What We Believe

The Scriptures
We believe that all Scripture is God breathed, He put His Spirit within all the men who wrote Scripture. His very words flowed from their pens. It is the Word of God. We believe that the whole Bible in the originals are therefore without error and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. We believe that all Scripture center around the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work, and therefore no portion, even of the Old Testament, is properly read or understood unless it leads to Christ. (Num 11:29, 24:2; Zec 7:12; 1 Sam 10:10; Mark 12:36, 26; 13:11; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Acts 1:16; 17:2-3; 18:28; 26:22-23; 28:23; Rom 15:4; 1 Cor 2:13; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21.)

The Triune God
We believe that God eternally exists in three persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit–and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience. (1 John 5:7, Mat 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4, 2 Cor 13:14; Heb 1:1-3; Rev 1:4-6, 1:8.)

Man–Created and Fallen
We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he fell through sin, and as a consequence of his sin lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and that he became subject to the power of the devil. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and hence that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably bad apart from divine grace. (Gen 1:26; 2:17; 6:5; 8:21; Psalm 14:1-3; 51:5; Jer 17:9; John 3:6; Rom 3:10-19; 8:6-7; Eph 2:1-3; 1 Tim 5:6; 1 John 3:8-10.)

Jesus Christ
We believe that, as provided and purposed by God and as preannounced in the prophecies of the Scriptures, the eternal Son of God came into this world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end He was born of the virgin and received a human body and a sinless human nature. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18; 3:16; Heb 4:15.)

We believe that on the human side He became and remained a perfect man, but sinless throughout His life; yet He retained His absolute deity, being at the same time very God and very man, and that His earth-life sometimes functioned within the sphere of that which was human and sometimes within the sphere of that which was divine. (Luke 2:40; John 1:1-2; Phil 2:5-8.)

We believe that in fulfillment of prophecy He came first to Israel as her Messiah-King, and that being rejected of that nation; He according to the eternal counsels of God gave His life as a ransom for all. (John 1:11; Acts 2:22-24; Gen 22:18; 1 Tim 2:6.)

We believe that in infinite love for the lost He voluntarily accepted His Father's will and became the divinely provided sacrificial Lamb and took away the sin of the world, bearing the holy judgments against sin which the righteousness of God must impose. His death was therefore substitutionary in the most absolute sense–the just for the unjust–and by His death He became the Savior of the lost. (John 1:29; Rom 3:25-26; 2 Cor 5:14; Heb 10:5-14; 1 Pet 3:18.)

We believe that according to the Scriptures He arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died, and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body which ultimately will be given to all believers. (John 20:20; Phil 3:20-21.)

We believe that on departing from the earth He was accepted of His Father and that His acceptance is a final assurance to us that His redeeming work was perfectly accomplished. (Heb 1:3.)

He ceases not to intercede and advocate for the saved. (Eph 1:22-23; Heb 7:25; 1 John 2:1.)

Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ Alone
We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of reformation however great, no attainments in morality, however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word, is absolutely essential to salvation, and only those thus saved are sons of God. We believe also that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and was made a curse for us, dying in our place and stead; and that no repentance, no feeling, no faith, no good resolutions, no sincere efforts, no submission to the rules and regulations of any church, nor all the churches that have existed since the days of the Apostles, can add in the very least degree to the value of the blood or to the merit of the finished work of Christ on the who bore our sins on the cross. (Lev 17:11; Isaiah 64:6; Mat 26:28; John 3:7-18; Rom 5:6-9; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13; 6:15; Eph 1:7; Phil 3:4-9; Tit 3:5; James 1:18; 1 Pet 1:18-19, 23.)

We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ and that repentance is a vital part of believing, and is no way in itself a separate and independent condition of salvation; nor are any other acts, such as confession, baptism, prayer, or faithful service, to be added to believing as a condition of salvation. (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 6:29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Rom 1:16-17; 3:22, 26; 4:5; 10:4; Gal 3:22.)

The Extent of Salvation
We believe that when an unregenerate person exercises that faith in Christ which is illustrated and described as such in the New Testament, he passes immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life and from the old creation into the new; being justified from all things, accepted before the Father according as Christ His Son is accepted, loved as Christ is loved, having his place and portion as linked to Him and one with Him forever. Though the saved one may have occasion to grow in the realization of his blessings and to know a fuller measure of divine power through the yielding of his life more fully to God, he is, as soon as he is saved, in possession of every spiritual blessing and absolutely complete in Christ, and is therefore in no way required by God to seek a so-called "second blessing" or a "second work of grace." (John 5:24; 17:23; Acts 13:39; Rom 5:1; 1 Cor 3:21-23; Eph 1:3; Col 2:10; 1 John 4:17; 5:11-12.)

We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is threefold: It is already complete for every saved person because his position toward God is the same as Christ's position. Since the believer is in Christ, he is set apart unto God in the measure in which Christ is set apart unto God. We believe, however, that he retains his sin nature, which cannot be eradicated in this life. Therefore, while the standing of the Christian in Christ is perfect his present state is no more perfect than his experience in daily life. There is therefore a progressive sanctification wherein the Christian is to "grow in grace" and to "be changed" by the unhindered power of the Spirit. We believe also that the child of God will yet be fully sanctified in his state as he is now sanctified in his standing in Christ when he shall see his Lord and shall be "like Him." (John 17:17; 2 Cor 3:18; 7:1; Eph 4:24; 5:25-27; 1 Thes 5:23; Heb 10:10, 14; 12:10.)

Eternal Security
We believe that, because of the eternal purpose of God toward the objects of His love, because of His freedom to exercise grace toward the meritless on the ground of the propitiatory blood of Christ, because of the very nature of the divine gift of eternal life, because of the present and unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in heaven, because of the immutability of the unchangeable covenants of God, because of the regenerating, abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who are saved, we and all true believers everywhere, once saved, shall be kept saved forever. We believe, however, that God is a holy and righteous Father and that since He cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will when they persistently sin chasten them and correct them in infinite love; but having undertaken to save them and keep them forever, apart from all human merit, He who cannot fail will in the end present every one of them faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son. (John 5:24; 10:28; 13:1; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom 8:29; 1 Cor 6:19; Heb 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; 5:13; Jude 24.)

We believe it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior; and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness or fitness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word, exciting within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience. (Luke 10:20; 22:32; 2 Cor 5:1, 6-8; 2 Tim 1:12; Heb 10:22; 1 John 5:13.)

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the blessed Trinity, though omnipresent from all eternity, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according to the divine promise, dwells in every believer, and by His baptism unites all to Christ in one body, and that He, as the Indwelling One, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service. We believe that He never takes His departure from the church, nor from the feeblest of the saints, but is ever present to testify of Christ; seeking to occupy believers with Him and not with themselves nor with their experiences. We believe that His abode in the world in this special sense will cease when Christ comes to receive His own at the completion of the church. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-15; 1 Cor 6:19; Eph 2:22; 2 Thes 2:7.)

The Holy Spirit restrains evil in the world to the measure of the divine will; the convicting of the world respecting sin, righteousness, and judgment; the regenerating of all believers; the indwelling and anointing of all who are saved, thereby sealing them unto the day of redemption; the baptizing into the one body of Christ of all who are saved; and the continued filling for power, teaching, and service of those among the saved who are yielded to Him and who are subject to His will. (John 3:6; 16:7-11; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 4:30; 5:18; 2 Thes 2:7; 1 John 2:20-27.)

We believe that some gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in tongues and miraculous healings were temporary signs given to the early church. We reject the teaching of charismatic churches that say physical healing was promised in the atonement. The deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection.

We also believe that speaking in tongues was originally the supernatural God given gift of speaking in foreign languages, to foreign unbelievers in order that they might hear the Gospel and be saved. It is not an angel language, ecsatic utterances or a special Holy Spirit language. And it was never the common or a necessary sign of the baptism or of the filling of the Holy Spirit. Nor was it ever necessary for Salvation. We also hold that what is being seen in many congregations today concerning speaking in tongues, being slain in the spirit, holy laughter, words of knowlege, etc. are not from God and are counterfeit manifestaions of a different spirit. See our book at the following link for a detailed understanding on this Topic. (Acts 2:4-11, 4:8, 31; 1 Cor 14:23; Rom 8:23; 1 Cor 13:8.)

The Church, a Unity of Believers
We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the church which is the body and bride of Christ, which began at Pentecost and is completely distinct from Israel. Its members are constituted as such regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of earth.

We believe that by the same Spirit all believers in this age are baptized into, and thus become, one body that is Christ's, whether Jews or Gentiles, and having become members one of another, are under solemn duty to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian differences, and loving one another with a pure heart fervently. (Mat 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Rom 12:5; 1 Cor 12:12-27; Eph 1:20-23; 4:3-10; Col 3:14-15.)

The Sacraments or Ordinances
We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only sacraments and ordinances of the church and that they are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; 1 Cor 11:26.)

The Christian's Walk
We believe that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. But the flesh with its fallen, Adamic nature, which in this life is never eradicated, being with us to the end of our lives to the dishonor of our Lord. (Rom 6:11-13; 8:2, 4, 12-13; Gal 5:16-23; Eph 4:22-24; Col 2:1-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 1:4-7; 3:5-9.)

The Christian's Service
We believe that divine, enabling gifts for service are bestowed by the Spirit upon all who are saved. While there is a diversity of gifts, each believer is energized by the same Spirit, and each is called to his own divinely appointed service as the Spirit may will. In the apostolic church there were certain gifted men--apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers--who were appointed by God for the perfecting of the saints unto their work of the ministry. We believe also that today some men are especially called of God to be evangelists, pastors and teachers, and that it is to the fulfilling of His will and to His eternal glory that these shall be sustained and encouraged in their service for God. (Rom 12:6; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Eph 4:11.)

We believe that, wholly apart from salvation benefits which are bestowed equally upon all who believe, rewards are promised according to the faithfulness of each believer in his service for his Lord, and that these rewards will be bestowed at the judgment seat of Christ after He comes to receive His own to Himself. (1 Cor 3:9-15; 9:18-27; 2 Cor 5:10.)

The Great Commission
We believe that it is the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has saved that they are sent forth by Him into the world even as He was sent forth of His father into the world. We believe that after they are saved they are divinely reckoned to be related to this world as strangers and pilgrims, ambassadors and witnesses, and that their primary purpose in life should be to make Christ known to the world. (Mat 28:18-19 Mark 16:15; John 17:18; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:18-20; 1 Peter 1:17, 2:11.)

The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the period of great tribulation in the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as He went, in person on the clouds of heaven, and with power and great glory to introduce the millennial age, to bind Satan and place him in the abyss, to lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, to restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God's covenant promises, and to bring the whole world to the knowledge of God. (Deut 30:1-10; Isaiah 11:9; Ezkl 37:21-28; Mat 24:15-25:46: Acts 15:16-17; Rom 8:19-23; 11:25-27; 1 Tim 4:1-3; 2 Tim 3:1-5; Rev 20:1-3.)

The Eternal State
We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but the spirits and souls of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23; 2 Thes 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev 20:11-15.)

Church Structure

We believe that God appointed certain men as elders of the church. They are Pastor-Teachers and Evangelists who God has specifically choosen for the equiping of the saints and for edifying the body of Christ. They are held to a higher account by God for what they teach and therefore there are not supposed to be many teachers within the congregation. They are to be faithful to the Word of God, preaching sound doctrine, correcting those that contradict sound doctrine, and guarding the flock against wolves. They are to be men only, for woman are not to teach or to have authority over men within the congregation of the saints. Faithful elders are to be honored and supported by the congregation. Deacons are also to be faithful men appointed to service administering to the physical needs ot the church. (Eph 4:11-12; James 3:1; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 20:28-30;1 Tim 3:2-7; 1 Tim 2:11-15; 1 Tim 5:17-18.)

Moral Issues

We believe that God, not man, decides what is right and what is wrong, what is good and evil, what is sin and what is not. His standards are not to be influeneced by the culture or society, and that the church is to have no fellowship with those who promote evil or sin within a congregation. Jesus did not come to do away with God's moral laws in either the Old or New Testament. (Isa 5:20; 3:11; Eph 5:11-14, 1 Cor 5:9-13, Mat 5:17-19)

Therefore we preach, according to God's word, against sin so that it might lead some to repentance. And we do not water down God's final word on sinful practices to placate the evil society in which we live. (1 Tim 5:20, Gal 3:24.)

Since life begins at conception (fertilization) we reject all forms of abortion including surgical abortion, "morning-after" pills, birth control pills, and all other processes that end life after conception. (Isa 49:5; Psa 106:37-38; Gen 38:8-10; Ezk 16:20; 23:37; Exo 1:15-21)

We believe that Scripture teaches that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination which God deems worthy to be punished, by the government, with the death penalty. Other sexual sins God also condemns in Scripture including adultery, prostitution, rape, pornography, incest, lesbianisn, bisexualism, transgenderism, poligamy, fornication (sex outside of marriage), pedophiles, beastilaity, etc.. (Rom 1:26-32; Lev 20:10-22; 18:22; Gen 19:4-7; Judg 19:22-231 Tim 9-10; Jude 1:7, 1 Cor 6:9-11, Heb 18:4; Rev 22:15)

We believe the intentional use of Alcohol and Drugs (sorcery) to alter the state of one's mind is a sinful practice according to Scripture and needs to be repented of. The word pharmakeia (φαρμακεία) translated (sorcery) in the Bible, from where we get drugs, has to do with practices that God detests in which drugs were used in divination to alter the state of ones mind in order to contact evil spirits. ( Hab 2:15-16; Prov 23:29-35; Prov 20:1; Prov 31:4; 1 Cor 5:11; Lev 10:9; Eph 5:18; 1 Thes 5:7-8; Luke 21:34; 1 Thes 5:7-8; Rom 13:13; 1 Pet 4:3; 1 Cor 6:9-10; Gal 5:20-21; Rev 9:21; 18:23.)




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