We believe in the HOLY SCRIPTURES: accepting fully the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments as the very Word of God, verbally inspired in all their parts and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God, altogether sufficient in themselves as our only rule of faith and practice. Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
We believe in the ONE TRUE GOD: Who is omniscient, sovereign, spiritual and personal; perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness, love, wisdom and power; absolutely separate from and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as upholder of all things. He exists eternally as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons who are one in nature, essence, and being, yet each having a distinct ministry in relation to His creation. Genesis 1:1; Exodus 15:11; Psalm 139:7-8; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; 15:26.
We believe in the LORD JESUS CHRIST: Who is the Second Person of the Triune God, the Eternal Word and Only Begotten Son, the divine agent in creation, revelation and redemption. He, without any change in His divine Nature, became man by the miracle of the Virgin Birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true Man, one Person with two natures. As man He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin; and as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing, through His shed blood, the sin of the world, and suffering its fully penalty of divine wrath in our stead. He arose from the grave in a glorified body; and as our great High Priest He ascended into Heaven, there to appear before the Father as our Advocate and Intercessor. His coming for His Church is imminent (at any moment), after which He will return to earth in power and in glory, personally, bodily and visibly, to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1, 14; 3:16; 14:3; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:23-26; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; 9:22.
We believe in THE HOLY SPIRIT: Who is the Third Person of the Triune God. He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals and anoints all that become children of God through Christ, and also empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies and fills believers who daily surrender to Him. Mark 1:8; John 3:5; 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-14; Romans 8:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 1:21,22; 3:18; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 5:18.
We believe that ALL MEN ARE BY NATURE AND CHOICE SINFUL AND LOST: that the first man was the direct creation of God, made in His image and likeness; but by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, he became a sinful creature, the father of a fallen race. As a result, we are universally sinful in both nature and practice, thus alienated from the life and family of God, and under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, having within ourselves no possible means of salvation. Genesis 1:27; 3:6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 5:12, 19.
We believe in SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH: that salvation is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part or the whole by any virtue or work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish. Apart from Christ there is no possible salvation. John 1:12; 3:14, 15; 10:28-29; Romans 8:1; Galatians 3:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5.
We believe in RIGHTEOUS LIVING AND GODLY WORKS: not as a means of salvation in any sense, but as its proper evidence and fruit. Therefore, as Christians we should obey the Word of our Lord, seek the things which are above, and walk as He walked, accepting as our solemn responsibility the duty and privilege of bearing the gospel to a lost world; remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who in gratitude of the infinite and undeserved mercies of God have presented themselves wholly to Christ. Matthew 6:33; Romans 12:1; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:16.
We believe in THE RESURRECTION OF BOTH THE SAVED AND THE LOST: they who are saved unto the resurrection of life and they who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation and everlasting conscious punishment. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15.
We believe in THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: that Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every believer has direct access into God’s presence. The believer has the right and responsibility to personally study, interpret and apply the Scriptures to their life, guided by the Holy Spirit and is called to be a minister of the manifold grace of God. John 14:6; 2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 2:4-9.
We believe in THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST: of which Christ alone is the Head, and into which all true believers are immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit upon coming to faith in Christ Jesus. All members of this one spiritual body should assemble and identify themselves with a local church. 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-15; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:24-25.
We believe in THE LOCAL CHURCH: that each local church is free to govern itself without ecclesiastical or governmental interference but should cooperate with other evangelical churches. The church is responsible to follow the pattern of the New Testament and is directly accountable to God. Matthew 18:15-18; 2 Corinthians 8:18-19; 1 Timothy 3:15.
We believe in THE ORDINANCES GIVEN TO THE LOCAL CHURCH ARE BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER: that Baptism is by immersion of believers, thus portraying the believer’s identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by believers as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ until He comes. Matthew 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28.
We believe THAT MARRIAGE IS ORDAINED BY GOD AS THE UNION OF ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN: creating the foundational unit for an orderly home and society. Marriage is a creation ordinance and is not a church sacrament. Genesis 1:27-28; 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9.
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
— Titus 1:9