Beliefs

The Bible

We believe that the entire Old and New Testaments of the Bible are verbally inspired of God and, therefore, without error in the original writings. The Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters about which it speaks. The Bible is to be interpreted in a normal literal way and is understandable because of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

God

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, sovereign, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three distinct and equal persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus

We believe that God, the Son, became true man, without ceasing to be God, in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.

We believe that Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption when He died on a cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all men, and that all who personally appropriate (take for themselves) His work on that cross by believing in (trusting in, or relying on) Him for their redemption are declared righteous before God on the basis of Jesus Christ’s finished work.

We believe in the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ, in His ascension into heaven and in His present life there for us. Jesus Christ is now exalted and, as our High Priest, fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate, in our behalf, with the Father.

We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ for the Church. At that time, the bodies of all the members of the Church, whether living or deceased, will be changed and caught up, to be together with the Lord forever.

We believe in the glorious physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth, with the Church, to set up a kingdom in which He shall reign for one thousand years in righteousness and peace, in fulfillment of promises God has made to Israel.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is the Author of Scripture. He is that person of the Trinity who restrains evil in the world, convicts man of sin, points man to Christ, and regenerates believers – baptizing them, at the moment of belief, into the body of Christ. He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption and progressively makes those who yield to His control more like Jesus Christ – setting them apart from sin unto God and preparing and empowering them for service.

We believe the Holy Spirit gives one or more spiritual gifts to every believer for the building up of the body of Christ and for reaching those who do not believe. We encourage believers to discover and exercise the gifts with which they’ve been entrusted, since their faithfulness to exercise them will be judged by God.

Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God and in perfect fellowship with God, and that, when Adam sinned, the entire human race fell. Consequently, man experiences not only physical death but also spiritual death (separation from God). All human beings are born with a sinful nature. Man is depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.

Salvation

We believe that, concerning man’s salvation, God has revealed that He is sovereign, that He is, in some way behind everything else that is or happens, that He is not willing that any should perish, and that in His sovereignty, He holds man responsible. The intellectual tension man feels between God’s sovereignty and man’s choice (freedom of will) is due to man’s finite vantage point and to God’s limited revelation. There is no tension, in reality. God is absolutely sovereign. In His sovereignty, He has devised and revealed a plan whereby salvation has been made available to all mankind, and this sovereign plan involves the will of man, for God has said that whoever will may come to Him, through Christ. (Rev. 22:17)

We believe that everyone who, by personal faith, receives Jesus Christ as his Savior is saved and, at that moment, becomes a child of God forever. This salvation is a gift, given because of love and grace, wholly apart from any human effort or merit, and is the only way of forgiveness, of victory over sin, and of escape from eternal judgment. Believers are kept eternally secure by the power of God and it is their privilege to enjoy the assurance of salvation through the testimony of God’s Word.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men. The bodies of believers who have died will be resurrected, transformed, and reunited with the immaterial part of their being, which was already in heaven enjoying eternal life with God. Those who die in unbelief will be resurrected to experience judgment and then suffering, apart from God, in the Lake of Fire forever.

We believe that every believer, while now possessing a new nature, still possesses a sinful old nature, which cannot be eradicated in this life. God has made full provision through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, for believers to control this sinful nature and live holy lives. All believers are to give attention to becoming spiritually mature and fruitful. They are not to use their liberty in Christ as an occasion to sin.

Satan

We believe that Satan is real, a fallen angel, and the author of sin. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He was judged when Christ died on the cross, he is presently overcome when believers apply biblical truth, and he will someday be cast into the Lake of Fire forever.

The Church

We believe that the Church, in its invisible form, is universal, the true body of Christ. All believers from the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1) until the Church is caught up to be with the Lord are members of the universal Church, regardless of organizational affiliation. Christ ordained, for the Church, the water baptism of believers and the regular observance of the Lord’s Supper (Communion) until He returns. Obedience to Christ in the practice of these ordinances is not a means of salvation.

We believe that the visible church is the local gathering of people who profess faith in Christ for salvation, who have been baptized, practice the Lord’s Supper and are organized to fulfill God’s mandate to the church. That mandate is fourfold – worship of God, learning about God and His plan for man, building a Christ-centered fellowship of believers and living out the Gospel in our immediate community as well as among the unreached people in our world.