Doctrinal Confession

 

I. THE SCRIPTURES.

We believe that both  the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and are inerrant in the  original writings. Through the providence of God, the Scriptures have been  preserved and are the supreme and final and adequate authority in faith and life  (Ps 19.7; 2 Tim 3.16; 2 Pet 1.21).

II. GOD.

We believe that  there is only one true and living God existing in three Persons–Father, Son,  and Holy Spirit–each a distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having  the same nature, perfections, and attributes, and each is worthy of precisely  the same worship, confidence, and obedience (Gen 1.26; Jer 10.10; Matt 3.16-17;  28.19).

III. JESUS CHRIST.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the  Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the
virgin Mary, that He shed  His blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute, was buried, rose again bodily,  and ascended to the Father according to the Scriptures (Isa 7.14; Matt 1.18-25;  1 Cor 15.3; Heb 4.15).

IV. HOLY SPIRIT.

We believe that the Holy  Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, very God, co-existent with the Father  and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the chief agent in regeneration, the chief  convictor of sin, and the chief comforter of the believer. Simultaneous with  regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Christ  (Matt 28.19; John 16.7-11; Acts
5.3-4; Rom 8.9; 1 Cor 12.12-14)

V. MAN.

We believe that man is the direct creation of God–body, soul, and  spirit–and is not in any sense the result of evolution but is made in the image  of God. Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the  fall of mankind and incurred both physical and spiritual death for all (Gen  1.26-27; Rom 3.10, 23; 5.12).

VI. SALVATION.

We believe that all  who, as they are drawn and enabled by the Holy Spirit, in repentance and faith, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and  thus are the children of God. Salvation involves election, redemption,  regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification and is wholly of  the Lord, apart from the
works of man. (John 1.12; 3.3; 6.44, 65;17.17; Rom  8.29-30; Eph 2.8-9; 4.30; 2 Thes 2.13-14; Tit 3.5).

VII. SECOND COMING.

We believe in the literal, visible, personal return of Jesus Christ. At  this event the dead in
Christ and living believers will be translated to meet  Him in the air. At the end of the Great Tribulation, when Christ returns, He  will establish His earthly millennial kingdom (Acts 1.11; 1 Thes 4.13-18; Rev  20.1-6).

VIII. SATAN.

We believe that Satan was originally  created a perfect being. He rebelled against God. As a result, he became  depraved, the Devil, an adversary of God and His people, and leader of a host of angels who fell with him. Satan has been judged and defeated at the cross and  awaits his ultimate doom at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ (Isa 14.13-14;  Ezek 28.13-17; John 16.11; 1 Tim 3.7; Rev 20.10).

IX. HEAVEN.

We believe in the eternal abode of God and the holy angels, where Jesus intercedes for His people on earth and where the spirits of departed saints await their resurrected, glorified bodies. Heaven is a literal place of conscious bliss to which all saints go upon death and from which the Lord Jesus Christ will come to  receive those saints who are alive at His coming. To depart and be in heaven is  to be “present with the Lord” and so is “far better” than to remain alive on earth, but the eternal blessedness of heaven is only for those who possess eternal life through faith in the atoning work of Christ (Heb 12.22-24; John 14.1-3; 2 Cor 5.1-10; Phil 1.23, 3.20-21; I Thes 4.16-18; Rev 21.1-22.5; John 14.6).

X. HELL.

We believe that hell is a literal place of judgment created for the devil and those angels who followed him in his rebellion against God. In the final state, the devil and his demons will spend eternity banished from the presence of God in the Lake of Fire. This same final   punishment also awaits all unredeemed people who refuse to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures declare that the torment of all the inhabitants in the Lake of Fire lasts forever. Prior to the final state, the soul of the unjust at death is condemned to Hades (Hell) in a state of conscious  torment until the resurrection of the unjust. At this resurrection, the  disembodied soul is reunited with the resurrected body and cast into the
Lake of  Fire (Rev 20.10; Matt 25.41; Mark 9.43-48; Rev 14.11; 20.10, 15; Luke 16.19-31;  Jn 5.29; Rev 20.11-15).

XI. THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER.

We  believe in the priesthood of all believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, and that  there is no mediator between God and man other than Jesus Christ (Heb 4.16; 1  Tim 2.5; Rev 1.6).

XII. PRESERVATION/PERSERVERANCE OF THE BELIEVER.

We believe that salvation is not only a gift from God but also is sustained by the Lord. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and seals him in salvation for all eternity. Therefore, since salvation is wholly of the Lord, apart from the works of man, we hold that the believer shall be kept  by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation (John 10.28; 14.16-17,26; 1 Cor 2.9-14; Eph 1.13; 2.8-9; 1 Pet 1.5; Jude 24-25).

XIII. PROVIDENCE.

We believe in the providence of God in all  things, however, He is not the author or approver of sin nor the destroyer of the moral agency and responsibility of man (John 3.16; Rom 8.28-30).

XIV. THE LORD’S DAY.

We believe that Sunday is the Lord’s Day and is a Christian institution for regular observance of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private (1 Cor 16.2; Rev 1.10).

XV. CREATION.

We believe the triune God created the universe apart from pre-existing materials and without any evolutionary process. We believe in the historicity of the first eleven chapters of Genesis (Gen 1.1; Matt 19.4; John 1.1-3; Rom 1.20;  Col 1.16-17; Heb 11.3).

XVI. THE LOCAL CHURCH.

We believe that the New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers with Christ
as  its head and the Holy Spirit as its guide. New Testament churches promote God’s work by cooperating together for missions and many other joint efforts. The  local church is to be governed independently of outside persons, bodies, groups, or authorities. The two biblical offices of a local church are Elder (Pastor) and deacon (Matt 28.16-20; Acts 1.6-8; 6.3; 1 Cor 12.12-14; Eph 1.3-6,22-23; 1  Thes 4.16-18; Phil 1:1-2).

XVII. ORDINANCES.

We believe that the  local church observes two ordinances- baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe  that all who have received Christ as Savior and Lord should be baptized in the  Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that baptism is by immersion  in the likeness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ; and that the  Lord’s Supper should be observed in remembrance of Him to show forth His death  for our sins until He comes again (Matt 26.26-30; 28.19-20; Rom 6.3-6; 1 Cor  11.23-26).