The Word of God
We teach that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
We teach that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6
God the Father
We teach that God the Father is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We teach that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
We teach that Jesus Christ is God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We teach His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We teach His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16
The Holy Spirit
We teach that the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We teach that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26
We teach that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We teach that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1
We teach that the universal church is a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We teach that the local church consists of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We teach that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
We teach that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10
We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We teach that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We teach that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We teach that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26
The Last Things
We teach the personal, visible and premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to establish His kingdom. We teach the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the
eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked. Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62;
John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II
Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15
- ...the Bible is the inspired, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative Word of God (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:16-21).
- ...there is one God, eternally existent in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mat 3:13-17).
- ...in the deity of Christ, the virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
- ...that all men are hopelessly lost sinners and must turn to Christ in faith and repentance in order to be saved (Rom 3:23; 10:9,10).
- ...salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone (Eph 2:8-9).
- ...salvation is the work of God, is by His grace, and apart from any human works (Eph 2:8-10).
- ...in the ministry of the Holy Spirit that indwells every Christian and enables them to live a godly life (1 Cor 6:19-20).
- ...in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved to the resurrection of life (heaven) and the lost to the resurrection of damnation (hell). (Lk 16:19-31; Rev 21-22)
- ...in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman (Gen 2:18-25).
- ...in the sanctity of life - life begins at conception and extends to a natural death (Ps 139:13-17).
- ...in the sanctity of gender - God created male and female (Gen 1:26-28).
- ...that Jesus Christ is the head and authority of the church (Col 1:18).
- ...that all ministry must be empowered by the Holy Spirit (John 15:5).
- ...that God moves in response to the prayers of His saints (James 5:16).
- ...the motive for all ministry is the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31).