We believe that the Bible is the Word of God; that it was written “by holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost;” so that their writings, in the origin, were supernaturally, completely, and verbally inspired and free from error as no other writings have ever been or ever shall be. They are the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, and so are the supreme authority on all matters of faith, conduct, and the practice of this local church (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 13; Matthew 24:35; John 10:35; John 17:17; Psalm 119:9, 11, 89, 105).
We believe that the Scriptures teach that there is one and only one, living and true God, infinite, intelligent Spirit, inexpressibly glorious in holiness and in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Psalm 90:2; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 147:5; John 4:24; Exodus 15:11; 1 John 5:7; John 15:26; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
1. God the Father: We believe in God the Father – perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son.
2. God the Son, Jesus Christ:
a. His Deity and Virgin Birth – We believe that the Scriptures teach the absolute deity of Jesus Christ, eternally the Only begotten Son of God, co-existing and co-equal from all eternity with the Father and the Holy Spirit; that according to the will of the Father, He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, assuming our nature, yet without sin; that He is both True God and True Man (John 1, 2, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26=35; Philippians 2:5-11).
b. His Atonement for Sin: We believe that the Scriptures teach that by perfect obedience to the divine law, and thus His sinlessness, for sinners slain; also that because of His true humanity, the man Jesus Christ was able to be the true Substitute, dying in the place of men, and that by virtue of the infiniteness of His absolute deity, He was able to bear the sins of all mankind; also that thus by His death on the cross, He made a full and vicarious atonement, through the shedding of His blood, for our sin and sins; so that He is in every way qualified to be the suitable, compassionate, and all-sufficient Savior (1 Peter 2:22-24; John 1:29b; Revelation 5:5,12; Isaiah 53: 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:24-25; Luke 23:33-46; John 19:16-37).
c. His Resurrection, Ascension and Intercession – We believe the Scriptures teach that Christ rose in a glorified, literal body from the grave the third day after He died for us; that He ascended into Heaven and His present ministry is as our Great High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of God’s throne (Luke 24:36-52; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:35; Hebrews 2:17-18, 7:25, 9:24, 12:2; 1 John 2:1; 1 Timothy 2:5).
d. His Second Coming – We believe that the Scriptures teach the personal, premillenial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that it will be in two phases: first, the rapture of the Saints, the Body of Christ, into the glorious presence of the Son of God before the Great Tribulation; second, the Revelation of Jesus Christ when He returns at the end of the Tribulation to judge the living nations and to reign upon the earth on the throne of David for one thousand years (Acts 1:11; John 14:3; James 5:8; Luke 2:40; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-1-; Luke 21:27; Matthew 26:31-32; Revelation 20:1-6; Isaiah 9:6—7; Luke 1:32-33; Revelation 3:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:9).
3. God, the Holy Spirit:
a. His Person and Works – We believe that the Scriptures teach that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, co-existing and co-equal with the Father and the Son; that He inspired the writers and the writings of the entire Canon of Scripture; that in relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He, through the ministry of believers, convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment: that He also bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in the preaching and testimony of believers; that in relation to the believer, He is the Agent of the New Birth, when He spiritually baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ; and that He indwells and seals the believer eternally in Christ; and He fills, guides, teaches, sanctifies and empowers and helps the believer (John 14:161, 17, 26, 15:26, 16:7-15; Acts 5:3, 4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 John 5:6; Hebrews 2:3, 4; John 3:6; Ephesians 1:13, 14; Romans 8:9, 14, 26).
b. His Gifts – We believe that the Scriptures teach that the Holy Spirit is the Sovereign Giver of the spiritual gifts to the members of the Body of Christ, and that every true believer should seek to discover and use his or her spiritual gift for the Lord’s glory and the building up of others in the church. However, we believe that the “Sign of Gifts,” such as the gifts of Miracles, (which we believe, includes Predictive Revelatory Prophecy, Supernatural knowledge, Healing, Tongues, and the Interpretation of Tongues), are not given to believers today. We believe that these are among the special gifts given to the Church only for the limited time until the whole revelation of the inspired, written Word of God was completed (Ephesians 4:8-13; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 27-30, 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:8; 2 Timothy 4:20).
We believe in the Genesis account of creation; and that it is to be accepted literally and not figuratively; so that God created the heavens (that is the universe) and the earth, including all life (that life made to reproduce “each after its own kind”) by the direct act, not by any process of evolution, and that the days of creation were actual 24 hour days (Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:10, 11:3).
We believe that the Scriptures teach that man was created in the image of God, without sin, but that by his voluntary transgression in the Garden of Eden fell from that state of innocence and happiness. In consequence of that fall all mankind are now sinners, not only nature but by choice: being utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God; positively inclined to evil and therefore under the just condemnation of Almighty God to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-19; Romans 1:32; 3:10, 29, 23, 1:32, 5:12, 19, 8:7; Ephesians 2:1-9; Romans 1:20; Ecclesiastes 8:20, 29; Isaiah 53:6).
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who died for our sins according to the Scriptures, shedding His precious blood on the cross as the one representative and substitutionary sacrifice for all men’s sins. Therefore, because all men stand in need of this personal redemption that is in Christ Jesus, alone, and are totally depraved and unable to save themselves, and because no works of man, however good, assist in the attaining of that salvation, the maintaining of it, or the making of it more secure; that all who repent and believe, receiving Him by faith as personal Savior and Lord, are thereby justified before God, their sins being forgiven on the basis of Christ’s shed blood, and are given full and eternal salvation from sin and its eternal consequences (Ephesians 2:8, 29; Acts 16:31; 1 Peter 1;18-21, 3:18; Romans 3:20; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 21:21; 1 Thessalonians 9:1-10).
We believe that the Scriptures teach that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are regenerated, or “born again,” by the Holy Sprit, and thereby become the children of God, and are termed by God’s Word as “saved;” that by the new birth those who were dead in trespasses and sins are made partakers of the divine nature and they receive salvation, even eternal life as a free gift of God’ that the proper evidence of this new birth appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, a godly mind, and newness of life (John 3:3-7, 1:13, 13; Galatians 3:26, 4:4-7; Ephesians 2:1; 2 Peter 1:4; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 5:22-25; 2 Peter 1:3-8; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
We believe that the Scriptures indicate that sanctification may be spoken of in three ways: INITIAL (or positional), which occurs at the EXPERIENTIAL (or progressive) which is a continued work of the Holy Spirit in the heart and life of the believer, in connection with the study of the Scriptures, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer; and CONSUMMATED (or completed), which will take place at the glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; Ephesians 4:4; 2 Peter 1;3-8; Hebrews 9:13, 14, 10;10, 14, 13:12; Galatians 2:20; Acts 26:18; Romans 6:4-14; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7; 2 Peter 3:11, 14; John 15:3, 4; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 1 John 3:13).
We believe that the Scriptures teach that all who are truly born again are kept eternally by the power of God for Jesus Christ; that it is impossible for such to lose their salvation. We further believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their present salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh and careless living (Jude 24; 1 Peter 1:3-5; John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:28-30; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 13:5b; 1 John 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; Galatians 5;13; Romans 13:12-14).