Doctrinal Statement

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The Scriptures

We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, and they are the supreme and final authority on faith and practice. We do not believe in the superiority of one English translation.

2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21

God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in essence, while distinct in personality and function. God alone is worthy of our worship and alone the Creator, Sustainer, Savior and Ruler of all things.  Exodus 20:2-3, Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 8:6

Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true Man. We believe in the resurrection of His crucified body, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present ministry there as High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of God. John 1:1, Luke 1:35, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 28:1-7, 1 Corinthians 15:4-9

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the Agent of the new birth through conviction and regeneration, and He seals, indwells, and baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ at the moment of conversion. We believe the Holy Spirit fills and empowers for Christian service by giving spiritual gifts. John 3:5, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 5:18, 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, Hebrews 2:4

Creation

We believe in a literal interpretation of the creation account in Genesis.

Genesis 1:1-31, Colossians 1:16-17

Mankind

We believe man was created in the image of God in innocence, but fell from his sinless state and privileged status. By his sin he incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God. All human beings are therefore born with a sinful nature and need to be saved to have a relationship with God. Because man was created in the image of God, we uphold the sanctity of human life. Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 3:1-6, Romans 5:12 and 19, Titus 1:15-16

Angels/Satan

We believe in the existence of spirit-beings created to worship and serve God: cherubim, seraphim and angels. We believe that some of these angels rebelled from their holy state with Satan as their leader continue to try and hinder

God’s plan and will one day be judged. Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:14-17, 1 Timothy 5:21, Revelation 20:10

Salvation

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died and rose again as the substitutionary sacrifice for mankind. The blood atonement He made was unlimited in its potential. It is limited only in its application, effectively saving those who are brought by the Holy Spirit to repentance and faith. Salvation is based solely on the finished work of Christ and not on one’s personal efforts or good works. Eternal security is the act of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in which the believer is kept for all eternity. John 1:12-13, 6:39; Acts 16:31, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Peter 1:5, 1 John 2:1-2, John 3:5-8

The Christian Life

We believe the Christian at the moment of salvation has been set apart by God. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, obedience to the Word, and the grace of God, the believer should experience victory over the sinful nature. Spiritual maturation will be completed when the believer stands in Christ’s presence. 1 Corinthians 1:30, Colossians 1:26-28, 1 Thessalonians 5:23

The Church

We believe all Christians make up the Body of Christ with Him as the Head. The local church is the visible manifestation of that Body and is the agency which God has chosen to accomplish His work in the world and is led by spiritually qualified elders (pastors/overseers). We believe in the scriptural ordinance of baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. Both are restricted only to those who have given testimony of faith in Jesus Christ. The church should focus on loving one another and proclaiming the gospel worldwide. We believe the church is free from any external hierarchy, and should not associate itself with any ecumenical endeavor or effort to compromise the truth. Acts 2:41-47, Ephesians 3:10, Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-28, Romans 6:17, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, 1 Timothy 2:12, Matthew 16:18

Human Government

We believe civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good of human society. We are responsible to honor, obey and pray for secular authorities. Christians, however, are not obligated to obey these authorities if obedience would violate the clear teaching of God’s Word. Acts 5:29, Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:21, 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Christ’s Second Coming and Eternal State

We believe in the imminent return of Christ for His church, the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth and the literal fulfillment of prophecies which assure the restoration of Israel as a nation. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the eternal blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishing of the lost. Jeremiah 16:14-15, Daniel 12:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Titus 2:13, Revelation 20:1-6