We teach the Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to man, and that all parts of Scripture are equally inspired (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible is inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), and is inerrant in the original documents, infallible (Psalm 19:7-8), and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). The Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded the very words of God to man without error in the whole or in the part (2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16). The Word of God is absolutely authoritative and complete in its revelation (Revelation 22:18-19), and it is the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21). The Word of God is to be interpreted using a literal, grammatical-historical method of interpretation (which affirms the belief in a literal six day creation in Genesis), and that there is only one true interpretation of any given passage although there may be many applications.
We teach that there is one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4), and that He is equal and perfect in all of His attributes, His essence, and His eternal existence in three Persons -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19). God is infinite, all-knowing, unchanging, sovereign, holy, all-powerful, and is to be worshipped.
God the Father
We teach that God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity, the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31), holy, just, has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11), and is absolutely sovereign. He is the Father of all creation including mankind (Ephesians 4:6), but is only spiritual Father to believers (Romans 8:14). He is not the author of sin (Habakkuk 1:13), and saves from sin all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ as He has so ordained (Acts 13:48).
We teach that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity, and possesses all the divine attributes as the Father, and is coequal, and co-eternal with the Father (John 10:30; 14:9). The Father created all things according to His own will, through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 1:3).
In the incarnation, Jesus Christ laid aside His right to the full prerogatives of coexistence with God, and took on an existence as of a servant while never divesting Himself of His divine attributes, and is the God-Man (Philippians 2:5-8). Jesus represents humanity and deity in indivisible oneness (Colossians 2:9).
We teach the virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-25), and that Jesus Christ was God incarnate (John 1:1,14). Jesus paid the price of man’s sin through His blood atonement (1 Peter 1:18-19), and that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). On the basis of the finished work of Christ on the cross through His death, the believing sinner is freed from the penalty, power, and punishment of sin (Romans 3:21-28).
We also teach the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:6), and His return (Acts 1:9-11). Jesus is the Mediator between God and Man (1 Timothy 2:5), and the Head of His Body the church (Ephesians 1:22). Jesus is the coming King, and the final Judge of all who live (Isaiah 9:6; Acts 17:30-31; Revelation 20).
The Holy Spirit
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, and possesses all the divine attributes as does the Father and the Son. He is eternal, and is coequal with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14). He was sovereignly active in creation (Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18), the writing of Scripture (2 Peter 1:20-21), and is involved in the work of salvation (John 3:5-7).
The Holy Spirit began His work in this age at Pentecost where He came as Jesus had promised (John 14:16-17; 15:26). Every believer is baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation (1 Corinthians 12:13). He has come to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-11). He indwells, sanctifies, instructs, and seals the believer unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13). The Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church (1 Corinthians 12:4-11), but apostleship, speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles were meant for the apostolic age. The purpose of the sign gifts were to authenticate the message and ministry of the apostles and prophets as revealers of divine truth, which God used to lay the foundation of the church that did not yet have the full revelation of God's Word (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:20; 3:5; 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4).
We teach that man was created by God, and did not evolve. Man was originally created in God’s image and likeness free from sin (Genesis 1:26-27), and was created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11). But because of Adam’s sin, sin has been transmitted to all men (Romans 5:10-12). Thus, all men are sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration (Psalm 14:1-3; Romans 3:9-12; 5:12). As a result of man’s sin, he is separated from God unable to do anything to save himself. All men are born spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3), and are in need of salvation from their sin (Romans 3:10-12).
We teach that the salvation of man is by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). There are none who are righteous and none who seek after God (Romans 3:10-12). Man is incapable of doing anything to save himself from the wrath of God that his sin rightly deserves (Ephesians 2:1-5; Romans 3:10-18, 23). God by His grace took the initiative to rescue man from his fallen condition in eternity past by means of election and continues this work today by means of the Holy Spirit drawing sinners to Himself through the preaching of the gospel (Deuteronomy 7:6-8; John 6:37-40,44; Acts 13:48; Ephesians 1:4; Romans 8:28-30; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5). God regenerates and justifies sinners by His grace (Acts 2:38; Romans 3:24, 28; 8:33; 10:9-10, 13; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9), baptizes them into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13), and seals them unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). Man is entirely responsible before God for his sin, and must personally respond to the message of the gospel in repentance and faith (Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47; John 3:36; Acts 2:38). Once a person is saved, he is always saved (Ephesians 1:14; 4:30; 1 John 5:13). All believers are to live a life of obedience separated from sin, and separated unto Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 7:14-7:1; Hebrews 12:1-2). Believers are to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18).
We teach that angels are beings created by God, but are not to be worshipped. They are a higher order of creation than man, but are created to serve and worship God (Hebrews 1:6-7, 14). God always uses the holy angels to assist in accomplishing His will and glorifying Himself.
Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He rebelled against God and took many angels with him in his fall (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19). Satan is the prince of this world who has already been defeated through the death and resurrection of Christ. He is the enemy of God and man, and will be punished eternally when he is thrown into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10).
We teach that the church consist of all those who are regenerate. The church is the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-14), the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8), and Christ is the Head (Ephesians 1:22). The church began on the Day of Pentecost, and will be built by Jesus Christ (Acts 2; Matthew 16:18).
The church is distinct from Israel (1 Corinthians 10:32), a mystery not revealed until this age (Ephesians 3:1-6). The church, as the Body of Christ, is made up of many members into one spiritual Body with varying gifts (1 Corinthians 11:18-20; 12:4-12). The purpose of the church is to glorify God (Ephesians 3:21), and is to build itself up in the faith (Ephesians 4:13-16). All believers are to make disciples and preach the gospel (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8), and are to assemble for the purpose of edification and equipping (Hebrews 10:25; Ephesians 4:11-16).
The leadership of the local church is to consist of men who meet the qualifications of a pastor/elder given in 1 Timothy chapter 3:1-7, and are to be above reproach. Deacons are those who are to lead in serving in the church and are to meet the qualifications of deacon as described in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, being above reproach. However, all believers are called to the work of service (1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 4:12).
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We teach that God created man in His own image as either male or female (Genesis 1:26-27). Marriage is only between one man and one woman and is intended by God to reflect Christ's relationship with His Church (Ephesians 5:21-33). Any form of sexual immorality outside of marriage violates God's design (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, or use of pornography), is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Any person caught in sin can be redeemed and restored by the grace of God to a life that brings the blessing and joy that God has designed for mankind to know and experience (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We teach that every person is to be shown respect, kindness, love, compassion, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Any hateful, harassing behavior, or attitude that does not reflect the love of Christ is to be repudiated and not tolerated from the people of God.
We teach that baptism is to follow salvation, and is to be by immersion (Acts 8:36-39). Baptism stands as a symbol of a believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior Jesus Christ. Thus, in baptism believers show their union and identification with Him (Romans 6:1-11).
The Lord’s Supper stands as a commemoration and proclamation of Christ’s death and payment for sin, and is only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ. The believer is to examine himself before partaking in communion, lest he take it unworthily (1 Corinthians 11:28-32).
The Last Things
We teach the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ to receive His church before the seven-year tribulation (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10). Following the time of tribulation the Lord Jesus will return to establish His kingdom and fulfill the promises God made to Israel (Acts 1:6-11; Romans 11:1-29; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15). We also 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; I Corinthians 4:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2 Timothy 4:1).