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What We Believe

 

The Word of God:

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. We believe in the normal, literal, historical, grammatical, and consistent interpretation of the Scriptures and in a dispensational understanding of God’s progressive revelation (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).

The God-head:

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The Person and Work of the Father:

We believe that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and directs all things in Creation, Providence, and Redemption according to His own Sovereign purpose and for His Divine glory (Isaiah 42:5-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:9-14).

We believe that the Father has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own; out of love sent His Son to redeem sinners and His Spirit as a Comforter; and in mercy effectively draws His elect to Christ; and eternally saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:4-6; 1 Peter 1:1-3; John 3:16; Galatians 4:4-5; John 14:16, 26; Romans 8:29-30; John 10:29).

We believe the Father reconciles to Himself all those who repent and He adopts as His own children all those who come to Him through Christ (John 1:12, Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5).

The Person and Work of Christ:

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal, and Divine Son of God, became man without sin, yet never ceasing to be God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1-2; John 1:14; Luke 1:35).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice in providing an unlimited atonement for the sins of the whole world; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 2:9; 1 John 2:2).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministries of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit:

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine person Who 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, indwelling and sealing them at the moment of salvation, unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 5:18).

The Total Depravity of Man:

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and of himself, totally unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

Salvation:

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as the representative and substitutionary sacrifice for all people; and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures; and that all who have repented of their sins and have put their trust in Him are saved by grace through faith on the basis of His shed blood. Such are kept by God’s power, are accepted in the Beloved, and are absolutely secure in Christ forever (John 1:12; 10:27-30; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 1:6-7; 1 Peter 1:5, 18-19; Ephesians 2:8-10).

The Church:

We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons in this present age. We reject those teachings which place the beginning of the New Testament Church subsequent or prior to the Day of Pentecost (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:13-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

Ordinances:

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ established two ordinances: believer’s water baptism, practiced by immersion, and the Lord’s Supper, observed as a memorial of His death. We reject the teaching which denies these ordinances for practice in the Church today (1 Corinthians 11:23-24; Acts 8:35-37; 10:47-48; 1 Corinthians 1:14; Acts 8:12).

The Second Advent of Christ:

We believe that the literal interpretation of the Holy Scripture will ultimately lead one to believe in the “Blessed Hope”; the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; at the Rapture of the Church; and in His subsequent return to the earth with His saints after the seven-year Tribulation to establish His Millennial Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10).

 

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