The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man.
We believe in one triune God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, eternally existing in three persons, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, each with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence or being.
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is eternally equal with God; that He became man by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth; that He lived a sinless life on earth; that He died at Calvary as a satisfactory sacrifice for sinners; that His body was buried; and that He arose from Joseph’s tomb; that He ascended to Heaven and was glorified as a man at God’s right hand; that He sent the eternal Spirit on Pentecost to convict the world, to regenerate, indwell, and empower believers, and to build the church; that He is coming again for His own and then to set up His kingdom on earth.
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, in whom all believers are baptized into the body of Christ; that He indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption.
- We believe that He is the Divine Teacher and Helper who guides believers into all truth and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.
- We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never common or a necessary sign of baptism or filling of the Spirit, and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, tough God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried; and that He arose on the third day according to the Scriptures; that He ascended into Heaven where, as our Great High Priest and Advocate, He ever lives to make intercession for us; that all who believe on His name are justified on the ground of His shed blood, thereby receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and eternal life by the grace of God.
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
- We believe in the one true church, the spiritual body and Bride of the Lord Jesus Christ, composed of believers from Pentecost to the Rapture, into which believers are baptized in the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the local church is an organization composed of professing believers, instituted for the purpose of fellowship, worship and service. In matters of administration and policy, it is self-governing.
- We believe that the believers positionally “have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
- We believe that sanctification is a Divine and progressive work of the Holy Spirit whereby God, upon the ground of the finished work of Christ on the cross, His present intercessory ministry, and His divine Word, sets the believer apart and works through him, by means of a submissive will, that which is well-pleasing to Himself through Jesus Christ.
- We believe that sanctification culminates in the redemption of the body and complete conformity to the moral image of Christ.
We believe that Christian baptism by immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is the Bible mode of baptism and testifies to the believer’s faith in, and identification with, the crucified, buried and risen Savior.
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in that “Blessed Hope” of the personal imminent, pretribulation coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His church and to establish His Millennial Kingdom.
The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
- We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
- We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.