What We Believe

What We Believe

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

The Word of GOD

We believe both the Old and New Testament scriptures as preserved  are the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God. Complete and sufficient, the Bible is authoritative in all matters of faith and practice. (Ps. 119:160; Ps. 12:6-7; Proverbs 30:5a; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)

The One True God

The Bible teaches the one Triune God in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God exists eternally without division of nature, essence or being. All three members of the Trinity are co-equal in power, glory, and have a distinct ministry in relation to creation and humanity. (Gen. 1:1 Exo. 15:11; Deut. 6:4; Ps. 83:18; 139:7-9; Matt. 28:19; Jn 10:30; 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians. 13:14)

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the second person of the Triune God. Jesus is God in flesh, the “God Man”, begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and tempted as we are yet without sin. Being the perfect “Lamb of God” he freely gave His life to redeem the sins of man. He gave himself in death on the cross, bearing the sins of the world, arose from the grave conquering death, and ascended into Heaven as the intercessor and the advocate before the Father for all those that will receive Him as Savior.  (Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18 – 25; Jn 1:1, 14; 3:16; Gal 4:4, 5; Col 2:9; Phil 2:6-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Heb 4:14 – 17; I Jn 2:1, 2)

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third divine Person of the Trinity that  instantaneously and supernaturally indwells the hearts of those that receive the Lord Jesus as Savior. He regenerates, seals, anoints, guides, teaches and baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. (Jn 3:5; 14:16, 17, 26; Jn 16:7-14; Rom 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12: 12 – 14; 2 Corinthians 3:6, 18; Eph 1:13, 14;  5:18;  Matt 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2)

Mankind

Man was created in the image and likeness of God. By choice man chose to sin and disobey God and is by inherited nature, born in sin, and sinful. Being born in sin man is alienated from a relationship with God and is under the condemnation of God with no means of salvation within himself. (Gen 1:27; 2:17; 3:6; Ps. 51:5; 58:3; Rom 3:23; 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 2:14;  Gal 3:11)

Salvation by Grace Through Faith

God shows His love “in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”. Humanity’s salvation was purchased by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Christ paid the sin debt for man by his vicarious death. Our only obligation is to admit our helplessness, repent of our sins, and by faith trust solely in the finished work of the cross and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Salvation cannot be earned. It is the “gift of God” to all those that will freely accept it. (Eph. 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Jn 1:12; 3:14, 10:28, 29; Rom 8:1; Phil 1:6; II Pet 3:9; I Jn 2:2; 1 Corinthians 15: 1 – 4; Rev 22:17)

Eternal Security

Those that trust in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ are “sealed unto the day of redemption” and eternally saved. (Jn 3:8; Gal 3:24 – 26; I Jn 5: 11-13; Jn 3:16; Jn 6:36-40)

Heaven and Hell

The Bible teaches there is a literal Heaven being prepared for the saints of God and a literal Hell for those that reject the Lord Jesus. ( Jn. 14:1-6, Rev. 20:11 – 15; Matt 25:41, 45, 46; Luke 16:19-31)

The Local Church, Baptism, Lords Supper

The Bible teaches the assembling together of baptized believers that worship the Lord in Spirit and truth. Each Church is to carry out the “Great Commission” and observe baptism by immersion, and the taking the of Lord’s Supper. (Acts 2:38, Acts 16: 30-33; 1 Corinthians 11:23 – 32; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Eph 1:22, 23; 4:11-15; Gal 1:22)

missions

The Local Church is to actively support the Gospel Message that is carried to the nations, thus having a part in fulfilling the Great Commission given by the Lord. (Matt. 28: 19 & 20)

Second Coming

The Bible teaches the imminent, literal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. When He returns He will make all things new. He will reign forever and ever with all those who have trusted in Him as Lord. (Matt. 24:44, John 14:1 – 3, 1 Corinthians 15: 51 – 57; 1 Thess. 4:13 – 18)