Beliefs

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s written word to man. The 66 books of the Bible were given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They are infallible, inerrant, and sufficient for all things pertaining to life and godliness. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Deuteronomy 31:9-12, 2 Kings 22-23, 2 Chronicles 34, Psalms 19:9-10, 119:103, 105, 130,  2 Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:17-20, Hebrews 4:12).

GOD THE FATHER

God the Father is the Sovereign creator and sustainer of all things. He is infinitely holy, just, powerful, good, gracious, merciful, and wrathful. He desires to be in a relationship with His creation, as seen with Noah, Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. God is Father to those who repent and trust in Jesus. (Genesis 1:1-31, Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Psalm 103:19; 30:4; 18:13-15; 136:1; 7:11, 1 John 1:5, Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 17:25, Deuteronomy 32:39-41, Hebrews 12:28-29, John 1:12).

THE LORD JESUS

Jesus is the Son of God who has existed from eternity with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin, truly God and truly man, and lived without sin. He is the promised Messiah, our Passover Lamb. He is now seated at the right hand of God, making intercession for us, and at the appointed time, He will return and set up His kingdom. (Psalm 2, Proverbs 30:4-6, Isaiah 9:6-7, Daniel 9, Hebrews 1:3, Ephesians 1:11, John 1:1, 14, Luke 1:35, Romans 3:24-25, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 28:6,  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit was present and active in creation, came upon the Prophets of old, and was active in the ministry of Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment and leads believers in all truth through the Scripture. He endows believers with spiritual gifts at the direction of the Father. (Genesis 1:2, Matthew 3:16, John 16:8-15, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 13, 1 John 2:20, 27, Acts 1:8).

MANKIND

Man was created in the image of God and woman from man’s side; they were given dominion over the earth. Man gave in to the temptation of the serpent and, as a result, lost his innocence, bringing about the penalty of spiritual and physical death. Because of the fall, each of us is born in a sinful state, and redemption from that state can only be found in Jesus. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:7, 15-25, John 3:36, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3).

SALVATION

Because of the sin of Adam, man is born into sin and separated from God. Salvation is the gift of God by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ that unites man back to God. Salvation was accomplished through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus and is without regard to human effort. (1 Corinthians 15:20-28, John 17:20, John 3:3-7, Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:4-11, Romans 9:16).

HOLINESS

Both the Old and New Testaments present a call to holiness. As Christians, we are to separate ourselves from sin and be separated unto God. The life modeled in the New Testament is one of holiness and sanctification; this is neither salvation earned nor kept by works but the fruit of a life submitted to the Lordship of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, Hebrews 12:14).

ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE

Because God is a covenant-keeping God, the promises made to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob still stand. This covenant includes the salvation of the Jews, the restoration of the physical land of Israel, and the Jew and Gentile being one new man. Because of this truth, the teaching that the Church has replaced Israel is to be rejected by every Christian. (Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-18, 15:8-21, 49:1-28; Jeremiah 30:1-3, 32:36-44; Ezekiel 11:17-20; Amos 9:11-15; Romans 9:4-5, 11;1-6, 23-24).

THE FELLOWSHIP OF BELIEVERS

The fellowship of believers (commonly called the Church) is comprised of all those who have put their faith in the Lord Jesus. Believers should attend a local church to be taught the Scripture, be equipped for ministry, and have fellowship with others. The authority over the Church is the written Scripture and is led by a pastor and elders. There are two ordinances given to the Church by Jesus; water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion). Water baptism by immersion is the public profession of faith by each individual believer. The Lord’s Supper is a memorial meal commemorating the death and resurrection of Christ that is to be shared among the fellowship of believers. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 2:11-3:6, Hebrews 10:25, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Ephesians 4:11-12, Acts 2:38-42, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34).

LAST THINGS

At the appointed time, this age will come to an end, signified first by the catching away of believers. Followed by the millennial reign and culminated in the final judgment; the reward of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11, 1 Corinthians 14:24-28, Revelation 20:1-15).


AFFIRMATIONS

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

The Dallas Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel

Toward Jerusalem Council II

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