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The Bible

We believe the Bible is the Word of God and the only absolute authority for faith and practice. The Bible is the sole source of propositional truth from God that we have today making its revelation the foundation for all understanding. It is both verbally and plenarily inspired in the original writings making them completely inerrant in all matters. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their grammatical-historical and contextual meaning. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:2-3, 19-21; Ps. 19:1-3, 7)

We believe the Scriptures are sufficient (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This means that God's Word contains everything we need that is profitable and fruitful (John 15:7-8). As such we must take every thought captive to His Word (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 10:5-6). We are to add nothing to Scripture (Mark 7:13). We must take nothing away from Scripture (Rev. 22:18-19). No other book is of equal value with Scripture (2 Cor. 10:5-6). God does not require us to believe anything about Himself or His will that is not found in Scripture (Deut. 13:1-4). The sufficiency of Scripture teaches us that nothing is to be placed on a level equal to Scripture (1 Cor.4:6). Nothing is required of us by God that is not commanded in Scripture either explicitly or by implication. We must emphasize what Scripture emphasizes and be content with what God has told us (2 Timothy 1:13, 4:2; Deut. 29:29).

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing uncreated in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each person is co-identical in nature, power and glory. Equal in every divine perfection in essence, while executing distinct functions in the great work of redemption None but He can fully comprehend His essence. God is self-existing and infinite in His being and perfection. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient in all things and every act of His will is free. The God of the Bible is the only true God who in his holiness justly judges all sin and in his love has provided salvation. (Gen. 1:1; Deut.6:4; Isa.6:3, 40:12-17; Matt 28:19, John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14)

Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (Is.7:14, 9:6; Matt.1:18-20; John 1:1,2,14,18; Luke 1:35; Phil.2:5-8)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross in His shed blood as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification was made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-26; 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5, 2:24)

We believe in His bodily ascension into heaven and that He is now exalted at the right hand of God, as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor, Advocate and Head. (Acts 1:9-19; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Eph.5:23; Heb. 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2).

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same essence (Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4).

We believe that the Holy Spirit 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 at salvation, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and apply the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (1 Cor.2:9-16; Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20,27).

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses pastors and teachers to equip believers to do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11,28; Eph. 4:7-12). All expressions of the Holy Spirit must be based upon the Bible to be viewed as from God (1 John 4:1).

Creation

We believe that God created the physical universe, all spirit beings, man, and lower forms of life, without the process of evolution, and that the early chapters of Genesis are a literal and accurate history of a real twenty-four hour, seven day week. God sustains all creation, but exists in no necessary relationship to it (Gen.1,2; Col. 1:15-17; John 1:3).

Spirit Beings

We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spirit beings. One of these, though created holy by God, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan, the Devil, the enemy of his Creator, leading a host of angels in rebellion against God. He became the god of this age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Ezek. 29:12-17; Matt. 25:41; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; Eph. 2:22; Col.1:16; Heb. 12:22; Rev. 12:7-9; 20:10).

Mankind

We believe that man was created innocent in the likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. All mankind has inherited a sinful nature, and are now sinners by birth and by choice, positively inclined to evil. Mankind is totally depraved in that every part of man (mind, emotion, will) is corrupted by sin and therefore, under just condemnation to eternal ruin by the Holy God without defense or excuse (Gen.1:26-27; 2:17; Ps. 58:3; Rom. 1:20; 3:9-18; 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 2:14).

Salvation

We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the atoning and reconciling work of Jesus Christ, the Sinless One. Only in His life, bloody death on the cross, and resurrection has full satisfaction to the justice of God been paid for the sin of men. Thus, salvation for all peoples of the world is exclusively found in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:22-28; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:20-28).

We believe that salvation is a gift of God received by faith alone in the Lord Jesus. At conversion, a regenerated sinner is justified, redeemed, forgiven, and reconciled to God based solely on the merit of Christ. Conversion is a turning from sin in repentance and to Christ in faith. A sinner is made alive spiritually at conversion being given a new nature not possessed before which will evidence itself in works however great or small (Mark 1:15; John 3:16; Rom. 4:5; 4:24-25; 5:10-11; Eph.2:8-9; Titus 3:5; James 2:26).

Sanctification

We believe that positional sanctification is the act of God whereby God imputes Christ's holiness to a believer such that he is eternally set apart as belonging to Him by redemption. This position removes the penalty of sin (Heb. 10:10-14, 1 Cor.1:2; Eph.1:4).

Progressive sanctification is the process of becoming more like Christ as God imparts holiness and the believer receives it. This breaks the power of sin (John 17:17; Rom.8:29; Gal. 5:16; Phil. 2:12-13; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23).

Ultimate sanctification will be the portion of every believer when in the presence of the Lord, with the spirit united in a resurrected body, every trace of sin and rebellion will be removed forever. This removes the presence of sin. (1 John 3:2; Rom.8:29-30; 1 Cor. 15:52-54; Eph. 4:30).

Missions

We believe that God has given the Great Commission to the church for the proclimation of the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. This involves both preaching and teaching (training). As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to reach the lost among us and go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20).

Final Destinies

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).

We believe that the souls of believers in Christ do at death immediately pass into His presence, to stand before Christ to be judged of their Christian works and for the giving of rewards; and they shall then be associated with Him forever in glory; receiving a resurrected body as He wills (1 Cor.3:11-15; 2 Cor.5:8-10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final resurrection for judgment. The result of this judgment will be that all will be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:4-15).

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