Statement of Faith

We Believe and Teach:

I. Bible
• the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible in the original manuscripts.
• in the original manuscripts, the Bible is infallible and inerrant.
• the Bible is the final source of authority in all matters.
• that God has providentially preserved His sacred writings so that today we have an accurate copy of the Word of God.

II Tim. 3:16 II Peter 1:21

II. God
• there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
• God created all things by the work of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good. We reject the theories of evolution and theistic evolution.

Gen. 1:1-2 Ps. 90:2

III. Father
• the Father is God, the first person of the Godhead.
• He is the Father of creation; of the Lord Jesus Christ; and of all who believe on Christ.
• He is responsible for the raising of the dead.
• He disciplines His sons.

(We reject the theory that all men are brothers, under the Fatherhood of God, by virtue of His creation work. It is true that all mankind are of the same race, but the only way to become a “son of God”, in the Biblical sense, is through faith in Jesus Christ.)

I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 2:18,19; Ex. 4:22; II Cor. 1:3; Gal. 3:26; I Cor. 15:15; Heb. 12:7-9

IV. Son
• Jesus is God, the second person of the Godhead.
• He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and performed many miracles.
• His was a vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood.
• He rose bodily from the grave and ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven.
• His return is imminent and will be personal.

Col. 1:17; Isa. 7:14; II Cor. 5:21; Heb. 10:10-12; Col. 3:1; Acts 1:9-11

V. Holy Spirit
• the Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Godhead.
• when a person receives Christ, through faith, he is baptized, by the Holy Spirit, into the body of Christ.
• there is one baptism but there is the expectation of many fillings of the Spirit during the Christian experience.
• His ministry includes convicting, regenerating, indwelling, sealing, and teaching of the believer.
• He is sovereign in His bestowing of spiritual gifts upon each believer. We also understand the “sign gifts” to have gradually disappeared as the age of the apostles came to a close and the canon of Scripture was completed.

I Cor. 12:13; I Cor. 13:8-10; I Cor. 14:20-22; Matt. 28:19; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:18; Jn. 16:8-15; Eph. 1:13

VI. Sin and Salvation
• man was created in the image of God.
• by willful rebellion man fell from that holy and happy estate, the consequence of which remains to this present day: “All have sinned.”
• the power of Christ’s blood to save and to cleanse from sin is the remedy.
• salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and not of any works of man’s righteousness. Consequently there is no possibility of losing this salvation.
• there will be a resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those that are saved unto the resurrection of life and those that reject Jesus Christ unto the resurrection of damnation.

Gen. 1:27; 3:1-6; Jn. 19:34; (cp Heb. 10:4-10); Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Jn. 10:28,29; I Cor. 12:13; Jn. 5:28,29; II Cor. 5:6-9; Rev. 20:11-15

VII. Church
• the Church is the body of Christ, consisting of all believers everywhere, regardless of color, race, or standing.
• it is the believer’s responsibility upon profession of faith in Christ to give public testimony of that fact through baptism and to unite with a local assembly of born-again believers.
• “works”, after salvation, are necessary to prove “what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
• the Spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

Col. 1:18; I Cor. 12:13; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:1-10; Rom. 12:2; James 2:26

VIII. Final Things
• the Lord Jesus could return at any moment to take His Bride, the Church, unto Himself prior to the Great Tribulation.
• after the Great Tribulation, Jesus will return in power to set up His kingdom on earth.

Rev. 3:10; II Thes. 2:1-7; Rev. 6:17 (cp I Thes. 1:10; 5:9); I Thes. 5:6; 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-57; Rev. 19