What We Believe
The Scriptures Inspired
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason [2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12].
The One True God
The One true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existed, self-revealed “I AM”, and has further revealed Himself as One God revealed in three Persons, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit [Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10, 11’ Mat. 28:19].
Man’s Fall and Redemption
Man was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make God in our image and after our likeness.” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son Of God.[Gen 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21].
The Salvation of Man
The only way to be saved is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and was raised for our justification [Acts 4:12; Rom. 4:1-9, 25, 5:1-11; Eph. 1:3-15]. The term of salvation is repentance toward God and a personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This salvation is entirely by the grace of our Lord and not of works. Works are excluded except as fruit of salvation [ Act. 3:19,20; Rom. 4:1-5, 5:1, 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10].
Evidence of Salvation
The inwards evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit [Rom 8:16]. The outward evidence to all men is a life of holiness [1 Thess. 4:7; 2 Tim 1:9].
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they have declared to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life [Matt 28:19; Rom. 6:4].
The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
The Lord’s supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoyed to all believers “until He comes” [John 6:48, 51, 53-57; Luke 22:19-20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25].
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is that Person of the Triune Godhead who convicts men of sin, causes spiritual birth, indwells, seals, sanctifies, guides, equips, teaches, and fills the believer, thus enabling him to walk in obedience to God and His Word [John 3:5, 14:16-17, 26,15:26-27, 16:7-15; Acts 1:8, 5:3-4; Romans 8:9, 14; I Corinthians 2:10-11, 6:11, 19, 12:4-13; II Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16-18, 22-23; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18-21].
By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word [Heb 12:14, 1 Pet. 1:15, 16; 1 Thess. 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6].
The Church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the Church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life [1 Thess. 2:4].
The Relationship of the Church to Israel
The Church did not replace Israel; it will enjoy the promises given to Abraham along with natural Israel, not in place of it [Gen. 12: 3; Rom. 11:16-25]. Believing Jews and believing Gentiles are united as one people of God through the redemption that is in Messiah Jesus, the Son of God. [Eph. 2:14-20]. With this in mind, the Church should pray for Israel, should minister with the understanding their Savior is Israel’s Messiah, and should pursue the salvation of Israel. One day all Israel will be saved [Psalms 122:6, Rom. 1:16; Rom. 11:26].
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with believers who are alive, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church. [1 Thess. 4:16; Rom. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51, 52].
The Millennial Reign of Christ
The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven and His millennial reign on the earth are Scriptural promises and our blessed hope. [2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; Rev. 20:1-7; Titus 2:13 ].
The Lake of Fire
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death. [Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15].
The New Heaven and New Earth
We, as promised in the scriptures, look for a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells. [2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1].