October 2, 2017

What We Believe

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Bible

We believe that the Bible, consisting of both the Old and New Testaments, is God’s infallible, inerrant Word, written by men who were uniquely moved by the Holy Spirit, and that it is our sole authority in all matters of faith and practice. We affirm our belief in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures in the original writings. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21.

Infallible – without any misleading statement
Inerrant – without any error in the original manuscripts
Sole authority – only authority
Verbal inspiration – every word is what God intended
Plenary inspiration – the quality “God-breathed” applies to all the Scripture


Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each one perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.
God the Father. We believe 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 that come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Jude 24, 25; Ephesians 4:6; John 4:24; Psalm 90:12; Jeremiah 10:10; Romans 11:33; I Timothy 4:10; Acts 5:31.

Jesus Christ. We believe that He is fully God and fully man, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world by the shedding of His blood on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection; His ascension; His high priestly intercession for His people, His Lordship; and His visible, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial return to the world according to His promise.
Colossians 1:13-18; Matthew 1:18-25; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 1:1-12; Acts 1:9-11; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 5:8-11; Hebrews 9:12-28.

Holy Spirit. We believe that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. His works in the believer include (but are not limited to) salvation, baptizing into the body of Christ, indwelling, sealing eternally, progressive sanctification, gifting, filling, teaching, enabling, and glorifying.
John 16:8-18; Ephesians 1:13-14; I Corinthians 12:12-14.


Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God and was originally without sin. Because of the sin of Adam, all men are now sinners both by nature and by choice. Man is unable to remedy his own lost condition.
Genesis 1-3; Romans 3:10-19; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:1-17.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is God’s gift to man in the person of Jesus Christ. Sinful man is saved from the eternal penalty of sin only as a result of receiving Jesus Christ, by faith, as the Savior and Lord of his life.
Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:13; John 1:12-14; Ephesians 1:1-14.

The Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ which is made up of every born-again believer since Pentecost and will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. The local church is an organized body of immersed* believers* voluntarily associated together for the worship of God, the fellowship of believers, the proclamation of the gospel of Christ throughout the world, and the observance of the biblical ordinances (believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper)*. The Scriptural officers of the church are described in I Timothy 3 as pastors (elders or overseers) and deacons. The local church is independent and autonomous* and is free from all outside ecclesiastical* or political* interference.
Acts 4:19; Ephesians 4:4-16; Acts 2:41; I Corinthians 11:23-32; I Timothy 3:1-14.

Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, a fallen angel, and the author of sin. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
Isaiah 14:12-15; Jude 6; I Peter 5:8; II Thessalonians 2:8-11; Revelation 20:1-10.

Last Things

We teach the pre-millennial return of Christ, an event which can occur at any moment. Christ will rapture the church prior to the seven-year Tribulation period. At the conclusion of this period, Christ will return to reign on His millennial throne. There will be a resurrection of the dead, both wicked and righteous. The wicked will be confined to a literal hell for all eternity, while the righteous will be with the Lord forever.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44; Philippians 3:20-21; Daniel 9:25-27; Revelation 20:1-4; Matthew 25:34-41; Revelation 20:14-15.