We accept the Genesis account of creation (Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:2-3) and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution (Col. 1:16, 17; John 1:3; Rev. 4:11). We believe in one infinitely perfect God who is Creator of heaven and earth; who is Spirit, light, love, truth, eternal, almighty, infallible, unchangeable, infinitely wise, just, holy; and that God eternally exists in Three Persons: Father, Son (John 10:30; 1 Cor. 8:6) and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 3:15-17; 2 Cor. 13:14).
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, the Eternal Word manifested in flesh. We believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:30-35), and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (John 1:1-2,14,18; 3:16; Phil. 2:5-8). We believe that our Lord arose from the dead, according to the Scriptures, and in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:20; Acts 2:32), and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body which, at the return of Christ, will be given to all resurrected believers (1 Cor. 15:23, 42-45; Phil. 3:20-21). We believe that our Lord ascended to heaven (Heb. 1:3), is seated at His Father’s right hand (Heb. 1:13) assuring us of the perfection of His work of redemption, and that He now as Head over all things to the Church (Eph. 1:22-23) is engaged on behalf of the saved as Intercessor (Heb. 7:25) and Advocate (1 John 2:1).
We believe that the Holy Spirit, being the third Person of the Godhead, convicts men of sin (John 16:7-11), regenerates (John 3:6), indwells (John 14:17; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19), baptizes (1 Cor. 12:13), comforts (John 14:26), seals (Eph. 1:13; 4:30), and fills (Eph. 5:18)—setting believers apart to a holy life; and that He keeps and empowers believers day by day (Rom. 8:2,4,12,14). We believe that He is the Teacher of the Word of God and our Guide for daily life (1 John 2:20-27; 1 Peter 1:1). We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the giving of spiritual gifts to every believer for the equipping of the saints (Rom. 12:3-8, 1 Pet.4:10-11). God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:7-12). We believe that speaking in tongues and working sign miracles (1 Cor. 1:22; 14:22, 28) in the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and sign miracles were never intended to be characteristic of the lives of all believers. (1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Heb. 2:1-4).
We believe the “tongues” described in Acts 2:4-11, 10:46, and 19:6 was the supernatural ability to speak in a known language that did not need an interpreter. Moreover, we believe that the way “tongues” is practiced in some churches is akin to the confusion Paul criticizes in 1 Corinthians 14:23, 26, 33 and is not of God. We believe that God can heal any time He chooses to, but the “apostolic gift of healing” (not to be confused with miracles God performs today) (1 Cor. 12:9-10; 1 Cor. 12:29-30) was for the apostolic age (Mark 16:17-20); it accompanied the apostles (2 Corinthians 12:12); it was a sign primarily to unbelieving Jews (1 Cor. 1:22) and is, therefore, no longer widespread, normal, or necessary during the “times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24; Rom. 11:25). We furthermore acknowledge that, though Paul was perhaps the greatest healer of the New Testament (Acts 20:9; Acts 28:8), he could neither heal himself (2 Cor. 12:7-10) nor his closest friends and associates (1 Tim 5:23; 2 Tim 4:20). We do find solace in knowing that God does heal within His will and sometimes answers the prayers of His people for healing (James 5:13-18) and that He is, by nature, a God Who takes pleasure in the wellness of His people (Exod. 15:26), but this should in no way interfere with Christians seeking medical attention when necessary.
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21), and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life (1 Cor. 2:13; 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God (Gen. 1:26) that he fell through sin (Gen. 2:17); that he, as a consequence of His sin, lost his spiritual life (John 6:53), becoming dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 5:6), and that he became subject to the power of the devil (1 John 3:8). We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature (Gen. 6:5, John 3:6; 5:40), has been transmitted to the entire human race of man (Ps. 14:1-3; 51:5; Jer. 17:9) the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted; and, hence, that every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially corrupt in body, mind, and soul (Rom. 3:10-19; 8:6,7).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins (1 Peter 2:24; 3:18) according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice (John 1:29; 2 Cor. 5:14; Heb. 10:5-19), and that all who believe in Him (Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:9,10) are justified on the ground of His shed blood (Romans 3:25-26; 1 John 1:7). We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are instantaneously born again of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-8) and are thereby justified and accounted righteous before God (Romans 5:1; 2 Cor. 5:21). We believe in the eternal security (John 10:28, 29; 8:31; 13:1; 17:11) and everlasting blessedness of the redeemed, and the eternal conscious punishment of the lost (Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:42-48; Rev. 20:11-15). The preservation of all believers rests upon the finished work of Christ, the promises of God (Phil 1:6; Heb. 7:25; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:4, 18; Jude 24), the gracious election, and the sovereign predestination of God (Romans 8:28-39).
We believe that the primary mission of the church is the proclamation of the gospel (1 Pet. 2:9) and equipping of the saints (Eph. 4:12). Furthermore, it is the responsibility and privilege of all who are saved to seek to win others to Christ, to the “Uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8); that God has given the Church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations (Matt. 28:19-20) so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21). As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (2 Cor. 5:20).
We believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19, 20) to be observed until He comes (1 Cor. 11:23-26). We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 10:47; 19:5) in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life and that it is a prerequisite to church membership (Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12). We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the showing forth of His death until He comes again and should always be preceded always by self-examination (1 Cor. 11:23-38).
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God (Gal. 3:28) but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home (Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 3:4-5, 12) and church (1 Tim. 2:8-15). The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors, elders and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church.
We believe in our Lord’s personal, imminent and pre-millennial return for his redeemed ones (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; Phil. 3:20: 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14) followed by His coming in glory to judge the rebellious and to establish His millennial reign on earth. (Zech. 14:4-11; Matt. 24:29-31; 2 Thess. 2:7-10; Rev. 20:1-6). We believe in the resurrection of all the dead. Therefore, the saved will enjoy the eternal, conscious blessedness of Heaven and the lost will be eternally and consciously separated from God in Hell (Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; Rev. 20:11-15).