What we believe

Holy Scriptures

We believe the Bible is the inerrant, authoritative, verbal, plenary, inspired, living word of God as represented in the original manuscripts. [1,2,3,4,5,6] The Bible consists of 66 books written by men through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. [2,3,5] God's word is truth [7,8,9] and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. [2] The truth in God's word is revealed by the Holy Spirit, [5,10,11] not man's intellect. [12,13] Finally, God's word is eternal. [14,15,16,17,18,]

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[1] Matthew 5:18
[2] 2 Timothy 3:16-17
[3] 2 Peter 1:20-21
[4] Hebrews 4:12
[5] John 14:26
[6] Proverbs 30:5-6
[7] John 17:17
[8] 2 Timothy 2:15
[9] Isaiah 45:19
[10] John 16:12-13
[11] 1 Corinthians 2:10-14
[12] Luke 10:21
[13] Matthew 11:25-26
[14] Matthew 24:35
[15] Mark 13:31
[16] Luke 21:33
[17] Psalm 119:89
[18] Isaiah 40:8
[19] John 1:1

God

We believe that there is one living and true God, [1,2,3] who is spirit in nature [4] existing eternally [5,6] in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit [7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15]; Creator of the universe, all creation [1] and Supreme Ruler thereof. [16]

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[1] Genesis 1:1-31
[2] Exodus 20:1-3
[3] Psalms 83:18
[4] John 4:24
[5] Psalms 90:2
[6] Revelation 22:13
[7] Matthew 28:19
[8] John 6:27
[9] Hebrews 1:8
[10] John 10:30
[11] John 15:26
[12] Ephesians 2:18
[13] Colossians 2:9
[14] Ephesians 4:6
[15] Acts 5:3-4
[16] Psalms 103:19

God the Father

We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity [1] and is the Father of all men by virtue of being their Creator. [2] He is Father of the nation of Israel, [3] and the spiritual Father of all who believe in Christ. [4] His prerogatives among the Godhead include authoring the plan of God, [5] authoring the act of election, [6] sending the Son to this world, [7,8] and disciplining His children. [9] We as believers are to glorify Him both now and in eternity. [10,11] God the Father will ultimately rule over all things after the Lord Jesus has abolished all rule, authority, and power and delivered the Kingdom to the Father at the close of the millennium. [12]

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[1] Matthew 28:19
[2] Acts 17:29
[3] Exodus 4:22
[4] Galatians 3:26
[5] Psalms 33:10-11
[6] Ephesians 1:3-6
[7] John 5:37
[8] John 3:16-17
[9] Hebrews 12:7-11
[10] 1 Corinthians 6:20
[11] Psalms 86:12
[12] 1 Corinthians 15:24

God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ, who is God's only begotten Son, [1] is the second Person of the Trinity. [2] He is God [3,4,5,6] and is coequal, [3] cosubstantial, [6,7] and coeternal [8] with the Father. He was virgin born, [9] God incarnate who came to reveal God, [4,5] redeem men, [10] and rule over God's kingdom. [8,11] He was crucified and died for our sins [12] and arose from the dead bodily on the third day. [12,13,14] Our salvation is made sure by His resurrection [12,13] and He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father [15] where He is ministering as our Advocate [16] and High Priest. [17] He will return to this planet to receive His church, [14] which is His body, and will establish His kingdom as its King. [11] He is the final Judge of all creation. [11,18,19,20]

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[1] John 3:16
[2] Matthew 28:19
[3] John 10:30
[4] Philippians 2:5-8
[5] John 1:1-3, 14
[6] Hebrews 1:3
[7] John 14:9
[8] Isaiah 9:6
[9] Matthew 1:20, 23, 25
[10] Galatians 4:4, 5
[11] Revelation 20:1-15
[12] Romans 4:25
[13] 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23
[14] 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
[15] Ephesians 1:20
[16] Hebrews 7:25
[17] Hebrews 9:24
[18] Matthew 25:32-46
[19] 2 Corinthians 5:10
[20] 2 Peter 3:10

God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and is God. [1,2] He is coequal and cosubstantial with the Father and with His Son. [1,3,4,5] We recognize His sovereign activity in creation, [1] the incarnation, [6] the written revelation, [7,8] and the work of salvation. [9] He was sent at Pentecost to initiate the building of the body of Christ. [10,11] His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; [12] glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, [13] and by His continual filling, [14] transforming believers into Christ-likeness. [15,16] He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation; [17] indwelling, [8,18,19] sanctifying, [20,21] instructing, [22,23] and empowering them for service; and sealing them unto the day of redemption. [24,25] He administers spiritual gifts to the church, [26] not to glorify Himself or the gifts, but to glorify Christ and implement His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the faith.

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[1] Genesis 1:2
[2] Acts 5:3, 4
[3] Matthew 28:19
[4] Isaiah 6:9, 10
[5] Acts 28:25-27
[6] Matthew 1:18
[7] 2 Peter 1:20, 21
[8] John 14:16, 17, 26
[9] John 3:5-7
[10] Acts 1:8
[11] Acts 2:1-18
[12] John 16:7-11
[13] John 16:14
[14] Ephesians 5:18
[15] 2 Corinthians 3:18
[16] 2 Corinthians 3:6
[17] 1 Corinthians 12:13
[18] 1 Corinthians 6:19
[19] Romans 8:9
[20] 2 Thessalonians 2:13
[21] Romans 15:15-16
[22] John 16:13
[23] John 14:26
[24] Ephesians 1:13
[25] Ephesians 4:30
[26] 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Man

We believe that man was directly and immediately created by God [1] in His image and likeness, [2] with the intent that he should glorify God, [3,4,5] enjoy God's fellowship, [6] and have dominion over the earth and all its creatures. [1,2] Originally without sin, man did not have the knowledge of good and evil. [1,7] However, through Adam's sin of disobedience, [7] man lost his innocence, [8,9,10] incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death, [10,11,12] became children of wrath by nature, and became corrupt. [8,9,13,14] Man is thus hopelessly lost apart from salvation, [12] which is the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. [15] We believe that apart from God's sovereign act of election, man will always choose to reject God. [9,16] However, God's sovereign act of election does not contradict nor negate the responsibility of man. [17]

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[1] Genesis 2:7-25
[2] Genesis 1:26
[3] Matthew 5:16
[4] Psalm 86:12
[5] Philippians 2:10-11
[6] 1 John 1:3
[7] Genesis 3:6-24
[8] Romans 3:23
[9] Romans 3:9-18
[10] Romans 5:18
[11] Romans 6:23
[12] Ephesians 2:1-3
[13] Isaiah 64:6
[14] Jeremiah 17:9
[15] Romans 5:10-12
[16] John 12:37-49
[17] Romans 1:18-20

Salvation and Election

We believe that salvation is wholly of God by grace, [1,2] through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, by the merit of His shed blood, [3,4] not on the basis of human merit, nor by works. [1,2,5] Salvation is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit [5] by which we receive eternal life and share in the divine nature. [6] Repentance and faith in the substitutional death of Christ are essential in it. [7,8,9] We believe that according to God's sovereign act of election, every believer has been chosen before the foundation of the world to receive salvation. [10,11,12,13,14] God's choice is based entirely on the good pleasure of His will and His mercy, not on any foreseen faith by us nor in any human quality we may possess. [1,15,16,17] All whom the Father predestined and calls to Himself will come in faith, receive eternal life, and be justified and glorified. [10,18,19] On the basis of Christ's substitutionary death, which provided propitiation for our sins, [20] God declares us righteous (justified) in Christ, [5] having been reconciled to God. [4,21] All the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever. [22,23,24,25] The assurance of our salvation is based solely upon the promise of God's word. [26]

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[1] Ephesians 2:8-9
[2] 2 Timothy 1:9
[3] Ephesians 1:7
[4] Romans 5:9-10
[5] Titus 3:5-7
[6] 2 Peter 1:4
[7] Acts 2:38
[8] Mark 1:15
[9] John 3:3-18
[10] Ephesians 1:3-6
[11] 1 Peter 1:1-2
[12] Matthew 22:14
[13] Matthew 24:22, 24, 31
[14] 2 Thessalonians 2:13
[15] Romans 9:11-24
[16] Romans 11:5-6
[17] 1 Corinthians 1:27-29
[18] Romans 8:28-30
[19] Romans 11:29
[20] 1 John 2:2
[21] 2 Corinthians 5:19
[22] Ephesians 4:30
[23] Romans 8:31-39
[24] John 6:39
[25] John 10:27-30
[26] 1 John 5:12-13

Sanctification

We believe that upon salvation, every believer is regenerated, declared righteous (justified) and is declared sanctified (set apart for sacred service) by the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. [1,2,3,4] However, a conflict exists between the new creation in Christ and the sinful nature that continues throughout this earthly life. [5,6] Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit works to purify believers [7,8] by bringing new life that leads to good works [9] and by putting to death the lusts of the flesh. [10,11] While sanctification is wholly a work of God, [12,13] the believer has a responsibility to yield in reverence, obedience, and fear to the Father's commandment to be holy. [14,15] Believers are to put forth effort to work out their salvation [16,17,18] to the glory of God [19] which is evidence of their salvation. [20,21] The process of sanctification is completed when we are united with Christ at the end of this earthly life. [22, 23]

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[1] 2 Corinthians 5:17
[2] Romans 4:25
[3] Romans 5:18
[4] 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30
[5] Romans 7:21-25
[6] Galatians 5:16-18
[7] Ezekiel 36:26-27
[8] John 14:26
[9] 2 Corinthians 9:8
[10] Romans 8:2
[11] Romans 8:13
[12] 2 Thessalonians 2:13
[13] 1 Thessalonians 5:23
[14] 2 Corinthians 7:1
[15] 1 Peter 1:14-19
[16] Philippians 2:12-13
[17] Philippians 3:12-21
[18] James 2:14-26
[19] 1 Corinthians 10:31
[20] Matthew 7:16-20
[21] Hebrews 6:9-12
[22] 1 Thessalonians 4:17
[23] 1 Corinthians 13:10-12

The Church

We believe that all who repent of their sins and place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit into one united body, [1,2,3] the Church, of which Jesus Christ is the Head, [4,5] and which is His bride. [6,7,8] We believe that the members of this one spiritual body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies. [9,10] We believe that the Head of the Church is Jesus Christ and those serving as leaders in the Church over the assembly are elders (also called bishops and pastors) who must fit the biblical qualifications of that office. [11,12,13,14,15] Those who serve as deacons (who serve the physical needs of the body) must also fit the qualifications of that office. [16,17,18] We believe the purpose of the Church is to glorify God, [19] and by the power of the Holy Spirit, build itself up in the faith, by instruction in the Word, by prayer, [20] by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, [9,21,22] and by advancing and communicating the Gospel to the entire world. [23,24] We believe that God has given gifted men to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry. [25] God also has given each member of the body of Christ spiritual gifts that are sovereignly bestowed. [22] It is essential that every believer discover, develop, and employ their gifts for the edification of the body and the accomplishment of the work of Jesus Christ in the world. [26,27]

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[1] Acts 2:38
[2] 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
[3] Ephesians 1:11-14
[4] Ephesians 1:22
[5] Ephesians 4:15
[6] Ephesians 5:23-32
[7] Revelation 3:12
[8] Revelation 21:2, 9, 10
[9] Acts 2:38-47
[10] Hebrews 10:25
[11] 1 Timothy 3:1-7
[12] Titus 1:5-9
[13] Acts 20:28
[14] 1 Peter 5:1-5
[15] Hebrews 13:7, 17
[16] 1 Timothy 3:8-13
[17] Philippians 1:1
[18] Acts 6:1-7
[19] Ephesians 3:10, 21
[20] Matthew 21:13
[21] Acts 2:1-21
[22] Romans 12:4-8
[23] Acts 1:8
[24] Matthew 28:19
[25] Ephesians 4:11-13
[26] 1 Peter 4:10, 11
[27] 1 Corinthians 12:4-12

Baptism

We believe that Christian baptism is an act of obedience following a person's salvation. [1,2,3,4] It is the immersion of a believer in water that testifies of one's faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, and union with Him in death to sin, and resurrection to a new life. [5,6] It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible body of Christ. [1,7] Baptism is not a saving act of grace nor is it necessary for salvation. [8,9] The New Testament Biblical pattern is salvation, baptism, and association with a local church body. [1,3,10,11]

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[1] Acts 2:38-42
[2] Acts 8:30-39
[3] Acts 16:29-33
[4] Acts 10:44-48
[5] Romans 6:1-11
[6] Colossians 2:8-15
[7] Acts 19:1-7
[8] Luke 23:39-43
[9] Romans 3:23-26
[10] Acts 8:12
[11] Matthew 28:18-20

The Lord's Supper

We believe that all believers are welcome to share in the Lord's Supper. It is a time of commemoration, [1,2] and proclamation of His death until He returns, [3] and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. [4] We also believe that the elements of bread and wine are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. [5,6] The bread symbolizes His perfect life and the body in which He actually bore our sins on the cross. [7] The wine represents His blood which was shed for the remission of our sins, [8] and is also a sign of the New Covenant of grace. [2]

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[1] Matthew 26:26-29
[2] 1 Corinthians 11:24-25
[3] 1 Corinthians 11:26
[4] 1 Corinthians 11:27-32
[5] Luke 22:19-20
[6] Mark 14:22-24
[7] 1 Peter 2:24
[8] Matthew 26:28

Angels

We believe that angels are created beings, and therefore are not to be worshipped. [1,2,3,4] Although they are a higher order of creation than man, [5,6] they are created to worship and serve God [7,8,9] and to serve God's people. [10,11,12] We believe that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. [13,14,15] He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator, involving numerous angels in his fall, [13,14,16] and introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve. [17,18] We believe that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God [13,14,19] and God's people, [20,21] the prince of this world who was defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, [22,23,24] and he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. [25,26]

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[1] Nehemiah 9:6
[2] Colossians 1:16
[3] Revelation 19:10
[4] Revelation 22:8-9
[5] Hebrews 2:6-7
[6] 2 Peter 2:11
[7] Luke 2:9-14
[8] Hebrews 1:6-7
[9] Revelation 5:11-14
[10] Daniel 6:22
[11] Luke 16:22
[12] Hebrews 1:14
[13] Isaiah 14:12-17
[14] Ezekiel 28:12-19
[15] 1 John 3:8
[16] 2 Peter 2:4
[17] Genesis 3:1-15
[18] John 8:44
[19] Matthew 4:1-11
[20] Ephesians 6:11-17
[21] 1 Peter 5:8
[22] Ephesians 2:2
[23] Romans 8:34-39
[24] Hebrews 2:14
[25] Matthew 25:41
[26] Revelation 20:10

Death

We believe that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness, [1,2,3] that the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Jesus Christ, [2,4] that there is a separation of soul and body, [1,3,5] and that such separation will continue until the first resurrection, when our soul will be united with our resurrected body to be glorified forever with the Lord. [6,7,8,9] Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. [2,4,10] We believe that the souls of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hell, [11] where they are kept under punishment and torment until the second resurrection, [12,13] when the soul and a resurrected body are united. [13,14] They shall appear at the Great White Throne judgment and shall be cast into the lake of fire, cut off from the presence of God forever. [12,15]

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[1] Revelation 6:9-11
[2] Philippians 1:21-24
[3] 2 Corinthians 5:8
[4] Luke 23:43
[5] Matthew 10:28
[6] 1 Corinthians 15:5-54
[7] 1 Thessalonians 4:1-17
[8] 1 Corinthians 15:35-44
[9] 1 Corinthians 15:49
[10] Luke 16:22, 25
[11] Luke 16:19-26
[12] Revelation 20:10-15
[13] John 5:28-29
[14] Daniel 12:2
[15] 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

The World to Come

We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the false peace treaty (covenant) between Israel and the antichrist. [1] This is the beginning of Daniel's seventieth week (7 years), also known as the beginning of sorrows. [2,3] The first 3 years, also known as the beginning of sorrows, will be characterized by world-wide wars, pestilence, famines, earthquakes, and false-Christs, culminating in the defiling of the Jerusalem temple by the antichrist. [1,3,4] During the remaining 3 years, his power will be greatly increased, and persecution of those who have the seal of God will greatly intensify. [5,6] We believe the great tribulation will be climaxed by the visible return of Christ in the air, through the clouds, to receive to Himself all the dead in Christ and all living believers at His coming. [7,8,9,10] All believers since creation will receive their reward and their eternally glorified bodies, being rescued from the wrath to come upon the world, which is the first resurrection. [11,12,13,14] At that time, Christ with all His hosts will visit judgment upon the unbelieving world, [15,16] defeat and bind Satan, [17] restore Israel to her land, [18,19,20,21,22] and establish His millennial kingdom on earth. [23] We believe that at the close of the millennium, following the temporary release and final defeat of Satan, [24] the unsaved will be judged at the Great White Throne and cast into the lake of fire for eternity. [25] Satan, death, and Hades will also be thrown into the lake of fire. [26] Then, the present creation will be destroyed and a new heaven and a new earth will come. At this time, all the saints will enter the New Jerusalem and dwell there for eternity in the presence of God. [27]

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[1] Daniel 9:27
[2] Daniel 9:20-27
[3] Matthew 24:3-8
[4] Matthew 24:15
[5] Daniel 12:7
[6] Matthew 24:15-22
[7] Matthew 24:29-31
[8] 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
[9] Matthew 26:64
[10] 1 Corinthians 15:51-54
[11] Matthew 16:27
[12] 1 Thessalonians 5:9
[13] Revelation 20:4-6
[14] Daniel 12:13
[15] Matthew 25:31-34
[16] Jude 14-15
[17] Revelation 20:2, 3
[18] Deuteronomy 30:1-10
[19] Isaiah 10:20-23
[20] Ezekiel 37:1-14
[21] Jeremiah 30:1-3
[22] Jeremiah 33:6-9
[23] Revelation 20:6
[24] Revelation 20:7-9
[25] Revelation 20:11-15
[26] Revelation 20:10, 14
[27] Revelation 21:1-27