What We Believe and Teach
1. The Scriptures
We believe the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments comprise the full, word-for-word, truthful, inspired, inerrant Word of God, which is the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice (Is. 40:8; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb.4:12; 2 Pet.1:20-21).
2. The Trinity
We believe in the one God eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who have the same nature and attributes, but who are distinct in office and activity (Dt. 6:4; Is. 48:16; Jer.10:10; Mt. 28:19; Jn. 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:8).
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 He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Jn.1:1, 14, 18; Lk. 1:35; Rom.3:24-26, 4:25; 1 Pet. 1:3-5).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, where, as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people. He is also the Head of the Body (His Church), for which He will personally and imminently return (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Heb. 1:3, 7:23-25; I Jn. 2:1-2).
We believe human beings were created in the image of God, but, in Adam’s sin, all inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God and are totally unable to regain their former relationship to God without God’s grace (Genesis 1:27; 3:1-23; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:10-12,23).
We believe all who receive Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit. This believing in Christ imputes Christ’s righteousness to the believer. Without personal merit, human beings are saved on the basis of Christ’s death and shed blood. Each person receives that salvation by placing personal faith in Christ and His provision (Jn. 1:12, 3:5, 16; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7).
We believe anyone who has received Jesus Christ and thereby has been born again is eternally secure, has everlasting life, will not come into condemnation, has passed out of death into life and shall never perish. We believe there is a bodily resurrection of the believers (to everlasting blessedness) and of the unbelievers to (everlasting punishment) (Dan.12:1-2; Mt. 25:31-46; Jn. 3:16, 36, 5:24, 10:28-29, 11:25-26; Rom. 8:28-39: Rev. 20: 12-15).
5. The Great Commission
We believe those whom God has saved are sent into the world by Christ as He was by the Father. Those so sent are ambassadors, commissioned to go make disciples and make Christ known to the whole world. We also believe everyone should have an opportunity to carefully examine the facts about Christ and have a chance to make an intelligent decision about Him (Mt. 28: 18-20; Jn. 15:8, 17:18, 20:21; Acts 1; Rom. 10:14-15; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; Col. 4:2-6; 2 Tim.2:14-26).