Doctrinal Beliefs

 

About Scripture

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, His revelation to man, inerrant in the original writing, and that it is therefore the supreme and final authority in all manners of doctrine, faith and life. II Timothy 3:16-17



About God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19



About Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ ever existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and that in His incarnation was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. John 1:1-19; I Timothy 3:16

 

 

About Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved and, for those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed, and that they must be born again to be accepted of God. Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; John 3:1-12; Romans 3:10; Genesis 1:26,27; Genesis 3:1-24



About Salvation

We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture as a representative and a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. We believe He arose bodily from the dead on the third day in the same body in which He suffered and died. We also believe that our Lord ascended into Heaven, that He is now seated at the right hand of the Father and is our High Priest and Divine Advocate with the Father. We believe that by His finished work on the Cross and His unceasing ministry of intercession in Glory, that Jesus Christ has procured for every believer Eternal Redemption, Eternal Salvation, and Everlasting Life. I Cor. 15:3; Romans 5:9; I Cor. 15:4; John 20:27; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 8:1; 7:25; I John 2:1; Hebrews 9:12; 5:9; John 3:16



About the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, that He regenerates the sinner by the Word of God, that He permanently indwells the Church, and the body of each believer, that He seals, enlightens, instructs, and guides every born-again person, and that He is the efficient power for godly living, Christian service, and spiritual worship. John 16:7-15; John 3:5-7: I Peter 1:23; Ephesians 4:30 John 14:16-17,26



About the Church

We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ was begun at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended from Heaven and came into the Church; that it is composed solely of born-again people who have been called out from among the Jews and Gentiles to become the Body and Bride of our Lord Jesus Christ, glorified in Heaven as its Head and the Holy Spirit on earth is the active agent of the God-head, who ever seeks to bring about within its ranks conformity and obedience to the Word of God, and the will of God. The one body unites believers to each other, and all to Christ; and its chief purpose of existence is to evangelize the world and to complete itself through the winning of lost souls to Christ. Acts 2: Rom 1:16; Acts 15:14; Eph. 5:23-24; I Cor. 12:12-13; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8



About the Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the blessed hope, the personal, pre-tribulational, pre-mellennial and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is known as the Rapture of the Church. We also believe in the personal, visible and glorious return of Christ to the earth with His saints at the end of the Great Tribulation. This phase of His coming is known as the Revelation of Jesus Christ. When He returns to earth with His saints, we believe that Jesus Christ will establish His millennial kingdom and will reign for one thousand years. Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; John 14:3; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-6



About End Times

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just at the Rapture; and of the unjust at the end of time. We believe in a Heaven and Hell—Heaven, the place of eternal conscious joy for all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and Hell, the place of eternal conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire, for all who reject Jesus Christ and those dying in their sin. I Thessalonians 4:16; I Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:11-15; John 5:28-29; John 14:1-6; Psalm 16:11; Philippians 1:21,23; John 8:24; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:10-15



About Satan

We believe that Satan is a personal being, a fallen angel, prince of demons, the god of this age, the great enticer and deceiver, the adversary of Christ and His people, the accuser of the brethren, whose end is the Lake of Fire. Isaiah 14:12-15: Ezekiel 28:12-19; II Cor. 4:3-4; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9,10; Matthew 25:42; Revelation 20:10