Our Beliefs

I. The Bible

The Bible (the Old and New Testament consisting of sixty-six books) is the Word of God, supernaturally inspired (God-breathed), that is inerrant and infallible in its verbal, plenary (inspired equally in all parts), form in the original manuscripts and is a divinely authoritative standard and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit superintended the human authors through their personalities, background and different styles or writing to compose and record God’s Word to man without error in part or in whole. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. There is only one objective, propositional revelation that is not to be interpreted in light of one’s own experience, but that each person’s experience be interpreted by the Scriptures. The proper application of the Word of God is binding on all generations regardless of culture, race, language, or age. The Scriptures are complete in its revelation. There is no need for additional revelation as the Scripture is complete for this present age and is sufficient for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness to adequately equip the believer for his/her service to God. (Mat. 28:19; John 16:12-15; 10:35; 1 Cor. 2:7-14; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Heb. 4:12)

 

II. Trinity

There is only one living and true God who exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one in essence, perfect in all attributes, and each equally deserving worship and obedience. (Mat. 28:19; Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14)

 

III. Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, possessing all the divine attributes. He is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He indwells all true believers, baptizes and seals them at the moment of salvation, and fills them in response to confession of sin and yieldedness. The unique work of the Holy Spirit began in this age at Pentecost when He came from the Father as promised by Christ to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ, which is the church. The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgement. His purpose is to glorify Christ through the transformation of believers into the image of Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who is the divine teacher, enlightening the believer to the truths of Scripture which the natural man cannot understand. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-9; Acts 1:5; Eph. 1:13; 2:22; 1 Cor. 2:10-16; 12:13)

 

IV. Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life in which He taught and wrought mighty works and wonders and signs exactly as revealed in the four Gospels. He was crucified, His death being voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive. He was raised from the dead bodily on the third day, confirming His deity and giving proof that His atonement was acceptable to God and victorious over the power of sin and death. He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is head of the church and intercedes for believers, and from whence He is coming again personally, bodily, and visibly to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom. (Isa. 7:14; Mat. 1:23; 28:6; John 1:1, 14; 5:26-29; 10:15, 30; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 1:4; 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Cor. 15:20, 23; Eph. 1:22; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 John 2:1; Rev. 20)

 

V. Salvation

By the shed blood of Christ’s death on the cross, a perfect atonement for sin was made, redeeming man from the curse of the law by Jesus becoming a curse in the place of man. Salvation is possible not on the basis of works, but by justification on the simple and single ground of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. The call to salvation is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. No one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of reformation however great, no attainments in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven. We teach that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ and that repentance is a vital part of believing, and is in no way, in itself, a separate and independent condition of salvation. It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God, when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Rom. 1:16, 17; 3:22, 26; 4:5; 5:8; 10:4; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:8-9)

 

VI. Grace

Salvation with its forgiveness of sins, its impartation of new nature, and its hope of eternal life, is entirely apart from good works, baptism, church membership or attendance, or man’s efforts. It is only by the pure grace of God by which man can be saved. (Eph. 2:8-9)

 

VII. Eternal Security of the Believer

The true believer is eternally secure and a person cannot lose their salvation, but that sin may interrupt the joy of their fellowship with God and bring the loving discipline of His Heavenly Father. There may be times of doubt or discouragement, but once saved, the believer is forever secure in their salvation. (John 5:24; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1; Heb. 12:5-11; Jude 24)

 

VIII. The Resurrection and Heaven

All who receive Christ become joint-heirs with Christ, and at death, their spirits depart to be with Christ in conscious blessedness. At the rapture, their bodies will be raised to the likeness of the body of His glory and will dwell forever in His presence. (John 14:3; Rom. 8:17; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; 1 John 3:2)

 

IX. The Great Commission

Christ gave His disciples the Great Commission before He ascended to the Father. This commission, now the commission for the church and all believers, is to make disciples of all nations. This does not necessarily require that all go abroad in order to complete this mission. We must all be involved in the evangelism process whether at home or overseas. (Mat. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8; 2 Tim. 2:2)

 

X. The End Times

At a future time, God will initiate a series of events that will mark the end of time. There will be a sudden rapture of the church, a seven year tribulation of those remaining, the bodily second coming of Christ, the millennial kingdom on earth, final judgment and the establishment of the new heaven and the new earth. (Mat. 24:15-21; John 14:1-3; Rom. 8:19-23; 11:25-27; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; Phil. 3:20; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; Rev. 3:10-11; 20:1-3)