom. 5:12-19: Rom. 8:7; John 3:6; Gal. 3:22);

  • Man is alienated from the life and family of God (Eph. 4:18; John 8:42-44); subject to the power of the devil and the flesh (Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 8:7-8); under the righteous judgment and wrath of God (John 3:18; Ezek. 18:20; Rom. 1:18-20, 32; 2:1-16; 3:19); and has within himself no possible means of recovery or salvation apart from receiving God’s free gift of salvation (Mark 7:21-23; Matt. 19:26; Rom. 7:18; 10:9-10,13; Gal. 3:10; James 2:10; John 6:35-40);

  • Man cannot see nor enter into the kingdom of God until he is born again by the Holy Spirit; that no degree of reformation, however great, no human attempts through any means whether by baptism, or any other ordinance, however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven (John 3; Eph. 2:8-9).  

 

All individuals need to understand that they have willingly chosen to sin against God and are responsible for their sins.

 

Concerning Salvation

 

We believe -

  • The only way of salvation for sinners is a free gift offered by God’s grace to all people and received by faith, that no good works of man play any part in salvation, but are an indicator of having received salvation (John 1:12; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 John 4:10; Acts 15:11; Titus 3:5-6; Rom. 5:8; 2 Peter 3:9);

  • Saving faith is placing all of one’s dependence in Christ alone for salvation through the shed blood of Christ (John 3:16-21; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:13, 17; Heb. 9:22);

  • Salvation means that all sin is forgiven, the righteousness of Jesus is “credited” to the believer and the believer enters into a never-ending relationship with God (Col. 1:14; 1 Peter 1:4-5; John 3:15-16);

  • The true believer is eternally secure in Jesus Christ, all who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior through faith are “born again” of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God (Rom. 4:21-25; John 10:28-29; Heb. 7:25); made possible only through the Person and work of Jesus Christ’ substitutionary death on the cross (1 John 5:11-13).

 

God’s desire is that every individual would respond positively to Him and receive His salvation, which is through Jesus Christ alone.

 

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