This statement sets forth the fundamental teachings of our church. We realize members may not completely agree with these beliefs. However, the teaching of our church will be in agreement with this statement.
The Holy Spirit so guided and superintended the writers of the Old and New Testament Scriptures that they wrote all that He wanted them to write, without excess, omission, or error. These Scriptures are the final authority in faith and practice.
Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
God is numerically, uniquely, and qualitatively one, existing in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are distinct and yet co-equal, co-eternal, co-existent, and share the same nature, attributes, and perfections.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-2; 14:9; 17:5, 24; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:6, 8; 9:14
Jesus Christ freely and willingly came to earth and took upon Himself the nature of man, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, not possessing a sinful nature, and is both God and true man.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 4:15; 9:14; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5
Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross, satisfying the just demands of God.
Isaiah 53:5, 11; Romans 3:23-26; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2:24
Jesus Christ physically rose the third day from the grave, giving us assurance that He was victorious over sin and death. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, where He is our Advocate and High Priest.
Acts 1:9-11; Romans 6:4, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 14; Colossians 2:12; Hebrews 7:25; 8:1; 1 John 2:1-2
Jesus Christ will return for His Church at any moment. Then, following a seven-year period of tribulation, Jesus Christ will return to set up his kingdom on earth where He will rule and reign for 1000 years.
Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:24-27; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 15:50-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9; Titus 2:11-14; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-4
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, baptizes, indwells, and seals every person at the moment of salvation. He fills, sanctifies, and transforms those believers who yield to Him. The Holy Spirit is the only acceptable source of power for a fruitful life before God. He is the infallible interpreter of Holy Scripture and is ever present to testify concerning Jesus Christ.
John 3:5; 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-11; Acts 1:8; 5:3-4; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:14; 4:30; 5:18; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2
Man was created in the image and likeness of God. But, when Adam sinned, sin entered the human race, thus incurring both spiritual and physical death upon all men. Sin is imputed in that God attributed Adam’s sin to the entire human race, leaving every person guilty before God. Sin is inherited in that all people are born into a sinful state, without any innate ability to please God. Sin is practiced in that all people commit sins. As such, man is hopeless to save himself.
Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 49:7-8; 51:5; 58:3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9, 23; 5:12-21; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Ephesians 2:1-3
Salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in Jesus Christ. When a person believes in Jesus Christ as his Savior, he is made spiritually alive and given eternal life. Salvation is based upon the shed blood of Jesus Christ and not by any works or ordinances of man.
John 1:12; 3:16; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:24-26; 4:1-5; 5:1; Ephesians 2:1-9; Colossians 1:20; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22
Eternal security is that work of God whereby He guarantees that the gift of salvation, once received, can never be lost.
John 3:16; 10:28-30; Romans 8:34-39; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; 2 Timothy 1:12
The saved pass immediately into the presence of the Lord at death where they remain in conscious bliss until they are re-united with their resurrected and glorified bodies at Christ’s return for His Church and will remain with Him forever. The unsaved pass immediately into a conscious misery at death where they remain until they are re-united with their resurrected bodies at the Great White Throne. At which point, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious torment.
Matthew 25:41-46; Luke 16:19-26; John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15
The Church is that body of believers, both living and dead, from the day of Pentecost to the return of the Lord for His Church. The Church is different from Israel in its origin, promises, membership requirements, and future. The local church is an organized assembly of believers that gather together for instruction in God’s word, fellowship, prayer, and the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and baptism by immersion. The mission of the Church is to glorify God, and to present and represent Jesus Christ to the world.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-39; 19:15; Romans 9:4-5; 1 Corinthians 10:32; 11:20-34; 12:12-27; Ephesians 3:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 12:23-25
Satan is a created being, who led one-third of the angels in rebellion against God. He is the god of this world, and as such, is opposed to God and His purposes.
Psalm 148:1-5; Isaiah 14:12-14; Acts 5:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:4, 9-10; 16:13-14
The Holy Spirit gives each believer one or more spiritual gifts at salvation. These gifts are for the edification of the saints and the building up of the body of Christ in love. They are to be used for the common good and to serve one another. Some of these gifts were for the purpose of establishing the Church, and thus were temporary. Among these temporary gifts were knowledge, healing, miracles, prophecy, tongues, and the interpretation of tongues.
Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:7-13; 1 Peter 4:7-11