Statement of Faith

THE BIBLE - We believe in the inspiration of the Bible by which we mean that God the Holy Spirit so moved upon the writers of scripture that what they wrote was verbally and plenarily the Word of God without error. Therefore, the sixty-six books of the Bible are the final authority for our faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21)

THE TRIUNE GOD - We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead; there is one God eternally existing in three equal but distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:18-19)

GOD THE FATHER - We believe that God the Father is a person separate from the Son and the Spirit, invisible to man in this life. He concerns himself with the affairs of men, elects and draws men unto salvation, and has a paternal relationship to all believers (Matthew 28:19, I Timothy 1:17).

GOD THE SON - We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His nonparticipation in sin and His incapacity to sin, His shed blood for atonement for the sins of mankind, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His present intercession, and His personal coming in the air for His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. He will then return at the close of the tribulation to establish His millennial kingdom on earth. (Matthew 1:20, I Timothy 3:15, Hebrews 9:22, I Peter 1:18-19, I John 1:7)

GOD THE SPIRIT - We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, by whom believers are convicted, regenerated, baptized into the body of Christ, indwelt, sealed, and filled for life and service. The Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts upon believers, some of which were temporary and some of which are permanent for the entire church age. The temporary gifts, which are not to be expected in this present period of church history, include apostles, prophets, tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing and miracles. The gifts were given to prepare the saints to do the work of the ministry and to build up the body of Christ. (Acts 5:3-4, John 14:26, John 16:8-11)

CREATION - We believe in the direct creation by God of the physical universe, all spirit beings, man, and lower forms of life, without the process of evolution, and also that the early chapters of Genesis are literal and accurate history. God sustains all creation but exists in no necessary relationship to it. (Genesis 1, Colossians 1:15-18)

ANGELS - We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spirit beings. One of these, though created holy by God, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan the Devil, the enemy of his Creator, leading a host of angels in rebellion against God. He became the god of this age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal punishment in the lake of fire. (Colossians 1:16, Ezekiel 28:12-15 Revelation 12:7-9)

MAN AND SALVATION - We believe that man was holy in his original state but that all men are guilty of Adam’s sin and are by nature sinful and lost and that for salvation, Holy Spirit regeneration is absolutely essential. We believe that the Bible does not teach that God created any man or men for the purpose of condemnation. We believe that men are justified on the single ground of the blood of Christ, and on the sole condition of faith in Christ and that the message to be believed is that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day. We believe in the eternal security of the believer. (Genesis 1:31, Romans 5:12)

SANCTIFICATION - We believe that scripture teaches four aspects of sanctification. Preparatory sanctification is that work of the Holy Spirit wherein He moves in a special, sovereign way in the life of an unbeliever, the result of which is that the person believes the gospel and trusts Christ unto salvation. Positional sanctification is that act of God whereby believers are, at the time of regeneration, eternally set apart as belonging to Him thereby being placed in the family of God as children. Progressive sanctification is the process by which we are made partakers of His holiness; it progresses as the believer is yielded to the Spirit’s control; it is carried on in the life of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, self-examination, watchfulness and prayer. Perfect, ultimate sanctification will be realized when every believer is in the presence of the Lord, with redeemed soul and resurrection body united, free from every trace of sin and rebellion. (I Peter 1:1-2, John 6:44)

THE CHURCH - We believe in the local church, as a group of immersed believers, observing the ordinances of believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper and organized for the purpose of worship, edification, fellowship, and evangelism. (Phiippians 1:1, Matthew 28:18-21)

FINAL DESTINIES - We believe that the souls of believers in Christ do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall stand before Christ for judgment of their Christian works and the giving of rewards and they shall then be associated with Him forever in glory. The soul of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final resurrection at the end of the millennium for judgment. The result of this judgment will be that all will be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (II Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23, II Cor. 5:10)

SEPARATION - We believe that separation is a doctrine as well as a practice and that the separation principle runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. We believe that there are four aspects of Biblical separation. (Luke 20:25, I Thess. 5:21-22, Ephesians 5:8-11, I Corinthians 6:12)