What We Believe

The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the written revelation of God. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible constitute the plenary (complete) Word by the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor.2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21). We believe that the Bible is verbally inspired in every Word (2 Tim. 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the original documents (Isaiah 30:8), infallible, and God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16). We believe that The Word is powerful (Hebrews 4:12).

 

The Trinity: We believe in one God who exists eternally in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; these persons are coequal, each fully possessing the divine nature (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Acts 5:3-4).

 

The Creation: We believe that Genesis 1-11 is factually true and not mythical. Consequently, we believe that the cosmos, including man, is the product of God's creation out of nothing (creatio ex nihilo), and not the result of naturalistic or theistic evolution (Genesis 1:1-2:3; Job 38:1-7; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17).

 

The Fall of Man: We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he willfully sinned and consequently experienced immediate spiritual death (i.e., separation from God) and eventually physical death. As a result, all people are born with a predisposition to sin, and in fact do personally sin. Apart from Jesus Christ all are eternally lost (Gen. 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6; Rom. 3:23, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3).

 

Jesus Christ - His Person: We believe that God the Son became human in the person of Jesus Christ; was conceived by the Holy spirit within the womb of Mary, a virgin; and is fully God and fully man (Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14; Col. 2:9; Hebrews 4:15).

Jesus Christ - His Work: We believe that Jesus Christ died for the world's sin as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that only those who believe in Him are declared righteous and eternally acceptable before God (Isaiah 53:4-5; Mark 10:45; Romans 3:24-26; Col. 1:19-20; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; 1 peter 2:24, 3:18; 1 John 2:2).

 

Jesus Christ - His Resurrection: We believe that Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where as our high priest, He is interceding for us and directing the church. (John 20:24-27; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 1:19-21; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 4:14; Colossians 1:19).

 

Salvation: We believe that anyone who trusts Jesus Christ as his personal savior is given spiritual life by the Holy Spirit, who immediately and permanently indwells him and baptizes him into the body of Christ as a child of God. This salvation is a gift. It is not based on any human effort or merit, but on the grace of our sovereign God; thus once granted, it can never be lost (John 1:12, 3:1-16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:28, 8:9, 38-39; John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:13).

 

Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility: We believe that God's offer of salvation to all who believe in Jesus Christ is genuine. The person who rejects God's offer is fully responsible for his choice and justly bears the consequences. nevertheless, we believe that man's sinful condition does not permit him to come to God unless God first draws him to Himself. We further believe, that God sovereignly chose all Christians for salvation before the creation of the world. this tension between divine sovereignty and human responsibility pervades many other areas of doctrine and life; its apparent contradiction is due only to man's inability to fully comprehend the workings of an infinite God. (John 6:37, 44; Acts 16:31; Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 1:4-5; 2 Thes. 2:13; 2 Peter 3:9).

 

Sanctification: We believe that each Christian still has a sinful nature, but that God is in the process of changing every believer to be more like Christ, by the working of the Holy Spirit. The believer's responsibility is to yield himself to Jesus Christ as the Lord of his life (Romans 6:1-14, 8:11-13, 12:1; Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 5:16).

 

Spiritual Gifts: We believe that the Holy spirit gives at least one spiritual gift to every believer, to be used for building up other believers. These gifts are to be exercised according to Biblical guidelines and priorities (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-11, 28-31, 13:8-10, 14:20-33; Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Peter 4:10-11).

 

Prayer: We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faithful men in accord with His own Will and His own Time (Matt. 6:5-16; Luke 18:1; Phil. 4:6-7; 1 Thes. 5:17; 1 John 5:14; James 5:16b).

 

The Universal Church: We believe that the church consists of all who have put their faith in Jesus Christ from the day of Pentecost until the present. The church has a threefold purpose: to give God the worship and praise he deserves, to build up believers to spiritual maturity, and to evangelize the world - witnessing, by our words and our lives, the truth of God's provision for man through Jesus Christ (Eph. 4:4-16; 1 peter 2:9-10; Matt. 5:13-16; 28:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:20; Acts 1:8).

 

The Local Church: We believe that each local church is to be nurtured and governed by a group of elders who operate under the headship of Jesus Christ. These are men called by God to be a shepherding ministry and are recognized on the basis of Biblical qualifications. Local church elders are to be assisted by deacons, who must also be Biblically qualified and who perform ministries of service (Acts 14:23, 20;17, 28-31; 1 Tim. 2:9-12, 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9, 2:3-5; 1 Cor. 14:34-35).

 

The Ordinances: We believe that Christ has commissioned each local church to regularly practice the baptism of believers and the Lord's Supper (Matt. 28:19; Acts 8:21-39, 16:30-34; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).

 

Angels, Demons, and Satan: We believe that angels are real beings, created by God, and are sent out by Him to minister especially to believers. We also believe in the existence of fallen angels - demons- who work to thwart God's purposes in the world. chief among them is Satan, who attempts to defeat believers through deception and temptation to sin. Christians can overcome Satan's schemes by applying biblical truth through the power of the Holy Spirit (Job 1:6-12, 38:6-7; Isaiah 6:1-3; Ezekiel 28:12-19; John 8:44; Hebrews 1:14; Jude 6; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Ephesians 6:10-18).

 

Resurrection and Judgments: We believe that all people will be physically resurrected after death. non-believers will be judged by God and will suffer eternal separation from Him. Believers will be examined by Jesus Christ and will be rewarded according to their faithfulness. All believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God in Heaven (John 5:24-29; 1 Cor. 3:10-15; 2 Cor. 5:9-10; Rev. 20:11-15).

 

The End Times: We believe that the church age will end with the following sequence of events, which could be at any moment:

 

* The Rapture: When Christ will come and instantaneously gather all Christians to Himself (1 Thes. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-58).
* The Tribulation: A seven-year period under the domination of the Antichrist and characterized by divine judgments (Daniel 9:24-27; Revelation 4:1-18, 24)
* The Second Coming: When Christ will personally and visibly return to Earth to defeat the forces of the Antichrist and bind Satan (Revelation 9:11-16; Zechariah 14:1-15).
* The Millennium: A one thousand-year period of peace and righteousness over which Christ will personally reign on Earth. At the end of the millennium, Satan will rebel, will again be defeated and be cast into the lake of fire for eternity (Revelation 20:1-10; Isaiah 11:1-16).
* The New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem: A new creation in which believers will eternally dwell in fellowship with God (Revelation 21:1-22:5; Hebrews 12:22-24).