Statement of Doctrine

We believe the following truths:

  1. The Holy Scriptures

    The Holy Scriptures are the verbal-plenary inspired Word of God. They are inerrant in the original writings, the only infallible rule of faith, doctrine, and practice.
    2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 2:13

  2. The Godhead

    The Godhead eternally exists in three persons; namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God; having precisely the same attributes, power, and glory and deserving the same homage, confidence, and obedience.
    Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3 Revelation 1:4-6; Isaiah 48:16

  3. The Person and Work of Christ
    1. The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus became incarnate to reveal God and redeem sinful man. He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. Our redemption is made sure by His literal physical resurrection from the dead.
      Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; Romans 3:24-25, 4:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Philippians 2:5-8
    2. The Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven and exalted at the right hand of God the Father. As the High Priest for His people, He is our sufficient Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
      Acts 1:9; Philippians 2:9; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2
  4. The Holy Spirit
    1. The Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers of this age into the Body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
      John 16:7-15; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14
    2. He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth. It is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.
      1 John 2:20,27; Ephesians 5:18
  5. The Person and Work of Satan

    Satan is a personal being, the originator of sin and cause of the fall, the open and declared enemy of God and man. His destiny is everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire.
    Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12-17; 1 Timothy 3:6; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:41; Revelation 20:10

  6. The Total Depravity of Man

    Man was created in the image and likeness of God; however, in Adam’s sin the human race fell. Each person inherits a sinful nature and is alienated from God, totally depraved and unable to remedy his lost condition by himself.
    Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:12; Ecclesiastes 7:20; James 3:9

  7. Salvation
    1. 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.
      Acts 16:31; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19
    2. All the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever, It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, but such privilege does not give one the right to continue in sin.
      John 1:12, 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 6:1-2, 8:1,38-39; 2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 Peter 1:5,14-16; Galatians 5:13; 1 John 5:13; Jude 1:24
  8. The Believer’s Two Natures

    Every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old sin nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Since our old sin nature is never eradicated in this earthly life, it needs to be kept by the Spirit in constant subjection to Christ.
    Romans 6:5-11, 8:2,4,12,13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22,32; Colossians 3:1-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9

  9. The Believer’s Walk
    1. The saved should live a Godly life in such a way as to please God, not bring reproach on the Savior or cause others to stumble.
      Titus 2:12; 1 Corinthians 8:9, 10:32-33
    2. It is forbidden in Scripture to be unequally bound with unbelievers in various life relationships.
      Romans 6:5-11, 8:5-10, 12:1-2, 14:13; Galatians 5:16; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
  10. The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
    1. All the saved are equipped for spiritual service through divine gifts given sovereignty by the Holy Spirit. The gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today. The gifts of apostles, prophets, speaking in tongues and other sign miracles and gifts, being only necessary for the foundation of the church, gradually ceased with the completion of the New Testament Scriptures. It is each believers responsibility to use what God has given in service for Him.
      Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13:8-10; Ephesians 2:20-21, 4:7-16; 1 Peter 4:10
    2. God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with his own will, for the sick and afflicted; but he does not now answer through the public display of his power.
      John 15:7; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; James 5:10-16; 1 John 5:14-15
  11. Dispensational Revelation

    The scriptures are to be interpreted in their natural and literal sense. When taken normally, the Scriptures reveal certain divinely determined dispensations or rules of life. Three of these (the age of law, the age of grace, and the age of the millennial kingdom) are the subjects of detailed revelation in the Scriptures.
    Deuteronomy 29:29; John 1:17; 1 Corinthians 9:17; 2 Corinthians 3:7-16; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10, 3:1-6; Colossians 1:24-25; Hebrews 1:1-2, 7:19; Revelation 20:2-6

  12. The Church
    1. All who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the Church, The Church, Having begun at Pentecost, is the Body and Bride of Christ, The Body of Christ is made up of all believers of this dispensation regardless of their membership in organized churches on earth. Any truly saved person is a brother or sister in Christ, and, as such, we are to love one another fervently with a pure heart.
      Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:20-23, 4:3-10; Colossians 3:14-15; 1 Peter 1:22
    2. The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
      Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28:31; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11
    3. The ordinances of the church given by Jesus are as follows: (1) Believer’s baptism by immersion as a testimony of our identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection; (2) The Lord’s Supper to commemorate His death until He comes.
      Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:1-12; Acts 10:47-48; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
    4. Separation from religious apostasy is commanded in the Scriptures. It is important for each believer to be discerning when dealing with those who deny the fundamentals of the faith.
      2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Jude 1:22-23; 2 Peter 2:1-22
  13. Missions

    It is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Bible and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind.
    Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20

  14. The Second Advent of Christ
    1. The next prophetic event is the imminent, personal, pre-Tribulation coming of Jesus Christ in the air to receive to Himself His Bride which is the Church. Those who have died in Christ and the living believers will be translated to heaven where we will be forever with the Lord.
      1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-19; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10
    2. After the Tribulation and prior to the Millennium Jesus will physically descend from heaven to the Mount of Olives to set up His kingdom which will last for 1000 years.
      Zechariah 14:4-11; Acts 1:11; Revelation 20:6
  15. The Eternal State

    The souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, at death immediately pass into his presence. They remain in conscious joy until the resurrection of the body unto its glorified state at His coming, when spirit, soul and body will be reunited and shall be with Him in glory forever. The souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious torment until the final judgment before the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennium. Their spirit, soul and body will be cast into the Lake of Fire to continue in everlasting and unabating punishment from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power.
    Luke 16:19-26, 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 1:6-7; Revelation 20:11-15