What We Believe

 

  1. The Bible – All sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God. Through His Spirit God, God used men to write His actual thoughts and words.  The Bible is the complete collection of God’s Word and in its original form it was without error, the exact words God wanted to communicate.  The Bible is complete, final, authoritative and unchanging.  It is the all-sufficient rule for faith and practice apart from integration with any other discipline and has the only true message from the only true God. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19)
  1. The One True God – There is one true God who exists eternally in three persons: God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Spirit. Any teaching that states the Father, Son and/or Holy Spirit are not deity (God) or that any person other than the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is deity is false doctrine. Also any teaching that states God is less than or more than three persons is false doctrine.  (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Isaiah 44:608; 45:5-7; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21-22; Romans 1:20; II Corinthians 13:14)
  1. God the Father – God the Father is a person and He is deity. As the perfect Father: He desires all to be His children; loves His children; provides for His children; protects His children; teaches and guides His children; oversees and is in charge of His children; expects the respect of His children; disciplines His children; forgives His children.  (Ecclesiastes 5:2; Matthew 6:9-15; 7:7-11; 10:28-31; John 1:6-13; 3:16; 14:15-18; Ephesians 3:14-15; 4:6; Philippians 4:19-20; I Timothy 2:1-4; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 12:5-11; I John 1:9; 3:1)
  1. God the Son – God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is a person and He is deity. He has always existed as God and became a man through the virgin birth.  He lived a sinless life on earth in order to suffer and die as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind.  After three days in the grave He was raised and appeared to many people before ascending to heaven where, at the Father’s right hand, He intercedes for believers and awaits His return.  Jesus is the only way to the Father, and therefore the only means of salvation and eternal life.  Prayer by true believers is to be offered in His name.  (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-3, 14; 14:1-6; 13-14; 15:16; 16:23-24; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5:21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 7:25)
  1. God the Holy Spirit – God the Holy Spirit is a person and He is deity. Ahead of salvation He reveals our need for salvation.  At the moment of salvation He enters, seals and becomes the guarantee of eternal life for every Christian.  He provides to each believer a gift for serving others.  Apostolic sign gifts and miracles, however, even in the early church, were not for all believers and ended with the apostolic era.  Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a once of all action at the moment of salvation.  After salvation the Holy Spirit fills, empowers and motivates believers for Christian living and service.  (John 16:7-15; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19-20; 2-14; II Corinthians 12:12; Galatians 5:16; 22-23; Ephesians 1:13-14; 3:16; 5:18; I Peter 4:10)
  1. Creation/Mankind – The Bible teaches a recent, direct creation of the heavens, the earth and all their hosts, by God, without pre-existing material, in six literal 24 hour days. God created man in His image.  The Bible teaches the sanctity of human life which begins at conception.  The deliberate taking of human life before, during or after birth is in violation of the sixth commandment.  (Genesis 1-3; Exodus 20:13; Psalm 139:13-16; Luke 1:39-45)
  1. Salvation – When man sinned it resulted in spiritual death and necessitated a new birth in Christ for salvation. God’s grace alone, received as a gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work provides complete and eternal salvation resulting in eternal life with Him in heaven.  Jesus is the only “true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.”  Therefore, “as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God…”  There is no other light which will guide to eternal life or away from eternal punishment. (John 1:6-13; 3:3-5; Acts 4:8-12; Romans 3:23-24; 5:12; 8:1-2; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-7; James 2:19; I Peter 1:18-19)
  1. Family – The family, composed of persons related by marriage, blood and/or adoption is ordained by God as the foundational institution of human society. The Bible teaches the sanctity of marriage which is to be a relationship between one man and one woman for life.  The Bible also teaches children are a blessing and heritage from the Lord and are to be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Psalm 127-128; Ephesians 5:22-6:4)
  1. Church/Ordinances – The church, composed of all true believers, is the body and bride of Christ and He is the head. Through the church we are to exalt God, edify one another and evangelize the world.  There are many local churches that contain members of the body and bride of Christ.  Local churches are to be autonomous and harmonious.  The Bible teaches confession of faith and baptism to be requirements for local church membership.  Christ instituted and commanded the church to practice two symbolic acts through which we proclaim great spiritual truths.  These acts are: 1)  water immersion through which we proclaim that we have already been immersed into the body of Christ and are disciples of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit”); 2) the Lord’s Supper through which we “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”  Through the bread and cup, the washing of the saints’ feet and the love feast we proclaim and express our appreciation for the past, present and future ministries of Jesus to the believer. (Matthew 28:19; John 13:1-17; I Corinthians 11:17-34; 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-16)
  1. The Christian Life – The Christian life is to be a life of righteousness, good works and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world. The right type of Christian life is manifested by: speaking the truth in love; maintaining the sanctity of the home; settling differences between Christians in accordance with God’s Word; not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men; exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit; maintaining a life of prayer and study of God’s Word; sharing the good news of eternal life; cheerfully giving to the work of the Lord.  The Christian life also includes the blessing when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and anoint with oil in the name of the Lord.  (Matthew 18:15-17; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:1-2, 17-21; I Corinthians 6:1-8; II Corinthians 6:14-18; 8-9; Galatians 2:20; 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:15; 5:18-6:4; Philippians 4:6; I Thessalonians 5:17; II Timothy 2:15; Titus 2:11-15; 3:8-11; James 5:12-18)
  1. The Accuser Is the Real Loser – Satan exists as a real personality and is the enemy of God and His people.  Satan has been defeated and judged by Christ and will experience eternal punishment in the lake of fire.  (Matthew 25:41; John 12:31; James 4:7; Revelation 12:1-12; 20:10)
  1. The Second Coming of Christ – Christ could return at any time and will return both personally and visibly to remove His church from the earth before the tribulation. After a seven year period of tribulation on earth, Christ will descend again from heaven, with the church, to establish a literal thousand year kingdom upon the earth. (I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; I John 2:28; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-20:6)
  1. Future Life – All people enter a conscious existence after death. In God’s timing the dead will be raised from the grave in new, immortal bodies.  Believers will be raised first, judged and rewarded and will experience joyful eternal life with Christ.  Non-believers will be raised at a later time and will face judgment, condemnation and eternal punishment.  (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; John 3:16; 5:28-29; 14:1-6; Romans 14:10-12; II Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 1:21-23; Revelation 20:11-15)