~ WHAT WE BELIEVE ~
Importance of a High View of God
Our understanding of God is central to the rest of our theology. It affects how we view the Scriptures, salvation, the Christian life, and the circumstances and trials of life. It is therefore necessary to have a proper understanding of God, that He is sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the great, the mighty, the awesome God (Deut. 10:17).
We believe that the Bible was written down by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit and spoke from God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21). All of the Bible, in its original documents, is inerrant and infallible. It is wholly true in everything it teaches regarding doctrine, history, science, geography, geology, or any other matter (Ps. 119:160). The Bible is the only authoritative standard, and is sufficient for all matters of doctrine, faith, practice, and godliness (Ps. 19:7-11; 2 Pet. 1:3).
Principles of Interpretation
We use the literal-historical-grammatical method of interpretation.
Taking into account the original languages, the ordinary meaning of the actual words, and the customary usages of the language.
Taking into account the historical context in which it was written.
Using the proper rules of grammar, and taking into account the meaning of words, the function of words, and the relationship of words.
We believe in a consistent literal interpretation, which includes prophetic passages.
There is one God (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 44:5-6), perfect and infinite in all His attributes. Within the nature of the one true God are three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
is called God (1 Cor. 1:3; John 17:3).
(Jesus Christ) is called God (John 1:1; Titus 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:1).
Jesus Christ is God incarnate, which means that He is God become man in the flesh. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died a substitutionary death on the cross for the sins of the world, was buried, after three days rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.
The Holy Spirit
is called God (Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 3:17-18).
The Holy Spirit was the agent of the virgin birth (Luke 1:35), and was the divine agent of Scripture (2 Pet. 1:20-21). In the life of believers, He permanently indwells all believers (Rom. 8:9), seals us until the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30), and fills us as we submit to His control (Eph. 5:18).
The three persons are co-equal and co-eternal (Micah 5:2; John 5:18, 23; Acts 5:3-4; Heb. 1:8; 1 Tim. 1:17).
The Need for Salvation
We believe all men are sinners, falling short of the glory of God, and are in need of salvation from sin and its consequences (Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:23).
The Provision for Salvation
We believe that salvation is by God's grace (Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Thess. 5:9). God's only provision for salvation is Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). The essence of the gopsel is that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for our sins on the cross as our substitute, was buried, and rose again on the third day (Rom. 5:8; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 1 Pet. 3:18).
The Salvation Message
The gospel message is a call to repentence from sin and to faith in Jesus Christ (Matt. 4:17; Acts 2:38; 2 Cor. 7:9-10). Salvation is not a result of works, but it is an undeserved, unearned gift, received by God's grace and mercy (Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 5:9). Saving faith is not only an intellectual assent to the facts of the gospel, but a heart commitment to willingly trust, submit, and obey the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:36)
The Call to Salvation
God calls all men everywhere to repent and believe in the gospel (John 3:16; Acts 17:30-31).
The Results of Salvation
Salvation involves the total forgiveness of sins (Col. 2:13-14), reconciliation to God (Rom. 5:10-11), adoption into the family of God (Rom. 8:15), glorification (Rom. 8:29-30), and eternal life with God (John 3:16, 36).
The Security of Salvation
Once a person is saved, their salvation can never be lost or rejected (Rom. 8:38-39). God seals all believers with the Holy Spirit, who is given as a pledge of our future inheritance (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). God loses none of those He has called (John 10:27-30).
The Ordinances of the Church
Baptism is for believers who have placed their faith in Christ. It is not a means of salvation or grace, but is an act of obedience whereby a believer makes a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism symbolizes being united with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-6).
Communion is an act of obedience where we remember the sacrifice of Christ, and anticipate the glories of His kingdom to come (Luke 2:19; 1 Cor. 11:24). Communion is not a means of salvation or grace, but a symbol of Christ's sacrifice. It should only be received by believers who are living in obedience to God and have confessed their sins (1 Cor. 11:17-34).
Eschatology (Doctrine of Last Things)
We believe biblical prophecy should be interpreted the same way as other Scripture: according to the literal-historical-grammatical method of interpretation. Use of this method of interpretation leads to the premillennial position.
The Promises to Israel
Israel has a distinct and special future in God's redemptive plan, and the unconditional promises God made to the nation of Israel have not been nullified nor have they been transferred solely to the church. The Abrahamic, Davidic, and New covenants will be fulfilled as promised to Israel (Gen. 15:1-21; 1 Chron. 17:1-15; Jer. 31:31-34; Rom. 11).
The Church Age
We are living in the Church Age. It began at Pentacost (Acts 2) and will end at the rapture of the church.
We believe the rapture of the church is imminent, and it will occur at the end of the church age. The saints will be caught up in the air to be forever with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
We believe that before Christ comes to earth there will be a seven year period of tribulation (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 6-9). The tribulation period will end when Christ bodily returns to the earth to set up His literal earthly kingdom (Zech. 14:4, 9; Acts 1:11).
The Second Coming and Millennial Reign of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ will come back bodily to earth to set up a literal thousand year kingdom where He will rule from Jerusalem (Isa. 2:2-4; Zech. 14:3-4; Acts 1:9-12; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-7).
Heaven and Hell
We believe all mankind will end up in one of two destinations - heaven or the lake of fire (Matt. 25:31-46; John 5:28-29). All unbelievers will appear before the Great White Throne to be judged according to their deeds (Rev. 20:11-15). They will suffer torment away from the presence of Christ in the lake of fire forever (Matt. 13:42; Mark 9:47-49; Rev. 14:11, 20:15). Believers will be in heaven and will receive rewards in accordance with their faithful service on earth (1 Cor. 3:12-15; 2 Cor. 5:10).