This statement is given based upon the fact that truth has been made known by God for the purpose of revealing Himself. Therefore, it is essential that we hold firmly to and communicate His truth. The elders understand that there may be persons who have not had the opportunity to thoroughly study a given position; yet, in their pursuit of truth, they can support this doctrinal statement. 2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:9

what we believe

Holy Scriptures 

We believe and teach that the Bible is verbally and plenary inspired, consisting of 66 books, which constitute the Old and New Testaments. It is the Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, the complete and unalterable special revelation of God, and our final authority. It constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12 


We believe and teach that the Bible is to be interpreted in a normal, literal, historical and grammatical under standing of God's progressive revelation. Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13; 2 Peter 1:20-21


We believe and teach that God gave His written Word by a process of dual authorship. That is, the Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God's Word to man. It is without error in the whole or in the part. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21 


We believe and teach that there may be many applications of any given passage of Scripture, but there is only one true interpretation. It is to be found as one diligently applies a normal, literal, historical and grammatical method of interpretation of God's progressive revelation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. John 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15B


The Godhead 

We believe and teach that there is one triune God, one in essence, eternally existing in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are co eternal in being, co identical in nature, co equal in power and glory, and have the same attributes and perfections. Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14


God the Father

We believe and teach that God the Father, the First Person of the Trinity, orders and brings to pass all things according to His own sovereign purpose and grace. His Fatherhood denotes a unique relationship, first of all within the Trinity; and secondly, within mankind; creatively in relation to all men, but spiritually in relation only to believers. He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass; but, does so as never to be the author or approver of sin, nor to override the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures. He has graciously chosen from all eternity those whom He would have as His own. He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ and relates Himself to His own as their Father. 1 Chronicles 29:11; Isaiah 46:9 11; John 1:12, 18; John 8:38 44; John 17:2; Ephesians 1:3 6; Hebrews 12:5 9; 1 Peter 1:17


God the Son

We believe and teach that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine attributes, and in these He is co equal with the Father. He is of the same essence, and co eternal with Him. John 10:27 30; John 14:9


We believe and teach that He is the eternal Son of God, who became man, without ceasing to be God for He surrendered only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine essence, either in degree or kind. In the incarnation, His divine nature united with a human nature in an indissoluble union, and so He became the God man having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. Philippians 2:5-8 


We believe and teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is God incarnate, and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God's earthly kingdom. Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14


We believe and teach that in the incarnation the Lord Jesus Christ assumed the place of the only Son and an existence appropriate to a servant without divesting Himself of His divine attributes. Philippians 2:5-8 


We believe and teach that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice in providing the atonement for the sins of everyone who believes. Our justification is verified by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. Isaiah 53:4-6; Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 1:21; John 10:11, 15; John 11:52; Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 1:4-11; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 1:3 5; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2 


We believe and teach that He ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate for believers. Acts 1:9-10; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; 1 John 2:1-2 


We believe and teach that He will receive the Church, which is His Body, unto Himself at the Rapture. He will bring the Church with Him when He returns in glory to establish His kingdom in its millennial manifestation. Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20 


We believe and teach that Christ is the One through whom God will judge mankind. Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:27-29; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15 


We believe and teach that He is the only Mediator between God and man, the Head of His Body the Church, the coming universal King who will reign on the throne of David during the millennial kingdom. Isaiah 9:6; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Timothy 2:5 


God the Holy Spirit

We believe and teach that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, in this present age convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates, baptizes, indwells and seals into the body of Christ those who believe unto the day of redemption. John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14


We believe and teach that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth. It is the privilege and duty of believers to be filled with and walk in the Holy Spirit. John 16:13; Galatians 5:15; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27


Creation 

We believe and teach that the triune God, by a free act and for His own glory, without the use of existing materials or secondary causes, spoke into being, instantaneously and in six consecutive twenty-four hour days by the word of His mouth, the whole visible and invisible universe. The Father brought the created universe into existence. The Son fashioned it and is the moment-by-moment sustainer of the universe and the Holy Spirit gives life and energizes creation. Genesis 1:1-27; Exodus 20:8-11; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 104:25-26; Isaiah 40:21-31; John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:16-17


The Total Inability of Man

We believe and teach that man was created in the image and likeness of God. In Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally unable to remedy his lost condition and will not seek God on his own. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12


Salvation and Security

We believe and teach that God chose in Christ, before the foundation of the world, those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies. He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, and wisdom. Although election is a loving choice of God, it does not contradict nor negate the responsibility of mankind to repent and receive Christ as Savior and Lord. John 6:37, 44; Romans 9:11-16; Ephesians 1:4-11; 1 Peter 1:1-2


We believe and teach that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. All who trust Him are saved by grace through faith on the grounds of His shed blood, are accepted in the Beloved, are kept by God's power, and thus are secure in Christ forever. John 1:12; John 6:37-40; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:5, 18, 19  


We believe and teach that every saved person possesses the new man, which enables him to have victory over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The new man possesses one new nature because the old man is crucified. Yet, he still lives in a body of sin so that all claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Romans 6:6 13; Romans 7:14 25; Romans 8:12-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:16 25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14 16; 1 John 3:5-9


We believe and teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word. However, Scripture clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. Romans 13:13-14; 1 Corinthians 8-10; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11 15; 1 Peter 2:13-20


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