~What We Believe ...
The Holy Scriptures We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).
The Godhead We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and essence. (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).
The Person and Work of Christ We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful people (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).
The Church We believe that the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a special God-created and maintained body made up of all born-again persons, living and dead (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12). We believe that the development, growth and service of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
The Personality of Satan We believe that Satan is a supernatural being and the author of sin; is active in the world today as the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
The Second Advent of Christ We believe in the Blessed Hope, the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational, and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for his redeemed ones; and in his subsequent return to earth, with his saints, to establish his millennial kingdom (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thessalonians 1;10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10). We recognize that other Christians do and may hold differing views but all agree that Jesus Christ shall return bodily with his saints.
The Eternal State We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, he fulfils the ministry of intercessor and advocate for the sake of his children. (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgement; and, that he is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:1-14). We believe he guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege of all the saved to be filled with the Holy Spirit as a part of normal Christian living. (John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 5:18).
The Total Depravity of Man We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam and Eve’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Therefore, humanity is totally depraved, and utterly unable to remedy his lost condition except for the grace and mercy of God made evident through Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
Version May, 2015 prepared by Rev. Brian W. Secor.