What We Believe
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to every part of the 66 books found in the traditional canon as they appeared in original manuscripts. We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is without error. We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction and are our final authority with regard to faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; Romans 15:4).
We believe in one Triune God, ever existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in essence, equal in power and glory having the same attributes and perfections and worthy of the same homage, confidence and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 5:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-3).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice is guaranteed to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1; 14:18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of the Father, whereas Prophet, Priest and King He fulfills the ministry of intercession, advocacy and sovereignty (Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 12:2; 7:23-25; 9:24;1 John 2:1-2).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is the Third person of the blessed Trinity who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; He regenerates believers in Christ, baptizes them into the church the body of Christ, indwells them and seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon each one, and fills those yielded to Him (John 15:26-27; 16:7-15; John 3:8; I Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14-17).
We believe that the human race was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin mankind fell and the image was marred. Thus mankind became alienated from God, and individuals inherited a sinful nature. Mankind is totally unable to regain its former position on its own. Thus mankind is dead in trespasses and sins and has become subject to the power of the devil. Apart from divine grace, man is condemned (Genesis 1:26; 2:17; 3:1-24; John 3:6,16; 5:40; Romans 3:10-19,23; Ephesians 2:1, 3,12; 1 Timothy 5:6).
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, can help the individual to take even one step toward heaven. (Isaiah 64:6; Matthew 26:28; John 3:7-18; Romans 5:6-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19,23). We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who takes away the sins of the world through His substitutionary work on the Cross and subsequent resurrection and that repentance is a vital part of believing, and is in no way a separate and independent condition of salvation (John 1:12; 3:16, 18; 5:24; Acts 13:39; Romans 1:16-17; 3:22; Galatians 3:22).
THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that all true believers are kept secure in Christ forever regardless of how far they stray. However, we also believe that all true believers living in unrepentant sin are to be disciplined by the local church and will be disciplined by their heavenly Father (Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39; John 10:27-30; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 12:3-11; 1 John 5:13).
We believe that the Church, the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual entity made up of all born-again persons from Pentecost through this present age, irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organization. We believe that the Church is distinct and separate from Israel in people and in covenant. We also believe that the local Church is a small manifestation of the universal church given the responsibility to present each person mature in Christ through training, instruction, exhortation, rebuke, and discipline when necessary (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-13). Church discipline is an anticipatory and declarative sign of possible divine judgment on grievously and habitually unrepentant members meted out by Jesus Christ through the local church, provided they do not reconcile with Christ’s body through repentance (1 Cor. 5.1-13; Matt 18.15-20). Though such action is understood to possess divine sanction, great concern and prayer should accompany such action because the judgment of Christ’s church is fallible, and only Christ’s judgment is perfect and true.
The Responsibility of Believers
We believe that all believers should seek to walk by the Spirit. We believe the believer should not be conformed to this world but be transformed into the likeness of Christ (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16, 25; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 2:15-17). We believe in the priesthood of the believer whereby he/she can intercede for others, worship, and sacrifice unto the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5, 9) We believe that it is the obligation of every believer to witness by life and by word the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) throughout the world (Acts 1:8) by transforming individuals into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Holy Spirit has placed gifted leaders (Acts 20:28) in our church, and it is our responsibility to support their gifts with respect and cooperation (1 Thessalonians 5: 12-13) as they seek to serve (1 Timothy 5:17-18).
We believe that it is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and to support it with their means as the Lord has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:2).
We believe it is the responsibility of all believers to protect our leaders and fellow worshipers from unsubstantiated accusations, slander and gossip (Romans 2:1; 1 Timothy 5:19) and submit to and at all times support each other with prayer (Hebrews 13:17-18).
We believe that the ordinance instituted by the Lord Jesus, water baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are to be observed by all believers until His return (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We believe all true believers are to be baptized by immersion as an act of obedience and a testimony of their faith, their renouncement of the kingdom of darkness and subsequent identification with the body of Christ (Col. 1:13). We believe that to participate in the Lord’s Table is an act of worship and remembrance for examined believers (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:27-30).
THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious blessedness until the resurrection of the body at His coming for the Church, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious 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 separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15).