Statement of Faith

I. Bible

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the various matters of which they speak.

 

II. Trinity

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons of the Godhead; Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that these three persons have the same nature, attributes and perfection.

 

III. Creation and Fall

We believe that the universe with all that is in it was created in the beginning by the word of God; that man's body was made by a creative act of God; that the first man Adam, fell from his original state of innocence, became corrupt in nature and came under the condemnation and the sentence of death; and because of the unity of the race in Adam, its natural head, all men have come under the consequence of sin.

 

IV. Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and is truly God, born of the virgin Mary, and is true man who shed His blood for the sins of all men as a substitutionary sacrifice; that He arose in the very body, though glorified, in which He had been crucified; that He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God; and He now appears in the presence of God on behalf of His people.

 

V. Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; that He inspired men to write the Scripture; that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and He regenerates those who believe, places them into the body of Christ, and dwells in them; that as Christ's representative on earth He calls out a people from the Jews and Gentiles and makes of them "one new man"; and that He calls out men to God's service and empowers them and directs them in that service.

 

VI. Salvation

We believe that through faith in the crucified and risen Christ, man is justified, regenerated and given the position of a child in the family of God; and there is but one way of salvation that is, through faith in Christ, and that those who have been born of the Spirit of God never perish.

 

VII. Church

We believe that the church is the company of all those who have been born of the Spirit of God and baptized into the body of Christ by that Spirit; and that this church is the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit; and the Bride of Christ; that during this dispensation all regenerated Jews and Gentiles are united in one church in Christ and some day Christ will present this church to Himself without blemish.

 

VIII. Local Church

We believe that the local church is an autonomous body of baptized believers united together upon profession of faith and observing two ordinances (Baptism and the Lord's Supper). The local church is to purify, edify and occupy itself with prayer and fellowship and to endeavor to reach men for Christ at home and abroad.

 

IX. Satan

We believe that the fallen angel known as Satan was originally perfect in his way; that he fell and drew with him a large number of angels; that he, together with his angels and demons, is active in opposition to God and His work; that Satan and his emissaries were defeated at the cross of Christ; that they will be bound for a thousand years at the return of Christ to the earth; and that ultimately they will be cast into the lake of fire where they will be punished eternally.

 

X. Future Things

We believe in the personal, premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the resurrection of all those who have died in Him; that He will reign over Israel and the Gentile nations on the earth during the millennium, after which the wicked dead along with Satan and his emissaries, will be cast into the lake of fire where they will be punished forever.