STATEMENT OF FAITH
SECTION A: THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
We believe the Holy Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the
Old Testament and New Testament, to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word
God, His only special revelation to man, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (John 16: 12-13; 2
Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18),
SECTION B: THE TRUE GOD.
THE TRINITY: We believe there is one, and only one living
and true God, eternally existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy
Spirit), co-eternal in
being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, co-equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work
of redemption. Among the attributes of the Triune God: Hois infinite, immutable, all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere present, and inexpressibly glorious in
holiness. He is worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love (Genesis 1 :26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:21-22; 48: 1; 64:8; Psalm 90:2; 2 Corinthians 13: 14;
1 Chronicles 29: 11-12; Romans 11 :33-36; Malachi 3:6; James 1: 17; Jeremiah 32:27; Matthew 19:26; Psalms 147:5; 1 John 3:20; Psalm 139:7-10; Psalm 29:2,
Deuteronomy 6:5; Revelation 4: 11).
1. GOD THE FATHER:
We believe in God the Father, an infinite Spirit, the Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, and the Recipient of all our prayers (John 1: 18; Colossians 1: 15; 1 Corinthians 2: 11-12; Matthew 6:6-13;Philippians 4:6).
2. GOD THE SON:
1. 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 1-26-35).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our
eternal redemption through the shedding of His blood in death on the cross as our
representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans
3:24-25; 1 Peter 1 :3-5; 2:24; Ephesians 1 :7; 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to 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 (Acts 1 :9-1 0; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25;
Romans 8:34; 1John 2:1-2)
3. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal
with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature, who convicts the
of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration Who places all believers into the body of Christ and indwells
and seals them unto the day of our redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 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
and empowered by the Spirit (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20,27; Ephesians 5:18).
SECTION C: SATAN (THE DEVIL).
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan (the Devil), who is the author of sin, and the cause of the fall; that he was created by God as an angel, but through pride and rebellion became the declared enemy of his Creator and man, the accuser of the brethren, the unholy god of this age, the ruler of all the powers of darkness; that he is destined to the judgment of eternal torment in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:7-12; 20:10).
SECTION D: THE CREATION AND FALL OF MAN.
We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the
physical universe, angels, and man; that this account is neither allegory nor
myth, but a literal, historical
account of the direct, immediate and creative acts of God in six solar days without any evolutionary process; that man was created by a direct work of God
and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the entire human race
(Genesis 1 :2; Colossians 1: 16-17; John 1 :3).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of
God under the law of his Maker, but, by voluntary transgression, Adam fell from
his innocent state
and all men sinned in him. The consequences of this act are that all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam's fallen nature, are sinners by nature and
by conduct and therefore, are under just condemnation without defense or excuse and are of themselves, utterly unable to remedy their lost condition
(Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-6; Romans 1:18, 32; 3:10-23; 5:12,19; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
SECTION E: THE GRACE OF GOD.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought
to man by grace and received by
personal faith in the Lord Jesus Ghrist, whose precious blood was
shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. Once a person is saved, he is a new creation in Christ Jesus: This new birth is instantaneous and not a
process (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12-13; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He
declares the believer righteous upon the basis of the imputed righteousness of
and that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through our faith in the Redeemers (Christ
Jesus) shed blood (Romans 3:24; 4:5; 5:1, 9; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9).
We believe sanctification is the divine setting-apart
of the believer unto God based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the
believer in a position of
holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior. It is a continuing process as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to our lives. Our sanctification will be final
when we are glorified on the Lord's return (John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1Thessalonians 4:3-4, 5:23-24; 1 John 3:2).
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; 10:27-29;
Romans 8:38-39; 1
Corinthians 1 :4-8; 1 Peter 1 :5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word; however, Scripture clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to sin (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
SECTION F: THE CHURCH (THE BODY OF CHRIST).
We believe that the Gospel of the Grace of God unites all
into the church, the
Body of Christ, through faith in Christ's propitiation as their personal Savior. The
Body of Christ is completely separate and distinct from Israel, God's chosen nation. We believe in this Age of Grace, whether Jew or Gentile, by one Spirit
are we all baptized into One Body. That is the Body of Christ Jesus. We have a solemn duty to keep the unity of the Body in the bond of peace, loving one
another with a pure heart (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4; 12: 12-27; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:20-22; 4:3-10; Colossians 3:14-15).
We believe that the Lord's Supper is the remembrance of His death until He comes, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Matthew 26:26, 29).
3. MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS:
A. We believe members of the church should meet regularly for worship, exhortation, and fellowship (Hebrews 10:24-25).
B. We believe that the desire to give one's time and material wealth to Christ is an attitude prompted by the Word and the Holy Spirit. One's giving should be an
expression of gratitude and thanksgiving to God. It is an external expression
of an internal spiritual condition. Our giving should be personal, not
grudgingly or of
necessity (Genesis 14: 18-20; Matthew 6: 19-21; Luke 21: 1-4; Romans 12: 1-2; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; Hebrews 7:1-2; 1 John 3:11-17).
C. We believe that God is sovereign in the
bestowment of His gifts and that today, evangelists, Pastors, and teachers are
sufficient for the equipping of the saints,
for the work of ministry, for the building up the body of Christ; and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign-miracles ceased as the New Testament
Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1 Corinthians 12:14; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12).
D. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer offered in faith, in accord with His own will for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15; James 5: 13-16).
We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach non-conformity to the world
for every believer;
that born-again believers should be separated from the world unto
Christ; that it is clearly commanded by God that all believers should live separated from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices. (John
17:9-20; Romans 6:8; 1 Corinthians 6:11, 19-20; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 6:14-17; 7:1; Galatians 5: 16-26; Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 1: 13; 3: 1-4; Titus 2: 11-12, 14; Hebrews 10:14; 1 Peter 1:14-16).
5. MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY:
A. We believe that the term "marriage" has only one legitimate meaning. Marriage is sanctioned by God, joining one man and one woman in a single, covenantal union, as delineated by Scripture. Marriage ceremonies performed in any facility owned, leased or rented by this church will be only those ceremonies sanctioned by God, joining one man with one woman as their gender was determined at birth. Whenever there is a conflict between the church's position and any standard set by civil government for marriage, the church's statement of faith, doctrines, and Biblical positions will be held to (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-5; Ephesians 5:22-23; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:1-9).
We believe that all sexual conduct outside the bonds of
marriage is sin, with fornication, adultery, incest, homosexuality and
bestiality all being described by God as abominations. We further believe that
the physical condition in which a person is born, including their gender, is
established by God; therefore, claims of innate sexual confusion are false, and
transvestism and its related perversions including sex change (transgenderism)
operations are abominations before God. We further believe that declaring God's
word and warning people of the temporal and eternal consequences of their sins,
including sexual perversions, is an act of
loving concern. God's word remains true and His prohibitions, including those on sexual perversions and immoralities cannot be satisfied or amended by any human governmental authority, be it civil or theological (Leviticus 18:6-30; Exodus 4:11; 22:19; Deuteronomy 22:5).
6. CIVIL GOVERNMENT:
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society, and that magistrates are to be prayed for,
honored, and obeyed, except in those things opposed to the Will of our
Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming
King of Kings (Romans 13:1-7; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; 4:19-20; Daniel 3:17-18).
SECTION G: ISRAEL:
We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God's eternal covenant people; that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ; and, that she will be regathered in the Holy Land after the completion of the church. She will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ (Genesis 13:14-17; Romans 11 :1-32; Ezekiel 37).
SECTION H: THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED.
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between
Believers and Nonbelievers. We believe that only believers who are justified
through faith in the Lord
Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of the world, and are sanctified by the Holy Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem. All who continue in
impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse and; therefore, stand condemned before God. This distinction holds among men both in life and after
death, in the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the unsaved (Malachi 3: 18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6: 17 -18; Proverbs
11:31; Romans 1:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; 1 John 2:29; Romans 6:16, 23; Galatians 3:10; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matthew 25:34,41;7:13-14).
SECTION I: RESURRECTION/RAPTURE/MILLENNIAL KINGDOM.
Christ Jesus was resurrected bodily from the dead, and at His
coming, He will raise all of the saved to everlasting glory, and all of the
unsaved to everlasting
condemnation (Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:22-23; Revelation 20: 11-15).
2. We believe in the pre-millennial return
of Christ Jesus, an event that can occur at any moment (Rapture), and that at
that moment, the dead in Christ shall be
raised in glorified bodies, the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all of them shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the
air before the seven years of the Great Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20-21 ).
The second coming of Christ Jesus will occur at the end of Great
Tribulation and He will, through His power and great glory, sit upon the throne of
establish the millennial kingdom (Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:5-31; Luke 1 :30-33; Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-9; Acts 2:29-30; Revelation 20:1-4,6; Revelation 19:11-20;
1Thessalonians 4: 13-18).