Thursday, June 29, 2017

What We Believe


 

Concerning the Scriptures

We believe the verbal, plenary inspiration by God and inerrancy of the Old and New Testaments and therefore, the supreme and final authority of scripture in faith and life.

Concerning God

We believe there is one, and only one God, creator, and supreme ruler of the heaven and earth, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent existing in three Persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – co-equal, co-eternal, and of the same essence in nature, attributes, power, and glory.

Concerning Jesus Christ

We believe that He is the God-Man as is demonstrated by His virgin birth, sinless perfection, vicarious death, bodily resurrection, present continuing mediatorship and personal, premillennial return.

Concerning the Holy Spirit

We believe that His work is to convict the sinner and the erring Christian; that He is the agent in regeneration; that He indwells, seals, sanctifies, assures, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer.

Concerning Sin and Salvation

We believe that Adam was created perfect in the image of God, that he sinned and brought physical, spiritual, and eternal death upon himself and on all mankind; that humanity is now totally depraved and incapable of pleasing God apart from divine grace;  that all men are sinners and can be saved only by grace through faith apart from works, and when so saved are eternally secured.

Concerning the Church

We believe that the church is a local, visible body of immersed believers, covenanted together by a common faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances; that Jesus Christ personally established His chucrh and promised its continuance; that the church is the body of Christ on earth; that every church is to be autonomous.

Concerning the Commission

We believe that Jesus Christ commissioned His church to make disciples by evangelization, to baptize by immersion, and to teach all things that He had commanded; that the commission extends to the uttermost parts of the earth; that is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to be a personal soul-winner; that the true churches should work together in contending for the faith and furthering of the Gospel.

Concerning the Church Ordinances

We believe that there are two; baptism by immersion of the believer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit under the authority of the local church, and the Lord’s Supper in which members of the church, following a solemn self-examination, commemorate the sacrificial love of Christ by sacred use of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine.

Concerning Separation

We believe that Christians should separate themselves from practices and influences of the world which hinder a spirit-filled life, and from all forms of  ecclesiastical apostasy.

Concerning Creation

We believe that the Genesis six-day account of creation is literal; that the creation of man was a direct act of God and was not from previously existing forms of life.

Concerning the Supernatural Sign Gifts of the Spirit

We believe that they were temporary in nature, given for use during the apostolic era, and, thus, are not applicable to the work of the Spirit today.

Concerning the Future

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead: the saved to life of eternal glory and bliss in heaven with God; the unsaved to a conscious eternal punishment in the lake of fire; that the order of prophetic events will be:

  1. The return of Jesus Christ in the clouds to resurrect and rapture the saved.
  2. The tribulation
  3. The visible return of Jesus Christ to the earth to establish His kingdom for a literal thousand years.
  4. The resurrection of the unsaved for the great white throne judgment
  5. The eternal kingdom