Doctrinal Statement

WHAT WE BELIEVE

I.      Bibliology

We believe that God superintended human writers, so that using their own individual personalities they composed and recorded without error His revelation to man in the words of the original autographs.  All scripture is from God and is authoritative in all areas wherein it speaks.  The Bible is to be read, studied, presented to others and applied to self. (Mk. 12:36; Jn. 10:34, 35; Ac. 1:16; Ro. 3:2, 4; II Ti. 3:16; II Per. 1:19-21) Bible: We use only the King James Version of the Bible is all our preaching, teaching and application.

II.     Theology (Proper)

We believe in one God, yet He is manifested in three distinct, unified and equal persons (De. 6:4; Mt. 28:19, 20).  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are equally great in glory and power (Mt. 3:16, 17).  The Heavenly Father is the Father of all men (Ac. 17:29), Father of the nation of Israel (Ex. 4:22), Father of Jesus Christ (Mt. 3:17), and the Father of all who believe in Christ (Ga. 3:26).  It is God the Father who authored the plan of God (Ps.2:7-9), sent the Son to this world (Jn. 5:37), and is the disciplinarian of His children (He. 12:9).

III.    Christology

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  At just the right time (Ro. 5:6), He became flesh (Jn. 1:14).  While on earth, Jesus was all man, except He had no sin nature, and yet He was all God, having all of the divine attributes (Mt. 18:20, Mk. 2:8).  His preincarnate glory was veiled (Jn. 17:5), He took upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh (Ro. 8:3), and He chose not to use some of His divine attributes during the time of His earthly ministry (Mt. 24:36).  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and lived a perfect, sinless life.  His deity can be seen in His miracles (Mk. 2:1-12).  In His death, Christ made a full and vicarious atonement for sins, as He voluntarily laid down His life as a substitute in the sinners’ place.  He bodily arose from the grave on the third day and then ascended into heaven 40 days later (Mt 28:6, Ac 1:9-11).

IV.     Pneumatology

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person possessing all the attributes of personality and deity.  His relationship to the unbelieving world is that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn. 16:8).  He is the agent of the new birth (Ti. 3:5), and His work includes baptism (I Cor. 12:13), sealing (Ep. 4:30), and indwelling (I Cor.6:19) ad He guides and teaches believers in the ways of righteousness.  We believe that He gives service-gifts to believers (I Cor. 12:8-13), but the sign-gifts of apostleship, prophecy, tongues, and spectacular wonders have been withdrawn (Ep. 2:20; He 2:3, 4; I Cor13:8).

V.      Angelology (including Satan and Demons)

We believe that angels are created by God (Ps. 148:5) and they are personal, spirit beings (He. 1:14; Ju. 6:9).  There are three kinds of good angels; elect angels (I Ti. 5:21), cherubim (Ge. 3:24), and seraphim (Is. 6:1).  Angels ministered to Christ (Mt. 4:11), to believers (He. 1:14), to the nations (Da. 10:21), and to unbelievers (Mt. 13:39).  Satan was barred from his original position (Ez. 28:16) because of his sin of pride (I Ti. 3:6).  Satan is a real personality (II Co. 11:3) and he blinds minds (II Co. 4:4), deceives (Re. 12:9), drives people (Ep. 2:2), and dominates them (Jn. 8:44).  Demons are wicked, fallen angels, who carry out Satan’s schemes.  (Mt. 12:26; 25:41).

VI.     Anthropology

We believe that man was created by a direct act of God, and did not evolve from a previously existing life form (Ge. 1:27).  Man voluntarily chose to transgress God’s command, and thus now all men are sinners by nature and by choice (Ro. 5:12-21).  Man is without holiness (apart from God), inclined to commit evil, and therefore is under the just condemnation of God to eternal judgment and separation from God (Is. 53:6; Ro. 3:23).

VII.    Soteriology

We believe that salvation is offered as a gift of God’s grace, and is to be accepted by faith in Him alone (Ep 2:8, 9; Ro. 3:28).  Man is unable to save himself and must depend fully on the finished cross-work of Jesus Christ (Jn. 19:30).  Christ’s redemption is unlimited in its scope (He. 2:9; I Jn. 2:2).  Believers are justified by Christ, thus they are eternally secure, based on His work and not their works (Jn. 10:29; I Jn. 5:13).  There is no other gospel than that of salvation by grace through faith, and a curse is pronounced on those who would add conditions to this gospel (Ga. 1:8, 9).

VIII.   Ecclesiology

We believe the Bible teaches that the church began at Pentecost (Ac. 1:5; 11:15, 16; I Cor. 12:13) and has two forms: the local assembly (I Cor. 1:2) and the church “which is His body” (Ep.1:22, 23).  The local church is made up of baptized believers, doing God’s will by observing ordinances (baptism, Lord’s supper), carrying out the Great Commission, and producing mature Christians (Ro. 6:1-4;  I Cor. 11:24,25; He. 10:24).  The officers of the church are pastors and deacons (I Ti. 3:1-13).

IX.     Eschatology

We believe in the premillennial return of Jesus Christ to a literal, physical kingdom fulfilling God’s promises to His people.  We also believe the Bible teaches a pretribulational rapture of the church, when we meet Christ in the clouds (I Thess. 4:16).  Old Testament and Tribulation saints will be resurrected at Christ’s return to the earth to reign during the Millennium (II Th. 2:1-12).  The resurrection of the wicked will occur as the end of the Millennium and they shall be judged and cast into the lake of fire for eternity (Rev. 20:7-15).