Our Beliefs

The Word of God

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16).
  • The Bible is verbally (II Samuel 23:2, John 6:63, I Corinthians 2:13) and plenarily inspired (II Timothy 3:16).
  • The Holy Spirit guided the authors in the words that were employed in the writing (II Peter 1:21).
  • The Bible is without error (John 17:17).
  • The value of all Scripture is exemplified when by examining the use of it by the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ received a number of facts from the Old Testament as true (Mark 13:19, Luke 17:26).
  • The Old Testament gives testimony to inspiration (Jeremiah 1:9) as does the New Testament (I Corinthians 2:13).

The Trinity

  • There is but one God. He is the self-existent one (Exodus 3:14).
  • He is one in essence and is co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal in three persons, The Father, the Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 48:16, II Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 28:19).
  • The attributes of God are manifested in His omniscience (Psalm 147:4, 5), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10, Matthew 28:20), omnipotence (Revelation 19:6, Genesis 17:1), immutability (James 1:17, Psalm 102:26,28), eternality (Psalm 90:2), love (I John 4:7-9), holiness (Psalm 99:9), righteousness (I Samuel 2:2) and sovereignty (Psalm 83:18, Isaiah 45:5, 7).
  • God is a spiritual being (John 1:18, Colossians 1:15).
  • God has intellect (Exodus 3:7), emotion (John 3:16), and volition (John 6:38).
  • Jesus Christ is God in the second person, the Son (Hebrews 1:2, 8).
  • Christ was born of a virgin (Luke 1:34,35) and He was conceived of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:18, 20).
  • Christ did not inherit a sinful nature from his mother (II Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 7:26).
  • Christ is God incarnate and became the God-man (Philippians 2:6-8) and is therefore eternal (John 1:1,14).
  • Christ’s death on the cross was vicarious and voluntary payment for the sins of mankind (John 10:17-18, I Corinthians 15:3, Philippians 2:7).
  • Christ was buried and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (I Corinthians 15:4, Luke 24:39-40).
  • The Holy Spirit is deity and He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son.
  • The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity (Matthew 28:19, John 14:26, I John 5:6) and possesses the qualities of personality, intellect, emotion, and will (I Corinthians 2:10, 13, Ephesians 4:30, I Corinthians 12:11).
  • The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict of sin (John 16:8-11), testify of Jesus Christ (John 15:26), regenerate the lost (Titus 3:5), seal (Ephesians 1:13), and indwell the believer (I Corinthians 3:16), REVEAL and teach the Scripture (I John 2:27), and give power to do the work of God (Acts 1:8).

Creation and Man

  • God created all things immediately (Genesis 1:1) and mediately (Genesis 2:7) as accounted in Genesis 1 and 2.
  • Man is the result of the deliberate, creative act of God (Genesis 1:26; 2:7) the creation of which took place on the sixth day of creation (Genesis 1:26).
  • Adam and Eve are the sole parents of the human race (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7; 3:20).
  • Man was created in a perfect, sinless state (Genesis 1:31; 2:25) and as a three-part being: body, soul, spirit (I Thessalonians 5:23, Hebrews 4:12).
  • Adam and Eve chose sin as a result of Satan’s temptation (Genesis 3:1-6).
  • Adam’s sin nature has been passed to all mankind (Romans 5:12-14) and therefore man is completely unable to redeem himself from eternal death (John 3:18, 36).

Salvation

  • Salvation is a free gift of God (Romans 6:23).
  • God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to be the one and only blood sacrifice, sufficient to redeem men from sin (John 3:15-18, Acts 4:12).
  • Christ’s ministry on the cross made salvation available to men and therefore all men need to hear the Gospel story (John 1:29, I John 2:2).
  • Eternal salvation can be obtained by faith in Jesus Christ (John 1:12, Romans 10:9).
  • In order to be saved, man must repent of his sin. Repentance is a turning or changing of the heart attitude. Man must realize he is a sinner and in his heart turn from his sin and turn unto God and ask forgiveness (Isaiah 55:7, Romans 10:9,10). At this point God pardons the sinner from guilt and the punishment of sin (Romans 6:4-13, Romans 3:25). The believer is regenerated by the Holy Spirit and a divine nature is imparted to him. He is spiritually born into God’s family (Titus 3:5, John 1:12). Jesus Christ’s death was vicarious (Romans 5:8) and provided for the believer’s propitiation (Romans 3:25), reconciliation (Romans 5:10), forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7), justification (Romans 3:24), sanctification (Hebrews 10:10), and adoption (Romans 8:15-16).
  • Once we are born into the family of God, it is impossible to be lost again (John 1:12) because we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, which is a promise of the inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14)