Beliefs

Bible

The Bible, consisting of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, is God’s holy, inspired Word.  God supernaturally directed the writers of Scripture so that without waiving their human intelligence, literary styles, or personal feelings, His complete and coherent message to man was recorded with perfect accuracy, the very words of the original manuscripts bearing the authority of Divine Authorship.  We are totally dependent on Scripture for our knowledge of God other than the fact of His existence and His power.  The Bible is our final authority in matters of faith and practice.

Psalm 119; Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-20

God

There is but one true God.  His essence is spirit.  He is invisible.  He is living.  He is a Person, not an impersonal spirit, force, or cosmic mind.   God is self-existent.   He is not dependent upon anything outside of Himself.  God is infinitely immense.  He is not limited by space.  God is eternal.  He is not limited by time.  He is without beginning or end.  God is perfect unity, thus not divisible into parts.  He may be described as omnipresent – present everywhere, omniscient – all knowing, omnipotent – all powerful, and omnificent – all creating.

Deuteronomy 6:4; John 4:24; I Timothy 6:16; I Thessalonians 1:9; John 3:16; Exodus 3:14; I kings 8:27; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 139; Jeremiah 32:17

Jesus Christ

He is eternal God.  He is the only begotten of the Father.  He always has been God and he always will be God.  His coming was foretold by the prophets.  He left Heaven and became a man, being born of a virgin mother.  He lived a perfect life, never sinning – even once.  He preached with authority; performed miracles, died a death He didn’t deserve – to pay for our sins, was raised back to life by the power of the Father to be our Savior, and ascended back to Heaven ever to make intercession for Believers.  We also believe His promise that He will return to Earth and that His return is imminent.

Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18; 7:29; 27:32-50; 28:1-10; John 1:1-14; 3:16; 10:30; Acts 1:4-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15; I John 1:1-3;  Hebrews 1:3; 7:25; 13:8

Holy Spirit

He, too, is God in His very essence.  He is not an impersonal spirit or force.  He is a Person, exhibiting personality, feelings, and will.  He convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  His purpose is to glorify Christ.  He draws the lost to the Savior.  He indwells those who trust Christ.  He fills or controls those who yield to Him.  He gives gifts to every believer so that they might in turn strengthen the Church.

John 16:7-15; John 3:3-7; 15:26; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19; 12:11; Ephesians 5:18

The Trinity

There are three eternal distinctions in the One divine essence of the God-head.  They are known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Each is co-eternal and co-equal with the others.  While the term ‘Trinity’ is not found in Scripture, this truth about God is inexplicable and unexplainable and is clearly taught in the Scriptures.

Genesis 1:1-2; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 2:9

The Church

The Church is Christ’s Body on Earth.  Each local body of Believers is composed of those who have trusted in Christ as their Savior and Lord and willingly followed Him in Believer’s baptism.  The Church’s responsibility is to serve the Lord with the goal of preaching the gospel to the whole world.  She is to minister to others in Jesus’ name, in effect, doing whatever Jesus would do if He were still here in the flesh.

Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20; John 13:12-17; I Corinthians 12:12-31

Salvation

We are sinners by nature and by choice.  The essence of sin is rebellion against God.  The result is alienation from a loving Heavenly Father.  Because of that sinful human nature, we cannot save ourselves.  However, God loves us and has always had a plan to save us, to bring us back to Himself.  It involved the shedding of innocent blood.  That’s why Jesus left Heaven’s glory and came to Earth:  to die on the cross.  His blood became the once-for-all payment for our sin.  The Bible teaches that this salvation is offered as a free gift to ‘whosoever’ will accept it by making a faith commitment to Jesus Christ.  Upon making such a faith commitment to Jesus as Lord, the individual is born again spiritually and indwelt by the Holy Spirit Who serves to transform the believer into the likeness of Jesus Himself.  Furthermore, we believe that this salvation is secure forever (once-saved-always-saved) and that every true Believer will persevere to the end, never renouncing his faith.

John 3:1-16; 6:37; John 10:28; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 8:9, 28-29; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; 2:6-11; Hebrews 9:12, 22