Beliefs

What We Believe

ABOUT THE BIBLE  We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writing, infallible and God breathed.  (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20; John 16:12)

ABOUT GOD  We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.  (Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14)

ABOUT JESUS  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.  (John 1:1,2,14;  Luke 1: 35)  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, (suffered for and instead of us) and substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom. 3:24,25; I Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:3,5)  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.  That His descent into the air from Heaven will be an event, not a process, and will be personal and corporeal. (Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 9:24; 7: 25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1,2; Matt. 25:30, 31; Mark 14:62)

ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT  We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11;  II Cor. 3:6; I Cor. 12:-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14)  We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.  (John 16:13; Eph. 5: 18; I John 2:20)

ABOUT MAN  We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.  (Gen 1:26; Rom. 3:22,23; 5:12; Eph. 2: 1-3)

ABOUT SALVATION  We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.  (Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:18, 19) We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 3:22, 23: 5:12; Eph 2:1-3, 12) We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 6:13; 8:12,13; Gal. 5:16-25;  Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16)

ABOUT SERVING  We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own Will, for the sick and afflicted.  (John 15:7;  I John 5:14, 15) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established.  (I Cor. 12:4-11;  II Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12)

ABOUT THE CHURCH  We believe that the Church which is the espoused Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age.  (Eph. 1:22,23;5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2)   We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.  (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 23:32; I Tim. 3:1-13)

ABOUT THE FAMILY  We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning.   We believe that marriage is the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman, which union was designed by God.  Genesis 2:24 states, "for this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh."  Jesus Christ affirmed this in matthew 19:4-6: "And He answered and said, 'have you not read that  He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?  So they are not longer two, but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.'"  We will faithfullly follow this scriptural definition of marriage in the teachings and practices of this church.  However, we also believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love kindness, respect, and dignity.  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitude directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.

ABOUT END TIMES  We believe in the eminent Rapture of the Church to Heaven followed by a seven (7) year period of tribulation upon all the earth.  At the end of this period of tribulation, Jesus shall come back to earth in power and glory with His Church to establish the promised Davidic Kingdom.  Christ shall then reign for 1,000 years, during which time, peace and righteousness will cover the earth, Satan will be bound, and Israel shall be established in her own land.  At the end of this glorious reign, Satan shall lead a rebellion against Christ, shall be defeated, and shall forever be banished to the Lake of Fire.  The wicked dead shall be judged at the Great White Throne, and shall be condemned to everlasting conscious torment and fire; the saved, and eternal, conscious blessedness in the presence of our Lord.   (John 14:13; Matt.  24:21; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev 21:1-5: Ezek. 39:25-29:  I Thess. 4:17)