What We Believe

WHAT WE BELIEVE

 

The Word of God: We affirm that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the complete revealed Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, and written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. While still using the individual personalities of the human authors, the Spirit superintended them to ensure that they wrote precisely what He wanted written, without error or omission. We believe that God’s Word is wholly sufficient as Divine revelation and it alone has supreme authority in all matters of faith and life (Psalm 119:39; Romans 15:4; I Corinthians 10:11; II Timothy 2:15, 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:21).

 We deny any view or approach that diminishes or rejects the divine, infallible authority of the Bible; that sets up human reason, experience or tradition as independent authorities not subject to the Bible; or that undermines or de-emphasizes the Bible’s complete sufficiency in all matters of life and godliness. We deny that there is any other book of divine revelation other than the Bible.

 

The Trinity: We affirm that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These Three, being one in essence, are co-equal in every divine perfection, co-eternal, and co-existing; executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption (Genesis 1:1, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16, 17; 28:19; John 5:18; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Philippians 2:6).

We deny that there is any true deity other than the one triune God.

 

God the Father: We affirm that there is only one true and living God, the Father and Creator of heaven and earth, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, love and knowledge. We believe that He is unchangeable in His being, all glorious in His nature, and absolutely sovereign over creation, providence and redemption. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, in that He hears and answers prayer, and in that He saves from sin and eternal death all who come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy. 6:1-6; Psalm 115:3; 145:5; Matthew 6:9-13; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 17:11; 17:25; Romans 8:33).

We deny any notion of God which makes Him non-personal, limited, finite, or temporal; that makes Him one with the created order, or that makes Him utterly transcendent and unknowable.

 

Jesus Christ: We affirm that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:34, 35; John 1:1; 3:16; 11:25; Acts 1:3, 9; 16:31; Romans 5:11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:8; 7:25; 10:12; I Peter 2:22; I John 3:5; Revelation 1:7).

 We deny any view that diminishes the full deity or full humanity of Christ or that makes Him any less than the Messiah of Israel, the Lamb of God, the perfect, all-sufficient and only atoning sacrifice for sin.

 

The Holy Spirit: We affirm that the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and empower all believers.  We believe that the Holy Spirit fully indwells every believer in Christ at conversion, sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts to such believers, and continues as an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 3:3-7; 14:17; 16:8,13; Acts 5:1-4; Romans 8:1-17; 15:16; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:22; I John 2:27).

 We deny any view of the Spirit that is non-personal, mystical or detached from the Godhead.

 

Man: We believe that all people are created by God in His image to glorify Him forever. As an image-bearer, each human being has inherent worth and dignity from the time of conception. However, because the first couple, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God's command when tested, they and all people since are alienated from God and are sinners by nature and by choice. Because God is holy and cannot tolerate sin, all people are dead in sin, under condemnation, and unable to save themselves or remedy their condition (Genesis 1:26; Psalms 51:5; Matthew 5:16; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12; 15:6, Revelation 4:11).

 We deny any view that human beings evolved from or are genetically derived from lower forms of life. We deny any view that human beings can redeem themselves or that man can be perfected by natural or human agencies alone.

 

Salvation: We affirm human beings are saved by God’s sovereign grace alone; that salvation is a gift of God through faith in the finished work on the cross of His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ shed His blood to accomplish justification through faith, propitiation to God, redemption from sin, and reconciliation of man. This gift is offered freely to all who repent of their sins and trust Christ fully. At the moment of conversion the sinner is freed from condemnation and transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. We believe that all true believers are eternally secure, kept by God’s power, and sealed in Christ forever. We believe that salvation is not only a past event (justification--saved from the penalty of sin), but also a present reality (sanctification--saved from the power of sin), and a future hope (glorification--saved from the presence of sin). Those who refuse to repent and believe remain under the judgment of God (John 1:12; 3:18; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; 14:6; Acts 3:19; Acts 13:39; Romans 8:1, 13:11; Ephesians 1:1-6; 2:8-9; Isaiah 53:5-6; I Peter 2:24; II Peter 3:9).

 We deny that human beings can save themselves through meritorious works or by any other means, or that there is any other way of salvation than through Jesus Christ, who is the one and only way, the one and only truth and the one and only life. We deny that justification is a continuing event which completes at glorification.

 

The Church: We believe the church is the body of Christ, a living spiritual organism composed of all regenerated believers in this present age. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe in the autonomy, independence and self-governance of the local church. Cooperation with other like-minded churches, evangelical associations, or organizations may prove beneficial in the cause of the gospel but is not required. We believe that God has entrusted the members of the local church with the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. We believe in the priesthood of all believers who have equal access to God. We believe that biblically qualified elders should lead the church with assistance from qualified deacons and deaconesses in practical matters of service and administration (Matthew 28:17-20; Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:11-16; I Timothy 3:1-13).

 We reject any view which diminishes the unique role of the church in God’s redemptive plan for this age in theory or in practice. We reject any view of church as a hierarchal organization. We reject any view that puts a clergy member as mediator between God and mankind.


Angels & Demons:  We believe in the reality and personality of angels. We believe that God created an innumerable company of these sinless, spiritual beings who were to be His servants and messengers. We believe in the existence and personality of Satan, a fallen angel, who led a great company of angels into rebellion against God. He is the great enemy of God and man, and the demons are his agents in his unholy purposes. He and his demons will one day be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-17; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2; Ezekiel 28:12-15; Matthew 25:41; Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 20:10).

 We deny any view which elevates angels above Christ or seeks to give them honor and worship due to only God. We reject any view which denies the existence or reality of Satan.


Christian Conduct: We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of humanity; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their time, talent and treasure; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. Christians should not be conformed to this world or live in such a manner as to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. We believe in the liberty of conscience and thus disavow any kind legalistic approach to the Christian life while also opposing the dangers that come with unrestrained libertinism (Romans 12:1-2; I Corinthians 2:14 to 3:3; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 5:1-33).

 

Ordinances: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has entrusted two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. Christian baptism is the immersion of  believers in water in the name of the Triune God symbolizing their identification with the death, burial & resurrection of Christ. The Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ to commemorate His substitutionary and atoning death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered regularly until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 8:26-40; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:17-34).

 We deny any view which requires baptism for salvation or maintains that the communion table is anything more than a memorial; that Christ Himself is present in or alongside of the elements in any way. We deny any view that necessitates baptism for salvation. 

 

The Last Things: We affirm the personal, visible and premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to visibly bring the final consummation of God’s plan of salvation and establish His kingdom on earth. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked who reject Christ and His gospel. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Matthew 20:28; Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; John 14:3; I Thessalonians     4:13-18; Revelation 20:4-6; 11-15).

 We deny any naturalistic, cynical, dialectical, reincarnational or other unbiblical view of history, and any view that denies the personal, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ in history. We also deny any speculative view which establishes a date of Christ’s return.