The Scriptures

We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written.  It was verbally (each word) and plenarily (every part) inspired by God through the instrumentality of Spirit-controlled, holy men of God, and therefore is infallible (incapable of error) and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.  Translations of the Scriptures retain the authority of the Original autograph as it accurately and faithfully conveys the words and message of the original writing (Prov. 30:5; John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Rev. 22:18-19).

      

The Triune God

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite, sovereign Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Exodus 20:2, 3; 1 Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11).

 

The Person and Work of Christ

 

  1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35;  John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8).

  2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5).

  3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our Great High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

 

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

 

  1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent inregeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14;2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).

  2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).

  3. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly  in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28;Eph. 4:7-12).

  4. We believe the gifts and gifted men were and are based upon the direct Biblical need of the Church.  Some offices and gifts were foundational to get the church started,and some offices and gifts are functional to keep the church going. 

 

The Fall of Man

      We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, and all men sinned in him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct and therefore, are under just condemnation without defense or excuse, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-6; Rom. 1:18-32; 3:10-19, 22-23; 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3; James 5:13-18).

 

Creation

      We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race (Gen. 1 & 2; Col. 1:16, 17; John 1:3).

 

Salvation

      We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life (John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1, 5; 2 Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 3:8).

 

Justification

      We believe that justification is the gracious, judicial act of God whereby He declares us to be righteous

through faith in Christ Jesus; that justification includes the forgiveness of all sin which we have done and

the imputation of God’s  righteousness to our account, and this is solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood (Acts 13:39; Isa. 52:11; Zech. 13:1; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Rom. 5:1-9; 8:1).

 

The Rapture and Subsequent Events

      We believe in the imminent, premillennial return of Christ for His Church.

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