THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible, comprised of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and sufficient Word of God (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3). In faith, we hold the Bible to be inerrant in the original writings, God-breathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Wherever the Bible deals with the physical universe, it is always true. (Psalm 119:160; John 3:12) While still using the individual writing styles of the human authors, the Holy Spirit perfectly guided them to ensure they wrote precisely what He wanted written, without error or omission (2 Peter 1:21). We believe God's Word is brought to light by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 1 John 2:27). We hold to a natural, contextual reading along with a supernatural revealing of God's Word. We believe that God's Word is not to be only read literally or simply poetically, but rather naturally (as it's written). The grammatical context, along with the light of the Holy Spirit, determines how God's Word is to be understood. Some areas of Scripture is clearly written to be understood literally/historically, i.e. Genesis 1, others poetically, and others prophetically. (Psalm 119:160)

 

GOD

We believe in one God, who is Creator of all (Deuteronomy 6:4;Colossians 1:16), who has revealedHimself in three distinct Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14), yet who is onein being, essence, and glory (John 10:30). God is eternal (Psalm 90:2), infinite (1 Timothy 1:17), andsovereign (Psalm 93:1). God is omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13),omnipotent (Revelation 19:6), and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God is holy (Isaiah 6:3), just(Deuteronomy 32:4;Isaiah 45:21 ), and righteous (Exodus 9:27). God is love (1 John 4:8), gracious(Ephesians 2:8), merciful (1 Peter 1:3), and good (Romans 8:28).

 

JESUS CHRIST

We believe Jesus Christ is the Word of God, the Creator, Savior, Lord, and coming King. (Colossians
1:16-17;1 Timothy 6:14-15;Revelation 19:16) We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Isaiah 43:11;John 1:1-4;Titus 2:13) He is God incarnate, God in human form, the expressed image
of the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might demonstrate who
God is and provide the means of salvation for humanity (Matthew 1:21;John 1:18;Colossians 1:15).
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary; that
He is truly fully God and truly fully man; that He lived a perfect, sinless life; that all His teachings
are true (Isaiah 14;Matthew 1:23). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all
humanity (1 John 2:2) as a substitutionary sacrifice (Isaiah 53:5-6). We hold that His death is
sufficient to provide salvation for all who receive Him as Savior (John 1:12;Acts 16:31); that our

justification is grounded in the shedding of His blood (Romans 5:9;Ephesians 1:7); and that it is
attested by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6;1 Peter 1:3).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body (Acts 1:9-10) and is
now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate (Romans 8:34;Hebrews 7:25).

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers (Romans 8:9). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). He is the seal by whom the Father guarantees the salvation of
believers unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is ultimately sovereign in the distribution of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11). We believe since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, that the Holy Spirit still functions in believers the same as the early church for those willing to be yielded to the Lord. We believe although there are many false prophets and teachers, as well as false works and miracles being attributed to the Holy Spirit, these by no means discount the real and daily work of the Spirit of God. We also believe the Holy Spirit will never contradict His Word and will always point to the truth of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 7:21;John 14:26;John 15:26;John 16:13;1 Corinthians 12:4-
11;2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:20;4:7-12).

 

CREATION

We believe creation is a fundamental and foundational doctrine of God's Word. We believe God literally created the universe in 6 days around 6,000 years ago, just as God's Word says. We do not
believe in the philosophy of evolution that plagues today's hearts and minds. (Genesis 1; Exodus 20:11; John 1:1-5; Romans 1:20-25)

 

ANGELS AND DEMONS

We believe in the reality and personality of angels. We believe that God created the angels to be His servants and messengers (Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2; Hebrews 1:14).
We believe in the existence and personality of Satan and demons. Satan is a fallen angel who led a group of angels in rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-15). He is the great enemy of God and man, and the demons are his servants in evil. He and his demons will be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

 

HUMANITY

We believe that humanity came into existence by the direct creation of God starting with Adam and Eve on Day 6 of creation just as described in Genesis 1 and that humanity is uniquely made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that all humanity, because of Adam's fall,
has inherited a sinful nature, that all human beings choose to sin (Romans 3:23), and that all sin is exceedingly offensive to God (Romans 6:23). Humanity is utterly unable to remedy this fallen state (Ephesians 2:1-5,12).  Although mankind still has a remnant of God's image, because of sin, this
image has been marred. Mankind is not inherently good. People are not born as God's children, but must be born again. (Genesis 3; Jeremiah 17:9; Isaiah 64:6; John 2:24-25; John 3:3; John 8:44)

 

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is a gift of God. We believe people are saved through faith in the finished,
perfect work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s death fully accomplished justification through faith and redemption from sin. Christ died in our place (Romans 5:8-9) and bore our sins in His own body (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24).
We believe salvation is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Good works and
obedience are results of salvation, not requirements for salvation. Due to the greatness, sufficiency, and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice, all those who have truly received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in salvation, kept by God’s power, secured and sealed in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-
30; Romans 8:1,38-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24). Just as salvation cannot be earned by good works, neither does it need good works to be maintained or sustained. Good works and changed lives are the inevitable results of salvation (James 2).

 

MAN'S ABILITY TO BELIEVE

We believe that although man is sinful by nature, being dead in sin does not mean mankind is unable to personally believe and receive the Good News of Jesus Christ's full and free forgiveness. We believe the Holy Spirit knocks on hearts, calling all men to repent/turn to Him, but only those who respond and receive God's forgiveness will be born again by the Spirit of God.  We do not believe that man's belief is a work. We also believe that salvation is offered to all men, not merely all kinds
of men. We believe this is the sovereign plan of God from before the foundation of the world. (John 1:12; John 3:16; John 5:24; Romans 10:8-9;1 John 2:2; Revelation 4:11)

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all believers of this present age (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27). We believe in the ordinances of believer’s water baptism by immersion as a testimony to Christ and identification with Him, and the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of Christ’s death and shed blood (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42,18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Through the church, believers are to
be taught to obey the Lord and to testify concerning their faith in Christ as Savior and to honor Him by holy living. We believe in the Great Commission as the primary mission of the Church. It is the obligation of all believers to witness, by word and life, to the truths of God’s Word. The gospel of the grace of God is to be preached to all the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20).

 

INDIVIDUAL BELIEVERS

We believe that genuine believers are born again by the Holy Spirit of God, and are indwelt, baptized into the body of Christ, the true church, and sealed by the Holy Spirit, and thus, unable to be separated from the love of Jesus Christ. (John 3:1-6, Acts 1:4-5, Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that all believers need to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a godly life
and to be bold in our witness for the Lord. (Romans 8:13-14, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19-
20, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18)
We believe in the spiritual unity of all genuine believers in the Lord Jesus Christ which is manifested
by the spiritual gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit's presence through His truth and love. (1 Corinthians
12:12-13, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 4:8-12)

 

MARRIAGE

We believe the human race was created as male and female by a direct act of God to fully reveal His image.   (Genesis 1:26-28)
We believe marriage is a sacred covenantal union between a man and a woman that limits sexual
relations to monogamous, heterosexual marriage. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6)
We believe that the solemnizing of a marriage is a sacred and profound event that shall be entered
into only where the proposed covenantal union is in compliance with the Word of God. (Genesis 4:1)
We believe that the solemnizing of a marriage between men or women of the same sex is contrary to
the Word of God and is a sin before God. (Romans 1:21-27; 1 Corinthians 6:16-20)

 

ISRAEL

We believe that the nation of Israel has a special place in God's plan and that all of the promises of God to Israel will be fulfilled both now and in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in His
millennium. "Art not You our God, who did drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the seed of Abraham Your friend for ever?"; 2 Chronicles
20:7. (Genesis 12:3; Exodus 32:13; 2 Samuel 7:24, 26; 1 Chronicles 17:22; 2 Chronicles 20:7; Psalm 122; Jeremiah 31:10) We do not believe the Church has replaced the nation of Israel, but that they are two distinct entities with very special roles in God's divine purposes. (Romans 11)

 

THINGS TO COME

We believe in the blessed hope (Titus 2:13), the personal and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We believe in the visible and bodily return of Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His promised millennial kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11;1 Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16,20:1-6). We believe in the physical resurrection of all men—the saints to everlasting joy and bliss on the New Earth, and the wicked to eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).
We believe that the souls of believers are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord,

where they await their resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until their resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne judgment and shall
be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke
16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15).

 

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