We believe the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in their original writings. We believe the 66 books of the Old Testament and the New Testament are God’s complete and sufficient revelation and therefore carry God’s authority for the total well-being of mankind. The Scriptures are eternal in duration; the final authority; the standard for faith and practice; and sufficient for counsel in every issue of life. (Ps. 119:97-104, 160; Isa. 40:8; Mt. 4:4; 5:18; Jn. 5:46-47; Rom. 15:4; II Tim. 3:15-16; I Pet. 1:24-25; II Pet. 1:20-21)
We believe in the only true God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He created all things and upholds all things by the power of His Word. In Him we live and move and have our being. He is a God of truth, without sin, just and right who will judge the world. (Jn. 17:3; Mt. 28:19-20; Gen. 1:1; Rev. 4:11; Heb. 1:3; Acts 17:28; Deut. 32:4; Ps. 9:8). We believe that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All three have precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections. All three are worthy of the same worship, confidence and obedience. (Gen. 1:26-27; Deut. 6:4-5; Jn. 1:1-4; Mt. 3:16-17; 28:19-20).
We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He existed before creation and became God in the flesh when He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe Him to be true God and true man. (Jn. 1:1, 14; 10:30; 14:8-9; 17:5; Col. 1:15-18; Lk. 1:26-35)
We believe in the total deity of the Holy Spirit and that He existed before creation. His ministry as the divine helper is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by convicting sinners, regenerating the repentant and baptizing them into the Body of Christ. In addition, He indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts and empowers the believer for godly living. He also bestows spiritual gifts for serving in and edifying the church. He is the “seal” and “deposit” given to all believers at the point of conversion guaranteeing their inheritance. (Gen. 1:2; Acts 5:3-9; Mt. 3:16; Jn. 14:26; 16:8-11, 13-14; Rom. 5:5; 1 Cor. 3:16; 12:4-7, 13; Eph. 1:13-14; Tit. 3:5)
We believe mankind was created in God’s image and originally innocent under His law but, by voluntarily transgressing, fell from his sinless and happy state. Consequently, all mankind is sinful and in need of redemption. All people are sinners not only by inheritance, but by their own choice and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We believe that without exception every man and every woman is totally depraved and needs a Savior. (Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-6; Rom. 3:10-19; 5:12)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that each person who by faith repents of their sins and receives Him as personal Savior is justified on the basis of Jesus Christ’s shed blood on the cross. Each person who receives Christ as personal Savior is born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby becomes eternally secure as a child of God. We believe the Holy Spirit baptizes each believing person into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation and that there is no second baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 3:21-25; 5:1, 8; 8:37-39; 10:9; 1 Jn. 2:2; I Tim. 2:5-6; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-9; 1:13-14; Jn. 6:38-40; 10:28; 14:6; II Cor. 5:21; I Cor. 12:13)
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into heaven and His present life for us as High Priest and Advocate (Acts 1:3, 9; Heb. 7:25-26).
HEAVEN, HELL AND THE RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe in the “blessed hope”: the personal, pre-millenial return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved are raised to eternal, conscious bliss in heaven. The lost are raised to eternal torment in hell in conscious separation from God. (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Mt. 25:34; Jn 14:2; II Cor. 5:1; Rev. 2:7; Mt. 8:11; 10:28; 13:49-50; Mk. 9:47-48; Lk. 12:5; Rev. 21:8)
Upon accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, every believer becomes part of His universal church body, which is composed of all those throughout the world who profess Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scriptures command believers to gather in local churches to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances (baptism and communion), fellowship and service. (Eph. 5:23; Rom. 12:1; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Cor. 14:26; Mt. 28:18-20).