Doctrinal Statement

 

THE BIBLE We believe the entire Bible in its original writings is verbally inspired by God and is of plenary authority.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21) 

THE GODHEAD We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

(Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6) 

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin

Mary and is true God and true man.

(Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:9-23 & 8:5-9) 

REDEMPTION We believe that a person can be redeemed from the consequences of sin only through the voluntary,

substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary; and that His blood has accomplished, once

and for all, complete redemption.

(Romans 3:23-26; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:20-22; Hebrews 10:10-14) 

SALVATION We believe that a person, by faith, receives salvation and that it is a gift apart from works. We believe that

a person who trusts in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ is justified freely by God’s Grace.

(Romans 4:5 & 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7) 

 

BELIEVER’S WALK We believe that as Christians, we should consciously endeavor to manifest the quality of life that truly pleases and glorifies God.

(Romans 12:1-2 &13:12-14; Ephesians 4:17 & 6:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:1) 


THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, who regenerates, baptizes, indwells, enlightens, and empowers the saved.

(John 16:7-14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13; Ephesians 1:13-14 & 5:18) 

THE CHURCH We believe that in the present dispensation there is only one Church based on the teachings of the Bible, which is called the Body of Christ and composed of all the saved of this age.

(1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23 & 3:1-12) 

 

MARRIAGE We believe that marriage is a divinely instituted covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman (Mat 19:4-6; Gen 2:22,24; Eph 5:22-33) and that God has designed sexual relations to be enjoyed only within the God-ordained marriage relationship (Heb 13:4). We believe that pre-marital sex, pornography, and adultery are harmful to the holy covenant of marriage (Mat. 5:27-28; Ex. 20:14). 

MISSION We believe that the mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God in order that God may take out from among the nations a people for His name.

(Acts 20:24, Romans 1:1-5; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21) 

RESURRECTION We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead, and that He will raise from the dead both the just and the unjust. The just to a resurrection unto life and the unjust to a resurrection of condemnation.

(John 5:25-29 & 20:24-29; Acts 24:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15) 

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST We believe that Jesus will one day return to call the saints of this age home (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-15), and that He will also return to fulfill His kingdom promise. (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 20:4-6)

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