Doctrinal Statement

Bible

We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Holy Bible. The sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testament canon were inerrant in the original writings and thus constitute the believer's final authority for faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17)

Theology

We believe in the existence of one true and living God. (Deuteronomy 6:4) We also believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, that is, within the Godhead there exists three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who in essence are co-equal and co-eternal; yet exercising distinct though harmonious works. This is not the god worshipped by Judaism and Islam.

Trinity

We believe in God the Father, commonly spoken of as the first member of the Trinity. God is an infinite and perfect spirit Who is the source and support of all things. He is perfect in perfections and purposes. (Genesis 17:1; Psalm 139:7, 11; Acts 15:18; Ephesians 1:11)

Deity

We believe in Jesus Christ, commonly spoken of as the second member of the Trinity. He was and is the Eternal Son of God, possessing both absolute deity and perfect humanity. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and gave His life on Calvary as a sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He arose bodily from the grave, ascended back into heaven, and is today acting as the believer's advocate and Great High Priest. (John 1:1, 15a; 9:6; Hebrews 4:15; I Timothy 2:6; Luke 24:39; I John 2:1)

Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit. As the third member of the Trinity, He is not just an influence but a person, equal in essence to the Father and Son. He is actively involved in the world both in bringing the lost to Christ for salvation, and in performing many wonderful ministries for the saints. He also gives gifts to believers, and seeks to fill the obedient Christian, giving him power for service. Some gifts were temporary for signs and authentication. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:5; 16:8; I Corinthians 6: 19; 12:7ff, 13; Ephesians 4:30; 5: 18)

Creation

We believe that the universe as well as mankind is a result of the direct creative act of God. God made the universe and that which it contains in consecutive days of 24 hours each. We reject all forms of evolution whether theistic or naturalistic. We believe there was no animal death or fossils formed before Adam's fall into sin. (Genesis 1:1, 27; Colossians 1:16, Exodus 20:11; Psalm 100:3; Hebrews 11:3; Romans 5:12, 8:19-22)

Angels

We believe in the existence of angels. Angels are spirit beings created by God for the purpose of bringing Him glory and fulfilling His purposes in the universe. They are more powerful than human beings, but are not all powerful. (Psalm 103:20; 148:2-5; Hebrews 1:13-14)

Satan

We believe that some of the angelic beings fell into sin. We refer to them as fallen angels, headed by Satan himself. Satan, also known as the devil, is a real person created by God as the angel Lucifer, who because of rebellion, fell from that lofty position. When he fell, he took part of the angelic hosts with him. Today these demonic hosts serve Satan just as the good angels serve God. Satan is in the business of opposing God and God's people in any way possible. His eternal destiny has already been determined in the lake of fire. (Isaiah 14: 12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-14; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7; 20:10)

Depravity

We believe that man is a direct creation of God. Man, who was created in the image and likeness of God in a state of sinlessness or innocence, did by transgression fall from that lofty position, and in so doing, all of mankind are now sinners by nature and by choice. In the fall, mankind incurred the just condemnation of a Holy God resulting in both spiritual and physical death. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-19; Romans 5:12-19; 2:10-12, 23)

Salvation

We believe in the salvation of sinners. The basis or ground of our salvation is the finished work of Christ on Calvary, and the avenue of our salvation is repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are two sides of the same act. (I Thessalonians 1:9-10). Salvation does not come by what we can do, but by what Christ has done. Salvation is offered freely to all. We are simply the recipients of His matchless grace. When we receive Christ as our Savior, we are regenerated, justified, adopted, sanctified, and some day we shall be glorified. When we are genuinely saved, we can never be finally lost, because our destiny depends on His keeping power and not our own. (John 3:16; Acts 3:19; 4:12; 20:21; Romans 5:1; 8:15, 30; I Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; I Timothy 4:10; Titus 3:5-7)

Growth

We believe in the sanctification of the believer. Sanctification in the Bible has the idea of the believer's being set apart for God's service, and thus becoming more like his Master. Sanctification can be viewed in three aspects. Positional sanctification occurs the moment a person is saved by an act of faith, when he dons the robes of Christ's righteousness. Practical sanctification is an ongoing process whereby the believer becomes more and more conformed to the likeness of God's Son during this life. Perfect sanctification shall occur someday when we go to be with the Lord (either through death or translation), and then we no longer have to contend with the old nature because we shall become like He is. (I Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 3:20-21; II Peter 3:18; I John 3:2-3)

Gifts

We believe God has given spiritual gifts to Christians to serve in and through the local church. Every believer has at least one gift, and the use of the gifts is always for the ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God. Among the gifts listed in the Bible, we believe that sign gifts (miracles, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy) were temporary in nature, and given to the church in its infant state before the completion of the canon of Scripture. Therefore, we reject the modern charismatic movement and the confusion which it has brought. (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12:1-11; 13:8; Ephesians 4:11-12)

Church

We believe in the church of Jesus Christ as God's institution for this age to accomplish His purposes in the world. The church as the body of Christ is comprised of all believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. Local churches are visible expressions of the body of Christ meeting in a particular time and place. Christ is the head of the Church, and the Word of God is to be its source of authority. The local church is to be comprised of baptized (by single immersion) believers who meet together for worship, fellowship, service, edification, and evangelism. Local churches are to be led by men serving in the Biblical offices of pastor and deacons. Churches are to observe the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper. (Acts 1:5; 2:41-47; I Corinthians 11:17-34; 12:13; Galatians 1:2; Colossians 1:18; I Timothy 3:2, 8) There are two "sacraments" which empower the Church — the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. (I Peter 1:22, James 1:18, II Timothy 3:16-17, I Corinthians 3:16-17; 12:12-13, 27; Romans 8:1-4)

End Times

We believe that God has a plan and a program for the end of the ages. The next event on God's prophetic calendar is the return of the Lord Jesus. We believe this return will be accomplished in two phases. The first phase, called the Rapture of the church, will be pre-millennial, and is an imminent event. The Judgment Seat of Christ then occurs in Heaven for raptured believers. (Romans 14:10; I Corinthians 4:5; II Corinthians 5:10) After the Rapture, the seven-year tribulation will occur, climaxed by the second phase of Christ's return, referred to as the Revelation. Following this will be the Millennial reign of Christ, culminating in the Great White Throne Judgment of the lost. After this comes the eternal state. We believe in the conscious eternal punishment of the lost in Hell, and in the blessed eternal felicity of the saints in Heaven. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 3:10; 6-19; 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 11-15; 21:1-8)

Holy Life

We believe God has called believers to live a life characterized by personal, ecclesiastical and even familial separation. Personally, we are to refrain from all things that would defile us or bring shame to the name of Christ which we bear. We are called to live a life characterized by holiness and purity and to be an example of what the believer is to be like to a watching world. Ecclesiastically, we are called upon to refrain from cooperation or alliances with groups which do not stand unashamedly for the truths revealed in the Word of God. We believe cooperation should be limited to those of like precious faith. Familial separation may be required by believers who seek to follow Christ first of all. (Romans 16:17; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 6:14-17; I Thessalonians 5:22; II Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15; I John 2:15, 17; II John 9, 10; Matthew 10:37-38; 12:48-50; Mark 3:33-35)