We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the written Word of God, and the supreme and sole authority of Christian faith and practice. We believe the Bible was given by inspiration of God. No other writings, experiences or traditions of any kind are inspired in this sense. Ps 19:7-11; Ps 119:4,9-11,16,60,136; Jn. 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2Pet. 1:19-21.
THE NATURE OF GOD:
We believe the only true and living God is a tri-une God eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as stated in the Bible. He is the creator of everything that exists. Gen.1:1; Ex.20:2-3; Jer. 45:5-6,21-22; Matt. 28:19; Jn.10:30; Acts 5:3-4; I Cor, 8:6
We believe the eternal Son became flesh through miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a sinless human life, perfectly fulfilling the divine law, and then offered Himself as a sacrifice for the sin. He died on the cross, shedding His precious blood, in full substitution and atonement for the sins of all people everywhere. He was buried and on the third day he arose bodily from the dead, and is alive forevermore. He later ascended bodily into heaven. He now continually intercedes for those who put their trust in Him. He is fully man and fully God. Isa. 7:14; Lk. 1:30; I Cor. 13:3-4; Heb. 10:19-22; I Pet. 3:18.
THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature. In relation to the world, He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He seals, empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies and helps believers to live for God. Isa 6:1-13 (cf. Acts 28:5-6); Matt. 28:19-20; Jn. 3:5-6; 14;16-17; 16:8-11; Acts 5:3-4; Eph 1;13-14; 4:30.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death (separation from God), and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are now sinners by birth and by choice. Man's hope is found in Jesus. Gen. 3:1-6; Ps 51:5; Rom 1:20; 3:10-19; 5:12-21; I Cor. 4:14; Acts 4:12; 1 Pet. 3:18
We believe Man is unable to save himself from the power and penalty of sin. Man can only be saved when he repents of his sin and places his faith in Christ's finished work on the cross. A true Christian is one who has been "saved: or "born again" by the work of the Holy Spirit upon receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior of His life. The reality of his salvation, as well as one's personal assurance of salvation, will be evidenced by a genuine love for God as seen in his obedience to God's Word. One who has been truly born again continues in his walk with the Lord and is kept saved by the power of God for the day of redemption. John 3:3; Rom. 6:23; 10:9-13; 2 Cor 5:21; Eph 1:13-14; 2:8-10; Heb. 9:22; I Pet 3:18; I Jn. 2:3-6; 2:19; 5:13
We believe the church is a hospital for sinners. It includes all who have turned to Christ for salvation. It is the support group created by God as a place to help both individuals and families to live for Him. It is through the church that we open doors to God's Word to tranform lives for God's glory. Matt 16:18; 22:37-40; 28:19-20; Acts 1:6-8; Acts 2; 1 Cor. 11:23-28; Eph 4:11-12; Col. 1:24; I Tim 4:14-15.
THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS:
We believe that the Holy Spirit, according to His will, gives gifts to believers so that they can fulfill the ministry of the church. Some of the gifts given were temporary and limited to the 1st century believers. Other gifts continue today and are to be used by Christians to serve. Each person has been given a gift by the Holy Spirit so that each person may serve in and through the church. 1 Cor.12; 13:8-10; 14; Rom 12:3-8; I Pet. 4:10.
THE RETURN OF CHRIST:
We believe that all Christians should live as if Christ will return at any moment. He will first come at the rapture (the catching up of believers). This will be followed by 7 years of tribulation which will culminate with the 2nd coming of the Lord. Following this, Christ will set up his millennial kingdom which will last for 1,000 years on earth. Thus we believe in a pre-tribulational rapture and a pre-millennial return of Christ. Acts 1:11; 1 Thess 4:13-18; 1 Jn.3:3; Rev. 19:11-21; Rev. 20:1-6
THE ETERNAL STATE:
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, both of the saved and the lost. The lost will be resurrected to an eternal punishment in hell. The saved will be resurrected to an eternal joy with Christ in heaven. Matt. 25:34-41; Jn. 14:1-6; Rom 6:23; I Cor. 15; 1Thess 4:16-18; Rev. 20-21.
We believe that Satan is a literal and personal being. He is the god of this age who was defeated at the cross. And, because of his rebellion against God, he will be eternally punished in hell. Isa 14;12-14; Matt. 4:1-3; 25:41; 2Cor 4:4; Heb. 2:14; Rev. 20:10.
We believe that the Christian is to strive at all times to be obedient to God, and that that a biblical life-style is the proof and the result of genuine saving faith. Matt. 13:23; Jn. 15:1-17; Eph 2:8-10; James 2;14-26; 1 Pet 1;15-16; I John 2:3-6.
We believe in the Biblical account of creation. God is the creator and as such will be worshipped for all eternity. Gen. 1-2; Ex.20:11; Jn.1:3; Col.1:16-17; Rev. 4:11; 10:6