What We Believe
I. The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God. Therefore, all Scripture is authoritative, infallible, and inerrant. The Scriptures are the only sufficient rule for faith and practice (Ps. 19:7; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
There is only one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things. He has in Himself all perfections and is infinite in them all; to Him all creatures owe the highest love, honor, and obedience (Deut. 6:4; Ps. 145:3; John 1:3; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17).
III. The Trinity
The Scriptures reveal that the one God eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each person is distinct, but God is without division of nature, essence, or being (Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
God, from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures (Isa. 46:9-11; Prov. 16:33; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Jas. 1:13-15).
God originally created Man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, Adam disobeyed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; through which all have inherited a corrupt nature that is opposed to God and His law. As a result, we are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-7; 6:5; Rom. 3:9-18; 5:12-19; 8:5-8; Eph. 2:1-3).
Since Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, is fully God and fully man, He is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. He took on Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law; suffered and died on the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, rose again on the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He forever lives to make intercession for His people. He will return again visibly and bodily. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the church, and Sovereign of the universe (Isa. 53:10-12; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Gal. 3:13; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:1-3; 7:25).
VII. The Holy Spirit
We believe that God the Holy Spirit brings glory to the Father and the Son. He applies the work of Christ to believers and distributes spiritual gifts to every believer according to His good pleasure for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. He is the Comforter, the Spirit of Adoption, the Seal of our Salvation, and the Guarantor of our inheritance in Christ (John 14:16-17; 16:14; Acts 5:3; Rom. 8:14-17; Eph. 1:13-14).
Regeneration is a change of heart, produced by the Holy Spirit. He gives life to those dead in disobedience and sins, he awakens them spiritually to understand the Word of God, and renews their whole nature, so that they love God and obey him. It is a something God's free and special grace can only do (John 3:3-8; Eph. 2:1-6; Tit. 3:5; 1 John 5:1).
Repentance is when a person is convicted by the Holy Spirit of the evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, and genuinely turns from it with a purpose and commitment to walk before God to please Him in all life (Ps. 32:1-5; Isa. 6:5; 55:7; Luke 5:8; 18:9-14; Acts 2:37-38; 11:15-18; 2 Cor. 7:10-11; 2 Tim. 2:25).
Saving faith is the belief in Jesus Christ in response to God's word; accepting and resting on Him alone for being justified with God and receiving eternal life. It is a gift of God, produced in the heart by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 3:27-28; 4:1-5; 4:17-25; 10:14, 17; Phil. 1:29; Eph. 2:8; Jas. 2:14-26).
Justification is God's gracious and full forgiveness of all who repent and believe in Christ based on his righteousness. It is given not because of any of our good works, but only through faith in Jesus, by virtue of our faith, God accounts his perfect righteousness freely to us, so that it brings us into a relationship of peace and favor with God (Rom. 3:21-26; 4:4-9, 23-25; 5:1-2, 9, 17-21; 8:28-34; 10:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:7-9; Titus 3:5-7).
Sanctification is the experience that begins in regeneration as the believer progressively grows in spiritual maturity and godly living. God supplies help through the Holy Spirit and other means of grace, but believers also eagerly pursue holiness desiring to obey all of Christ’s commands. (Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:27; Rom. 8:1-17; Gal. 5:13-25; Eph. 3:14-21; Phil. 2:12-13; Col. 3:1-17; 2 Pet. 1:3-11).
XIII. The Church
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the church, which is made up of all His true disciples, and he rules it. Christians are to associate themselves into local congregations of baptized believers. The church worships God together and has authority to discipline and to partake in Lord’s supper and Baptism. The regular officers of a church are Elders (Pastors) and Deacons (Matt. 28:18-20; John 10:16; Acts 20:17, 28; Eph. 1:22; 5:23; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-18; Tit. 1:5-9; Heb. 10:25).
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, necessary by every believer, where they are immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his union with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church membership. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 12:13).
XV. The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper is a new covenant ordinance of Jesus Christ, that is administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine. We practice it to remember and proclaim His death (Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-34).
XVI. The Resurrection
The bodies of all people, after death, return to dust. At death, believers go to be with the Lord and unbelievers enter torment. The bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised (Gen. 3:19; Luke 16:22-26; 23:43; John 5:28-29; 1 Cor. 15:12-28; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil. 1:23).
XVII. The Judgment
God has appointed a day when He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life (Matt. 25:46; John 5:22, 27-29; Acts 17:31; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Thess. 1:7-10).