STATEMENT OF FAITH

God

We believe that there is one God, and His name is Jehovah.  Along with being omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, He is also infinite, eternal, immutable, and self-existent. We believe He manifests Himself to man in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; 1 John 5:7)

 

Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of Christ, and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  We believe that His existence did not begin at His birth, but that He has always existed, and during His time on Earth was God Himself in the flesh.  We believe He was virgin-born, and that He was God incarnate. Jesus never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice for man's sin.  This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father, and is now waiting for the time of receiving His church at the rapture, which will be followed by His return seven years later to Earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years. (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11, 53:2-7; John 8:58; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25; Romans 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; 1 Peter 1:19, 2:2; 1 John 1:3; Revelation 20:1-6)

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit possesses all of the attributes both of deity and personality.  He was involved in the lives of the Old Testament saints, but began His automatic and permanent ministry of indwelling believers during the apostolic age.  He performs the ministry of reproving the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and will continue to do so until the Rapture.  The Holy Spirit indwells, regenerates, sanctifies, and seals all who place their faith in Jesus Christ.  He fills only believers who seek His filling.  (Genesis 1:2; John 3:5-6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:18)

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the fully inspired and preserved Word of God. We believe that although written by men, the minds of every author were moved by the Holy Spirit, and every word was God-breathed.  We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe that the King James Version is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people. (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:22-25; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13)

The Church

We believe that the local church is comprised of members who have been saved and baptized in obedience to the command of Christ.  We believe that a church is not a building, but rather an assembly of believers that unite together for the purposes of instruction, worship, fellowship, service, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and communion. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the rapture, just prior to the tribulation. (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41-43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 15: 51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14; Ephesians 5:25-30; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 3:4-15)

Separation

We believe that Christians should live in a way that glorifies our Lord and Savior. God commands His people to be holy and to separate from all religious apostasy and all worldly and sinful pleasures and practices. (Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Peter 1:16)

Salvation

We believe all men are sinners by nature and by practice because of the sin nature we have all inherited from Adam, and that an eternity in a literal place called Hell is the payment for every man’s sin. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a placing of his faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior are already condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire. We believe that the gift of eternal life is completely free because it has already been paid for, and that faith and faith alone is the only way to receive it.  We believe that once saved, a believer cannot lose his salvation because he has been placed in Christ and is kept by the power of God. (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:6-12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14; 1 John 5:11-13; 1 Peter 1:5; Philippians 3:9)

Missions

We believe that God has given the church a great commission to go, win, baptize, and teach all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  We believe it is the responsibility of every church member to be willing to go, pray and give for the purpose of worldwide evangelization. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 6:18-19; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; Romans 12:1)

End Times

We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year tribulation. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of 1,000 years. Following this one-thousand-year reign will be the Great White Throne judgment, during which those who have rejected Christ will be judged, and then the coming of the new heaven and the new earth. (1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22; understanding of a Jewish wedding)

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