Beliefs

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Bible is God's absolute, objective truth for all people for all times. It is without error in concept or detail in the original writings. It is breathed out in its entirety by God, divinely preserved, and therefore, trustworthy. We believe the Holy Spirit super-intended human authors so that, through their individual personalities and literary styles, they composed and recorded God's Word. It is God's written revelation, complete in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. It is the supreme authority in all matters to which it speaks and is sufficient for life, conduct, and practice - understandable by every Believer. We believe Scripture must be understood through the literal, contextual, grammatical, and historical method of interpretation, and then applied under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (2 Tim 3:16; Heb 4:12; I Pet 1:23-25; 2 Pet 1:19-21)

GOD

We believe in the one personal, transcendent, immanent, living God - the creator, sustainer, and sovereign ruler of all things. He is self-existent, immutable, and works all things according to the counsel of His will in order to bring glory to Himself. He eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They execute distinct but harmonious roles in creation, providence, redemption, and consummation. They are equal in nature, attributes, and perfections. The holy triune God is worthy of our worship, confidence, and obedience. We believe in the one triune God coexisting in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matt 3:16, 17; 28:29; John 17)

THE FATHER

We believe in God the Father: one in essence with the Son and the Spirit. He is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in all His attributes. He is the creator, sustainer, and sovereign ruler of all things through His Son Jesus Christ. We believe that He concerns Himself perfectly in the affairs of humanity. His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with the redeemed. Everything He does is in accordance with His perfect will, though His sovereignty does not eliminate or minimize human responsibility. The Father adopts as His own, through Jesus Christ, all those He calls to Himself.

THE SON

We believe in God the Son: one in essence with the Father and the Spirit. He is the one and only eternal Son of God, the preeminent revelation of God. At the right time He emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-slave. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary as Jesus, the Christ - fully God and fully man. We believe in His sinless life, His voluntary submission to His Father's will that culminated in His substitutionary death on the cross, His burial, and His bodily resurrection. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father. His death on the cross atoned for our sin and satisfied the righteous demands of the holy God. He is the Mediator between God and man. He is Prophet, Priest, and King; the Head and Savior of His Church; the Heir of all things; the Judge of all the world; and the exact representation of God the Father.

We believe that the same Christ Jesus who walked the earth in His fleshly body has been raised from the dead and has ascended to the Father and is presently serving as head of the Church on earth, bringing it to purity and maturity, and interceding for the saints. (Luke 24:39-43; John 20:24-29; 14:1-6; Romans 8:34; Eph 4:11-13; Col 1:18; Phil 1:6; Rev 19:7-8)

We believe in the personal return of Christ for His Church and in the establishment of His Kingdom on earth. (Luke 1:26-38; John 14:1-3; Acts 2:36, 3:14, 15; Phil 2:5-12; Hebrews 1:3)

We believe in the visible, bodily, premillennial return of Christ Jesus to this earth, to gather His Church (Bride), and to judge the world. (Acts 1:10, 11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; James 5:8; Revelation 1:7)

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in God the Holy Spirit: one in essence with the Father and Son. He was sent by God the Father and God the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ and implements Christ's work of redemption and baptism. We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Trinity whose purpose in the redemption of man is to convict men of sin, regenerate, indwell, and guide the believer into all truth: and also to give gifts to believers as He wills, that they may minister as Christ would, to men. We believe that any local congregation that yields to the Holy Spirit should experience the manifestations of all the Spiritual gifts mentioned in 1 Cor 12:8-10. (Luke 11:13; John 7:37-39, 14:16, 17, 16:7-14; Acts 2:39-48)

We believe that Baptism in the Holy Spirit, primarily evidenced by speaking with other tongues and/or prophesying as the Spirit gives utterance, is for all believers as promised by John the Baptist (Matt 3:11), Jesus (Acts 1:4, 5, 8), and Peter (Acts 2:38-41) and as witnessed by the early disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:1-4; 10:44-46; 19:6)

HUMANITY

We believe that humanity, male and female, is sacred in God's eyes and was uniquely created by Him, in His image and for His glory, to exercise dominion over the earth and to enjoy a relationship with Him forever. Every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life. After sin entered the world, humans still possessed the image of God, though tainted by sin. God's Will for humanity is that they love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love their neighbors as themselves.

FAMILY

In God's design for humanity, life begins at fertilization. He established the institution of family through the union of one man and one woman in a marriage covenant for life. His design for the continuance of humanity is through the procreation and discipleship of children within the marriage union. Marriage is to be an example of the relationship between Jesus Christ and His Church. We believe that God created humanity in his image. God created man and woman equal but with distinct roles for a distinct purpose in reflecting the image of God. This view is also known as “Complimentarian.”

SIN

We believe that sin is any action, inaction, or attitude that is contrary to the nature or Word of God, which constitutes a rejection of His authority, resulting in alienation from God. Sin entered the world when Adam, representing humanity, disobeyed God. As a result of the one sin of Adam, his descendants - the whole human race - are separated from relationship with God, spiritually dead, and therefore in a fallen state. Being sinners by nature and choice and utterly unable to remedy their lost condition, humanity is in need of salvation. We believe that man, in his natural state, is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope in the world, and without God. (Rom 3:19-23; Gal 3:22, Eph 2:1,12)

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is a gift of God, received by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

We believe the only way to be saved is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and was raised for our justification. (Acts 4:12; Rom 4:1-9, 25; 5:1-11; Eph 1:3-15)

We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration of the person. This salvation is entirely by the grace of our Lord and not of works. Works are excluded except as fruit of salvation. (Acts 3:19, 20; Romans 4:1-5; 5:1; 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10)

We believe the consummation of salvation is that those who have accepted God's gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ shall be resurrected and glorified. They shall receive their inheritance in the Kingdom of their Father, whom they shall see and enjoy throughout the ages.

We believe that the Scriptures clearly set forth the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal life for the saved. (Matt 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 19:19-31; John 14:1-3; Rev 20:11-15)

THE CHURCH

We believe that the foundation of the New Testament Church is the apostles and the prophets, Jesus Christ being the cornerstone. There is no church unless Jesus Christ holds it together. (Eph 2:20-22; 4:11)

We believe that leadership in the church should emerge as the gifts of God become evident, that these leadership gifts include, but are not limited to, elders and overseers. All leaders in the body of Christ are given to serve the body, not to be served, and to facilitate the will of God, not their own will, being realized among the saints under their care.

We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is a body of believers who have Jesus as their head; who assemble to worship; who carry forth the great commission; and who minister as the Holy Spirit leads. (Matt 16:18, 28:19, 20; Acts 2:20-28; Eph 4:15; 5:22-32; I Tim 3:15)

We believe that the two ordinances of the Church which are commanded by Christ are: Baptism by immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 8:38; Rom 6:1-4; 1 Pet 3:21); and the Lord’s Supper, a memorial of the death, resurrection and second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Luke 22:13-20: 1 Cor 11:23-26)

We believe that all believers are full time missionaries, who have not just been reconciled to God, but also given the ministry of reconciliation and commanded by Jesus to make disciples. The five-fold ministries of Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists, and Pastors equip and train the saints for effective church planting and ministry. (2 Cor 5:18; Eph 4)

We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies in which believers enjoy unity and common purpose to proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel of the Kingdom. Biblically, that relationship is expressed corporately through hearing the Word of God proclaimed: engaging in worship, practicing the two ordinances of Believer's baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper, building up each others faith, holding each other accountable through biblical love and discipline, and engaging in local and world missions. Biblically designated officers must meet the Biblical qualifications for their office and submit to the headship of Christ, emulating His servant leadership. We believe the function of eldering is reserved for Biblically qualified males. Each local church is to choose, support, and submit to those who function as elders. We also believe that the church should be led by a team (plurality) of Biblically qualified elders/overseers.

We believe that believers should live, as the early disciples did, a life separated from the world and unto Christ and to set standards of conduct that exalt our Lord and His Church. A life of holiness and obedience to God is commanded by Jesus and the apostles as a requirement for those who will enter the kingdom of God. (Matt 7:21; 16:27; Rom 12:1-3; 2 Cor 6:17; Gal 6:14; Eph 5:11; Col 3:17; Rev 20:12). Holiness is not prerequisite to, but evidence of, salvation, and as such it is always present among those who are saved. (Heb 12:14)

HEALING AND SUPERNATURAL MIRACLES

We believe that God uses doctors, medicines, and other material means for healing, but that divine healing is also provided in the atonement (Isa 53:5) and may be appropriated by laying on of hands by elders (James 5:14-16) or by Believers (Mark 16:18), by the prayers of any believer gifted for healing the sick (I Cor 12:9), or by a direct act of receiving this provision by faith (Mark 11:23). The life of a Believer should expect to see healings, signs, and wonders accompany the proclamation of the gospel. (Matt 10:7-8)

ANGELS

We believe God created angels as spirit-beings possessing power and intellect, to worship and serve Him and to minister to Believers. Satan is a fallen angel who masquerades as an angel of light. The scope of Satan's power is subject to God's will. By subjecting Adam and Eve to temptation and sin, Satan has extended his rebellion against God, which he continues by deceit, seduction, and destruction. While Satan and his demons are powerful, they are subject to Christ's authority and judgment. Satan and his demons have been defeated for eternity by Jesus Christ through His death on the cross and victorious resurrection, sealing their everlasting damnation. At the time of final judgment, they will be consigned to eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire.

ISRAEL

We believe that in conjunction with the return of Jesus, the people of Israel will turn to God and be saved. (Matt 23:39; Rom 11:15) We believe that God will raise up one new man in Christ speaking of the Gentiles and Jews. (Eph.2:14-18) The church and Israel remain distinct, but believing Jews and believing Gentiles are united as one people of God through the redemption that is in Messiah Jesus, the Son of God. With this in mind, the church should love Israel as it loves itself because it has been grafted in. We believe that Jesus will not return to the earth to establish His earthly rule until the Jewish people return to Him in repentance saying, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

LAST THINGS

We believe in the sudden, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Millennial Kingdom. He will return with His saints from heaven with power and great glory, on a day known only to God. We believe that those who have accepted God's gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, at the point of physical death, enter into God's eternal glory. They shall be resurrected and transformed to His body of glory, and they shall receive their inheritance of glory in the Kingdom of their Father. They shall be made fully blessed in the presence and service of God, whom they shall see and enjoy throughout the ages. We believe that all unsaved persons, at the point of physical death, are destined for eternal damnation. They will be resurrected, separated from the righteous, judged, and cast into an existence of eternal punishment where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever when death and Hades is cast into the Lake of Fire. We believe it is imperative for the Church to work and wait in sober watchfulness, that it may be found ready at His coming.