WHAT WE BELIEVE
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to Man. The Bible is God’s inerrant Word to us, infallible as originally given by God through human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, and is absolutely true and trustworthy. It is our only standard of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; Psalm 119)
There is one true and living God. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, and in revealed to us as the Godhead existent in three co-equal, co-eternal and co-substantial persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:3-6, 13-14; Matthew 28:19; Genesis 1:1,26,27; Genesis 3:22; Philippians 2:5-6; John 1:1,3,14; 18; Isaiah 9:6)
About The Father
The first person of the Trinity who orders and disposes of all things according to His own purpose and grace, and who continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events for His own glory. Fatherhood denotes spiritual relationship; first, within the trinity; second, within mankind, creatively in relation to all men, but spiritually only in relation to those who have been saved by His grace from their sin and come to Him through Jesus Christ. (James 1:17)
About The Son
Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross, rose from the dead to provide justification for every believer, and will again, in the fullness of the Father’s time, return in visible, triumphant, personal form to overthrow sin, judge the world, and establish His Kingdom on earth. (John 1:14)
About The Spirit
The Holy Spirit is sent from God to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, cleanse, and secure from sin. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living; understand of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. (John 14:12-26, 16:8, 13)
About Man, Sin and Satan
Man’s condition is one of sin and separation from God.
Man was created in innocence directly and immediately by God, in His spiritual image, for the purpose of fellowship with God and glory for God. Man was tempted by Satan and sinned, and because of this all men have be born in sin since that time.
Every person has potential for good, but all are marred by a nature of rebellion and disobedience toward God which the Bible calls sin. Sin separates us from God, others, and all good things. Sin without true repentance will cause a man to spend eternity in hell. All persons need to be saved from their sin.
God has acted in Jesus Christ deliver us from sin. Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin. He provided forgiveness and atonement for our sins by shedding His blood on the cross, and rose again to provide life and justification. Apart from Christ, there is no salvation. All men are under condemnation through personal sin, and deliverance from condemnation comes only by the righteousness of Christ and not human merit. This righteousness is credited to the believer by grace through faith. The Holy Spirit regenerates or give new life to one who commits his life to Jesus, and he is kept by God’s power forever, never to be lost.
About The Church
We believe a New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers who have agreed together to worship Jesus Christ, edify the believers, evangelize the lost and minister to others. The church has two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life we have in Him. The Lord’s Supper is a reminder of Christ’s death and anticipates His Second Coming.
About Last Things
Jesus Christ will return and God’s plan for eternity will be carried out. We believe in the imminent and bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth. The dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men according to their works. Unbelievers will be cast into eternal punishment and outer darkness prepared for the devil and his angels who preceded them, and the saved will enter into the eternal state of glory with God and will, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, spend eternity.
About Death and Resurrection
Everyone will face judgment before God; some to eternal life, other’s to eternal condemnation. Death involves no loss of consciousness, but the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ and there is separation of soul and body until the first resurrection when the spirit, soul and resurrected body will be reunited in glorified form in heaven forever. All men will be bodily resurrected, the saved to everlasting life, but the lost to eternal condemnation.