What We Teach
We believe the Bible is the divinely inspired and inerrant Word of God, an objective revelation from God to man, to be interpreted literally depicting specific work by God in each age, and consitituting the only infalliable rule of faith and practice. (Joshua 10:33-36, 1 Cor. 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
THE HOLY SPIRIT.
We believe everyone who accepts Christ as Lord has the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who acts as Comforter, Guide, Advocate, and Protectorate of God's people until the end of the present age. (John 15:16-17, Galatians 5:16-23)
We believe that Christ died in the place of men, for their sins, the efficacy of this death, free the believing sinner from the punishment, penalty, power, and one day presence of sin. (Romans 3:25, 5:8-9, 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18)
We believe in God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and that they are distinct personalities with distinct roles, while one God. And that One God is the creator of the universe, omniscent, omnipresent, and immutable (He does not change) (Deut. 6:4, Isaiah 45:5-7, Mark 1:9-11, Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20)
We believe that God created man to glorify God, enjoy God's fellowship, and thereby accomplish God's purpose for man in the world. Yet, by Adam's sin of disobedience man lost his innocence and became inherently corrupt, thus making all men sinners by nature, by choice, and divine declaration, gravely in need of salvation. (Isaiah 43:7, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:10-12, 1 Corinthians 2:14)
We believe the local church, the body of Christ, is the extension of Jesus Christ's character, attitude, behavior, and mission in the world today. (Matthew 16:18, Philippians 2:5-9)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, born of a virgin, representing deity and humanity in indivisible oneness, so that He may reveal God and redeem men. (John 5:23, John 10:36-38, John 14:9-10, 1 Peter 1:18-19)
We believe salvation comes by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ alone. Specifically, all who believe in the death, burial, and physical resurrection of Jesus Christ will be saved and secured unto eternal life in heaven while those who do not will spend eternity in literal torement, all of this based on the grace of God, merit of His shed blood, and not on human merit or works. (John 1:12, John 3:16-18, Mark 9:42-48, Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 Peter 1:5, 1 Peter 1:18-19)
We believe Baptism by immersion demonstrates faith and obedience to Christ while depicting union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Romans 6:1-6) We believe that communion is to be taken together by Christians in a regular manner as commanded by Christ. (Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-28)
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that seperation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (Romans 12:1-2, Romans 14:13, John 2:15-17, 2 John 1:9-11, 2 Cor. 6:14-17). In support of this belief, we practice Matthew 18:15-20 church 'discipline' on all matters of proven habitual sin.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today, and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to be characteristic of the lives of believers. (1 Cor. 12:4-11, 13:8-10, 2 Cor. 12:12, Ephesians 4:7-12, Hebrews 2:1-4)
RETURN OF CHRIST.
We believe that Christ Jesus will rapture his church, which is His body, unto Himself, and return with His church in glory following seven years of tribulation to establish His kingdom on earth. (John 14:2-4, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thess. 4:15-17, Revelation 20)