The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testament, to be the complete and final revelation to man as the Word of God and not just contain the Word of God. They are the verbal, plenary, inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith, and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. We believe the Scriptures are the only means by which people can come to know the true God and His will for their lives.
(II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13)
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. In eternity past, we believe the Father planned salvation. At the appointed time, the Son purchased salvation and the Holy Spirit applies salvation to every person who believes.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:16-17; Matthew 28:19)
A. We believe in God the Father, commonly spoken of as the first member of the Trinity. God is an infinite and perfect spirit Who is the source and support of all things. He is perfect in perfections and purposes.
(Genesis 17:1; Psalm 139:7, 11; Acts 15:18; Ephesians 1:11)
B. We believe in Jesus Christ, commonly spoken of as the second member of the Trinity. He was and is the Eternal Son of God, possessing both absolute Deity and perfect humanity. Born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life and gave His life on Calvary as a sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He bodily arose from the grave, ascended back into heaven and is today acting as the believer’s advocate and Great High Priest.
(John 1:1, 15a; 9:6; Hebrews 4:15; I Timothy 2:6; Luke 24:39; I John 2:1)
C. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Trinity. He is not just an influence, but a person equal in essence to the Father and Son. He was active in the Creation, and is currently active in His relation to the unbelieving world. He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He convicts of sin, of unrighteousness, and of judgment to come. He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, and is the agent in the new birth to seal, fill, motivate, teach, witness, sanctify, and control the believer.
(John 14:16, 17,26; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; Romans 8:14,16,26,27)
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved, and of himself, totally unable to change his lost condition. We believe every person in every culture throughout the world is in absolute rebellion against God. They have no inherent desire for God. It is through God’s grace alone they will be saved.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12)
We believe the basis of our salvation is the finished work of Christ on Calvary; the avenue of our salvation is repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is not through what we can do but by what He has done. It is freely offered to all, and we are simply the recipients of His matchless grace. When we receive Christ as our Savior we are regenerated, justified, adopted, sanctified, and some day glorified. Those who are genuinely saved can never lose their salvation because our destiny depends on His keeping power and not our own.
(John 3:16; Acts 3:19; 4:12; 20:21; Romans 5:1; 8:15, 30; I Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; I Timothy 4:10; Titus 3:5-7)
The Believer’s New Nature
We believe provision has been made for the new man to be victorious over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and that all claims to the eradication of the flesh in this life are unscriptural. Therefore, those who come to Christ alone for salvation are able, through the indwelling of the Spirit, to live victoriously over sin, regardless of their cultural background.
(Romans 6:13; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9)
We believe believers have the privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; however, Scripture clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty to justify actions that could cause a fellow believer to stumble.
(Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
We believe a Christian is separated to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and that God has called believers to live a life characterized by personal, ecclesiastical and even familial separation.
Personally, we are to refrain from those things that would defile us or bring shame to the name of Christ. We are to be an example to those around us as we live a life characterized by holiness and purity.
Ecclesiastically, we are called upon to refrain from cooperation or alliances with groups that do not unashamedly stand for the truths revealed in the Word of God. Thus, we cannot accept the position reflected in the Ecumenical Movement, Neo-Orthodoxy, New Evangelicalism or the various branches of the Charismatic Movement. We believe cooperation should be limited to those of like precious faith.
(Romans 16:17; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 6:14-17; I Thessalonians 5:22; II Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15; I John 2:15, 17; II John 9, 10)
We believe the Church, the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again people of this present age.
(Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:22-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2)
We believe the local church has the right to self-government, free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations.
(Romans 1:1-4, Acts 13:1-4)
We believe the local church’s scripturally designated officers are pastor (elders or bishop) and deacons.
(I Corinthians 6:1-3, 5:11-13; I Timothy 3:1-13)
We recognize two ordinances of the church of this age – The Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism. They are not to be regarded as a means of salvation or as means of grace by which special merit is obtained.
A. The Lord’s Supper – Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and are walking in fellowship with the Lord are welcome to join in this service – unless they are under the discipline of the Church.
(I Corinthians 11:17-34)
B. Water Baptism – Baptism shall be immersion at the request of those who have personally acknowledged Christ as Savior.
(Acts 8:36-39; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 1:14-17)
We believe Matthew 28:18-20 is an obligation of the saved to witness through their life and through the truths of the Holy Scripture and should seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind through prayer, evangelism, discipleship and church planting movement.
Through the local church, we believe God sets apart those whom He chooses to carry the gospel across ethnic and cultural borders. These men and women are called by the Holy Spirit and are sent by the local church with the primary task of preaching the gospel and discipling those who receive Christ as their Savior through a life-touching-life ministry.
(Mark 16:15; Act 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19-20)
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
We believe God is sovereign in the bestowal of His gifts. The gift to the church of evangelist and pastor-teacher is sufficient for the perfection of the saints today. Speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament scriptures were completed and their authority became established.
(I Corinthians 12:4- 11; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12)
We believe God hears and answers the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted.
(John 15:7; I John 5:14-15)
We believe Satan is an actual person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man who shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. We believe the world lies in the arms of Satan and must be rescued through the bold proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
(Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)
We believe in the “Blessed Hope”—the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones. In His subsequent return to the earth, with His saints, He will establish His Millennial Kingdom. We believe this will include people from every tribe, nation and tongue who will praise Him for all eternity.
(I Thessalonians 4:13-18: Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10)
The Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
(Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13)
At death, we believe the souls of the redeemed are 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; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
We reject all theories of soul sleep and believe the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery after death 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. Therefore, we must urgently obey Christ’s command to warn rebels of impending judgment and invite them to reconciliation with God through Christ Jesus thus experiencing the glories of being forever in the presence of the Lord.
(Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe in the literal account of creation as described in Genesis. It was not an allegorical or figurative account. Since Man was created directly after God’s own image and likeness, creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms. God directly created all animal and vegetable life and established they should bring forth only “after their kind.” We believe man was indeed created in the image of God, for His pleasure and to have fellowship with God. Thus, there are no people groups who are exempt from God’s call to be restored to His image through faith in Jesus Christ. The literal Genesis account of creation is foundational for the proclamation of the gospel to the unreached people of the world.
(Genesis 1:1; Acts 4:24; Acts 17:23-26; Jeremiah 10:12; Nehemiah 9:6; Genesis 1:26,27; 2:7; 2:21-23; 1:11; 1:24; I Corinthians 11:7; Colossians 1:16,17; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20)