We believe that the Bible, sixty-six Old and New testament books, is the only verbally inspired Word of God, and as such is the final authority for faith and life. In the original writings (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic) the Bible is inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed. Because of God’s sovereign care over His Word, we have reliable translations available today. We recognize the necessity of the Holy Spirit’s illumination in order for us to correctly understand its meaning.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three persons are co-eternal in being, coidentical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and have the same infinite perfection in their attributes.
We believe that God the Father is the Father of all Creation, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the One who makes us sons through Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth and sinless life, vicarious and representative death, burial and resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of the Father. From this exalted position He serves as the Great High Priest, the Mediator between God and man.
We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is that person of the Trinity who restrains evil in the world, convicts men of sin, and regenerates believers (baptizing them at the moment of their salvation into the body of Christ). He indwells and seals unto the day of redemption all who are saved. He fills with power and gives wisdom to those who are yielded to Him.
We believe that Satan is a created being, the author of sin, and the declared enemy of God and man. We believe he will be eternally punished in the lake of fire. We believe that God is sovereign over Satan, and Satan’s involvement in a believer’s life is subject to limitations imposed by God.
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the entire human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. We believe man is totally depraved, utterly unable and unwilling, apart from God in Christ, to remedy his lost condition.
We believe in the immediate and eternal salvation of every person who truly believes in Jesus Christ, and by faith alone, relies on His finished work on the cross as the only righteous ground on which a Holy God can provide salvation for men. Salvation is by grace, through faith alone, based upon the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Eternal Security and Assurance
We believe that those who have accepted God’s gift of salvation are eternally saved, kept by God’s work and power, and are therefore secure in Christ forever. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to humbly rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word.
We believe that the Church is the Body and Bride of our Lord Jesus Christ, composed solely of believers, and every believer a member. We believe that the Church is distinct from Israel, was begun at Pentecost, and will continue in its present earthly role until its gathering up. The Church has the responsibility to edify itself in love, proclaim the Gospel to the world, and make known the manifold wisdom of God. Local churches are composed of believers in a locality who gather in Christ’s name for worship, Scriptural instruction, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer. These local churches are accountable only to Christ, as Head of the Church, and His Word. We believe God has committed the oversight of local churches to elders whom He qualifies and equips for this ministry.
Priesthood of Believers
We believe that every believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Every believer should nurture a direct, intimate relationship between himself and the Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ, by the working of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament, the Levitical priesthood was especially set apart for the purpose of offering up sacrifices and worship, and ministering to the people. In the New Testament Church, all believers have the privilege and responsibility to exercise their appropriate scriptural role as a believer-priest before God.
We believe that every believer is to be a witness to the world of the gospel of Christ, both by lifestyle and by word.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
The Scripture teaches that the Lord gave these two observances for the Church. In baptism by immersion, a believer publically demonstrates that he has died with Christ, has been buried with Him, and has risen to walk in newness of life with Him. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial feast at which believers worship the Lord and show His death until He comes again. In accordance with early church practice, we observe the Lord’s Supper each Lord’s day.
We believe that dispensations are distinguishable arrangements in the outworking of God’s program on earth. (For example, the dispensation of the Mosaic Law, the present dispensation of Grace, and the future dispensation of the Millenial Kingdom.) These are not to be intermingled or confused. Therefore, we believe that Israel and the Church are two distinct groups, and there is a future for the nation of Israel in her promised land during the millenial kingdom. During these dispensational periods, the way of salvation has remained unchanged. Salvation is always by grace, through faith in God’s revelation, based upon the shed blood of Jesus Christ. This is the subject of the whole counsel of Scripture.
We believe in the “blessed hope”, the personal, imminent, and premillenial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones, and in His subsequent return to the earth, with His saints, to establish His millenial kingdom.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people – the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in the lake of fire.