Declaration of Faith
The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, true and living God; that He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, immutable, and infinitely Holy; that He exists eternally in three Persons -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- and that these three, though one, are yet three distinct Persons and are equal in every divine perfection. (Deuteronomy 4:35; Isaiah 44:6; Genesis 17:1; Psalm 139:1-7; Jeremiah 23:23; Psalm 102: 26-27; Psalm 99:9)
His Identity -- We believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD who exists eternally with God; that He is the Saviour Whom God sent into the world to redeem the world. (John 1:1-24)
His Incarnation -- We believe that He took upon Himself flesh and dwelt among men here on this earth; that He was at one and the same time both God and man. (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-7)
His Virgin Birth -- We believe that He came to earth in the flesh by way of the VIRGIN BIRTH, born of a woman who had never been sexually intimate with man. Therefore, He had no earthly father, but was conceived in the womb of this virgin by the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23)
His Death -- We believe that He died by way of crucifixion on the cross at a place called Calvary; that He died as man's substitute, suffering the full wrath of God; and that He thereby paid the penalty of sin. (Matthew 27:33-54; I Corinthians 15:3)
His Blood -- We believe that His blood, which He shed in death at Calvary, is the ONLY atonement for the sins of man, and that it is sufficient to wash away the sins of every person. (Hebrews 9:22; Ephesians 1:7; I John 1:7)
His Resurrection -- We believe that He rose bodily from the tomb; and through His resurrection, a sure hope of immortality and everlasting life is given to all who have been saved by Him. (Luke 24:1-7; I Corinthians 15:4; Romans 4:25)
His Ascension -- We believe that He ascended back into Heaven from whence He came and that He is now at the right hand of the Father carrying on His ministry of intercession. (Luke 24, 50-51; Acts 2:31-33; Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:1; Hebrews 12:2)
His Second Coming -- We believe that there will be a personal and visible return of this same Jesus in like manner as He ascended back into Heaven; that, in fulfillment of His own promise, He will return to receive His own unto Himself; that He will then return WITH His own and set up His kingdom on earth where He will rule for the period of a thousand years, which period is known as the Millennium, making His Second Coming premillennial. (John 14:3; Acts 1:10,11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-6)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third PERSON of the Holy Trinity and is not an abstract power or influence; that He is sent into the world to convince men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, and to seal the believer until the day of redemption. (Matthew 28:19; John 16:7-14; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30)
We believe that the Bible is the divinely-inspired Word of God written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit of God; that its primary purpose is the salvation of sinners; and that it does not merely contain the truth, but IS the Truth, the standard by which all truth must be tested. (II Timothy 3:15; II Peter 1:21; John 17:17)
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that he fell from his perfect state by voluntary transgression; that, since that first transgression, all men are born in sin, and have, through inheritance, a depraved nature utterly devoid of the holiness required by the law of God; that he is a sinner by nature, choice, and practice; and that he is therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 3:1-6; Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5)
The Way of Salvation
We believe that the only way man can be saved from eternal ruin is by truly repenting of his sin and trusting Jesus Christ, God's Son, as his personal Saviour; that such an experience consummates the new birth; that he is transformed or regenerated by God's Spirit, and shall become a true child of God; that this so great a salvation is wholly by the grace of God, a free gift of God's love, and cannot be obtained by any good work or deeds of men. We further believe that, since salvation is by God's grace alone, when it comes to the individual's heart, it is his for time and eternity. He is kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Luke 13:3; John 1:12; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 5:24; I Peter 1:3-5)
Mystery Form We believe that the true Church is the mystical union of all born-again believers who, in their unity, comprise the body of Christ, with Christ Himself as its Head. (I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:20-22; 3:3-11; 5:23,24; 5:32)
Local We believe the local church is an assembly of baptized believers associated by the covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. (II Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:2; Acts 5:11; Revelation 2:1, 8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14)
Church Ordinances We believe that the ordinances enjoined by the gospel, given to the church by Christ and to be observed by the church are two: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. These are positive and sacred institutions, and the obligation to honor and observe them comes directly from the authority of Christ Who appointed them. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:19; Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-30)
Baptism We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of one who has truly had a personal saving experience with Christ; that it symbolizes the believer's being buried with Christ and raised to walk with Him in newness of life; and that this ordinance must be administered in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Lord's Supper We believe that the Lord's Supper is to be observed by those who have been truly saved by Christ, and that it is to be observed only after a solemn self-examination; that it is a commemoration of the dying love of the Lord Jesus: the bread symbolizing His broken body, and the juice of grapes symbolizing His shed blood. These, being taken together, show forth His death until He comes again.
The World to Come
We believe that the end of this present world will come by fire and that the world to come will be eternal; that in the world to come there will be two eternal places -- a place of endless joy for all the people of God who have been saved by His grace; and a place of endless punishment for all who have never been reconciled to God by the blood of Christ. There two places are known as Heaven and Hell, respectively.
Heaven Heaven is a place of beauty and bliss, wherein dwelleth righteousness, and where God will dwell with His people forever. (II Corinthians 5:1; 12:2-4; I Peter 1:3-5; Revelation 21 and 22)
Hell Hell is a place of ceaseless torment, characterized by fire and brimstone. It is a place where all who have scorned God's love will suffer forever. (Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 5:22, 29, 30; 23:33; Revelation 21:8)
We believe in the personality of Satan; that he is not merely an abstract power or influence, but is a living, personal being; that he is the god of this world and the prince of the power of the air; that he is constantly going up and down in the earth seeking whom he may devour. He does not possess the attributes of God. (John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; I Peter 5:8)
The Christian Walk
We believe that a person, once he has truly accepted Christ as Saviour, is a new creation in Christ and that he should live a holy, consecrated life; that he should separate himself from the world and all its lusts in obedience to the command of God. (Colossians 2:6; I Peter 2:9; II Corinthians 5:17; 6:17, 18; I John 2:15; II Timothy 2:19)
We believe that every person, saved and unsaved, shall face God in judgment. According to the Scriptures, the judgment of the saved will be separate from the judgment of the unsaved. We believe the Scriptures teach that these judgments shall be as follows:
Judgment of Christians -- At the Judgment Seat of Christ (II Corinthians 5:10), Christians shall be judged according to their works from the time that they received Christ Jesus as their Saviour until the time they stand before Him in judgment. They shall be rewarded or they shall suffer loss according as their works shall be. (I Corinthians 3:11-15)
Judgment of the Unsaved -- At the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15), all unsaved shall be judged according to their works and cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer forever according as their works shall be.