We believe the Bible, in its entirety, in every detail, is the work of God. He directed the human authors, so that what they wrote is fully the Word of God. Therefore, the Bible is without error. Its doctrines are true; its promises are trustworthy; and its commandments are right. The Bible is made up of the 66 books of the Old Testament and New Testament. It is the standard of faith and practice to which God will hold all people accountable. (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 17:17)
Webelieve there is only one true and living God, who has revealed Himself through creation and the Holy Bible (Deuteronomy 6:4). In God’s unity, there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt 3:16-17). All share the divine nature equally, yet all are distinct persons (Matt 28:19). God the Father is a Spirit, therefore immaterial, and invisible (John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17).
We believe God created the heavens and the earth and all that is within them in six 24 hour days without the use of any preexistent material (Genesis 1; Exodus 20:11; Hebrews 11:3).
We believe Jesus Christ is the eternally existent Son of God, Who became man, being born of a virgin and lived free from personal sin (Colossians 1:15-17, John 1:1-3; Matthew 1:18-25; Hebrews 4:15). He died on a cross to pay for our sins, was buried, and rose from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He ascended into heaven, where He is currently seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 1:9; 2:33). Jesus will return to rule the world in righteousness from the throne of David (Matthew 25:31-34; Isaiah 9:6-7).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells Christians at the time of salvation (Romans 8:9) He also works in our lives to help us grow in sanctification (Ephesians 5:18-6:9; Galatians 5:22-23). The Holy Spirit gifts believers for ministry in the local church (1 Corinthians 12:8-12:28-30; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11). We believe the exercise of the miraculous and revelatory gifts, such as healing and tongues, was limited to the beginning of the Church Age and are not the works of the Holy Spirit today (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Angels, Satan, & Demons
We believe angels are heavenly beings who worship and serve God, and minister to His people (Isaiah 6; Psalm 103:20; Hebrews 1:14). Some angels (called demons) have rebelled against God under the leadership of Satan; they seek to thwart God’s plan and destroy His people through false teaching, temptation to sin, and physical harm (Isaiah 14:12-15; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:11-12).
We believe God created mankind in His image on the sixth day of creation and not through evolutionary processes (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7).
God instituted marriage as between one man and one woman and human sexuality is intended to be limited to that relationship. Marriage is a covenant relationship that should not be broken by divorce or adultery (Matthew 19:4-6; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). All human life from conception to death deserves our protection from abortion, abuse, and euthanasia (Genesis 9:6; Psalm 139:13-16).
We believe sin is the failure to meet God’s standard of righteousness (1 John 3:4). Sin entered humanity by Adam’s choice of disobedience, affecting all, so that all are sinners, by nature and conduct (Genesis 3; Romans 5:19; Romans 3:10-18; 5:12). God’s punishment for sin is death (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). This includes physical death (Genesis 2:17), spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1-5), and eternal condemnation in Hell, the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). Forgiveness of sin is available through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 1:15-16).
We believe salvation is deliverance from the condemnation that comes as a result of sin. Salvation is provided by God’s grace, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). To receive the gift of salvation requires faith in Jesus Christ alone; it is not by works (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9, Ephesians 2:8-9). All who have trusted in Jesus Christ are eternally secure in their salvation and can never be lost (Romans 8; John 10:28-29).
We believe Israel is the elect nation of God (Genesis 12:1-3). The time is coming when God will fulfill all of His promises to Israel (Romans 11:25-29). We believe that the nation of Israel is distinct from the church (Romans 11).
We believe the Universal Church is the body of Christ made up of all believers in Jesus Christ from the Day of Pentecost to the Rapture (1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 1:5; Acts 2; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The local church is the congregation of believers joined by the common bond of Christ and unity of doctrine for the purpose of preaching and teaching the Word of God, worship, prayer, and edification for the service and evangelization of others (2 Timothy 4:2; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:11-12; Matthew 28:19-20).
The local church has the responsibility to administer the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:19). Baptism is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and is a public testimony of commitment to Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5). Baptism is the immersion of those who have professed personal faith in Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic reminder of what Jesus did when He bled and died on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
We believe Christians, individually and collectively in the local church, should avoid close partnership with people or organizations who continue in sin or apostasy (1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:5; 2 Corinthians 6:14).
We believe Jesus Christ is coming again at any time and without warning. We believe in the pretribulational rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18), the seven years of tribulation (Daniel 9:24-27; Revelation 6-18), the premillennial return of Christ, and the thousand year reign of Christ from the throne of David (Revelation 20:1-6). We believe those who have rejected Christ will be eternally condemned in the lake of Fire (Revelation 20:7-15), and those who have believed in Him will enjoy Him forever in the New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation 21:1-5).