What We Believe

THE BIBLE
 

The Word of God, the sixty-six Books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21). 

THE ONE TRUE GOD
 

Existing eternally as three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14). 

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
 

His pre-existence and deity (John 1:1-3), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23), sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), substitutionary death (II Corinthians 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven and present ministry (Hebrews 4:14-16), and coming again (Acts 1:11). 

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT 
 

His personality (John 16:7-15); and deity (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer; baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (I Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9); and filling (Ephesians 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Ephesians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23). 

 

MAN
 

His direct creation in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5). 

SALVATION
 

A complete and eternal salvation by God's grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; I Peter 1:18-19). 

 

THE CHURCH
 

One true Church, the body and Bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-32) composed of all true believers of the present age (I Corinthians 12:12-13); and the organization of its members in local churches for edification of believers and for world-wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Ephesians 4:11-16). 

 

CHRISTIAN LIFE
 

A life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world (Romans 12:1-2), manifested by speaking the truth (James 5:1), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Ephesians 5:22-6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (I Corinthians 6:1-8), not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men (Romans 12:17-21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13-18). 

 

ORDINANCES
 

The Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) baptism of believers by immersion (Matthew 28:19) and (2) the communion service  (I Corinthians 11:20-22, 33-34, Jude 12).

SATAN
 

His existence and personality as the great adversary of God and His people (Revelation 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Revelation 20:10). 

 

SECOND COMING
 

The personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the earth (I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Thessalonians 1:10, Revelation 3:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Revelation 19:11-20:6). 

 

FUTURE LIFE
 

The conscious existence of the dead (Philippians 1:21-23, Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Romans 14:10-12, II Corinthians 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15), and the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16).