|Articles of Faith|
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, our only rule for faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21)
WE BELIEVE in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; each of Whom is equal in being, power and glory. (Matt. 28:18,19; John 6:27; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:8; Acts 5:3,4)
WE BELIEVE that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, "each after its own kind," by direct act and not by the process of evolution. (Gen. 1,2; Col. 1:16,17; John 1:3; Heb. 11:3)
WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sin nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved and, of himself, totally unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26, 27; 3:6, 22-24; Rom. 3:10-24; 5:10-19; Eph. 2:1-5-12)
WE BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, His virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial atoning death for our sins, His bodily resurrection, and His ascension to heaven at the Father's right hand where He is the head of the Church and intercedes for believers. (John 1:1-3, 29; 3:16; Luke 1:30-35; John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:3-5; Col. 1:18; Heb. 4:15, 7:25; 1 Pet. 3:18, 22)
WE BELIEVE in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, a salvation that delivers the believer in Christ from the penalty and power of sin, and gives the believer eternal life in heaven, where the believer will be separated from the very presence of sin. (Rom. 3:22-24; Eph. 2:8-9; John 10:27-28; 1 John 5:13)
WE BELIEVE that all who take Christ as their Savior are born again by action of the Holy Spirit and are eternally secure in Christ. (John 1:12, 3:1-8; 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39; Phil. 1:6; 2 Cor. 5:17)
WE BELIEVE in the Church which is the body and bride of Jesus Christ, whose purpose is to worship, pray, fellowship, teach, witness of Christ, and observe the ordinances of her Lord which are baptism of believers by immersion and observance of the Lord's Supper. (Acts 2:41-42; Rom. 6:4; Eph. 5:25-32; Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
WE BELIEVE that the pattern seen in the "Church which is His Body" should be duplicated or manifested in the local Church, the local assemblies of believers, called together by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of working together to accomplish God's will in a given locality. (Acts 2:41-47; 4:32; Rom. 15:5-6; 16:5; Eph. 4:11-16)
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit seals, baptizes, indwells and regenerates all believing sinners at the moment of conversion. We believe that He sovereignly gives every Christian at least one spiritual gift for service. Further that these gifts are for the edification of the body and not the individual. (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 1 Pet. 4:10,11; Eph. 1:13; Titus 3:5)
WE BELIEVE in the distinct personality of Satan, and that he is the "god of this age," author of all the powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. (Is. 14:12-17; Ez. 28:11-19; Matt. 4:1-11; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:1,2; Rev. 20:10)
WE BELIEVE in the bodily, personal, imminent return of Jesus Christ; that He will come into the air to catch away His Church; and that He will judge the living nations and set up His kingdom.
WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
(1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 19:11-21)
We acknowledge that the above articles of faith in no way exhaust the content of our faith which is the entire Word of God. Furthermore, the verses given are listed only as illustrative and should not be construed as proof texts or as exhaustive in nature. We do believe that these articles are a true representation of the sound doctrine taught in the Scriptures.