What We Believe

The Scriptures
We believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, in whole and in part, error-free in the original
writings and the supreme authority of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ. We further believe that there is but one true interpretation
of any Biblical passage and this is only found when one accurately applies the literal-grammatical-historical method of interpretation.

(Psalm 119:160; I1 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12)

God
We believe there is but one living and true God who is infinite, eternal and unchangeable. We further believe that God is one in essence
while existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Though each person of the Godhead possesses precisely the same nature and attributes, each functions differently in respect to God’s purposes and dealings with man.

(Deuteronomy 4:39, 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Father
The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to His own purpose, pleasure and grace. The Father is sovereign in
creation, providence and redemption. He has decreed all things that come to pass for His own glory. He graciously involves Himself in the
affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

(I Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 103:19; Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6)

The Son
The second person of the Trinity is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of man. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, surrendered
nothing of His deity during His earthly life. Having led a sinless life, He satisfied the Father‚ justice concerning sin by His substitutionary
death. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His physical ascension and His visible return to earth to establish His earthly kingdom.

(John 1:14-18; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:24-26; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:16-18; Revelation 20:11-15)

The Holy Spirit
The third person of the Trinity executes the will of God in the world of men. It is the Holy Spirit who applies the salvation Jesus Christ secured
through His death on the cross. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers
the church to live a lifestyle pleasing to God, endowing it with special gifts, which equip believers to accomplish distinct ministries, planned
beforehand by God the Father.

(John 3:1-8 & 15-16, 15:4-15; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18-21)

Man
We believe that man was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and to fulfill God’s will on earth. Man sinned by a voluntary
act of personal disobedience to the will of God; as a result, all men are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of physical death. The
fall of man was a non-repeatable historical fact, the effects of which are transmitted to all men, each of whom is born with a sinful nature and
sins habitually in thought, word and deed.

(Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7, 3:3-4; Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:1-3)

Salvation
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient, substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in Him are declared justified
by the Father on the grounds of Jesus‚ death and resurrection. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith have been regenerated
by and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They become, thereby, the children of God forever and members of the one true church, the universal Body of
Christ. This salvation will result in righteous living and good works as the believer submits his life to the control of the Holy Spirit who
directs the life of the believer in harmony with the Word of God.

(John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26, 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians1:7, 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7;
Hebrews 10:10-12; 1 John 5:11-13)

The Church
We believe that all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true universal church and are directed by the Scriptures to
associate themselves in local, visible churches. The local church is the only scriptural representation of Christ‚ invisible church and consists
only of regenerated believers. The local church is autonomous in its government and recognizes its own members for the biblical offices of elder
and deacon. Two ordinances have been committed to the local church ‚ baptism and the Lord‚ Supper. The purpose of the church is to lead men to
Christ, mature them in the faith, and equip them for personal ministry.

(Matthew 16:13-28, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47, 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29;
Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 5:1-3)

Future
We believe that prophetic Scriptures teach the imminent, personal return of Jesus Christ. We believe that return will occur in a bodily visible manner.

(Matthew 24-25; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 20:1-4)