What we believe
1. THE BIBLE
We believe that all Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired by God, are inerrant in their original writings--historical, poetical, doctrinal, and prophetical--and are the Christian's final authority in faith and conduct. All Scripture focuses on the Lord Jesus Christ and is designed for our practical instruction.
Matthew 5:18; John 5:39; Acts 18:28; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:21
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, eternally and simultaneously existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three have precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and are worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience.
Genesis 1-2; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6
3. THE FIRST ADVENT OF CHRIST
We believe Jesus is the eternal Son of God, He always was and always will be. In His incarnation He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin.
Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1-18; Hebrews 4:15
We believe He retained His absolute deity, being at the same time completely God and completely man.
Luke 2:40; John 1:1-2; Philippians 2:5-8
We believe His first advent was to reveal God and to redeem man; that He died for our sins (the sins of all mankind) as a substitutionary sacrifice and arose bodily from the dead for our justification.
We believe that He is the One and only Mediator between God and man and the only way for man to be reconciled to God.
John 3:36; Romans 10:4; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Hebrews 9:12-15
We believe that He is now exalted at the right hand of God, Head of the church and Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate.
John 1:29; Acts 1:9; Romans 5:6-11; 1 John 2:1-2
4. ETERNAL SECURITY
We believe that, because of the eternal purpose of God toward the objects of His love, because of His freedom to exercise grace toward the meritless on the grounds of the blood of Christ, because of the very nature of the divine gift of eternal life, because of the present and unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in heaven, all true believers everywhere, once saved shall be kept saved forever. Because God is a holy and righteous Father, He cannot overlook the sin of His children, so He will, when they persistently sin, chasten them and correct them in His infinite love. But, since He has saved them and has promised to keep them forever He will in the end present every one of them faultless before the presence of God the Father.
John 5:24, 10:28, 13:1, 14:16–17, 17:11; Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Hebrews 7:25;
5. THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST
We believe in the personal coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. We believe the last days will consist of a period of Tribulation followed by a millennial reign of Christ, followed by the final judgment.
Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:3-31; Revelation 20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-5
6. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. Though He was omnipresent from all eternity, He took up His abode in the lives of His people on earth on the day of Pentecost. And His baptism unites all to Christ in one body. He never departs from the feeblest of saints and is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service. He seeks to occupy believers with Jesus Christ and not with themselves nor with their experiences. At Pentecost He came from the Father, to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. The broad scope of His ministry is to convict the world of sin, glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and transform believers into the likeness of Christ. His work involves that of regeneration, baptism into the Body of Christ, indwelling, sanctifying, instructing, empowering for service and preserving Christians until the day Christ returns. We believe He alone administers spiritual gifts to the Church, not to glorify Himself or the gifts, but to glorify Jesus Christ. His work also entails energizing the saints with the fruit of the Christian life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Genesis 1:2; John 3:5-7, 15:26, 16:7-9; Acts 1:5-8; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 12:4-13,
2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22, 4:30; 2 Thessalonians 2:7
We believe that mankind was originally created in the image of God, but that he sinned, incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God and which is now inherited by every member of Adam's race, with the man Jesus Christ being the only exception. We believe that mankind is subject to the power of Satan and has within himself no possible means of recovery or salvation.
Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 6:5; Psalms 14:1-3, 51:5; John 3:6; Romans 3:10-23, 5:12-21, 6:23, 8:6-7;
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God (neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man) to be received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All true believers have, as present possessions, the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation. True Christians have every spiritual resource needed for life and Godliness and the Divine guarantee of eternal life meaning that they shall never perish.
John 3:7-18, 17:3; Romans 5:1-9, 8:1, 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13;
Ephesians 1:3-10, 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 John 5:11-12
9. THE CHURCH
We believe that all who are truly born again by the work of the Holy Spirit through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ are members of the church which is the body of Christ. All those who are members of the true Church should manifest participation in a local church, and that baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper are to be observed by the church.
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
10. THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only sacraments and ordinances of the church and that they are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. The decision to participate in baptism and the Lord's Supper will be on an individual basis, both being symbolic of one's faith in Christ and loving
relationship with Him.
Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19–20; Acts 10:47–48, 16:32–33, 18:7–8; 1 Corinthians 11:26
11. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe that the true Christian is set apart unto God, but mankind still retains his sin nature, which cannot be eradicated in this life. We believe that a Christian is to "grow in grace" as we are called with a Holy calling to live not according to the desire of the flesh (the old nature within opposed to God's will), but according to the Spirit of God. We believe a person's walk in Christ ought to reflect Christ's character of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We trust the Spirit of God to lead the child of God into paths of righteousness. One day, when we arrive in heaven for eternity, we will become sinless.
Romans 8:1-30; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 7:1; Ephesians 4:21-5:17; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:23
12. THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do, at death, immediately pass into His presence and there remain until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the church when the soul and body, reunited, will be associated with Him forever in glory. We believe that unbelievers will remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast in the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.
Luke 16:19-26, 23:42; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; Revelation 20:11-15
13. OUR STEWARDSHIP
We understand the scriptural concept of stewardship is that of management of God's resources that He has entrusted to His children. His resources are His mysteries; His material wealth given to us; and His gifts which come because of His grace. The bottom line of being a guardian of God's resources rests in the recognition that everything we have is His, but has been given to us on loan to build His ministry on earth, and the surrender of everything we are and have into the hands of our loving Father. In the Old Testament they were to give gifts and offerings. That was a tithe of 10% of their gross income. The New Testament does not stipulate any given amount but we believe that if they gave 10% of gross in the Old Testament it should not be any less for us today.
Genesis 14:18-20; Exodus 35:20-29; Leviticus 27:30-34; Numbers 28:21-22, 29:2;
Deuteronomy 12:6, 11; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 6:1-4; Luke 16:1-8; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2, 16:1-2;
Hebrews 8:1-6, 11:11-14; 1 Peter 4:10
14. THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe that the Great Commission is the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has saved that they are sent forth by Him into the world even as He was sent forth into the world. We believe that they are ambassadors and witnesses, and that their primary purpose in life should be to make Christ known to all the nations and to teach these new disciples all of the commands Jesus gave to them.
Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; Acts 1:8