Statement of Belief
1. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was verbally inspired (II Timothy 3:16-17) and the product of Spirit inspired men (II Peter 1:19-21), and therefore, is Truth without error (John 17:17). We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions, shall be tried (Jude 1:3).
2. Of the Godhead
We believe that there is only one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 2:5), infinite in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — yet one in substance and equal in every divine perfection (Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19), and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of creation (Genesis 1:1) and redemption (John 3:16).
We believe in God the Father. The Son has voluntarily elected to do the will of the Father in dependence upon the Spirit. He is the Father of creation (Malachi 2:10), Israel (Exodus 4:22), Jesus Christ (John 20:17) (not a relationship of derivation or inferiority), and the believers (Romans 8:15-16).
We believe that Jesus Christ is co-equal with God the Father. When the fullness of time was come, Christ became incarnate by a supernatural conception and virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14) for the purpose of becoming “the sacrifice for sin”. By His vicarious death, He made possible a reconciliation of depraved man with a holy and just God (Hebrews 10:12). We further believe that He physically died and arose from the grave. Upon completing His post-resurrection ministry, He ascended on high where He is presently interceding for His people (Hebrews 7:15), and shall subsequently return for His for them (I Thessalonians 4:15-17) and set up His earthly kingdom (Luke 1:33).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person (John 16:13), equal with the Father and Son and of the same substance and nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment (II Corinthians 13:14, bears witness to the truth (John 14:16), is the Agent of the New Birth (John 3:6), and that He seals, endues (I Corinthians 12:7). guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true Child of God (Romans 8:14-27).
3. Of Angels
Angels are created (Colossians 1:16; Psalm 148:5), spirit-beings of various rank and order. This company of everlasting beings are super-natural in intelligence and strength. They were created holy and good (Genesis 1:31), but due to sin many fell from their holy state and are now confirmed in wickedness (Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28). Those who preserved their integrity are God’s messengers (Hebrews 1:14), whereas the fallen angels execute satan’s desires in hindering God’s work and afflicting God’s people.
We believe in the distinct personality of satan (Matthew 4:1-3), that he is the unholy god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4), author of all powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire (Revelations 20:10).
4. Of the Creation
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1-2), including all life (Colossians 1:16-17); John 1:3), “each after its own kind” (Genesis 1:24), by direct act, and not by the process of evolution (Psalm 33:6).
5. Of Man
We believe that man in the person of the first Adam, was created in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell into sin (Genesis 3), thus plunging the whole race into condemnation (Romans 5:12) and total depravity. (Ephesians 2:1). Consequently, all men are born sinners and, without the Spirit of God, they are directed by their sin natures toward willful acts of sin. Thus having knowledge of their sin and the manifestation of the power of God, are now without excuse before God (Romans 1:18-2:1). Apart from God’s work of grace all men would be on their way to eternal torment (Revelation 20:15). God enabling some men to receive the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, they are then passed from death to eternal life forever secure in Heaven (John 10:28-29; Romans 8:29-39).
6. Of Salvation
We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the redemption available through Jesus Christ, when He voluntarily took upon Himself a human body and nature, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15), and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement sufficient for all sin (I John 2:2), that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust (I Peter 3:18).
We believe that in order to be saved, people must be born again (John 3:3), that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and receives eternal life, the free gift of God (John 3:16; Romans 3:24); and that no man or spirit can take us from His hand. The new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; followed by subsequent in-fillings of the Spirit that all Believers should seek. The new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears (Matthew 16:18); established by Jesus Christ, who is its sole Head (Ephesians 1:22-23); revealed through the holy Apostles; empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8); His “body” for service (I Corinthians 12:13-28); and His “bride” for glory.
We understand the Beleiver’s (water) Baptism as the immersion of a believer in water (Acts 8:36-39). It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way a cleansing of sin and our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with the effects of that faith in our lives as it produces death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Romans 6:3-5).
7. Filling / Baptism of the Holy Spirit
All believers should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. With this comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry according to Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31.
8. Civil Government
We believe that civil government is for the interests and good order of human society (Romans 13:1-); and the guarantee of liberty of conscience. This guarantee consists of absolute constraint of the government to the civil realm, not interfering or influencing in the spiritual realm of the Church. For the believer to see that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed (Matthew 22:21); except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 5:29; 4:19-20) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming prince of the Kings of the earth.
satan (aka the devil, adversary and other names) is the enemy of all of God’s creation. As Yahweh God is the giver of life satan is the author of death and works feverishly to destroy everything good that he can. He brings death, destruction, disease, pain, hurt and all things evil.