We believe that the Bible in its original writing to be the very Word of God and is without error or contradiction of any kind. Holy men of God wrote it as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. We believe it was miraculous and uniquely preserved to us from the first even until now, the only rule of faith and practice.
“We have a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shineth into a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:19-21)
We believe the Scriptures teach the existence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, three persons Who constitute the Godhead. Three persons, yet one essence, one in purpose, each working in perfect unity and harmony to fulfill all the perfect will of God in creation, redemption, sanctification and ultimate glory.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to do whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
We believe the man was created in the likeness and image of God. We do not believe that this occurred by any evolutionary process. We believe man was placed in a perfect environment, the creation of God, and walked with God until by deliberate choice he sinned and was cast out of God’s presence. Adam, in this willful act, became the federal head of a fallen race, totally depraved, and in need of grace and mercy, deserving nothing other than physical and spiritual death, resulting in everlasting separation from God in conscious regret and pain forever.
We believe man, both by nature and by his own choice, fell from his holy estate. God, Who is rich in mercy and in His sovereign grace, regenerates, justifies, and sanctifies repentant sinners, restoring their lost souls to fellowship with God, both here and forever in glory.
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
We believe that salvation of sinners rests in the perfect work of Jesus Christ on the cross, the just for the unjust, that He might bring the lost to God. This implies: 1) The necessity of His being born of a virgin before she “knew a man” (Luke 1:34). Before Joseph and Mary came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. That which was conceived in her was of the Holy Spirit in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25). 2) The eternally existing Son of God became flesh and lived among men, teaching and preaching until His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension; now to appear in the presence of God the Father and is coming again to receive His redeemed people unto Himself.
We believe that salvation may be regarded by God’s people as past, present, and future. Salvation is by faith in the substitutionary atoning work of Jesus Christ in His death burial and resurrection from the grave (I Corinthians 15:1-8).
“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17).
The faithful teaching and preaching of the whole counsel of God is the means used by the Holy Spirit to convict men of sin, righteousness, and certain judgment to come. Repentance is the knowledge and sorrow for sin and the willingness to forsake all that is displeasing to God, confessing freely to Him all past sins, asking forgiveness in Jesus’ name, and making restitution so far as possible for sin to men. Regeneration is the work of God in which the repentant sinner is born from above as the Scripture declare.
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (I John 1:12-13).
We believe that the church is a spiritual organism composed of all born again believers. It is manifested in both the local bodies of New Testament believers and as the mystical body of Christ composed of all born again believers throughout the world. Growth in grace and in the knowledge of the Son of God equips the child of God to serve Him in righteousness and true holiness in his heart, his home, his church, and among his fellowman at home and abroad.
We believe in the imminent, personal, and visible return of our Lord for His redeemed people (Acts 1:10-11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17). His return will be followed by the Judgment Seat of Christ at which the redeemed will give an accounting of the deeds done in the world (II Corinthians 5:10), This will be followed by the marriage supper of the Lamb and the coming of the Lord in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Thessalonians 1:7-9). We believe He will then set up the millennial kingdom at the end of which the wicked dead shall be resurrected to stand before the Great White Throne.