Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

I. CONCERNING THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, as originally written by holy men of God who were borne along by the Holy Spirit, were God-breathed, both equally and fully in all parts. We believe these Scriptures are completely without error and are therefore the final authority in all matters. We believe the Bible is the only infallible guide for faith and practice. (Matthew 5:17-18; Mark 12:36; Acts 1:16; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 5:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 3:15-16

II. CONCERNING THE TRUE GOD
We believe in one God. We believe in the unity of the Godhead. There are three eternal and coequal persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who execute distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4; Isaiah 46:9; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; John 1:1-3, 14; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:19-20; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:3-14; 4:4-6; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)

III. CONCERNING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man, yet without sin. He voluntarily laid down His life on the cross of Calvary as a substitute in the sinner’s place to make full atonement for our sins. He rose from the dead on the third day, and after forty days He ascended bodily into heaven. He is coming again, first to rapture His saints and then to establish His earthly kingdom on the throne of David. The rapture is imminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25; 28:6; John 1:1, 14; 14:3; Acts 1:9-11; 15:16; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Peter 2:22-24; 3:18)

IV. CONCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is a Person of the Godhead because He possesses all the attributes of personality and of deity. He is equal with the Father and the Son and is of the same nature. He convicts unbelievers of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the agent of the new birth who immediately places the new believer into the Body of Christ. He seals, indwells, infills, guides, and teaches believers the ways of righteousness. We believe there is a distinction between the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and His ministry in the New Testament. There is a new and unique work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the Body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit endues believers with service gifts upon conversion. We believe the Bible disavows the authenticity of the sign gifts (prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles, and healing) for today and repudiates the experience-oriented theology and ecumenically-oriented practice of the charismatic movement. (John 3:6; 7:39; 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-11; Acts 1:5; 4:8; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:4-13, 28-31; 13:8-13; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:7-11, 30; Titus 3:4-7; 1 John 2:20-27)

V. CONCERNING MAN
We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created by a direct act of God and not from any previously existing form of life. By voluntary transgression man fell from his state of innocence, in consequence of which all men are now sinners by nature and by choice, are utterly devoid of the holiness required by God’s standard, are positively inclined to evil, and therefore are without defense or excuse under just condemnation to eternal punishment and to everlasting existence separated from God. (Genesis 1:26-27; 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3; 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 5:25-30; Romans 3:10-12, 23; 5:12-19; Revelation 20:11-15)

VI. CONCERNING SALVATION
We believe the Scriptures teach the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly by grace, and accomplished only through the shed blood of the Son of God; that it is wholly apart from works and comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that in order to be saved the sinner must be born again, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in God’s Word and becoming the recipient of a new nature; that the believer who has exercised personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is completely justified and possesses a salvation which is eternally secure. (Matthew 26:28; John 1:12-13; 3:3-18, 36; 5:24; 6:29; 10:28-29; Acts 13:39; 16:31; Romans 1:16-17; 3:26; 4:5; 5:1, 9-11; 10:9-13; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 4:2; 1 Peter 1:18-23; 2 Peter 1:4)

VII. CONCERNING THE CHURCH
We believe the Scriptures teach the Church of Jesus Christ was inaugurated at Pentecost and must be considered in two aspects: the local church and the “church which is His body.” The local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its Scriptural officers are pastors, sometimes called bishops or elders, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus. This definition of the local church leads to these Scriptural distinctives:

1. Sole authority of the Scriptures for faith and practice;
2. Autonomy of the local church;
3. Believer’s baptism by immersion before church membership;
4. Two offices: pastor (elder, bishop) and deacon;
5. Two symbolic ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s supper;
6. Individual priesthood of the believer and soul liberty;
7. Separation of church and state.

The “church which is His body” is the entire company of believers in Christ in this age, whether Jew or Gentile, regardless of denominational affiliation and present position in heaven or on earth. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 41-42; 10:44-48; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9)

VIII. CONCERNING BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe the Scriptures teach Christian baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his identification with the crucified, buried, risen Saviour and to illustrate the believer’s death to sin and his resurrection to a new life. It is prerequisite to membership and privileges in a local church. We believe the Lord’s supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded by solemn self-examination. Observance of the Lord’s supper is for believers only. The ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper must be observed under the discipline of the local church. They do not have any saving merit. (Acts 2:41-47; 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28)

IX. CONCERNING THE RETURN OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His people, meeting them in the air is imminent and will precede the tribulation (Daniel’s seventieth week). We believe in the literal, personal, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ to set up His kingdom on earth and that this will take place at the end of the tribulation. Therefore, the rapture is pre-tribulational and pre-millennial. (Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8; Revelation 20:1-4, 6)

X. CONCERNING THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe the Scriptures teach the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. All those who are justified through faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in full enjoyment of God’s presence, and those who refuse to accept God’s offer of mercy and grace will spend eternity in everlasting punishment in the lake of fire. We believe that the terms heaven and hell refer to literal and distinct places and not to a condition or state. (Luke 16:19-26; John 5:28-29; 14:2-3; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20: 11-15, 21: 1-4)

XI. CONCERNING SATAN
We believe the Scriptures teach there is a personal devil who is “the god of this age” and “the prince of the power of the air,” who is full of all subtlety, who continually seeks to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensnare the sons of men, and who was conquered by Christ on the cross and condemned to everlasting punishment. (John 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 11:13-15; Ephesians 2:2; 6:10-12; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9; 20:1-3, 10)

XII. CONCERNING PERSONAL SEPARATION
We believe the Scriptures teach that every believer should be separated unto God from the world and should walk by the aid of the Holy Spirit in Christian love and holiness, exhibiting qualities of honesty, integrity, forgiveness, and loving-kindness. We further believe that any achievement in these characteristics will be evidenced by sincere humility and genuine zeal for the advancement of the cause of Christ. We also believe the Scriptures admonish every believer not to love the world or the things in the world, but rather to flee evil desires, avoid every kind of evil, and refrain from questionable practices which destroy one’s testimony, offend one’s brother, and fail to glorify God. (Romans 6:11-13; 14:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 8:9-13; 10:23, 31-33; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 4:22-32; 5:1-21; Philippians 4:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 5:5-6; 1 John 2: 15-17)

XIII. CONCERNING ECCLESIASTICAL SEPARATION
We believe the Scriptures teach that the believer should be separated from apostasy of ecclesiastical organizations made up of radicals, liberals, and those who sanction theological compromise. This doctrine is based upon God’s eternal principle of division between truth and error and upon His specific command to be separate from unbelievers and disobedient brethren. This truth is to be practiced with an attitude of devotion to God, humility, compassion, and conviction so as to create the proper condition and atmosphere for the salvation of the unbeliever through the Gospel of God and for the restoration of the disobedient brother. We believe ecumenical evangelism which involves apostates violates the principles taught in God’s Word (Romans 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Galatians 1:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15; 1 Timothy 6:3-5; Titus 3:10-11; 2 John 9-11)

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