Our Beliefs

Scripture: The inerrancy, infallibility, and verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible, plus its absolute authority as the Word of God. God's complete preservation of His Word in full authority and power, through translations into different heart languages upon the Earth. Interpretation of the Word of God, by reliance upon the Spirit of God who inspired it, and using normal, literal, historical, cultural, exegetical,  and contextual methods of interpretation. The result of this combination would be a divinely-ordered record, by which God directs man according to His purpose. Salvation is always by grace, through faith in Christ's substitutionary atonement. (2 Peter 1:16-21; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; John 15:26, 27 + 16:12, 13) 

The Godhead: One God, eternally existent as a Trinity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in Person, co-identical in nature; co-equal in power and glory; and having the same attributes, authority and perfection. Known eternally by His multitude of names in Scripture, He is God above all other gods of this world. (Deut. 6:4-6; Exodus and Isaiah references to God as I am). He is sovereign, holy, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is the creator, sustainer and ultimate ruler of this world.  

The person and work of Christ: The eternal Son of God enfleshed Himself, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died as the payment for the sins of mankind.  He is perfect in person, fully God and fully man, though having had no Earthly father.  His death was efficacious, vicarious, substitutionary, and sacrificial. His total work was fully satisfying to Holy God. His literal and physical resurrection from the dead secured our justification by His appearance before the Father, where He is now making intercession for believers, as their great high priest. His literal, physical, and pre-millennial second coming will occur in the last days and is imminent. He will later return to Earth, at the end of the Tribulation, accompanied by believers, to set up His Millennial Kingdom. At that coming, every eye shall see Him.  (John 1 and 14; 1 Cor. 15; Rev. 19)  

The person and work of the Holy Spirit: The Spirit of God presently convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He has an intercessory work in believers' prayers, and an indwelling, sanctifying work in believers' hearts, from salvation on and forever more.   He is a teacher and guide to eternal truth, for all believers. He also spiritually baptizes new believers into the Body of Christ, seals their salvation for eternity, comforts and strengthens them spiritually, and gifts them with His attributes and abilities to accomplish His will. Those spiritual gifts are given for the edification of believers, especially within the context of the local church. (John 14:15-17; 15:21-27; 16:7-11; 1 Cor 12:1-31)

The total depravity of mankind: Though originally created in the image of God, mankind was rendered lost at the Fall of Adam and Eve. As such, men and women are also personally separated from God from conception on. Because of man's depravity, he is totally unable to save himself or come to Christ, except God the Father draw him (John 6:44) . Therefore, mankind apart from Christ is ultimately condemned to eternal, conscious punishment, separated from God-- first in Hell, and then in the Lake of Fire. (Romans 3; Psalm 14; Rev. 21) 

The eternal salvation of believers: Salvation is by grace, through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross, including His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven.   Salvation is eternally secure, based upon being sealed by the Holy Spirit. It was secured by Jesus' complete fulfillment of the New Covenant, through the shedding of His blood. Keeping His Word in that Covenant, God makes believers His own people, and becomes their God.  (John 3; Eph. 2; Jer. 31) 

The Church: Founded by Christ, blessed by Him, and represented by NT local churches, which are organized bodies of believers, practicing Biblical ordinances (Lord’s Supper and believer’s baptism by immersion). Local churches are to be places of spiritual gathering for worship, instruction, evangelism, edification and discipleship. They carry out the Great Commission, both locally, and by promoting church-planting and other missions outreaches to the world. (Joel 2; Acts 2) 

Eternity: There will be a bodily resurrection of all mankind--the righteous to eternal life with the Lord, but the unrighteous to eternal death/separation from the Lord, first in Hell, and then in the Lake of Fire. Existence in either place will be literal, eternal, conscious, and physical. (John 5:25-29) Believers are now, at death, ushered into the presence of the Lord, where in conscious blessedness they await the first resurrection, when their bodies will be reunited with soul and spirit, to be forever with the Lord, existing in an everlasting body in the New Heaven and New Earth. (1 Thes.4:14-18) Unbelievers are now, at death, confined to Hell, separated from the presence of the Lord, where in conscious, physical torment and misery they await the second resurrection, at which time body, soul and spirit are reunited, to stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment, from there to be cast into the Lake of Fire, to suffer eternal, conscious torment and punishment.  (2 Thes. 1:7-9; Rev. 20)

Satan: A created angelic being who rebelled against God, was cast out of heaven along with a host of angels who also rebelled from God. Being the author of sin, he introduced temptation onto the Earth, which led to the fall of the human race. He is the enemy of God and man. His position is as the god of the underworld and prince of the powers of the air. He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Genesis 3, Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, Rev. 20)

Creation: The verbal, fiat and perfect action of God to bring into existence all that is material and spiritual. His creation was instantaneous, being accomplished in 6 literal, 24-hour days.  He has left evidence of Himself in His creation, in His Word, in the fossil record and in the spirit of man. (Gen.1, 2; Job 38-41)