What we Believe
#1 We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Holy Bible. The sixty-six books comprising the Old and New Testament canon were inerrant in the original writings and thus constituted the believers’ final authority for faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
#2 We believe in the existence of one true and living God. (Deuteronomy 6:4) We also believe in the doctrine of the Trinity; that is, within the Godhead, there exists three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who in essence are co-equal and co-eternal yet exercising distinct though harmonious works.
#3 We believe in God the Father, commonly spoken of as the first member of the Trinity. God is an infinite and perfect spirit Who is the source and support of all things. He is perfect in perfections and purposes. (Genesis 17:1; Psalm 139:7, 11; Acts 15:18; Ephesians 1:11)
#4 We believe in Jesus Christ, commonly spoken of as the second member of the Trinity. He was and is the Eternal Son of God, possessing both absolute deity and perfect humanity. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and gave His life on Calvary as a sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
#5 He arose bodily from the grave, ascended back into heaven, and is today acting as the believer’s advocate and Great High Priest. (John 1:1, 15a; 9:6; Hebrews 4:15; I Timothy 2:6; Luke 24:39; I John 2:1)
#6 We believe in the Holy Spirit. As the third member of the Trinity, He is not just an influence but a person equal in essence to the Father and Son. He is actively involved in the world both in bringing the lost to Christ for salvation and in performing many wonderful ministries for the saints. He also gives gifts to believers and seeks to fill the obedient Christian giving him power for service. (Matthew 28:19; John 3:5; 16:8; I Corinthians 6:19; 12:7ff, 13; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18)
#7 We believe in the existence of angels. Angels are spirit beings created by God to bring Him glory and fulfill His purpose in the universe. They are more powerful than human beings but are not all-powerful. (Psalm 103:20; 148:5; Hebrews 1:13-14)
#8 We believe that within the body of angelic beings exists a group that we refer to as fallen angels headed by Satan himself. Satan, also known as the devil, is a real person created by God as the angel Lucifer who because of rebellion, fell from that lofty position. When he fell, he took part of the angelic hosts with him. Today these demonic hosts serve Satan just as the good angels serve God. Satan is in the business of opposing God and God’s people in any way possible. His eternal destiny has already been determined in the lake of fire. (Isaiah 14:12-14; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7; 20:10)
#9 We believe that man is a direct creation of God. Man who was created in the image and likeness of God in a state of sinlessness or innocence did, by transgression, fall from that lofty position, and in so doing, all of mankind are now sinners by nature and by choice. In the fall, mankind incurred the just condemnation of a Holy God, resulting in both spiritual and physical death. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-19; Romans 5:12-19; 2:10-12, 23)
#10 We believe in the salvation of sinners. The basis or ground of our salvation is the finished work of Christ on Calvary, and the avenue of our salvation is repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation does not come by what we can do but by what He has done. It is offered freely to all. We are simply the recipients of His matchless grace. When we receive Christ as our Savior, we are regenerated, justified, adopted, sanctified, and someday we shall be glorified. When we are genuinely saved, we can never be finally lost because our destiny depends on His keeping power, not our own. (John 3:16; Acts 3:19; 4:12; 20:21; Romans 5:1; 8:15, 30; I Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; I Timothy 4:10; Titus 3:5-7)