About Our Church
1. The Holy Scriptures
The Scriptures teach that the Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the complete and final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God breathed (Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). We believe the Scriptures are to be interpreted in their natural, grammatical, cultural, historical, and literal sense.
2. The Godhead
The Scriptures teach that there is one Triune God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—equal in being, nature, power and glory, and having the same infinite attributes and perfections such as eternality, omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 46:9-10; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Person and Work of the Father
The Scriptures teach that God the Father is the ultimate source of all things (1 Cor. 8:6), and that He began to assume a new expression of His Fatherhood relationship to the eternal Son in the council of the Godhead prior to creation and time (Ps. 2:7-10).
The Scriptures teach that God the Father is referred to as the first Person of the Trinity, yet His Fatherhood relationship to the Son denotes their equality of nature, and at the same time expresses the subordination of the Son to the Father in the execution of the divine purpose (John 1:1-2; 7:18).
The Scriptures teach that God the Father is not the Father of all mankind (John 8:41-44; 1 John 3:9-10), but forgives the sins of believers, entering a Fatherhood relationship with them through their spiritual birth. He also indwells them, making them partakers of the divine nature and calling them His born ones (Eph. 4:6; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 3:9). The Father, as the one to whom the Saints’ prayers are addressed, answers those requests which are in keeping with His will (John 16:23-26; 1 John 5:14-15).
The Scriptures teach that the uniqueness of the Father is seen in that He is the One who sent the Son as His gift into the world (John 3:16). He, also in partnership with the Son, sent the Holy Spirit to be resident in the world on the Day of Pentecost (John 14:26; 15:26). Unlike the other Persons of the Godhead, He is the sender and is not the sent.
The Person and Work of Christ
The Scriptures teach 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 people (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; John 14:9; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
The Scriptures teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive (John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:4). This atoning sacrifice is sufficient to redeem and justify all who trust in him. Christ’s literal, physical resurrection from the dead assures that His sacrifice is sufficient (Romans 4:25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 1 Peter 2:24).
The Scriptures teach that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our high priest, He fulfills the ministry of intercessor, and advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Romans 8:34; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
The Scriptures teach that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Scriptures teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).
Holy Angels. The Scriptures teach that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshipped. Although they are a higher order of creation than man, they are created to serve God and to worship Him (Luke 2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Revelation 5:11-14; 19:10; 22:9).
Fallen Angels. The Scriptures teach that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19), by taking numerous angels with him in his fall (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:1-14), and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve (Genesis 3:1-15).The Scriptures teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Isaiah 14:13-14; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 12:9-10); that he is the prince of this world, who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20); and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
The Scriptures teach that human beings are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). The first humans, Adam and Eve, were disobedient to the will of God with the consequence that every aspect of their human nature became sinful and corrupt (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:6). Thus, being spiritually dead, they became subject to physical death and the power of Satan. The image of God is distorted in all humanity, with the exception of Jesus, as we inherit sinful nature at conception. Therefore we are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God and under His condemnation. (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:9-10; Psalm 51:5; John 3:36; Romans 5:12-14).
5. Redemption/ Salvation
The Scriptures teach that redemption is accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was made to be sin and died in our place as an acceptable sacrifice to God. His atoning death is sufficient for all and effective for every person who repents and believes in Him, resulting in a reconciled relationship with God. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:6-10; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
The Scriptures teach that salvation is available only by grace through faith. This salvation is not of our own doing. It is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8&9; Romans 8:28-30; John 6:44, 65)
The Scriptures teach that salvation includes being declared righteous by God (justification), being transformed into the likeness of Christ (sanctification), and being fully restored to the image of God (glorification). This salvation which includes our new birth and eternal inheritance is kept by God’s power. It is therefore impossible for the saved to lose their salvation. (Romans 5:1; John 17:17-19; 1 John 3:2; John 5:24; John 10:27-30.
The Scriptures teach that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to proclaim the gospel to all mankind (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
7. The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
The Scriptures teach that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all his gifts; and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today. As the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority established, sign gifts ceased to carry scriptural authority and are not normative for today. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7; Ephesians 4:7-12).
8. The Church
The Scriptures teach that the church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14). We believe the church is distinct from national Israel, with whom God has made irrevocable covenants (Genesis 15; 17:7, 8; Romans 11; Hebrews 6:13-18).
The Scriptures teach that the church was established at Pentecost and continues as local churches, with leadership qualifications and guidelines clearly laid out in Scripture. (Acts 2:1, 40-47; Acts 14:27; Acts 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9).
The Scriptures teach the ordinances of believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church age (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
9. The Second Advent of Christ
The Scriptures teach the “Blessed Hope,” the personal and imminent coming of our Lord in the air for His saints, initiating a seven-year period of tribulation, followed by the return of Christ with His saints to the earth to establish His millennial kingdom (Titus 2:11-14; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 20:1-6).
10. The Eternal State
The Scriptures teach the bodily resurrection of all people: the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).
The Scriptures teach that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:6,8; Philippians 1:23; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The Scriptures teach that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment and separation from God (Matthew 25:41-46; Luke 16:19-26; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 1:6-7; Revelation 20:11-15).