What We Believe

Church

The Universal Church, which is the body and future bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of this age irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations (Eph. 1:22-23, 4:11-16, 5:25-27; 1 Cor 12:12-14).  

The Local Church is an Assembly of believers meeting together in a specific location for the purpose of worship, Bible study, prayer, witnessing, fellowship, discipling, serving one another, and observing the church ordnances. The autonomy of the local church is to be free from any external authority or control ( Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 1:1-2, 5:4-7; 1 Tim. 3:1-15; 1 Peter 5:1-3).

Creation

The creation account written by Moses over 3000 years ago is 100% accurate in the order of events. God is the creator of the heaven and earth and that His power and will are manifest in bringing the earth and all living things into existence. The clearest and simplest rendering of appropriate Biblical passages is that the days of Genesis were comparable to our own 24 hour day, which reflect the temporal order of creation (Gen. 1-2; John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-17).

Devil

The Devil is a real created being, a fallen angel who is the open enemy of God and man (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:14-18).

The Devil, Satan, is powerful enough to perform miracles, indwell unbelievers, influence believers, as he prowls around seeking someone to devour ( Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 22:3 Acts 5:3; 1 Peter 5:8).

The Devil will be finally and eternally punished in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:7-10).

Dispensations

The dispensation are stewardships by which God administers His purpose on the earth through man under varying responsibilities (1 Cor. 9:17; Eph. 1:10, 3:2, 3:9; Col. 1:25).

According to Scripture, the only requirement for salvation is that man exercise faith in the provision that God has revealed both in the Old Testament and New Testament.

That Covenant Theology, Hyper-Dispensationalism, and Progressive Dispensationalism are erroneous conclusions to a normal grammatical, historical interpretation of the rightly divided Word of God (II Tim. 2:15).

Duality of Man

Every saved person posses two natures. That God provided for the victory of the new nature over the old nature through identification with Christ in His death and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. That all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Rom. 6:1-13, 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16).

Eschatology

The future prophetic events are in the following order:

The Blessed Hope
The Tribulation
The Second Advent of Christ
The Eternal State

Godhead

There is one, and only one living and true God existing in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, eternal in being, the same nature, equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28: 19; John 15:26; 2 Cor 13:14).

Grace

All believers should seek to walk in such a manner so as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior (1 Tim. 3:7). The believer's walk must include biblical separation, though not isolation (Rom. 12:1-2, 14:13; 1 Cor. 5:9-13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1). It is an obligation and a privelege of every believer to be a witness by an upright life and the use of the Scriptures (Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20). That believers have a responsibility to proclaim the gospel to all the nations and to baptize and teach new believers (Matt. 28:19-20). It is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and support it financially as the Lord has prospered them (1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:7).

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the blessed trinity and ministers to mankind in the following ways:

Conviction of Sin
Permanent Regeneration
Commanded to be Filled
Restoration by Biblical Confession
Bestowing Spiritual Gifts

Jesus Christ

As provided and purposed by God and as pre-announced in the prophecies of Scripture, the eternal Son of God came into this world that He might manifest God to all mankind, to fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of this lost world. To this end He was born of the Virgin Mary and received a human body and a sinless human nature (Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:23; John 1:14; Phil 2:5-8).

The Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross and that He arose bodily from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, and that He is our only Mediator, High Priest, and Divine Advocate with the Father (Isaiah 53:4-5; John 19:30; 1 Cor. 15:4,  20; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25, 8:1; 1 John 2:1-2).

The imminent, personal, physical, and pre-millennial return of Christ will occur in two phases: First, at any time to complete the church age by rapturing all believers prior to the tribulation, and Second, at the end of the Great Tribulation when He shall return with His saints to establish the Millennial Kingdom (1 Cor. 15:51-57; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-10).

Man

Mankind was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, and that he voluntarily fell, through eating the forbidden fruit. As a consequence of his disobedience the threatened penalty of death was then and there inflicted. Adam lost his fellowship with God becoming dead in trespasses and sins and he became subject to the power of the devil. Adam's death or (his depraved human nature) was imputed to the entire human race of man, the man of Jesus Christ alone being excepted (Gen. 1:26-27, 3:1-6; Jer. 17:9; Isaiah 64:6; Rom. 3:9-17, 23, 5:12;Eph. 2:1-2; Heb. 4:15).

Ordinances

The Lord instituted only two ordinances for the church:

Water Baptism
The Lords Table

Salvation

The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of his finished work on the cross (Rom. 5:9; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 1 Peter 2:24).

Salvation is the gift of God brought to men by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (John 1:12, 5:24; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19). We do not believe that discipleship is tantamount to salvation.

Scripture

All scripture is given by inspiration of God. The whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved to write the very words of Scripture. The divine inspiration extends to all parts of the Scriptures in the original writings and that all the scriptures were designed for our practical instruction and are sufficient (unmixed with human wisdom) to equip believers (Psalms 119:89, 152; Isaiah 40:8; Luke 24:27; Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

Security

All who are born again through faith in Jesus Christ are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. The believer is secure forever yet disciplined when necessary by the Father as a beloved child. God, who cannot fail, will win in the end present every believer faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His son (John 5:24, 1027-30; Rom. 8:29, 35-39; 1 Cor 1:4-9; Heb. 12:3-11; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Jude 24-25).