What We Believe

The Scriptures

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We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written; and that it was verbally and plenarily inspired and is the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.
We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed, and opinions shall be tried. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 19-21.

Creation

We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the physical universe, angels, and mankind; and that this account is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of God in six days without any evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, first parents of the entire human race. We believe that a human life begins at the moment of conception. Genesis 1; 2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3; Psalm 139:13.

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, under the law of his Maker. Adam fell from his innocent state by voluntary transgression, and all mankind sinned in him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We accept God’s definitions of sin as contained in the Bible as literally interpreted to include homosexuality and all other forms of sexual conduct outside the confines of a marriage between one man and one woman. Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12,19, 1:18, 32
 

ANGLES

Good Angels
We believe that angels are personal, powerful, spirit beings who were created by God to be His servants in carrying out His plans in the world. They have a vital role in the worship of God, they participated in the revelation of the Word of God, they help protect the saints of God, and they carry out God’s vengeance. Psalm 148:2-5; 1 Peter 1:12; Psalm 103:19-22; Ezekiel 1, 10; Revelation 4, 5; Matthew 4:11; Acts 8,10,12; Hebrews 1:14.
 
Demons
Isaiah 14:12 describes one of God’s angels as being the “star of the morning, son of the dawn.” This angel rebelled against God and later came to be known as the Devil or Satan. Paul identifies this beautiful angelic creation of God as Satan, who “disguises himself as an angel of light,” 2 Corinthians 11:14. Through pride and rebellion, this glorious angel became the enemy of his Creator. One third of the angels followed him in his rebellion, and they are now called demons.
 
Now he is the unholy ruler of this age and of all the powers of darkness. He and his demons oppose the plan of God and seek to hinder the people of God, but they are under limitations imposed by God. Their time is limited and they are destined to the judgment of eternal justice in the lake of fire. Revelation 12:3-4; 20:1-3; Ephesians 6:11-12; 2 Corinthians 12:7; Job 1:12; Matthew 25:41.

The True God

The Trinity
We believe there is one and only one living and true God as revealed in the Bible, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Sovereign Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices. Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14.
 
God the Father
We believe that the first Person of the Trinity is God the Father. He is first in rank and order in the Trinity and as such is the One whose will the Son and Spirit carry out. He is worthy of our worship and is the primary One to whom our prayers should be directed. Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 1:3; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31
 
God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, the second person of the Trinity, is a divine person, equal in nature with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He has two natures: one human the other Divine, united inseparably in one Person. Jesus took on a human nature through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit in a virgin named Mary so that He was begotten as no other man was ever born or can be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son.

Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14. We believe that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose bodily from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest interceding for us. Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 51; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:6; 12:2; 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9-10.

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal in nature with God the Father and God the Son; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one (the Devil) until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, empowers, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
We believe that the sign or revelatory gifts of the Holy Spirit have fulfilled their purpose and are not applicable to the work of the Holy Spirit today. John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14, 16, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30; 13:8-10; 14:1-40; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:2-4.

Salvation

The Savior
We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatory office of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus Christ, by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior; that by the shedding of His blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin; that His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the most tender sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way the only One qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and an all sufficient Savior.
 

We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral part of saving faith. Jonah 2:9; Luke 13:3-5; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-25; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 2:14-17; Isaiah 53:4-7; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Corinthians 7:8-10;1 Peter 2:24

Grace and the New Birth
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about by our sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life. John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; Acts 16:20-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-5; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8.
 
Justification
We believe justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer to be righteous upon the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any work of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood. Romans 3:24; 4:5; 5:1, 9; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9.
 
Sanctification
We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a threefold manner: first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior; second, a continuing process in the believer as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return. Hebrews 10:10-14; 3:1; John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:2324; 1 John 3:2; Jude 24, 25; Revelation 22:11.
 

The Security of the Saints We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ for eternity. Philippians 1:6; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1. Spiritual Gifts We believe that every believer is given at least one spiritual gift from God at salvation. This gift(s) is a supernatural ability to serve Christ’s Body, the church. 1) Permanent Gifts The gifts still being given to Christians today include: administration, encouragement, evangelism, faith, giving, hospitality, pastor-teacher, serving, mercy, and teaching. These gifts are given for the building up of the Body of Christ. Ephesians 4:7-11; 1 Timothy 3; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12, 14. 2) Temporary Gifts We believe that in the apostolic age, God gave some gifts to the church which were only for that age. We call those gifts the ‘sign’ gifts of tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, apostleship, prophecy, miracles, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of spirits. These gifts were temporary because their purpose was to initiate the Church Age and provide revelation until the Bible could be fully written. 1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4:7-11; 1 Peter 4:9-12; Ephesians 2:20; Hebrews 2:3-4; Romans 15:18-20